Geek Brief: Harry Potter

Harry Potter is about a young boy who lost his parents when he was a baby and has to grow up with his terrible aunt, uncle, and cousin. However, what he doesn’t know is that he is part of a whole other world. He is a wizard. Not only is he a wizard, but also he is the most famous wizard because he defeated the darkest and most dangerous wizard of the time when he was just a baby. With new knowledge of this life, he has to learn to use and control his magic, be on the lookout for the dark wizard and his followers, and try to make friends and grow up as normally as possible.

Harry Potter… one simple name that is known by millions of people all round the world. When J.K. Rowling created the wizarding world, she had no idea that it would have ever been as big as it has. The series of Harry Potter took the world by storm and changed the way books were being written and started a revolution of new imagination.

Joanne Rowling (J.K. Rowling) was born in 1965 and grew up in Gloucestershire, England. She has written books and novels from the age of six. She studied at the University of Exeter, studying French and classics. However, she also spent a lot of her time reading outside of class to keep her imagination running. She absolutely loved to read. After her time at Exeter University she decided to settle down with her husband, Jorge and her daughter, Jessica. Unfortunately, the marriage did not last, and Joanne and Jessica set off to have a fresh start. Joanne has had a lot of depression and excitement in her life. Because of all of her experiences in her life, she created the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

She got the idea of Harry Potter one day when she was waiting on a train to get to Kings Cross Station in London. Whenever she had free time on her hands she would spend it creating and writing Harry Potter. A lot of the characters and events that happen in the series are based on real life people and experiences that J.K. Rowling went through herself. In 1998, the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was published in the United States. Rowling kept writing whenever she had time and created two more books. In 2001, Warner Bros Production decided to approach J.K. Rowling and asks to turn her amazing books into motion pictures. After 13 years of creating this new world, J.K. Rowling created 7 books and 8 movies by 2011, and she’s not done. Since then, she has written short books that were schoolbooks featured in the Harry Potter series. She has also expanded the wizarding world by creating a theater production, The Cursed Child, and a new film production, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Rowling has recently revealed that there will be 5 films in the Fantastic Beast series. Just when we thought she was done, she took us all by surprise.

Editor-In-Chief’s Note:

Campus Chronicle will be doing a Geek Brief in each issue this semester covering a different hobby, movie series, book series or something similar to give a basic overview of each of these areas.  If you know of one we should cover please email

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