#262 | JK Rowling & The Battle To Publish Harry Potter

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#262 | JK Rowling & The Battle To Publish Harry Potter

On 26 June 1997, an unknown author published a book called Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. 

Harry Potter would go on to become the best-selling series in literary history, selling over 500 million copies worldwide.

The journey to get there, however, was far from simple.


  • The early life of JK Rowling
  • Her mother's illness
  • Getting the idea for Harry Potter
  • Losing her mother, moving to Porto and her unhappy first marriage
  • Escaping to Edinburgh
  • Writing Harry Potter in a cafe while her daughter slept
  • Trying to find a publisher for Harry Potter
  • Why Harry Potter was rejected by so many publishers
  • The daughter of the boss of Bloomsbury Publishing reads one chapter
  • Getting her first book deal
  • The reception of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • Seeing JK Rowling's personal story in Harry Potter
  • Taking the book to the USA

Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/publishing-harry-potter


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    So inspiring and motivational ! Great podcast ⭐️

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    Evaa22

    the intro is way to long but good episode still skip till 5:30

    2 months ago·1 like·
  • Gillian

    the intro is way to long but good episode still skip till 5:30

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    martin

    Insightful and timely. Heartfelt words of personal and intuitive wisdom. Matt speaks directly from his heart about life wisdom’s coming from experience and deep thought. I love it. Victoria Mcknight

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    laurin

    Great episode loved 12:30 the most good interview

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