BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: Entertainment
Front Page 
World 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Showbiz 
Music 
Film 
Arts 
TV and Radio 
New Media 
Reviews 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 

Friday, 2 March, 2001, 08:28 GMT
Potter creator to receive OBE
JK Rowling
Rowling: Could not make the ceremony in December
Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is to receive her OBE from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace on Friday for services to children's literature.

The Edinburgh-based single mother - whose first name is Joanne - has sold more than 30 million copies of her schoolboy wizard books worldwide.

Rowling was to have received her honour in December.

The Harry Potter movie
The Harry Potter movie is released in November

However, the ceremony had to be postponed because her seven-year-old daughter, Jessica, was ill.

The ceremony comes a day after fans of Rowling's schoolboy wizard were treated to a taster of the much-anticipated Harry Potter movie.

The film's makers Warner Brothers put up on their website the first trailer of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, starring Daniel Radcliffe as the young magician.

The film is based on the first of JK Rowling's four Potter best-sellers and is due for release in November.

Oath

Thursday also saw madcap comic Spike Milligan, 82, meet the prince when he received an honorary knighthood at St James's Palace.

Spike Milligan received an honorary knighthood from the prince
Spike Milligan received an honorary knighthood

The veteran comedian's knighthood for services to entertainment is honorary because he adopted his father's Irish nationality.

He refused to swear the oath of allegiance which stood between him and a British passport.

The prince is a big fan of Milligan, who is best known for his work with Peter Sellers, Sir Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine on the Goon Show.

When presenting him with his knighthood, the prince joked that even he had to take the oath of allegiance.

Milligan replied: "Yes but it's your mother isn't it? You don't get board and lodging at Buckingham Palace if you don't swear the oath."

Milligan, who is recovering from kidney problems, was accompanied at the ceremony by his wife Shelagh, 56, and other members of his family.

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
See also:

19 Feb 01 | Entertainment
Potter film needs more time
21 Feb 01 | Entertainment
Coke and Harry Potter join forces
27 Oct 00 | Entertainment
Python joins Potter cast
16 Oct 00 | Entertainment
'Pay row' over Potter stars
21 Aug 00 | Entertainment
Young Daniel gets Potter part
21 Aug 00 | Entertainment
Potter star unfazed by stardom
30 Dec 00 | Entertainment
Wanamaker: Keeping it in the family
01 Mar 01 | Entertainment
Magical Potter teaser revealed
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Entertainment stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Entertainment stories