A. Attention-getter: How many authors can you name that went from rags to riches in five years, created the outline for a million dollar story on a train, and has an asteroid and a dinosaur named after her? B. Tie-to-topic: Well, Joanne Kathleen Rowling is all that and more. C. Thesis: Today I would like to inform you about J.K. Rowling. D. First, we will look at her early life; secondly we will look at the books she has written in her career. Finally, we will look at the awards and worldwide fame the Harry Potter books has brought her.
A. First, Main Point #1: Early Life (According to J.K. Rowling Official Site) 1. First Years
a. J. K. Rowling is the child of Peter and Anne Rowling and was born in July of 1965 at Yate General Hospital. b. She grew up in Chepstow, Gwent, and she went to Wyedean Comprehensive School. c. She has one younger sister named Di.
a. She left Chepstow for Exeter University, where she earned a degree in French and Classics. Her course even included one year in Paris.
3. After College
a. As a post-graduate she moved to London and worked as a researcher. b. Rowling then moved to northern Portugal and taught English as a foreign language. c. She got married for the first time in October of 1982. d. She gave birth to Jessica in 1993.
e. She then moved to Edinburg after the marriage ended, and married Dr. Neil Murray. f. She gave birth to David in 2003, and had Mackenzie in 2005.
B. Second, Main Point #2, Books that She has Written in Her Career (According to Harry, a History by Melissa Anelli) 1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
a. The first book about Harry Potter and his adventures starts at Privet Drive number four, where an eleven-year-old Harry lives with his aunt, uncle and cousin. a. He doesn't have his own room, instead the Dursleys lets him live in a very small cupboard under the stairs. At the same time his cousin Dudley is spoiled rotten with a big room and lots of toys. b. This all changes when Harry is accepted at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. c. Soon Harry learns how to cast spells, mix potions and fly broom sticks . He also learns that his parents, who are now dead, were once magicians who were killed by the man widely known as "he who must not be named". d. During Harry’s first year at Hogwarts he has to find the sorcerer's stone before it is stolen. This stone has magical powers and it can make the owner immortal. It can furthermore transform any metal into gold. 2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
a. School is closed during summer and Harry has been at Privet Drive No. 4 during the whole summer holiday. He is longing for the school year to start so that he can meet his friends and get away from the Dursleys. b. As the summer is coming to an end Harry is warned by a house-elf, that he must not return to school, because then he will be in danger. c. Naturally Harry ignores this; and when he and his friend Ron are on their way to their first day they miss the train for some unknown reason. Weird things also happen at Hogwarts. d. Harry hears things that no one else can hear; words about killing. Someone or something is turning students into stone, and words are mysteriously written on the wall "The chamber of secrets has been opened. Enemies of the heir, beware.”
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
a. The summer holiday at the Dursleys abruptly ends when Harry uses his magic in their house, something which is strictly forbidden for the Hogwarts students. It could result in expulsion. b. At Azkaban - the wizards' prison - there is a breakout. A man known as Sirius Black escapes and heads for Hogwarts. In his sleep Sirius has been saying "He's at Hogwarts, he's at Hogwarts", and the Ministry of Magic fears that Harry's life is in danger. c. The Ministry...