tm icons: J.K Rowling

Each month we write a post about who we’re inspired by in the fields of fashion/ film/ life philosophy etc. This June, we’re honouring J.K Rowling, the 51 year old author of the Harry Potter series who is an icon to entire generations across the world, selling 450 million copies worldwide and in 79 languages.

Unbelievably, today is the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. In October there’ll be a special Harry Potter exhibition at The British Library and Bloomsbury have lots of celebrations planned including these four beautiful new Hogwarts House editions.


Gryffindor, Hufflepuff,Ravenclaw and Slytherin clothbound editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

We all know Joanne Rowling’s rags to riches story by now: how she wrote Harry Potter as a single mother on benefits in a local cafe in Edinburgh; that the idea for Harry came to her on a train from Kings Cross to Manchester; how deep grief over her mother’s death – and her depression – helped shaped the story of Hogwarts and made her the most famous and loved author in recent history.

I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had. – J. K Rowling

For 20 years she has worn her fame with grace, dignity, fairness and philanthropy. Last month, she was made a member of The Order of the Companion of Honour by the Queen.  The order consists of 65 members and Joanne received it for services to literature and philanthropy. As one of the UK’s most benevolent celebrities, she supports countless charities (including two of her own) and in 2012 lost her billionaire status due to her giving.

Clever, creative and charitable, her epic series about a wizarding battle between good and evil continues to delight and inspire generations of kids, and has become a political metaphor for our world . We hope this literary icon and philanthropist, continues her incredible work for many decades to come.

3 life lessons from Harry Potter we can all learn from

1. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” –Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

2. “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

3. “We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


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