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.
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:
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.
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.
- Miscarriage: Summer of 1992.
- Jessica Rowling Arantes: Born in Portugal in 1993. Her father is Jorge Arantes.
- David Gordon Rowling Murray: Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2003. His father is Neil Murray.
- Mackenzie Jean Rowling Murray: Born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2005. Her father is Neil Murray.
In 1994, Murray graduated from the medical school of Glasgow University.
- Jorge Arantes: Rowling married television journalist Jorge Arantes in Portugal on October 16, 1992. The couple divorced after a short-term marriage on November 30, 1993. Arantes was said to be both emotionally and physically abusive.
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.
- Fiona Duncan: Murray was married in 1996 to Dr. Fiona Duncan, who he met in medical school. The couple separated in 1999, and divorced in the summer of 2001.
Rowling was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.)
Rowling supports many charities including ones that help victims of multiple sclerosis and one-parent families.
Murray: Anesthetist and GP who worked at St. John's Hospital and Edinburgh Hospital.
They reportedly also own an $11 million Georgian-style home with an underground pool and 24-hour security in Kensington, London.
Quotes About the Murray-Rowling Marriage:"A week before she met the man who would become her husband, a good friend asked her what she was looking for in a man. When Jo listed off her basic wants—intelligence, integrity, kindness, a strong sense of self—she says her friend looked at her and said, "Well, that's not going to happen." "[It was] like I'd asked for the earth!" she says. "And I thought, 'Okay, maybe that's not going to happen.'"
Source: "The Brilliant Mind Behind Harry Potter." Oprah.com. 10/01/2010.
Rowling: "Which I never in a million years expected. I never (thought) I would marry again and -- I really didn't. I (was) sometimes lonely. I hadn't met anyone that I wanted to be with long term … So I just thought, well, this is my life. I'm not meant to have that. And then, of course, the moment I'd accepted that comes Neil."
Source: Meredith Vieira. "Harry Potter: The final chapter." MSNBC.msn.com. 7/30/2007.