Even muggles are smart enough to know that today, July 31, is the birthday of Harry Potter, the boy wizard of book and screen.
More important, it’s the birthday of Potter’s creator, J.K. Rowling, whose rags-to-riches story rivals, no, surpasses, that of Horatio Alger’s. According to Forbes magazine, Rowling earned $300 million last year, more than any other celebrity, including Oprah Winfrey. The Wiki says she’s worth $1.1 billion. Here’s The Guardian’s writeup on Rowling’s phenomenal year:
In little more than a decade, the Harry Potter series has become a classic, eclipsing such long-running children’s franchises as the Hardy Boys, which sold 50 million books, according to the Wiki, and Nancy Drew, which sold 200 million. According to the Wiki, the seven books in the Harry Potter series have sold 400 million copies through June, 2008. (The Guardian says 375 million, but, hey, who’s counting?)
Let’s look at the chart of Joanne Kathleen Rowling, who was born July 31, 1965 at 2 p.m. (I’ve taken this time from other Web sites and haven’t personally confirmed it myself) in Chipping Sodbury, England. We can see that she has had Jupiter moving through her house of second resources, giving a lift to her income last year. Here’s her chart, courtesy of Astrodienst.
Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was published on June 30, 1997 by Bloomsbury in Britain as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (it was called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the U.S.). What was happening in her chart then? Uranus in Aquarius was opposing her Sun. Uranus transits often thrust an individual into the limelight seemingly overnight. Rowling suddenly became “famous.”
Still, she was born with electrical Uranus in a tight square to the North Node (the public) so the potential for her to connect with the public and to be controversial (the Christian right has objected to her tales of wizardry) was there from the start.
I will argue, that much like the Internet millionaires who were born with revolutionary Uranus/Pluto in Virgo, Rowling’s big breakthroughs came about during the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction in Taurus, which was trining Rowling’s broad Uranus/Pluto conjunction in 1999 and 2000. At the time the conjunction was quite close, in May 2000, it was trining Rowling’s Virgo Moon. Looking back, it seems the height of Harrymania coincided with the tech boom, though Harry continued to expand his empire after tech stocks crashed.
My favorite factoid about Rowling’s life is that her parents met on a train and that she says she conceived of Harry Potter’s character while traveling on one. Does anybody out there see trains in this chart? Maybe in countries where public transportation is widespread, meeting and coming up with the plots for best-selling books on trains isn’t that unusual. But I found the coincidence interesting myself.
Rowling’s progressed Sun is going to hit her natal Moon in about a year and a half. This is often a significator of marriage or some other important partnership. According to Rowling’s official site, she is married to Dr. Neil Murray, who continues to practice medicine in Edinburgh.
I’m going to assume that Rowling keeps her Web site up to date and that all is well in her marriage. By the way, Rowling humorously defends herself against the inaccuracies published about her in the media in the “rubbish bin” section of her site, ranking false reports about herself from “starting to smell” to “toxic.”
Perhaps under the progressed New Moon Rowling will forge a lasting partnership with a humanitarian or charitable organization. Since she has previously worked for Amnesty International, it could be that group, or perhaps another one dedicated to defending the rights of children or encouraging literacy. We’ll see. The J.K. Rowling saga isn’t over yet.