“Rags to riches’ is shorthand to describe J.K. Rowling’s journey from a humble childhood and surviving as a single mother to a billionaire author. Here are a few stops along the way.
Her parents met on the train King's Cross Station has a greater significance for Rowling than the start of Harry Potter's mythical Hogwarts Express. Her parents met as strangers on a train from the London station. Her dad was a Rolls-Royce engineer and her mom was half-Scottish, half-French, according to a 2003 profile in the Scotsman newspaper. Neither had attended college and both were from impoverished backgrounds. (Left, an image of the train filmmakers used to transport the Harry Potter character to wizarding school.) AP Buy Photo