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The Ultimate J.K. Rowling Quiz
by Staff
Just another quiz about a famously rich, reclusive and prolific writer who we all secretly think we could be best friends with. Take this quiz to see if your Rowling fandom is truly special.

What does the "J" stand for in J.K. Rowling's pen name?

  • Joanne
  • Josephine
  • Jamala

What does the "K" stand for?

  • Katherine
  • Kathleen
  • nothing — just "K"

Why did she choose to write under J.K. and not Jo?

  • She wanted the mystery.
  • The publishers weren't sure if boys would go for a wizarding book written by a woman.
  • There was already a Jo Rowling writing books.

Rowling is:

  • Scottish
  • Welsh
  • British

Where did Rowling's parents meet?

  • Kensington Palace
  • King's Cross Station
  • a bowling alley

Rowling's mother worked as:

  • a wizard
  • a stay-at-home parent
  • a science lab technician

What author did Rowling name her daughter after?

  • Jane Austen
  • Jessica Mitford
  • P.G. Wodehouse

Where did Rowling attend university?

  • Exeter
  • Oxford
  • Cambridge

What university rejected her?

  • Harvard
  • Cambridge
  • Oxford

What year was Rowling first struck with the idea for the Harry Potter books?

  • 1972
  • 1994
  • 1990

Rowling moved to Portugal briefly and worked as what?

  • a waitress
  • an English teacher
  • a journalist

Where did she move after returning from Portugal?

  • London
  • Edinburgh
  • Dublin

How much was Rowling estimated to be worth, in 2012?

  • $900 million
  • $4 billion
  • $400 million

Before "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" was published, Rowling estimates how many people read it?

  • 15
  • none
  • 7

Where was Rowling when the idea for the Harry Potter series came to her?

  • in the rain
  • in a plane
  • on a train

What did Rowling read from at the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony?

  • "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"
  • "Peter Pan"
  • "Alice in Wonderland"

Rowling's father auctioned off what in 2003?

  • an inscribed first edition of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" given to him by Jo on Father's Day
  • a date with him
  • a date with Jo

Rowling used what assistance when writing the first Harry Potter book?

  • a transcriber who wrote down her story while she recited it
  • roughly 15 cups of coffee a day
  • government welfare

How did Rowling write the first manuscript for "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone?"

  • typewriter
  • longhand
  • computer

How long did it take for Rowling to find a publisher?

  • about a year
  • ten years
  • three days

What was the initial print run of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone?"

  • 1,500
  • 500
  • 10,000

Where does Rowling like to write?

  • her studio in the country
  • cafes
  • the library

What is Rowling's pseudonym for her mystery series?

  • Joe Garner
  • Jo Tipplepot
  • Robert Galbraith

Who revealed Rowling's pseudonym?

  • her father
  • herself
  • an acquaintance of one of her legal representatives

Why did Rowling choose "Galbraith"?

  • it was a fantasy name she had for herself as a child
  • She combined the last names of two influential teachers she had.
  • She opened a phone book and randomly picked it.

Rowling was bestowed what honor in 2000?

  • Order of the British Empire
  • the title of "Lady"
  • the Pulitzer Prize

What Harry Potter-related project is upcoming?

  • a new story about Harry's mother
  • a play about Harry's youngest child
  • a retelling of the Harry Potter story from Voldemort's perspective

In 2008, Rowling gave the commencement address at what university?

  • Harvard
  • Oxford
  • Exeter

"The Casual Vacancy" was Rowling's novel after the Harry Potter series finished. What is the setting of the story?

  • Hogsmeade
  • London
  • a fictional town in Britain

What was the first screenplay Rowling ever wrote?

  • "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"
  • "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"
  • "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"