J.K. Rowling

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Name: Joanne "Jo" Rowling
Also Known As: JKR
Occupation: author
Medium: novels, screenplays
Works: Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts, The Casual Vacancy, Cormoran Strike Series
Official Website(s): http://www.jkrowling.com/
Fan Website(s):
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J.K. Rowling is the British author of the best-selling Harry Potter series, inspiration for one of the internet's biggest fandoms and the biggest book fandom by far. [1]

The Harry Potter series contains seven novels: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (published 26 June 1997), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2 July 1998), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (8 July 1999), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (8 July 2000), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (21 June 2003), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (16 July 2005), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (21 July 2007), and three supplements: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2001), Quidditch Through the Ages (2001) and The Tales of Beedle the Bard (2008).

Relationship with Fandom

J.K. Rowling is generally supportive of fan activities; she has given her blessing for fanfiction, saying via a spokesperson she was "flattered people wanted to write their own stories" and "her concern would be to make sure that it remains a non-commercial activity to ensure fans are not exploited and it is not being published in the strict sense of traditional print publishing." [2]

She gives awards for her favorite fansites, including the HP Alliance [1], Harry Potter Fan Zone.com (2007), Potterish.com [2] (2006), The Leaky Cauldron [3] (2005) and HPANA [4], MuggleNet [5], The Harry Potter Lexicon [6] and Immeritus [7] (2004).

In 2007 she and Warner Brothers, who hold the film rights, successfully blocked RDR Books from publishing a book version of The Harry Potter Lexicon by Steve Vander Ark. See Harry Potter Lexicon Trial and the Wikipedia article for more information.

Post-Harry Potter

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  1. As of 30 September 2010 fanfiction.net had 477,014 Harry Potter stories, compared to the runners-up Twilight (163,659) and Lord of the Rings (43,894)
  2. Rowling backs Potter fan fiction, BBC News Online, 27 May 2004