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At this point, J.K. Rowling is pretty much a household name. The writer of Harry Potter does numerous interviews, helps out with charities, and has a pretty active Twitter account. Most people know a little trivia about her too, like the fact that Harry Potter was rejected 12 times before it was finally picked up by a publisher. But how well do you really know Jo? This list contains some fascinating J.K. Rowling trivia that's sure to knock your socks off. 

These J.K. Rowling facts are not just the basics, either. Yes, it's true that she and Harry have the same birthday. Yes, she's from England. But there's more to the J.K. Rowling biography than that. She's written more than Harry Potter and her history is riddled with sadness and struggle. You're about to see way more than what you'd get if you'd just Wiki J.K. Rowling.

So, grab your wands, because you're about to see more stories, quotes, and history about J.K. Rowling than you ever knew existed.

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Most people know that Rowling was rejected 12 times before a publisher finally picked up Harry Potter. What some people don't know is that there would have been at least 13 rejections if not for one 8-year-old girl. Alice was the daughter of a publisher for Bloomsbury, who brought her home the manuscript to read. She loved it so much that she demanded to read the next one. The rest is history. 

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Forbes is known for putting the world's billionaires on a list, and they were happy to add J.K. Rowling to that list. She was particularly special because she was the first woman to become a billionaire through writing. However, it was not to last. Recently, Rowling did a lot of charity work and donated almost $160 million. She was so charitable, in fact, that she's now just a millionaire again. 

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Who doesn't like a little Minecraft sometimes? Apparently, J.K. Rowling likes it a lot! She has a young son who plays it, and she plays it with him. According to her Twitter post about it, she's also "hardcore" and likes to play with the monsters on, naturally. 

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Apparently, publishers were fine with putting Harry Potter on shelves because boys and girls would like it. However, they feared that boys would not read it if it was written by a woman. So, they asked Rowling for a more gender-neutral pen name. She gave the initials "J.K." because, rather than protest, she honestly just wanted to get the book published

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In 1982, Rowling started taking entrance exams for university. She really wanted to go to Oxford, a prestigious institution, but she was rejected. Still, she didn't let it keep her down, and she opted to go to Exeter instead. See, even famous authors don't always get into their first choice schools!

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Rowling tells the tale of buying her wedding dress in the attached video, but to summarize, when buying her wedding dress, she had to wear a disguise. She says that she never does this to avoid Harry Potter fans, but in this one case, she felt it necessary. It seems like it worked, because no one recognized her.

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There was a bit of a dark time in Rowling's life, shortly after the birth of her first child. She was depressed and felt that there was no color in her life. But she was able to take some creativity from that feeling and use it to create Dementors, some of the most frightening creatures in her Harry Potter books. You can hear her discuss her experiences in the attached video

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When you think of Hagrid, does biker gang really spring to mind? Well, apparently it should. According to an interview with Robbie Coltrane, the character of Hagrid was actually inspired by a Hell's Angels biker that Rowling once met. A gentle biker who liked to garden, mind you, so that's a bit of a more realistic image.