Happy Birthday, J.K. Rowling! The celebrated British author and creator of the best-selling book series of all time turns 50 today, July 31, and we’re just betting it’s going to be a magical day. Let’s celebrate!
Break out the butter beers and pumpkin pasties —J.K. Rowling turns 50 today and while her beloved Harry Potter books may have come to an end, this muggle still has a lot to look forward to in the year ahead. Join us as we help her celebrate a very happy birthday!
She may be turning the big 5-0 today, but J.K. clearly hasn’t lost any of her magic if this past year is any indication. On top of being one of the world’s most successful authors of all-time, the enchanting Brit has spent the better part of the last year teasing one new project after the next and well, let’s just say us Potterheads are totally freaking out!
For starters, there was the news that the celebrated author is set to launch yet another sure-to-be successful book, this time under the guise of her not-so-secret alias, Robert Galbraith. The novel, entitled Career of Evil, will be the third in her series of Coroman Strike novels, following the previous two, The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm. The story, according to Entertainment Weekly, is centered around the character Robin Ellacott, who is mailed a strange package—which just so happens to contain a woman’s severed leg. Private detective Cormoran Strike, Robin’s boss, is slightly less shocked by the contents, and has four possible suspects from his past in mind. As the police tread down a path Strike knows is wrong, he and Robin must investigate the remaining men, all of whom could be capable of such horrific brutality—before even more terrible acts occur.
Prior to the book’s unveiling, J.K. also gave her more cinematically-inclined fans some good news when it was announced that Oscar-nominated actor Eddie Redmayne, 33, would be taking on the lead role of Newt Scamander in her highly-anticipated Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. The film is reportedly being directed by David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter films, and is slated for worldwide release in 3D and IMAX on Nov. 18 2016. J.K. said in a statement after the news was announced, “Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway.” We seriously cannot wait!
Books and Harry Potter spin-offs aside, J.K. also contributed a lot of good to the world this past year. There was the time she took down the Westboro Baptist Church like no other for tweeting a very ignorant, anti-gay statement about Dumbledore — whom she previously confirmed was in fact gay — following Ireland’s legalization of same-sex marriage on May 22. There was also the time she penned a heartfelt letter to a fan, who admitted to being bullied in school and surviving with the help her fabulous books. If you haven’t yet read her letter back to him, do yourself the favor and read it now, because like with everything J.K. touches, your life will be so much better for it.
Now HollywoodLifers, help us wish J.K. a very happy birthday and best wishes for the exciting new year ahead in the comments below!
— Alyssa Montemurro