J.K. Rowling Receives Freedom of the City

J.K. Rowling received the Freedom of the City of London this morning at the Mansion House in the City. Rowling was recognized for her services to children’s literature. The Harry Potter books have sold over 450 million copies. Jo was presented with a framed parchment certificate, and joked that she was also entitled to a free pint at the Leaky Cauldron! BBC reports:

She said: “I am prouder than I can say to be given the freedom of the City.”

She joked that the honour entitled her to “a free pint in the Leaky Cauldron and a ten Galleon voucher to spend in Diagon Alley”.