Muggle Encyclopedia

compiled and written by Penny Linsenmayer

Radcliffe, Daniel films
Born in July 1989, Daniel Radcliffe was not new to the acting world when he signed to play the role of Harry Potter in August 2000. Radcliffe played the tailor's son in WEB LINK - IMDBThe Tailor of Panama and had recently played the young David Copperfield for the BBC production of WEB LINK - IMDBDavid Copperfield. His father Alan Radcliffe was an actor for a brief time, before becoming a successful literary agent with William Morris and later with ICM. His mother, Marcia Gresham, also had an acting career before becoming a casting agent. Daniel received £200,000 ($300,000) for the first two films. Additional information about Radcliffe can be found at WEB LINK

Rankin, Chris films
Born in November 1983 in Auckland, New Zealand, Chris Rankin was cast as Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter films. Further information can be found at: WEB LINK - IMDB

Rawle, Jeff films
Born in July 1951 in Birmingham, England, Jeff Rawle was cast as Amos Diggory in the Harry Potter films. Further information can be found at: WEB LINK - IMDB

Rawlins, Adrian films
Born in March 1958 in Staffordshire, England, Adrian Rawlins was cast as James Potter in the Harry Potter films. Further information can be found at: WEB LINK - IMDB

Richardson, Miranda films
Born in March 1958 in Lancashire, England, Miranda Richardson was cast as Rita Skeeter in the Harry Potter films. Further information can be found at: WEB LINK - IMDB

Rickman, Alan films
Born in 1946 in London, Rickman was cast to play the role of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films. Extensive information about Mr. Rickman's life and distinguished career can be found at: WEB LINK - IMDB and WEB LINK

From the 2001 Unreel Magazine interview of Alan Rickman:
Q: Can you tell us a little about your character Professor Snape?
A: Well he's Professor of Potions and the current head of Slytherin House at Hogwarts - the school of wizardry that Harry attends, but he harbours a secret ambition to be a Professor of the Dark Arts. He isn't that taken with Harry though, probably because he finds him a little too popular for a first year pupil, I suppose. I think at heart Snape is basically quite an insecure person, he's always longing to be something else that people will really respect like a black magician not just a school master. That's why he envies the more popular and successful boys like Harry. He does have his positive side though even though Harry's a thorn in his side he doesn't let it worry him too much. [WEB LINKFull text of interview]

signed book to JKR's father Ridley, Mr.
Rowling dedicated GF to: "Peter Rowling, in memory of Mr. Ridley, and to Susan Sladden, who helped Harry get out of the cupboard." Mr. Ridley is Ronald Ridley, an old family friend, who inspired her choice of given name for the character of Ronald Weasley. Peter Rowling's personal copy of GF is inscribed: "Dear Dad, If I had said Ronald (Weasley) Ridley, they would have tracked the poor bloke down... but that's why Ron's called Ron, of course!" WEB LINK

Rolls-Royce engine plant
JKR's father worked at a Rolls-Royce aircraft engine plant in Bristol while she was growing up (WP1).

Rowling, Anne Volant
JKR's mother was a lab technician while Jo was growing up. She was half-Scottish, half-French. She died of multiple sclerosis on 30 December 1990, at the age of 45. She never knew that her daughter had started writing about Harry Potter and achieved such wide success (SS_JKRB). JKR has confirmed that the loss of her mother inspired the scene in PS12 where Harry sees his deceased parents in the Mirror of Erised. JKR was close to her mother and says that "she would give almost anything for another five minutes with my mother which, of course, would never be enough." ("Tales from a Single Mother," Eddie Gibb, The Sunday Times, 29 June 1997).

Rowling, Dianne
Dianne Rowling, second child of Peter and Anne Rowling, was born 28 June 1967 in Yate (birthdate given as 18 June 1967 in Connie Kirk's book WEB LINK - amazon.comJ.K. Rowling: A Biography, which is probably a typographical error). Dianne married Roger Moore in Edinburgh on 3 September 1993. JKR would soon land on her newly-married sister's doorstep with baby Jessica in late November 1993 (SS_JKRB).

Rowling, Ernie
In later years, Rowling's paternal grandfather and his wife Kathleen ran a grocery store called Glenwood Stores in Station Road, West Mors, near Wimbourne Minster in Dorset. In tribute to her grandfathers, Rowling named the driver and conductor of the Knight Bus for them (Stan and Ernie) (SS_JKRB).

Rowling, Janet (Gallivan)
Some years after the death of Anne Rowling, Peter Rowling married his secretary, Janet Gallivan, on 2 April 1993. Peter and Janet Rowling have, by all accounts, a good relationship with JKR (SS_JKRB).

Rowling, Jessica Isabel
JKR's first child was born on 27 July 1993 in Porto, Portugal. She was named after JKR's heroine and human rights activist, Jessica Mitford. JKR gave Jessica a copy of Mitford's book WEB LINK - amazon.comHons and Rebels shortly after her birth in remembrance of the woman for whom she was named (SS_JKRB).

Rowling, Kathleen
JKR's paternal grandmother, who died in Poole, Dorset near Bournemouth in about 1974 / 1975 when JKR was nine years old. JKR was born Joanne Rowling, with no middle name, and when it was decided that Philosopher's Stone would be published under initials paired with her surname, Rowling chose to take her paternal grandmother's name of Kathleen as a middle name (SS_JKRB).

Rowling, Peter James
Like JKR's mother, her father Peter Rowling was born during the wartime years of the early 1940s. His father Ernie Rowling had moved from northeast London to West Moors near Bournemouth to open a grocery store, and son Peter followed this example after his March 1965 marriage to Anne Volant, moving her to the West Country village of Yate, northeast of Bristol. JKR's father worked at a Rolls-Royce aircraft engine plant in Bristol while she was growing up (SS_JKRB).

Primary editor: Michele L. Worley.
Original page date 13-June-2004; Last page update 14-August-2007 MLW