Kern, Edmund M. - Kiely, Aine - Killiechassie House - Killinger, John (The Reverend Dr.) - King, Stephen - King's Cross Station, London - Kirk, Connie Ann - Kirke, Digory - Kloves, Steven - Kronzek, Allan Zola & Kronzek, Elizabeth
Kern, Edmund M.
Edmund M. Kern is the author of The Wisdom of Harry Potter (Prometheus Books 2003), a lively look at Rowling's books as a combination of fantastical fun and moral seriousness. Kern argues that Rowling's writing exhibits a philosophy suggestive of an updated form of stoicism. He is an Associate Professor of History at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. His research interests include the history of witchcraft.
Aine Kiely (who hailed from Cork, Ireland) was one of JKR's flatmates and good friends from her days in Porto. Aine and Rowling's other flatmate and friend, Jill Prewett, are the subject of the dedication in PA: "To Jill Prewett and Aine Kiely, the Godmothers of Swing." Swing does not, however, refer to swing dancing, but rather to the name of a disco in Porto, where the three women spent many Saturday nights (SS_JKRB).
Home purchased by Rowling and Dr. Neil Murray. They were married there on 26 December 2001. The home is located in Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland.
Killinger, John (The Reverend Dr.)
Author of God, the Devil and Harry Potter: A Christian Minister's Defense of the Beloved Novels (St. Martin's Press 2002), The Reverend Dr. John Killinger is currently the pastor of the historic Little Stone Church on Mackinac Island, Michigan. He taught for 15 years at Vanderbilt University and was the Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church but has served a variety of denominations during his ministry career. He has written more than fifty books, and is recognized as one of America's outstanding preachers.
Horror novelist Stephen King has been outspoken in his praise of Rowling's work. He wrote a very favorable review of GF for The New York Times Book Review in July 2000. He also favorably reviewed OP in Entertainment Weekly (11 July 2003), noting of Harry's longevity prospects: "My best guess is that he will indeed stand time's test and wind up on a shelf where only the best are kept: I think Harry will take his place with Alice, Huck, Frodo and Dorothy, and this is one series not just for the decade, but for the ages."
King's Cross Station, London
Designed as the Great Northern Railway's London terminus by the architect Lewis Cubitt, the structure was built in 1851-2. It was erected on the site of a former smallpox and fever hospital. The train shed is faced with a yellowish brick screen which fronts onto Euston Road and features a central 120 ft high clock tower in Italianate style, with 9 ft diameter clock dials. On either side, there are large arched windows over the fronts of the two big arched train sheds (71 ft high, 800 ft long). JKR has confirmed, however, that she was thinking of Euston Station but wrote King's Cross by mistake (HPM). Marylebone Station was used for the Hogwarts Express departure scenes in the Harry Potter films. Marylebone Station is London's smallest rail station and opened in 1899.
Rowling says about King's Cross:
For me, King's Cross is a very, very romantic place. Probably the most romantic station purely because my parents met here. So that's always been part of my childhood folklore. My dad had just joined the navy; my mum had just joined the Wrens. They were both traveling up to Abroath in Scotland from London and they met on the train pulling out of King's Cross. So I wanted Harry to go to Hogwarts by train. I just love trains; I'm a bit nerdy like that, and obviously therefore it had to be King's Cross. (HPM)
Kirk, Connie Ann
Kirk is the author of a biography of JKR published by The Greenwood Press as part of their Greenwood Biographies series (full-length biographies specifically designed for student research). Kirk is a children's literature scholar who teaches English at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania and is the editor of The Encyclopedia of American Children's and Young Adult Literature. Following Rowling’s example with the schoolbooks in 2002, Kirk made a donation of some of the proceeds from her Rowling biography to Comic Relief.
Digory Kirke is the title character of The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis, one of the seven volumes of The Chronicles of Narnia (a favourite of JKR's). In that series, Kirke as an adult is Professor Kirke, who like C.S. Lewis took in several children evacuated from London during World War II, and is named for one of the most influential teachers in C.S. Lewis' life, the tutor to whom his father sent him after taking him out of boarding school, called "Kirk" by the Lewis family (short for his surname, Kirkpatrick). For more details, see Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life by C.S. Lewis, whose early experiences in boarding school compare with life under Umbridge. (In a neat bit of irony, C.S. Lewis' tutor lived in Surrey.)
Born in 1960, Steve Kloves was the screenwriter for the first four Harry Potter films, as well as the sixth. He was also the screenwriter for Racing with the Moon and Wonder Boys. He was the screenwriter and director for The Fabulous Baker Boys and Flesh and Bone. Additional biographical details can be found at: http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hc&id=1800063277&cf=biog&intl=us
Kronzek, Allan Zola & Kronzek, Elizabeth
Authors of The Sorcerer's Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter (Broadway Books 2001), Allan Kronzek is a professional magician and educator who lectures on the history of magic. His daughter Elizabeth is a writer, editor and historian.
Primary editor: Michele L. Worley.
Original page date 13-June-2004; Last page update 14-August-2007 MLW