The mind behind the “Harry Potter” mega-franchise, J.K. Rowling, turns 50 on Friday. Considering the book series has sold 450 million copies and has been translated into 73 languages, it should come as no surprise that the author has more than a few fans on social media wishing her a happy birthday.

Rowling, who is worth an estimated $1 billion, offered up her appreciation to her admirers as well as some witticisms about hitting the milestone.


Since the conclusion of the “Harry Potter” books, Rowling has turned her focus toward creating material for adults. Her next book, “Career of Evil” (which she publishes under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith) is slated for an October 2015 release.

David Eckstein is a writer living in Los Angeles.