In February, the novel won the British Book Award for Children's Book of the Year, and later, the Children's Book Award.
In early 1998, an auction was held in the United States for the rights to publish the novel, and was won by Scholastic Inc., for US5,000.
; born 31 July 1965), who writes under the pen names J. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, is a British novelist and screenwriter who wrote the Harry Potter fantasy series.
The books have won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies.
her name, before her remarriage, was simply Joanne Rowling.
Anticipating that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, her publishers asked that she use two initials rather than her full name.
She later discovered the truth when featured in an episode of the UK genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?
The press has repeatedly claimed that Rowling played a role in his departure, but Rowling stated that she had no say in who directed the films and would not have vetoed Spielberg.
Rowling, producers David Heyman and David Barron, along with directors David Yates, Mike Newell and Alfonso Cuarón collected the Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema at the 2011 British Academy Film Awards in honour of the Harry Potter film franchise. announced an "expanded creative partnership" with Rowling, based on a planned series of films about Newt Scamander, author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was released simultaneously in the UK and the US on 8 July 2000 and broke sales records in both countries.
372,775 copies of the book were sold in its first day in the UK, almost equalling the number Prisoner of Azkaban sold during its first year.