Nabokov, Vladimir (1899 - 1977)
Russian author of Lolita, a book greatly admired by JKR: "There are two books whose final lines make me cry without fail, irrespective of how many times I read them, and one is Lolita. There is so much I could say about this book. There just isn't enough time to discuss how a plot that could have been the most worthless pornography becomes, in Nabakov's hands, a great and tragic love story, and I could exhaust my reservoir of superlatives trying to describe the quality of the writing" ("How Lolita inspired Harry Potter," Sarah-Kate Templeton, The Sunday Herald, 21 May 2000). Further details about the life and work of Nabokov can be found at: http://www.randomhouse.com/features/nabokov/
Narnia, The Chronicles of
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis were among JKR's favourite books when she was a child. In original order of publication, they are:
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
- Prince Caspian
- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
- The Silver Chair
- The Horse and His Boy
- The Magician's Nephew
- The Last Battle
National Council for One Parent Families
Rowling has acted as an Ambassador for this charity since September 2000 and has made significant donations to the cause (including a single large donation of £500,000 ($750,000). She wrote the foreword to Magic, a collection of short stories sold to raise money for the National Council For One Parent Families' Magic Million Appeal ("J. K. Rowling on her days of Poverty," Clare Goldwin, The Daily Mirror, June 2002).
Connie Neal is the author of What's a Christian to do with Harry Potter? (Waterbrook Press, 2001) and The Gospel According to Harry Potter (Westminster John Knox Press, 2002), as well as many other titles. She received her B.A. in Communication from Pepperdine University, served as a youth pastor for ten years, and then began a ministry of speaking and writing in 1989 which continues today. Neal's signature book is Dancing in the Arms of God (Zondervan Publishers). She teamed up with her daughter (and illustrator), Casey, to create a Young Women of Faith girl's journal (for ages 8-12) entitled Hey! This is Me! She is sought after by both secular and Christian audiences regarding the intersection between Christianity and pop culture. Neal's website has further information about her work and ministry: http://www.connieneal.com
Author of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Novels: A Reader's Guide (Continuum 2001), Dr. Nel is an Assistant Professor of English at Kansas State University, where he teaches courses in children's literature, including one devoted to Harry Potter. He is the author of The Avant-Garde and American Postmodernity: Small Incisive Shocks (2002) and Dr. Seuss: American Icon (2004). Dr. Nel recently joined the Board of Directors of HP Education Fanon, Inc. (see).
Nesbit, Edith (1858 - 1924)
Nesbit lectured on socialism throughout the 1880s, but is most remembered as a prolific author of children's books. Her most famous novels include The Story of the Treasure Seekers (1899), The Wouldbegoods (1901), Five Children and It (1902), The Phoenix and the Carpet (1904), The Railway Children (1906), and The Enchanted Castle (1907). In AOL, Rowling said that E. Nesbit is the author with whom she most identifies. Further information about Nesbit's life and works can be found at: http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/TUnesbit.htm
Café off Princes Street in Edinburgh (near Edinburgh University) where JKR wrote the first book, longhand, while her daughter Jessica slept next to her in her pushchair. JKR recalls there were some days when "she would maneuver the buggy down Nicolson's staircase, her legs shaking from the caffeine overdose" ("From the dole to Hollywood," Elisabeth Dunn, The Electronic Telegraph, 2 August 1997).
Nimbus - 2003: A Harry Potter Symposium
Sponsored by HP Education Fanon, Inc., the first-ever Harry Potter symposium (billed as a blend of an academic conference and typical fan convention) was held in July 2003 at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Approximately 600 presenters and attendees came to Nimbus - 2003.