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J.K. Rowling

J.K Rowling, known to friends and family as Jo Rowling, was born on July 31st, 1965, in England. Over the course of 10 years, between 1997 and 2007, Rowling wrote eight books in the Harry Potter series, all of which have been made into films: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011).

Following the success of the Potter series, Rowling has ventured into adult fiction. In The Casual Vacancy she explores social and political themes. Her Cormoran Strike series, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, are best selling crime novels which have been translated into 37 languages.

Harry Potter

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1
    by J.K. Rowling
    Narrated by Stephen Fry
    4.90 (1746 ratings)
    Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2
    by J.K. Rowling
    Narrated by Stephen Fry
    4.90 (1110 ratings)
    Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start. Students are found as though turned to stone.... Dobby's sinister predictions seem to be coming true.
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3
    by J.K. Rowling
    Narrated by Stephen Fry
    4.90 (969 ratings)
    When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves.... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss....
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Book 4
    by J.K. Rowling
    Narrated by Stephen Fry
    4.90 (893 ratings)
    The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that doesn't stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe'en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through - alive!
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5
    by J.K. Rowling
    Narrated by Stephen Fry
    4.90 (824 ratings)
    Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors' attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord's return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the Dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldemort's savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time....
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6
    by J.K. Rowling
    Narrated by Stephen Fry
    4.90 (733 ratings)
    When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort's darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny....
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7
    by J.K. Rowling
    Narrated by Stephen Fry
    5.00 (1464 ratings)
    As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy....
Did you know?

Rowling’s publisher suggested publishing under the name ‘J.K Rowling’, believing that a female author’s name would not appeal to teenage boy readers.

Not sure where to start?
Ready to get started? Why not have a listen to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban? The reviews for the series and the performance of English actor, author and comedian, Stephen Fry are resoundingly positive. Or, if you’re looking for something from outside the world of Harry and Hogwarts, why not have a listen to The Cuckoo's Calling: Cormoran Strike, read by English actor, Robert Glenister?

“The narrator was fantastic. He portrayed several English accents, upper class, West Country and cockney and did it very well. The story line kept you wondering and right up until the end. I had the murderer picked out but was quite wrong.”

“A good old fashioned detective story. I couldn't stop listening to this novel. Great storyline that wasn't stretched in length but the perfect amount of detail. Great characters, read beautifully.”

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