Although she has stated in interviews that she was born in the village of Chipping Sodbury, Rowling's birth record records her birth at Yate General Hospital on 31 July 1965. Rowling and her family lived in this village to the east of Bristol until the late 1960s (sometime between her sister Dianne's birth in 1968 and 1970). The name of the village derives from the Saxon "giete" or "gete," which means a gateway into the forest area. At that time, southern Gloucestershire was covered by woodlands and forest areas. It had evolved into a pastoral agricultural area by the middle of the 19th century. The Yate coal mines (at their height from 1830-1890) serviced Bristol's industrial development. See www.yateonline.co.uk.
Born in 1963 in St. Helens, Merseyside, England, David Yates was chosen to direct OP/f for Warner Bros. Further information about Mr. Yates' career can be found at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0946734/
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Original page date 13-June-2004; Last page update 14-August-2007 MLW