Gallico, Paul - Gambon, Michael - Gaunt, Genevieve - Gleeson, Brendan - Goldenberg, Michael - Goudge, Elizabeth - Grahame, Kenneth - GrandPré, Mary - Granger, John - Gray, Francesca - Greenfield, Giles - Griffiths, Richard - Grint, Rupert - Gupta, Suman
Gallico, Paul (1897 - 1976)
Paul Gallico is an author cited by JKR many times over as amongst her favorites. She particularly noted her love of his novel Manx Mouse (1968) in an interview on the "Today Show" with Katie Couric (October 2000). Extensive information about the life and works of this author is available at: http://www.paulgallico.info/
Born in Ireland in 1940, Michael Gambon was cast to play the part of Albus Dumbledore in PA/f following the death of Richard Harris (see). Information about Gambon's career can be found at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002091/.
Michael Goldenberg was the screenwriter for OP/f. He was also the screenwriter for Contact (1997) and Peter Pan (2003). Additional biographical details can be found at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0325533
Goudge, Elizabeth (1900 - 1984)
Author of The Little White Horse (1947), a children's novel that JKR cites as one of the influences on her own writing and her favorite book as a child. Rowling says: "It was probably something to do with the fact that the heroine was quite plain but it is a very well-constructed and clever book and the more you read it, the cleverer it appears. And perhaps more than any other book, it has a direct influence on the Harry Potter books" (Scot2002). An extensive bibliography of Goudge's work can be found at: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/g/elizabeth-goudge/
Grahame, Kenneth (1859-1932)
Author of The Wind in the Willows (1908), a novel Rowling remembers her father gave to her and read to her when she was sick with the measles in early childhood (SS_JKRB). Further information about Grahame can be found at: http://www.online-literature.com/grahame/
GrandPré is the illustrator of Scholastic's United States editions of the Harry Potter novels. She was educated at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Please see her entry on About the Artists for more information about her life and work.
John Granger is the author of Looking for God in Harry Potter (Tyndale House Publishers 2004) and The Hidden Key to Harry Potter (Zossima Press 2002). A graduate of the University of Chicago, Granger is currently the "Harry Potter Professor" at Barnes & Noble University, where one of his courses is on teaching children literature through Harry Potter. He teaches at Peninsula College in Port Townsend, Washington.
She wrote Rowling's first-ever fan letter and addressed it to "Dear Sir," confirming Christopher Little's belief that if Rowling used her initials, it might make it appear as though the author were male. Rowling says she has met Ms. Gray (Scot2002).
Greenfield was the illustrator of the Bloomsbury edition of GF. Additional examples of Greenfield's folio of artwork can be viewed at: http://www.theartworksinc.com/folio/greenfield/greenfield.htm
Born on 31 July 1947 in Thornaby-on-Tees, Cleveland, England, Richard Griffiths was cast as Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter films. Further information can be found at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0341743/
Born on 24 August 1988 in a small town in Hertfordshire, England, Grint was cast to play Ronald Weasley in the Harry Potter films in 2000. Rupert Grint had no previous acting experience. www.rupertgrint.net is a good source of additional information about this talented young actor.
Author of Re-Reading Harry Potter (Palgrave Macmillan 2003), Gupta teaches at The Open University in the United Kingdom. His focus is on the social and political implications of the worldwide Harry Potter phenomenon.