J.K. Rowling, the mother of Harry Potter – one of the top ten wealthiest female authors in history

“Talent and wisdom have never exempted anyone from the trials of fate.”

J.K. Rowling

The Harry Potter series has sold over four hundred million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling books of all time. In February 2013, J.K. Rowling was ranked the 13th most powerful woman in the United Kingdom by BBC Radio 4’s program ‘Woman’s Hour’.”

Who says that the peaks of life are immune to setbacks?

In recent years, J.K. Rowling has become embroiled in controversies surrounding discrimination against transgender individuals, resulting in significant criticism. Many Harry Potter fans have claimed that she has undermined her own work. The fallout from her remarks has led several actors to refuse to work with Rowling again, while online campaigns calling for boycotts have gained traction. Rowling has even received bomb threats as a result.
In response to these challenges, Rowling has stated, “When you can’t get a woman sacked, arrested, or dropped by her publisher, and cancelling her only made her book sales go up, there’s really only one place to go.” She stays undeterred by the criticism and expresses confidence that her achievements will not be overshadowed by controversy.

These events prove the challenges faced by Rowling as a public figure and author. While her perspectives and statements have generated controversy, her works and creativity continue to have a profound impact on readers worldwide.

Regardless of people’s opinions of Rowling, her story and works remain an integral part of the literary landscape and have positively influenced countless lives.

“The benefits of failure”

Peoples afraid of failure and at the same time eager to succeed;
In fact, there is only a thin line between the idea of failure and the conception of success.

” It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default. ” J.K. Rowling

In the year of her mother’s death, she was facing the biggest dilemma in her life. Losing a loved one and experiencing marriage breakdown, Rowling became a divorced and unemployed single mother, leading a daughter to live the most down-and-out life, and the mountain of financial difficulties brought excessive pressure to her. She was originally full of ideals, but at that time she completely lost the size of her life. During that period of low tide, she was close to homeless, could not even find a pen to write, was ashamed to borrow money from others, was diagnosed with depression, and tried to commit suicide.

3 H’s in Life – “Heartbreak, Hardship, Heartache”

“There is no life without setbacks.” J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling once laughed at herself,
“I am the most failed person I have ever met.”

Because failure means getting rid of those unnecessary things. The moment Rowling wanted to give up the most was thinking: “At least I’m still alive, and I have a beloved daughter, an old-fashioned typewriter, and a big idea.” Rowling felt an unprecedented release in failure, and she no longer pretended to be herself. Instead, she began to dedicate herself to doing the work that was most important to her. Had she been successful in other ways, she might never have made up her mind to succeed in what is truly her own, and we would not have had the chance to see that fantastic line of work!

Failure makes us know ourselves better.

When you find yourself strong enough and more disciplined to rebuild your life. Experience can make you wiser, and it also means that you could survive in the future. Without setbacks, you cannot recognize yourself or evaluate the extent of your relationships. Loyal friends often appear when you are most frustrated in life.

“There’s an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction.” J.K. Rowling

Rowling said: “There must always be a deadline to blame your parents for leading you in the wrong direction.”

Rowling has loved writing and writing since she was 6 years old, especially fantasy stories, because imaginary worlds can fill in the incompleteness of her reality. Rowling’s parents never supported her on the road of creation, and in their eyes, it was just a daydream of a little girl who loved fantasy since she was a child. With a poor family, an old-fashioned father, and a family that is out of money to pay the mortgage and pay the medical bills of the sick mother, what qualifications do they have to pursue such an unrealistic “dream”? They believe that their daughters should find a well-paid and well-paid career after graduating from college. Rowling was torn between her ambitions and what her loved ones expected of her, but she was convinced that the only thing she wanted to do was write novels, and eventually she became a great writer.

 “Poverty itself is romanticised only by fools.” J.K. Rowling

Rowling said: “Only a fool thinks poverty is romantic.”

In 2004, Forbes listed Rowling as the first writer to become a billionaire by writing. Fame and fortune brought Rowling a rich life, and wealth made Rowling more aware that she had wronged her parents for letting her grow up in poverty and accused them of dissuading her ideas and opposing views, which made her childhood unhappy. Because the world is realistic, when you are old enough to take responsibility, the responsibility falls on you. Poverty brings fear, stress and even melancholy, it means a lot of humiliation and hardship, but it is indeed something to be proud of by one’s own efforts!

Compared to poverty, the young Rowling was more afraid of – failure.

The worst day turned Rowling’s life upside down

Rowling, whose life has fallen to the bottom of the valley, has achieved her masterpiece after successive bad encounters. The inspiration for “Harry Potter” was born right in the darkest days of her life with her daughter. On a trip out of town by train, a fictional magical world came to Rowling’s mind, and she used the four-hour drive to write down a sudden idea of her own. It never occurred to her that at that time, a blank and pure concept with a pen and a piece of paper, after several years of sculpting, she outlined all the details through words, and transformed it into such a reality. Every character and plot in the book are so vividly and delicately depicted in her pen, I   admire Rowling’s extraordinary imagination and writing ability! Rowling laughed and said that the process of writing Harry really made her feel like she had an extra biological son. This is the case for successful writers. The stories they create can make readers intoxicated and never get tired of reading them. They can make you stay in the scene and turn every page full of expectations.

“Braving the Way” Through Healing from Trauma

 It was later learned from an interview that Rowling’s dark feelings during an episode of depression turned out to be the inspiration for Rowling’s creation of the creature called the Dementor. When you have a deeper understanding of Rowling’s career, in addition to admiring her works, you will admire her success even more! With her determination to face adversity and her persistence in writing, all the discomfort and sadness in the past have turned into the motivation for her creation. The words express her emotions and replace her sadness.


“I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.”

Do not underestimate your unintentional pure idea, believe in your ability. Rowling did not convince everyone from the start. “Harry Potter” was rejected by twelve publishers in the UK. After a year of closed doors, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” was considered “worthy of printing a book”.

Why not bold?

RULE 1: Be brave enough to admit that you are really hurt.

RULE 2: Bravely grow from trauma and face failure.



The real happiness in life does not lie in how many harvests or achievements there are, but the real gift is to grow and appreciate knowledge from these setbacks.

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