The World By Children And Adults Alike

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Joanne “Jo” Rowling, better known by her pseudonym J.K. Rowling, is one of the most loved authors in the world by children and adults alike. Her most famous works, the Harry Potter series, have sold hundreds of millions of copies and are second only to the Bible in sales. Not only are her novels extraordinarily popular, the film adaptations became a phenomenon of their own. These enormous successes made Jo one of the wealthiest women in the world, even wealthier than the Queen of England herself (Kirk, 2008). However, there was a time in Jo’s life that was far from this great success story and at her lowest point, Jo suffered from Major Depressive Disorder. She was able to overcome her diagnosis and turn her whole life around, becoming a great role model and advocate for de-stigmatizing mental illness. According to Kirk’s biography, Joanne Rowling was born in England to young parents, Pete and Anne Rowling. She was their first of two children and from an early age, Jo had a love for reading instilled in her by her parents. Her early childhood was peaceful and happy, until the family moved to a new community and Jo started at a new primary school in the fall of 1974. She was behind the other students in mathematics and her teacher made her sit in the “dim row” designated for students who performed poorly. However, Jo was able to make friends quickly and invested a lot of time in improving her academics, which allowed her to eventually move to the “bright row” with the other
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