Inside the Magical World of J.K. Rowling

Elizabeth Vargas takes viewers into the "Harry Potter" author's magical world.

July 10, 2009— -- The woman who created an imaginary world for millions, J.K. Rowling, allowed cameras extraordinary access during the year before the seventh Harry Potter book was published.

From the one bedroom apartment in Scotland where it all began to a hotel room where viewers watch her type the last words of the Potter saga, Rowling lets millions of fans into her world. The documentary exposes her childhood sorrows, visits the church where she and her sister worked after school as janitors, and allows people to see her now as both the queen of a magical, alternative universe and an everyday mom.

Cameras also travel back to her hometown and discover where many of the characters of Harry Potter originated.

Upon the release of the latest Harry Potter movie, Elizabeth Vargas takes viewers on a journey into the life of the woman who came from "nothing" and created all of her own success.

Watch "J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life," Thursday, July 16 at 8 p.m. ET