Neil Michael Murray and J.K. Rowling, J.K. Rowling has found happiness in her marriage with Dr. Neil Murray. Here’s information about how the couple met, their wedding, children, and more.
Fast Marriage Facts – Jo and Neil:
Wedding Date: December 26, 2001.
First Marriage: No.
Did You Know?
Their wedding was very small with only 15 guests.
Joanne Rowling: July 31, 1965 in Chipping Sodbury which is near Bristol in southern England. July 31st is also the birthday of her famous wizard character Harry Potter.
Her nickname is Jo. The “K” in her author name was added when her publisher thought she needed a second initial. Rowling chose her grandmother’s name, Kathleen.
Neil Scott Murray: June 30, 1971 in Scotland.
How J.K. and Neil Met:
Murray and Rowling were introduced by a mutual friend in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2000.
Dr. Neil Murray has been described as an adult version of Harry Potter. He has short, dark hair, and wears round spectacles.
Ages at Wedding:
Rowling, 35; Murray, 30.
Joanne Rowling and Dr. Neil Murray were married on December 26, 2001, in the library at their home in Perthshire, Scotland. It was a private 20-minute ceremony. Rowling wore a cream couture outfit.
Among the 15 guests at the wedding were Rowling’s father Peter and stepmother Janet, and Murray’s father and mother, Ernest and Barbara.
The three bridesmaids were her daughter Jessica, Rowling’s sister Dianne, and Murray’s sister Lorna.
To keep the ceremony a secret, they hired caterers from Edinburgh, and a minister, J.S. Richardson of St. Columbia’s Episcopal Church in Edinburgh.
Earlier plans to marry on a trip to the Galapagos Islands were cancelled after news leaks appeared in the press.
Rowling has three children.
Rowling graduated in 1987 from the University of Exeter with a degree in French and Classics. In July, 2004, she received an honorary degree from Edinburgh University.
In 1994, Murray graduated from the medical school of Glasgow University.
Both Rowling and Murray were married before.
Rowling, about her first marriage: “Obviously you don’t leave a marriage after that very short period of time unless there are serious problems. And I had a baby with this man. But it didn’t work. And it was clear to me that it was time to go. I never regretted it.”
Source: Brendan Bourne. “JK Rowlings Marries Her Doctor Friend.” Sunday Times of London. 12/30/2001.
Books By and About J.K. Rowling:
The “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling
“J.K. Rowling: A Biography” by Sean Smith