J.K. Rowling was going on a train, but there was a delay. So, at first, she just sat there, gazing out the window. All there was on the train was quiet and boredom. So, she just sat there, letting her imagination run free. Then, suddenly, an idea struck her mind.
She just had the idea of making a story. So, she started to brainstorm some more, with wild thoughts jumping around in her head. While at this, she brainstormed about a character she would make, whose name would be Harry Potter. In her story, he would have two best friends, named Ron and Hermione. They would all be sorcerers in training at a school named Hogwarts. As she thought up these thoughts, she obviously needed more. So, more crazy and/or wonderful ideas came to her imagining mind. She thought up more characters, like Hagrid, Snape, Professor McGonagall, Dumbledore, etc. She also thought up more ideas like the crazy staircases, the huge dining area, Quidditch area, talking pictures, etc.
Wow! That’s a lot of crazy ideas for a story! So, as she was on the train, she wrote what would be her first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerers (Philosophers) Stone. This is one of the most popular books, still popular today. This is how J.K. Rowling had the idea of and started her Harry Potter series.
Sixth grader Zoe Zimmerman, Central Middle School, Anne Arundel County, learned that J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter was rejected many times.