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1) What is J. K. Rowling's first name?

Her first name is Joanne.

2) What disease did Rowling's mother suffer from?

Rowling's mother Anne died after a ten year struggle with multiple sclerosis.

3) What music did Rowling listen to while writing the first chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?

After moving to Porto, Portugal, to teach English as a foreign language, she taught at night and began writing in the day while listening to Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto.

4) Who did Rowling base the character of Hermione Granger on?

Rowling has said that she based the character of Hermione Granger on herself when she was eleven.

5) What other pen name has J. K. Rowling published under?

She has published several books under the pen name Robert Galbraith, including The Cuckoo's Calling (2013), The Silkworm (2014), and Career of Evil (2015).

6) What is J. K. Rowling's favorite sound?

According to a Scholastic interview, Rowling's favorite sound is her husband snoring (along with the sound of the sea). Her least favorite sound is her husband snoring when she's trying to sleep.

7) What does the "K" in J. K. Rowling stand for?

The "K" stands for "Kathleen" which was the first name of her grandmother.

8) What university rejected Rowling's application?

In 1982, Rowling took the entrance exams for Oxford University but was not accepted and read for a B.A. in French and Classics at the University of Exeter.

9) What inspired Rowling to create the characters known as Dementors?

Rowling's own struggles with depression inspired the characters known as Dementors, soul-sucking creatures introduced in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

10) What is Rowling's favorite color?

According to a Scholastic interview, her favorite color is pink.