JK Rowling is possibly the most renowned and successful author in recent history.
She’s penned seven bestselling books in the Harry Potter series and made millions of dollars.
But her life hasn’t always been easy. When the first Harry Potter book was published in 1997, JK Rowling was a single mother, who was living on benefits in Edinburgh.
She felt like a failure and was being treated for clinical depression.
That’s why she wrote the Dementors into the series (their name is a blend of ‘tormentor’ and ‘dement’) to explore her own experience with depression.
This is how Rowling described them in the book, “If it can, the Dementor will feed on you long enough to reduce you to something like itself… soulless and evil.
“You’ll be left with nothing but the worst experiences of your life.”
Rowling wrote that they “freeze your insides” and “they don’t need walls” to keep their prisoners in, because their prisoners become “trapped inside their own heads”.
Rowling, obviously, was eventually able to defeat her own Dementors and she went on to pen the first Harry Potter book.
“I had an old typewriter and a big idea. I had failed on an epic scale. I was jobless, a lone parent and as poor as it is possible to be in Modern Britain without being homeless,” she’s said.
“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
The story goes the idea for the novel that started it all, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, came to Rowling during a four-hour delayed train ride while she was working at the Chamber of Commerce in Manchester. She begun writing the stories on her typewriter before moving to Portugal to become an English teacher.