8 Tantalizing Tidbits About J.K. Rowling

We bookish folk both muggle and magical are no strangers to J.K. Rowling. Despite the following fame and even some fandom controversy (it comes with the territory), Joanne has long been one of the most accomplished and giving authors in the industry. She's an annual donator to a list of worldwide charities, including her very own Lumos Foundation and the Volant Charitable Trust. The Lumos Foundation works to stop and prevent children from being held in institutions, while the Volant Charitable Trust benefits multiple organizations such as the Disasters Emergency Committee, Save the Children, and Christian Aid.

With the Queen of the Wizarding World's birthday coming up fast, we've decided to celebrate with some magical Rowling trivia! Some of our gathered factoids might be little-known, some old news—but we hope you learn something new about one of our favorite authors and the Harry Potter series.

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8. Dual Birthdays: J.K. and Harry Potter celebrate the same birthday—July 31st. she was born to Peter James and Anne Rowling on July 31st, 1965 in Gloucestershire, England.

7. Significance of King's Cross: In the Wizarding World, Hogwarts students catch their school train from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters at King's Cross. The iconic London train station is in fact where Rowling's parents met for the first time when they were 18 years old.

6. A struggling artist: While she finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's (or Philosopher's) Stone, Rowling did not have a source of income and had received welfare benefits. At