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Rowling Gets Honorary Degree

November 23, 2000

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) _ Author J.K. Rowling received an honorary degree in the city in which she wrote her smash Harry Potter series about a young boy wizard.

Rowling smiled on Thursday as she received the Doctor of Letters from Edinburgh’s Napier University, but made no remarks.

A single mother, she wrote some of the first Potter book in Edinburgh cafes while trying to stay warm.

``By the time she came to live in Edinburgh in 1993, she had a suitcase full of stories, a young daughter, and no money,″ said Patricia Peattie, Napier’s assistant principal.

Peattie noted that Rowling lived on benefits and a small grant from the Scottish Arts Council, ``all the time writing, writing, writing _ and giving life to Harry Potter and all his adventures.″

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