JK Rowling named "Companion of Honour" by Prince William

Lawrence Kim
December 13, 2017

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling can add another magic moment to her list of achievements - she has been made a royal Companion of Honor. On Tuesday Prince William hosted an Investiture Ceremony, which recognizes people throughout the world who have made special contributions to society. The author described herself as feeling "deeply honored and proud" to be awarded the honor for her services in literature and philanthropy.

Established in 1917 by George V, it recognises services of national importance.

Rowling, who dreamed up her boy wizard character on a crowded train to London from Manchester, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book.

Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and designer Sir Terence Conran were also announced to join Rowling and Smith in the Order, but are yet to formally receive their honours.

The first novel in Rowling's world-renowned fantasy series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was released almost 21 years ago in the U.K. The Casual Vacancy author, who also writes under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) from Prince Charles in 2001 for her children's literature contributions. Other living members of the Companions of Honour include Stephen Hawking, David Attenborough, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Maggie Smith and Delia Smith.

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