Walters, Julie - Wanamaker, Zoë - Waters, Galadriel - Watson, Emma - Waylett, Jamie - Whitbread Prize - Whited, Lana - Williams, Mark - Wimbourne Minster - Winterbourne - Witching Hour, The - Wright, Bonnie - Wright, Cliff - Wye River
Born in 1950 in Birmingham, England, Walters was cast in the role of Molly Weasley in the Harry Potter films. Further details about her life and career can be found at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0910278/
Author of The Ultimate Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter (co-authored with Astre Mithrandir) (Wizarding World Press, 2003). Waters and Mithrandir have also written New Clues to Harry Potter Book 5: Hints from the Ultimate Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter (Wizarding World Press, 2003), Ultimate Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter: Analysis of Book 5 (Wizarding World Press, 2005). and Ultimate Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter: Analysis of Book 6 (Wizarding World Press, 2007).
Cast in 2000 to play the role of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, Watson had only limited acting experience from school plays. Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born 15 April 1990 in Paris, France. Additional biographical details are available at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0914612/. Fan sites include: http://www.emma-watson.org/ and http://www.emmawatson-fans.com/Home.htm
In 1999, JKR was awarded the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year prize for CS. In a controversial vote in 2000, PA narrowly missed being awarded the overall Whitbread Prize for Literature (though it did also win the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year prize that year).
Editor of The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter: Perspectives on a Literary Phenomenon, a collection of critical essays on the Harry Potter novels published by the University of Missouri Press in hardback in 2002 and in paperback in 2004. Lana Whited teaches English and journalism at Ferrum College in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains and writes a weekly column on media issues for roanoke.com.
Born in 1959 in England, Williams was cast in the role of Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter films. Further details about his life and career can be found at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0931247/
Wimbourne Minster is a village in southern Dorset near the village of West Mors, where Rowling's paternal grandparents, Ernie and Kathleen Rowling, had a grocery store business called Glenwood Stores in Station Road for many years. West Mors and Wimbourne Minster are both in the vicinity of Bournemouth, a sizeable coastal Dorset town just northwest of the Isle of Wight.
The Rowling family moved to 35 Nicholls Lane in this village to the northeast of Bristol sometime in 1970 and lived here until 1974. Rowling first attended school in the Winterbourne primary school. The Potters were neighbors to the Rowling family in this village in the early 1970s. The village derived its name from Bradley Brook, a brook that used to burn or dry up in the wintertime. After Henry III's "Disafforestation Act" in 1228, the native forests were cleared and agriculture became the main-stay of the village economy (wheat, flax and barley in particular). Stone quarrying and coal mining were also carried out in this vicinity. See http://www.winterbourne.freeuk.com/ludwell.htm
Witching Hour, The
The Witching Hour was a Harry Potter symposium sponsored by HP Education Fanon, Inc. It was held in Salem, Massachusetts in October 2005. For further information, see http://www.witchinghour.org
Born in 1991 in London, England, Ms. Wright was cast in the role of Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films. Further details about her life and career can be found at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0942247/
The Wye River forms the border between Wales and England near where it flows into the Severn River. This part of the border also separates Chepstow from Tutshill, where Rowling lived for some years starting in 1974. In the 1600s, according to a Famous Wizard card, a troll terrorized travellers crossing the Wye River; the troll was eventually defeated by Almerick Sawbridge (fw41). While Rowling does not give the exact location of this troll-infested crossing, she might very well be thinking of the stretch of river near where she grew up.
Primary editor: Michele L. Worley.
Original page date 13-June-2004; Last page update 14-August-2007 MLW