The Ultimate J.K. Rowling Quiz

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Just another quiz about a famously rich, reclusive and prolific writer who we all secretly think we could be best friends with. Take this quiz to see if your Rowling fandom is truly special.

What does the "J" stand for in J.K. Rowling's pen name?

Her given name is Joanne, though she goes by "Jo."

What does the "K" stand for?

Although Jo Rowling doesn't have a middle name, she borrowed her grandmother's first name for the initial.

Why did she choose to write under J.K. and not Jo?

Hmm, the boys seemed to come around even after finding out she was a woman.

Rowling is:

Rowling was born in England and was raised there.

Where did Rowling's parents meet?

Insert Platform 9 3/4 joke here.

Rowling's mother worked as:

While she did raise Jo and her sister for more than a decade, she eventually went back to work in the sciences.

What author did Rowling name her daughter after?

The Communist-leaning Mitford sister was a writing heroine for Rowling.

Where did Rowling attend university?

She graduated from the posh college in Devon in 1986.

What university rejected her?

Bet they wish they had that alumni money now.

What year was Rowling first struck with the idea for the Harry Potter books?

But Harry wouldn't be fully formed for a few years.

Rowling moved to Portugal briefly and worked as what?

Her daughter was also born in the country.

Where did she move after returning from Portugal?

She still lives in the Scottish city.

How much was Rowling estimated to be worth, in 2012?

But that was before several big projects, like the film of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."

Before "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" was published, Rowling estimates how many people read it?

And that's including the editors and agent.

Where was Rowling when the idea for the Harry Potter series came to her?

Trains, it seems, have played an important role in Rowling's life and stories.

What did Rowling read from at the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony?

Almost as good as the Queen parachuting in.

Rowling's father auctioned off what in 2003?

They don't speak anymore.

Rowling used what assistance when writing the first Harry Potter book?

Although the coffee part may be true too — who knows.

How did Rowling write the first manuscript for "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone?"

Which is a real pain if you want to make any changes.

How long did it take for Rowling to find a publisher?

Even the world's most a successful wizard took a while to get a publisher's interest.

What was the initial print run of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone?"

Um, it sold out.

Where does Rowling like to write?

She's traditionally done most of her writing in cafes and coffee shops.

What is Rowling's pseudonym for her mystery series?

"The Cuckoo's Calling" was Rowling's first novel under the name of Galbraith.

Who revealed Rowling's pseudonym?

The leaker was handed a lawsuit.

Why did Rowling choose "Galbraith"?

"Ella Galbraith" does sound pretty good.

Rowling was bestowed what honor in 2000?

For her contributions to literature and arts.

What Harry Potter-related project is upcoming?

The play will tell a story of the next generation.

In 2008, Rowling gave the commencement address at what university?

She also received an honorary degree from the college.

"The Casual Vacancy" was Rowling's novel after the Harry Potter series finished. What is the setting of the story?

Pagford is a made-up village in southwest England.

What was the first screenplay Rowling ever wrote?

Never having adapted a screenplay from her books, the 2016 movie is the first one.

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