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J. K. Rowling

Joanne Kathleen "Jo" Rowling; Best-selling author and multimillionaire; Born: 1965

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Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301


  • B.A. in French, minor in Classics, University of Exeter, 1986

Ever wondered about all the Latin in the popular "Harry Potter" books or in the Harry Potter movies? Between 1983 and 1986, J. K. Rowling studied French with a subsidiary (i.e., minor) in Classics at the University of Exeter in Britain. Her books about the orphaned wizard Harry and the Hogwart's School for Witchcraft and Wizardry have been translated into more than 40 languages (including Latin and Greek) and sold more than 30 million copies.

Willamette University

Classical Studies

Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
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