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Video: JK Rowling Arrives at Royal Opera House, Will Read Beedle the Bard, Possible New Portrait for British Vogue

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: sue
April 02, 2009, 07:17 AM

Update:  The BBC is reporting this event at the Royal Opera House has now concluded,with JKR indeed treating the guests to a reading from Beedle the Bard. Dancers also performed a selection from their production of Giselle. You can read more here. Also the video of JKR arriving at the Opera house is here in our galleries.

As a follow to what we first reported below last night, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has now arrived at the Royal Opera House in London, England. According to this video report from the BBC, you can see Jo and US First Lady Michelle Obama arriving at the event, where the article notes that JKR will be reading excerpts from her recently released The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Early photos are also here in our galleries, courtesy of Reuters/AP.

Update 2: British Vogue is now reporting that they were invited to record the event today at the Royal Opera House, and "to create a series of exclusive portraits for the magazine." Acclaimed fashion photographer Mario Testino took the pictures,and we will update should there be a new portrait of JKR included in the magazine.

Thanks for the first BBC link Wendy!

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3703 Points

I think it’s so cool how the Obamas read HP. =)

Posted by Christine on April 02, 2009, 03:56 PM report to moderator
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Posted by HGROSS44 on April 02, 2009, 04:52 PM report to moderator
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cool! she is so speciall!

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on April 02, 2009, 05:05 PM report to moderator
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I’m really happy to see Jo among the most influential people in the world! XD Of course, she is one of them, so it’s only natural!

Posted by Marina_Spain on April 02, 2009, 06:07 PM report to moderator
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I wish I could have been there to see it. Oh, well. I am sure that for all parties present it would have been a fantastic experience.

Posted by Kirk on April 02, 2009, 07:14 PM report to moderator
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Posted by Leander21[WBM] on April 02, 2009, 08:17 PM report to moderator
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Way cool!! Peace~Big B

Posted by Big B [ROAR FTW] on April 02, 2009, 08:25 PM report to moderator
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That’s really exciting!

Posted by hermyone*ROAR* on April 02, 2009, 08:28 PM report to moderator
951 Points

Jo = the greatest force of Awesome out there.

Posted by Shane [WBM] on April 02, 2009, 09:21 PM report to moderator
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That’s really cool. Wish I was there!

Posted by BeAchL0veEr05 ☼ on April 02, 2009, 09:32 PM report to moderator
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Great. . . :)

Posted by Sidish_black6 [WBM] on April 02, 2009, 10:22 PM report to moderator
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Great. . . :)

Posted by Sidish_black6 [WBM] on April 02, 2009, 10:22 PM report to moderator

Here is part of the report by the Telegraph:

“President Obama may be the world’s most famous man but he became positively star struck in the presence of the Harry Potter author J K Rowling. The President made a beeline for Miss Rowling, at the end of the Downing Street G20 dinner, and told her that he had read all her books himself and to his children Sasha and Malia.

Miss Rowling then received a second presidential seal of approval for the boy wizard from Russia’s President Medvedev and his wife Svetlana, who not only admitted to having read the Harry Potter books but also asked for her autograph."

About Obama, the Scotsman reported:

“An onlooker revealed: ‘He asked for her autograph and told her he had read all the Harry Potter books to his daughter, Malia, so counted himself a big fan of hers. Joanne was clearly very flattered.’”

Posted by Fragesteller on April 03, 2009, 02:46 AM report to moderator
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OK, Fragesteller, thank you EXTREMELY much for that posting!! I don’t know if it’s possible to love both my favorite people as much as I do now, but I’ll certainly try. I’m trying to imagine our wonderfully-too-cool-for-school President Obama “geeking out” upon meeting our literary Goddess, Jo Rowling.

My smile is way wide and my heart is WAY full just reading about it!

Posted by Sitaset on April 03, 2009, 06:32 AM report to moderator
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