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The BBC's June Kelly
"Everywhere she goes there are fans"
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Friday, 2 March, 2001, 13:47 GMT
Potter creator receives OBE
JK Rowling
JK Rowling finally receives her OBE
Harry Potter creator JK Rowling has received an OBE from the Prince of Wales.

And Prince Charles told her he was a huge fan of the children's novels.

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


The Prince asked me about the film - he said he can't wait

JK Rowling

Rowling was joined at the Buckingham Palace ceremony by veteran comedian Jim Davidson, who also received an OBE.

Rowling, who received her medal for services to children's literature, said the prince had wanted to know more about the movie version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

She said: "The prince asked me about the film. He said he can't wait, and he wanted to know whether it was true to how I saw the story in my mind."

Speaking about the production, she said: "It's always very difficult for TV and film adaptations to live up to the book.

"But I had a lot of input in this one and although it can never be 100% I think it's going to be great.

The Harry Potter movie
The Harry Potter movie is released in November
Rowling was to have received her honour in December but 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.

Writing to the end

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.

Future plans for Rowling are centred on completing all seven of the proposed books in the Harry Potter series.

Jim Davidson
Comedian Jim Davidson honoured for his charity work
Ms Rowling added: "The books are all planned and I desperately do want to write to the end of the story.

"I see it as one huge novel that I have chopped into seven books for the reader's convenience."

Entertainer Jim Davidson, 47, was honoured with an OBE for his charity work.

The Generation Game host and keen Conservative supporter set up the British Forces Foundation two years ago to raise money to put on comedy shows for troops.

The entertainer was called Mr James Davidson by the usher.

He said: "When I got up there, Prince Charles said 'Oh, you're James Davidson. We wondered who this James Davidson was. It's you Jim, thank goodness'."

Prince Charles is the patron of the British Forces Foundation.

Davidson said he doubted whether the Prince had ever seen some of his "less family-orientated" acts but added: "I think he has got a great sense of humour and it was a great honour to receive my award from him."

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