JK Rowling Reveals She Didn’t Publish Full Name Books Because She Was Scared Of Her Ex-Husband

JK Rowling reveals she didn’t publish the Harry Potter books under her full name because she was afraid of ex-husband Jorge Arantes who she now has a retraining order against

  • The author, 55, said she was “a bit paranoid” and used her full name “Joanne Rowling.”
  • So she chose her initials after her ‘difficult marriage’ to Jorge Arantes
  • Miss Rowling had said she did, so the books appealed to boys and girls alike

JK Rowling has revealed that she has not published the Harry Potter books under her full name because she was afraid of her abusive ex-husband.

The 55-year-old author said she was “a bit paranoid” and used her full name “Joanne Rowling,” so she chose her initials after her “difficult marriage” to Jorge Arantes.

Miss Rowling has previously said she was persuaded to use her initials so that the books appealed to both boys and girls.

The novelist, who is now happily married to Neil Murray, had to get a restraining order against her first husband.

She was married to Arantes for only 18 months and they separated in 1993.

The author (pictured), 55, said she was “a bit paranoid” with her full name “Joanne Rowling,” so she chose her initials after her “difficult marriage” to Jorge Arantes

The novelist, now happily married to Neil Murray, had to get a restraining order against her first husband (pictured)

The novelist, now happily married to Neil Murray, had to get a restraining order against her first husband (pictured)

When asked by author Simon Armitage whether the use of her initials was a recommendation from the publisher, Miss Rowling said: “Partly right, I’ve actually never said part of this before, it’s true my publisher felt this was a book.” that guys was fun too and they were definitely excited to ‘unisex’ me a bit.

“This is the part I never actually said before: I actually wanted to be published under a completely different name because I had come out of this very difficult marriage and I was a bit paranoid.

“It was stupid actually because my ex-husband knew what I’d written, he’d never read it, but we’d talked about it, so if he ever heard of it, he’d know it was me.

“But I didn’t think it would be a success, I didn’t think it would be in Portugal, but I was a bit paranoid at the time…” Miss Rowling said it suited her to have a pseudonym.

She added: “I actually had a restraining order against my ex-husband, so as we got closer to publishing I thought maybe I’d just publish this under a different name, I’ll have a pseudonym, that’ll be great.” .

When asked by author Simon Armitage whether the use of her initials was a recommendation from the publisher, Miss Rowling said:

When asked by author Simon Armitage whether the use of her initials was a recommendation from the publisher, Miss Rowling said: “Partly right, I’ve actually never said part of this before, it’s true my publisher felt this was a book.” that guys liked it too and they definitely wanted me to be a bit ‘unisex’.’ Pictured: With husband Mr Murray

‘So JK actually suited me a bit, not to have my name on it [the book] somehow, although of course it’s my last name, but I don’t really feel ‘JK’.”

In the past year, Ms. Rowling has faced an onslaught of transphobia allegations since she published an essay on her website in July last year arguing that biological sex is real, and voicing her concerns about same-sex spaces.

She makes the unveiling on Radio 4’s The Poet Laureate Has Gone to His Shed, which can be heard tonight at 19:15 (SAT).

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