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Harry Potter creator given freedom of City of London

The creator of the Harry Potter series has been honoured for her services to children's literature. J K Rowling has sold more than 450 million books worldwide. She's now been given the freedom of the City of London.

Harry Potter author J K Rowling has been given the freedom of the City of London Credit: Reuters

The author said she was prouder than she could say to be given the honour, which, she added: "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."