J.K. Rowling to be Awarded Freedom of the City of London on May 8


Apr 26, 2012

Posted by John Admin

J.K. Rowling will receive the Freedom of the City of London on Tuesday, May 8 for her services to children’s literature, according to a press release from the City of London.

The ceremony will take place at the Mansion House, the official residence of London’s Lord Mayor. She will read aloud the Declaration of a Freeman and be presented with a framed parchment certificate.

In a statement, Ms. Rowling spoke of what the award means to her and some special perks:

“Both my parents were Londoners. They met on a train
departing from King’s Cross Station in 1964, and while neither of
them ever lived in London again, both their daughters headed
straight for the capital the moment that they were
independent. To me, London is packed with personal memories,
but it has never lost the aura of excitement and mystery that it
had during trips to see family as a child.

“I am prouder than I can say to be given the Freedom of the
City, which, on top of all the known benefits (and few people
realize this), entitles me to a free pint in The Leaky Cauldron and
a ten Galleon voucher to spend in Diagon Alley.”

The Freedom of the City of London can be traced back to
1237. Today, people are presented with the award because it
offers them a link with the historic City of London and one of its
ancient traditions.

Thank you to In Honor of Rowling for the tip!

16 Responses to J.K. Rowling to be Awarded Freedom of the City of London on May 8

Avatar Imagebellahawthorne says: This is very exciting, and I'm very happy for her! Congratulations JK! :)Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: How very lovely!Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: I'm very happy for her! She definitely deserves itAvatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: Congratulations! Avatar ImageGraymayne says: Congratulations, Jo, for being awarded the Freedom of the City of London, you' ve proved your worth many times over.Avatar ImageRavenclawmax says: Isn't she just amazing! I can never stop being inspired by her.Avatar Imagekatelyner123 says: She is soooo amazing and deserves this by far! She deserves all the awards in the world and I am so glad to see that she is still getting awards for her masterpiece invention that has changed the lives of ever single person alive, in great ways even if they dotn know it. For me, if Harry Potter wasnt in my life, I wouldnt be the person I was. We still need to thank her for giving us our lives and beating everything ever made! ( Especially Twilight and the Hunger Games!! ;P)Avatar ImageCatherine says: Hahaha--got to love Jo's humor :) Congrats!!!Avatar Imagemuggle..andproudofit says: Kudos 4 JK!Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: Congrats JKR! Well deserved, if I do say so myself. :)Avatar ImageGene L. says: Congratulations Ms. Rowling, London must've been a charming place to visit. Avatar ImageMissWeasley8 says: Congrats, Jo! :) Well done and well deserved! Keep up the fantastic work!!!!!Avatar Imagehewy says: Congratulations Jo! You certainly made a big difference in my life and the only award I can bestow is to buy your books and pass them on to the children in my life.Avatar ImageG.Weasley says: I don't know what that title means yet as I haven't heard of it before an DJ have yet to Google it but still anyways congratulations to her! She deserves it.Avatar Imagelovelle says: Cool! Congrats JK Rowling!

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