Secret Identity 1 Revealed

JK Rowling is now a very successful author, but that wasn't always the case.

When she was trying to publish her first book, she faced many difficult challenges and she had to show a tremendous amount of RESILIENCE.


5 cool and resilient facts about JK Rowling's life story

  • 1
    Her first HARRY POTTER book was rejected by 12 different publishing houses.
  • 2
    After 12 months of trying, someone finally agreed to publish her book.
  • 3
    Finishing the book was not easy either, she had just moved countries, split up with her husband, had no job, and was living on state support with a young child.
  • 4
    Growing up she wrote stories for her family, she wrote her first one aged 6, it was called Rabbit.
  • 5
    She wrote the orginal Harry Potter book on an old manual typewriter. 

Yes, one of these, can you believe it?

No delete button to correct her mistakes on this old thing...

It must have taken her absolutely ages to type it all out, the book is 76,944 words long!

Makes us tired just thinking about it.

activity sheet: activity 1

Ok, so now it's your turn: we have an activity sheet for you to complete.

Please choose the online or print version below.

Once you have completed ACTIVITY 1 come back to this page and we'll get you ready for your next activity.

If you to choose the online version and you want to keep your work, please remember to press PRINT and then SAVE AS PDF once you have finished.

well done- as a little reward... here's some Harry Potter related jokes for you...

Q: Why doesn’t Voldemort have glasses?
A: Nobody nose.

Q: What did the Snitch say when Harry Potter asked if he cheated?
A: Don’t be quiddiculous.

Q: Why does Neville always use two bathroom stalls?
A: Because he has a Longbottom.

activity sheet: activity 2

The RESILIENCE message we get from JK Rowling and her story is to never give up.

Despite all of the difficulties she faced, she didn't give up on her dream to be a published writer.

Here's one of our favourite inspirational quotes about not giving up.

Quotes are a nice way to remind you of something important, click through the slideshow below to find a quote that you like.

Choose one, and then go to ACTIVITY 2 (a/b/c ) on your sheet.

activity sheet: activity 3

You will often hear people say 'never give up', and that is an important attitude to have in life but... you have to be SMART about it.

JK Rowling didn't just wake up one morning and decide to try and get a book published, instead:

  • she had studied english at senior school and the classics at university- she had a literary education
  • she wrote lots of stories as a child and had a short story published in her University's Journal
  • she also had some positive feedback on the first 3 chapters of the first HARRY POTTER novel

So whilst none of these factors could have predicted her incredible success, she was SMART about not giving up. 

She wasn't trying to be a professional footballer, she was working on something that matched her education, skills, practice and experience, and importantly- she received FEEDBACK on her work.

To help you think about how this works, please fill in ACTIVITY 3 on your worksheet.

lesson over: some fun Activities for you

That's it, well done!

If you like colouring in, then the 2nd page of the activity sheet is for you.

We've also got some cool RESILIENCE and HARRY POTTER related activities for you to enjoy below- have fun!

  • memory game
  • jigsaw
  • hangman puzzle
  • word search

If you are finding this jigsaw a bit tricky, you can click on the picture or ghost icons (bottom left) for help.

(The jigsaw image was shared under a Creative Commons Attribution License and was taken from the Flickr Photostream of Tiago Augusto.)