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Last Updated: Wednesday September 07 2005 09:00 GMT

Portrait of JK Rowling unveiled

The portrait of JK Rowling
Harry Potter author JK Rowling might not have a Hogwarts-style moving portrait of herself, but she has got the next best thing.

A picture of her is being unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in London on Tuesday, inspired by her early life.

It shows JK sitting at a desk in a bare room, with a writing pad in front of her, along with three boiled eggs, to represent her three children.

The picture was painted by artist Stuart Pearson Wright.

He said: "I was drawn to Jo principally because of my admiration for a woman who can successfully combine motherhood and a creative career.

"Jo told me that she had been drawn to my work because of the tiny paintings that I had done of a family of people with red hair.

"She confessed to sharing a fascination for people with red hair, which any readers familiar with the Weasley family in the Harry Potter books should not be surprised about."


At the unveiling on Tuesday night JK said she was delighted with the picture: "This genuinely is the first time that I have seen this and I love it... This shows more of me than any photo has ever shown.

"Stuart [Pearson Wright] and I had the most incredible laughs doing this and of course I am delighted and honoured to be here in the National Portrait Gallery Collection."

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