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Joanne Rowling or more commonly known as J.K. Rowling was born on July 31, 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England. Joanne Rowling is best known for her work with the young adult series Harry Potter. Her work with the wizarding world allows readers to escape to a different place, and experience the magic for themselves. Joanne Rowling wrote eight installments in the series as well as producing each one as a blockbuster movie. Although this is Joanne Rowling’s greatest achievement with the literary world, it is not the only novel that she has written. Her other books include The Casual Vacancy and The Cuckoo’s Calling. Neither of these novels can surpass the success of the Harry Potter series, but there are similarities between them and Harry Potter. There is a recurring theme within these novels such as the typical setting of a small, typical, dreary British town. Any well-read reader of Joanne Rowling’s novels would always know what to expect when getting ready to read one of her novels with this recurring theme.
Although Joanne Rowling is a magnificent author of young adult literature, when she first started writing she was afraid that she would not appeal to all demographics. In one such case, Joanne Rowling did not believe that she would gain a shared number of readers of both boys and girls based solely on her name Joanne. In order to combat against this assumption, she wrote under the pen name J.K Rowling so that she may stay neutral when people looked at the cover of her novel. This helped with her work in the Harry Potter series. In an attempt to continue with this success, when writing her next novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, she wrote under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
Within her works, another common theme is the portrayal of a strong male protagonist, who is forced to deal with the hardships left for him. Typical boys who want nothing more than to live a normal life, all three ends up possessing some special ability that allows them to save the day. Even though the strong male protagonists in her novel tend to save the day in every story does not mean that there are not any supporting characters that help in their quest. There are strong female characters in the novels that help aide the protagonist on their journey to defeat the antagonist. One example is the character Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series. A strong female character that helps Harry learn to control his wizarding powers and keep him from making the wrong decisions.
Joanne Rowling also incorporates important social topics within each of her novels. These topics tend to range from orphans, all the way to child abuse and poverty. With these topics, Joanne Rowling is able to almost “force” the audience to feel for the protagonist. The essential story of the underdog becoming the millionaire playboy aspect of the novel if you will. With this recurring theme, Joanne Rowling is able to create a character that a minute number of readers can relate to. This theme can be attributed to her own “rags to riches” life story. Going from living off of state benefits to becoming one of the world’s most revered authors. A theme that Joanne Rowling includes in her novels is the recurring theme of death. No matter how much fantasy and wonder enter her novels, death is an underlying factor that cannot be erased. There is no escaping death as Joanne Rowling’s novels suggest. It is this factor that brings realism into the world of fantasy.
Joanne Rowling is truly an author that is known by all. Her novels not only adhere to the world of fantasy and make believe, but also to the realistic world. Her writing style and multiple recurring themes allow her to captivate her audience no matter the novel.

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