J. K. Rowling Other literary forms

Other literary forms

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

In addition to her series of novels about the boy wizard Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling (ROHL-ihng) has composed the volumes Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2001) and Quidditch Through the Ages (2001); she has contributed all proceeds from sales of these works, more than fifty million dollars, to charity. Pretending to be volumes from the library at Rowling’s fictional Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, these two works are brief, comic parodies of the kinds of informative books often written for children. For The Children’s Voice, a charity that she cofounded, Rowling handwrote and auctioned a book of fairy stories titled The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which sold for ¡1.95 million. One of the stories (“The Tale of the Three Brothers”) appears in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.