From the Good News Network:
Happy 56th Birthday to J.K. Rowling, the author and humanitarian who, before writing the first of seven books in the Harry Potter series, was a single mom supported by welfare—but she transformed herself into the world’s first female billionaire novelist.
DURING the 2020 LOCKDOWN, Rowland dusted off a fairytale she’d created years earlier to read aloud for her little kids—chapter by chapter as she’d finish them. Entitled The Ickabog, it was offered the same way to children in quarantine—with each chapter released one at a time for free on her website. In November, the book was published in English (recommended for ages 7-9) and Rowling pledged all author royalties from The Ickabog to COVID-19 charities. The illustrations were even chosen from kids’ artwork submitted during lockdown.
Her artful wizarding fantasies became the best-selling book series in history, translated into 73 languages, but she’s not on the Forbes’ Billionaires list anymore because she gives so much to charity—particularly to multiple sclerosis, illiteracy, and child welfare charities—but also to the ‘tax man’, as a form of patriotism. She said, “I am indebted to the British welfare state… When my life hit rock bottom, that safety net, threadbare though it had become… was there to break the fall.”
In my household Harry Potter just might be more than popular than I am.