The Woman Behind ‘Harry Potter’: J.K. Rowling’s Best Speeches, Interviews, and Documentaries

     July 30, 2016

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As most Harry Potter fans know, July 31st isn’t just the birthday of the iconic character, but also the birthday of the author behind the hero: J.K. Rowling. Rowling will turn 51 this Sunday and we’re celebrating the occasion by rounding up some of the best interviews, speeches, and documentaries the notoriously private storyteller has done over the years on video.

For many fans (including this one), Rowling’s determination, imagination, and humanity is just as — if not more so — inspirational as the actions of her boy hero. We all know the famous story by now: Rowling began writing the first Harry Potter book while she was on welfare, raising her daughter in Edinburgh, Scotland. But the author’s commitment to family, fandom, and humanitarian causes (not to mention her epic Twitter account) in the years since she has risen to fame and fortune are also noteworthy.

Here are five of our absolute favorites interviews, speeches, and documentaries…

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