The school where JKR taught French in Edinburgh in the mid-1990s ("Tales from a Single Mother," Eddie Gibb, The Sunday Times, 29 June 1997). JKR recalls that her students "used to take the mickey out of her, mock her English accent. But they were never sure whether to do her as a cockney or a Hooray Henry, so she taught them how to do Forest-of-Dean." ("Harry, Jessie and Me," Simon Hattenstone, The Guardian, 8 July 2000).
Cast in the role of Cho Chang in the Harry Potter films, Leung (born in 1987 in Scotland) had no previous acting experience. Further information can be found at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001059/
An Editorial Director of his own imprint (Arthur A. Levine Books) through Scholastic, Inc. and a Vice President of Scholastic, Arthur Levine led the negotiations on behalf of Scholastic to obtain the U.S. publishing rights to Rowling's novels in 1997. Janet Hogarth, originally part of Barry Cunningham's team in the Children's Book Division at Bloomsbury, had joined Scholastic and urged Levine to consider acquiring the U.S. publication rights. Levine read PS on a flight from New York to the Bologna Book Fair in Italy. He continued to bid higher and higher for the publication rights, eventually paying $100,000 (£66,666). It was possibly Scholastic's payment of this enormous figure which led to instant media attention, thereby putting Rowling's work in the spotlight more than the already-favorable reviews might have done (SS_JKRB).
Lewis, Clive Staples ('Jack') (1898 - 1963)
C.S. Lewis is the author of The Chronicles of Narnia series, which is frequently cited by JKR as amongst her favorites and which she has re-read many times. "Even now, if I was in a room with one of the Narnia books I would pick it up like a shot and re-read it" ("Harry Potter Charms a Nation," Helen de Bertodano, The Electronic Telegraph, 25 July 1998). For additional information about C.S. Lewis, please consult the C.S. Lewis Foundation. The following is also an excellent resource: http://cslewis.drzeus.net/
Born in June 1989 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, Matthew Lewis was a fan of the books before being cast as Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films. Further information can be found at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001059/
Christopher Little Agency, The
JKR's literary agent is Christopher Little of The Christopher Little Agency in London. Of their letter accepting her manuscript of PS, JKR said: "It was the best letter of my life; I read it eight times" ("£100,000 success story for penniless mother," Nigel Reynolds, The Telegraph, Spring 1997). It was Christopher Little who suggested the pen name of "J. K. Rowling" rather than "Joanne Rowling" (SS_JKRB).
Born in February 1944 in London, England, Roger Lloyd-Pack was cast in the role of Barty Crouch in the Harry Potter films. Further information can be found at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001059/