JK Rowling Given Freedom Of London (And 10 Other Things You Didn't Know About The Harry Potter Author)

PA/Huffington Post  |  Posted: Updated: 09/05/2012 10:17

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Harry Potter creator JK Rowling has been honoured with the freedom of the City of London.

The author, who has sold more than 450 million copies of her books, was given the accolade in recognition of her services to children's literature.

Rowling was given the honour at the Mansion House in London, at which she was presented with a framed parchment certificate.

She said: "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 realise this - entitles me to a free pint in the Leaky Cauldron and a ten Galleon voucher to spend in Diagon Alley."

Ten things you didn't know about JK Rowling:

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  • As a child JK Rowling's favourite book was The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. PHOTO: PA

  • JK Rowling insisted on using British actors for the Harry Potter films PHOTO: PA

  • JK Rowling and her husband (an anaesthetist) have no plans to stop working despite her multi million pound fortune, as she thinks working sets a good example to her children PHOTO: PA

  • JK Rowling goes on Harry Potter fan sites - she once visited the chatroom of popular site Mugglenet, and got told to keep quiet by regulars as she didn't know enough about Harry Potter PHOTO: PA

  • JK Rowling typed Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on a typewriter PHOTO: PA

  • After graduating, and before starting the Harry Potter books, JK Rowling worked as a researcher at Amnesty International PHOTO: PA

  • Before she finished the books, she let Alan Rickman in on the whole story, so that he could play the character of Severus Snape better in the films PHOTO: PA

  • Harry Potter and JK Rowling have the same birthday, 31st July PHOTO: PA

  • Her preferred Hogwarts house would be Gryffindor (the same house as Harry, Ron and Hermoine) PHOTO: PA

  • Her first fan letter was from a reader called Francesca Gray. She thought JK Rowling was a man and started her letter, 'Dear Sir...' PHOTO: PA