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1 hour 28 minutes
First broadcast at 14:35 2 Jan 2012
An inspiring look at J. K. Rowling's rise to fame, from her humble beginnings as an imaginative young girl to the inspiration behind Harry Potter.
almost 2 years ago
It's gone now:-(
I cant believe this will be gone in 7 hours!:O
I've already watched this 21 times!:O<3
I loved this! It was so exciting knowing the end which is not usually the case. Her books are so magical it was amazing to fell a small part of their beginning. She really has got a very special talent.
I can't believe this is only on air for another 18 hours.
Call me obsessive but this is the 6th time i've watched this
I love Harry Potter and J.K.Rowling but I couldn't watch past when her fiance speaks...most horrendus Scottish accent ever!
Excellent film i loved every minute of it. I remember when i was younger i so much wanted to be a writer and, although i write stories i have never shown anybody just like J.K. The film made me think of the hopes and, dreams i had for my stories. J.K is such a good writer and, i hope one day to be like her and, have one of my stories in print. Thank you J.K for writing Harry Potter and, thank you channel 5 for showing this film.
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I thought the open scene was something out of Comic Strip presents. This is an unauthorised movie which means they are guessing and JK wanted nothing to do with it. ha ha
simply inspirational to say the least! loved this so much aswell as her. Thankyou channel 5 for showing this, AMAZING!
Wow - I have to say Joanne Rowling is an inspiration to everyone who has ever considered giving up on their hopes and dreams and everyone who has found themselves in a seemingly helpless situation. Her books are amazing and I want to say thank you to her for bringing Harry Potter into this world!
WOW so inspiring. as i am a single perent and on benefits i can relate 2 alot that u have been thought! i would like to thank you for not giving up on your books there the best books i have ever read the only books i have ever read lol. as i write this, i currently have your book the half blood prince open at page 445. THANKYOU SO MUCH XX
so inspiring, shes incredible.
She actually studied classical civilisation at uni but hey ho....
OMG OMG I LOVE YOU J.K.ROWLING !!! xxx<33 OMG I LOVED HARRY POTTER THANK YOU J.K.ROWLING FOR CREATING THE HARRY POTTER SIERES. AND BTW I LOVED THIS FILM.... I HAD KNOW IDEA THAT YOU HAD ALL READY HAD AN ENDING FOR THE SEVENTH BOOK BEFORE THE FIRST BOOK WAS FINISHED .... SO THIS FILM HAS TAUGHT ME ALOT ABOUT YOU xxx<33
AND I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU J.K.ROWLING FOR THE HARRY POTTER BOOKS I DON'T KNOW WHAT I WOULD DO WITHOUT THEM. xxx<33
I LOVE YOU
I'm covered in tears.
Dreams do come true...
She was obv born to do it.
And tho I am not a Harry Potter fan think after watching this I might convince myself to read one or more of her books.
Jo Rowling, such an inspiration even to me as a musician, her books have nurtured me and made me feel less alone all of my life. She will continue to inspire me, and I am so glad she managed to make it through he difficult life, the phrase "Im not saying its going to be easy, Im telling you its going to be worth it" comes to mind.
I truly believe that a lot of her fans now regard 'magic' as a real way to control reality. Sad.
I think Henry Pooter, sorry, Harry Potter (see Diary of a Nobody) is pure gratuitous and derivative BILGE.
I also think it is incredibly sad that so many people have wasted so much time on it instead of reading the original Greek, Norse, Egyptian etc mythologies which are its sources and which are far more enchanting, inspiring and salient to appreciation of further cultural avenues.
To think that this commercial twaddle will usurp the place of these in children's educaion from now on. And as for adults who waste their time on these stories...words fail.
I appreciate channel 5 for finally recognising J.K Rowling as an inspirational woman, of the decade. And giving an opportunity for her fans to know her personal story. I hope it will inspire the younger generation to achieve in their lives.
Jo gave me the confidents to read and write things agene i have read all the books and washed all the films so many times i have lost cont thank you J.K Rowling it was inspiring
I have so much love for J K Rowling. She is my idol, if i ever met her i wold just die haha. Harry Potter is literally everything to me and i agree with christopher the agent, it will be on my shelves past my childhood. i will never grow out of harry potter.
J.K Rowling is an amazing person! She is such a great inspiration and I cannot thank her enough for creating such a wonderful world that will follow me through my life like it has my childhood! If you are reading this Jo, know that you are truly amazing and completely deserve all of the greatness that you have from Harry Potter and that I love you and my ambition is to one day meet you!
Love Rachel your biggest fan and a true Potterhead! xxxxx
OMR I'm in love :O... I cried so much, happy and sad xxxxxx
J.K Rowling is a true inspiration! I have loved her books and the movies ever since i was little and have been pretty much obsessed with them up to now! Harry Potter has played a major part in my childhood, it taught me to love books and dare to imagine the unimaginable! I never knew what she went through before she achieved all this. She really deserves it all of her fame and fortune! Best Wishes to J.K xxxxx
From a HUGE Harry Potter fan! :D
It's a shame really, she loved her mum so much.
I feel so sorry for Joanne Rowling, I can't believe her mum died like that. :(
I can't believe she was abused either.
love jk rowling but had no idea she was abused
I have also read all the books and seen all the films. I've the read the books at least 8 times each, but I've never grown tired of them. To be perfectly honest I never expected the author of one of the most famous seris of books to have had such a hard life. I can't believe that, as a person on housing benefits, J.K Rowling turned out to be one of Great Britains richest women. But I can imagine why everybody loves these books, they are out-of-this-world. If J.K. Rowling was ever to read this comment i hope she would not be too offended but this is my opinion and in my eyes this is the truth.
J.K Rowling, is amazing!
WOW what a story and as a 54 year old woman I adore Harry Potter. Am sad that all good things must come to an end but joyed that Joanne still writes. I would like to be just like her when I write my books but mine havent seen the light of day and no-one but me has read them. Joanne you are with out doubt a fantastic write and I admire you greatly. Thank you for giving me Harry Potter and allowing me to share your world of magic and intrigue.
Who's this JK Rowling bloke then? :P Hee hee.
i enjyed this programme charting jk rowlings life to how she became famous its a wonderful story and im glad she created harry potter
Christopher M.J Sykes
How can you get in touch with J.K Rowling as a pen pal, shes great..
Really good and inspiring, however it kept buffering online, probably because its so popular
i think J.K Rowling is such a good writer and she has done a great gob of here books and i have read them all and i think they are all amazing and fantastic books!!!!!!and it was such great acting!!!!!!
This is appalling, it's almost offensive to Jo how bad this is.
its absolutely amazin
i love J.K ROWLING and iv watch all the movies and ive read all the books and they amazing
Is there a way to skip through the programme, past the parts that I have seen? I have watched the first hour of this, then I clicked on the chromebook advert and was taken out of the JK Rowling drama.
subtitles are not available, even though it states they are. can they be enabled?
stop hating on the program its amazing
I went to Wyedean school and it looks nothing like they showed on the program. Plus the acting wasn't great.
I went to both the schools she went to and neither or them looked anything like this! Nor does Tutshill look anything like that either! Hahahahah
Yay! JK Rowling is soo amazing and a fantastic inspiration! Thank you for creating the world of Harry Potter! :D
I love J.K Rowling!!!!!!
Mel / Hermione
I love JK Rowling. he has inspired me and SO many others. I just think it's a shame that she's not in this :c
J.K ROWLING, THE QUEEN<3
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