An inspiring look at JK Rowling's rise to become one of the most influential writers-from her humble beginnings as an imaginative young girl and awkward teenager to the loss of her mother and the genesis of the Harry Potter phenomenon.
Paul A. Kaufman
[on her mother's sickness]
I was fifteen when she was diagnosed, but we now know that she was showing signs probably from when I was ten or eleven. She would have odd losses of feeling in limbs, her balance actually was poor for a long time, and it just got worse and worse, and she decided it was time to visit the doctor, but she wasn't expecting to hear anything. A year of tests and there we were. She had a very virulent form of the illness. And at the time, there were no drug treatments at all...
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The broadcast versions featured and referenced the Lily Allen song, "Smile," as J.K. Rowling was adding the number pages to her manuscript. The song and the reference itself are removed in the home entertainment release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, where this documentary is a special feature. See more »