Author and screenwriter J.K Rowling may be a muggle, but her extraordinary life proves that one does not need magical abilities to change the world, or to create one.
Rowling's name is synonymous with one of the largest grossing book and film franchises, the Harry Potter series. Her fictional wizarding universe has captured the minds of both children and adults alike, transcending from words to the screen, and finally to reality with the opening of the Harry Potter World amusement park.
Rowling always had an interest in storytelling. At the age of six, she penned her first novel, a tale about a bunny who got the measles. Her mother was thoroughly impressed, but when it came time to select a major Rowling forewent English for the more practical study of French at Exeter University. She later worked for Amnesty International and continues to support the organization to this day.
"Light can be found even in the darkest of times,"a famous quote by Dumbledore. In Rowling's case, this light took the form of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," the first book in a series that started with a delayed train ride. It is said that her motivation came from engineering a place where children held power, a theme that she champions not only through literature but through activism.
Rowling's organization "Lumos" is dedicated to ending the institutionalization of over 8 million poor, disabled, and minority children. Their focus is to provide children with a loving safe environment by reuniting them with their parents and seeking adequate health care.