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Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story (2011)

TV-14 | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 18 July 2011
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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.

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Paul A. Kaufman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Poppy Montgomery ... Joanne K. Rowling
Emily Holmes ... Diane Rowling
Antonio Cupo ... Jorge Arantes
Janet Kidder ... Anne Rowling
Madison Desjarlais ... Joanne Rowling at 17
Andy Maton Andy Maton ... Christopher Little
Aislyn Watson ... Joanne Rowling at 8
Marie West ... Aine
Lisa Norton ... Jill
Paul McGillion ... Pete Rowling
Sarah Desjardins ... Diane Rowling (13-15)
Christine Chatelain ... Bryony
Wesley MacInnes ... Sean Harris
Patti Allan ... Mrs. Morgan
Greigh Laschuk Greigh Laschuk ... Dr. Neil Murray
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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.

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Biography | Drama

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USA

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English

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18 July 2011 (USA) See more »

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The Biography of J.K. Rowling See more »

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In the final scene, J.K. Rowling wears a poppy, presumably because she was at an early November event. She is wearing a Canadian poppy with a modern black centre, instead of a UK poppy or a mid 90's Canadian poppy with a green centre. See more »

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When Joanne graduates from university, the University Officers and the new graduates are all shown wearing American-style academic dress with a closed gown and a gold stole. English university graduates wear open fronted gowns with an academic hood and no stole. In addition, the new graduates are wearing royal blue gowns. Exeter University gowns are black; the hood is dove grey, edged in blue taffeta. See more »

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JK Rowling: What do you think, will you ever see Harry Potter in there? Not bloody likely.
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Written by Jeff Toyne and Miriam Jones
Performed by 'Miriam Jones'
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It was all right, except they got her personality wrong,
24 February 2012 | by neptunegalaxySee all my reviews

I loved Poppy Montgomery acting, but I think they got J.K's personality all wrong. Any fan of J.K.Rowling that ever read some of her interviews, watch documentaries, maybe read a biography or at least bothered to know more about her besides the single-penniless-mother-writer slogan that came attached to her name would realize that she is not quiet like that.

Sure, they got her hair right, the sets, the atmosphere was great, but regarding other things (her personality, her reaction to things MOSTLY) I believe they just came up with. Like, they would look into a certain situation that we know for a fact that happen and just wonder what she would have done, instead of what she did, and by doing that they changed her personality completely. Its entertaining, but its not biographical.

For example, she wasn't at all somebody that would go around screaming I WANT TO BE A WRITER for everyone everywhere, she said many times she never felt like she could tell someone that. I don't remember much about the movie but I remember that at one point she screams with one of her teachers for some random reason... Every fan knows J.K.Rowling was an observer person, quiet as a kid and melancholic as a teenager, listening to The Smiths, always with her head in books, an eccentric person, with hysterical laughs and fun but also very introspective, had a serious depression after she came back from Portugal, etcetera. Its part of the common knowledge that fans have of her, and their J.K.Rowling is not like that at all.


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