“Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.”
J. K. Rowling's Biography
J.K. Rowling (the primary pen name of Joanne “Jo” Rowling) is a British novelist, screenwriter, and film producer who is best known for writing the Harry Potter book series. Her books have sold more than 500 million copies, making them the best-selling book series in history.
Prior to writing the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (sold as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States), Rowling worked as researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International. During the period in which she wrote that first novel, though, she suffered a number of hardships, and was living in relative poverty until its publication in 1997 and subsequent worldwide success.
When it comes to booze, J.K. Rowling likes to keep it simple. Despite inventing all sorts of magical drinks, like Butterbeer, Gillywater, and Exploding Lemonade, she stated in an interview with The Telegraph that her beverage of choice is a classic Gin & Tonic. But hey, they probably still serve it at the Three Broomsticks.