Row·ling (rōlĭng), J.K. Pen name of Joanne Rowling. Born 1965.
British writer of a popular series of children's books concerning the education and adventures of Harry Potter, a young magician.
(click for a larger image)J. K. Rowling
photographed in 2009
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