The first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was released on June 26th, 1997. The last book of the series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released 19 years later in 2016.
A year later, she was given a $2,400 advance by the London-based publisher Bloomsbury. She was given a chance because the chairman of the company had an eight-year-old daughter that read the first chapter of the manuscript and told her father that she loved it and she wanted to read more.
Initially they only printed 1,000 copies of Rowling's first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The series became such a phenomenon that when they released the 7th book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it sold 11 million copies on just the first day.
J.k Rowling was extremely poor and depressed and raising a small child when she completedHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The book was later renamed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stonefor the U.S. edition
J.K Rowling once said, "I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had."
I would say that she did pretty darn well. Her stories are known worldwide from The United States to Finland from Russia to Japan. Everyone all over the world knows about the little boy with the lightning bolt scar on his forehead...no matter what the cover looks like.