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J.K. Rowling Receives British Honor For Harry Potter And Lumos Foundation

We all have to thank author J.K. Rowling for giving life to one of literature’s favorites, the Harry Potter series. Her brainchild born from actual written ideas on a napkin while waiting for the delayed train from Manchester to London almost three decades ago, needless to say, is a big influence to readers all over the world–a story that made us dream and believe in magic.

Harry, Ron, and Hermione were constant companions growing up, and even after the books and movies have ended (but not really, thanks to Potter spin-off trilogy Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), the magic, indeed, lives on.

With her influence and great contribution in the field, she has already bagged honors in the previous years like the Officer of the Order of the British Empire title given by Prince in 2001, a French Legion of Honor prize, a Hans Christian Andersen Award, and other awards under her belt.

Last Tuesday, December 12, she adds yet another award to her dossier–the Companion of Honour, presented by Prince William himself.

The said award, bestowed to the 52-year-old during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, is only given to a select 65 distinguished and diversely talented company, which include the likes of actress (and Harry Potter actor) Maggie Smith and music icon Paul McCartney. Apart from J.K.'s literary involvement, this recognition also acknowledged her input in charitable causes with her Lumos Foundation.

Founded by King George V in June 1957, the Order of the Companions of Honour was meant to be given to certain individuals as a reward for outstanding achievements in the arts, literature, music, science, politics, industry or religion. 

"To be included in the distinguished and diversely talented company of the other Companions of Honour, especially as a female writer, is a particular privilege,” she said via the Royal Family’s Twitter account.

Our Literature Queen, oh, you’re a true inspiration.


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