Tag: J. K. Rowling

Famous pseudonyms have long been a boon to authors.

Literary pseudonyms quiz

As mentioned in our post about noms de plume, it was recently discovered that J. K. Rowling had written a crime novel under the pen name “Robert Galbraith”. Regretting the exposure of her alter-ego, Rowling said that she longed to relive the experience of beginning a writing career, without the media hype or expectations created by […]

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Pseudonyms and wordplay, from Bono to the Brontës

With the discovery that mystery writer Robert Galbraith and Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling are one and the same, the massively successful novelist has become one of many known popular fiction writers—including Stephen King and Anne Rice—to employ a nom de plume, or pen name, masking the true identity behind their work. There are several […]

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Anyone for Quidditch?

Anyone for Quidditch?

Quidditch is a sport created by Rowling in the Harry Potter series of novels, which have now sold over 450 million copies and have been translated into 67 languages. The global popularity of the books has led to worldwide exposure for Quidditch, and even to this fictional sport being adapted for the Muggle (or non-wizard) […]

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Harry Potter and the Linguistic Innovator

This is not a shockingly grammatical sequel to the acclaimed series, but a chance to revel in the magically inventive language of the Harry Potter books. The films have reportedly made over six billion dollars to date and the books have been translated into 67 languages, with 450 million copies sold worldwide. J. K. Rowling’s […]

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