J.K. Rowling will go down in history as one of the world’s most famous authors because of her incredibly successful Harry Potter series, which debuted in 1997. Rowling was born in England, where she lived for most of her life, struggling to become an author. The idea for Harry Potter came to her in 1990, on a trip from Manchester to London. Before she completed the first book, she moved to Portugal, got married, and gave birth to a daughter, Jessica Isabel Rowling Arantes. Soon after, the couple divorced and Rowling moved to Scotland with Jessica. The first manuscript was finished in 1995, and once it was published, the rest was history: Harry Potter became a phenomenon, earning literally billions of dollars by 2009. Rowling has been on multiple lists including the Forbes and Sunday Times Rich List as a testament to her immense fortune. After the 7th novel entitled Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the series is complete.
Harry Potter Stuff
- MuggleNet: One of the largest and most comprehensive sites about Harry Potter on the web.
- The Leaky Cauldron: Another large fansite for the series that also keeps track of news.
- Harry Potter Realm: Page that has sections like editorials, stores, and information about the books and movies.
- Warner Brothers Site: Official site for the Harry Potter movies.
Criticisms and Reviews
- Not For Muggles: Article that criticizes the books and looks at why they are so popular.
- Final Book Review: NYT review of the final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
- Harry Potter Criticism: Listing with links of different criticisms for the Harry Potter books.
- The Problem With Harry Potter: Discusses the problems people have with their children reading Harry Potter.
Lesson Plans for Harry Potter
- A Writing Lesson Plan: A lesson plan about writing, inspired by the Harry Potter series.
- Harry Potter’s Library: Lesson plan that involves comparing the Potter books to other beloved fantasy novels.
- Lesson Plan Listing: A page full of lesson plan listings.
- Resources And Activities: Has activities and other resources for the Harry Potter book series.
- ESL Lesson Plans: A lesson plan for ESL students about Harry Potter.