J. K. Rowling wasn’t exactly running low on accolades, but that didn’t stop Buckingham Palace from selecting her as one of the new Companions of Honour, a rare title that can be held by only sixty-five people at any given time. Rowling was honored for her services to literature and philanthropy at a ceremony on December 12th. “Companion of Honour” kind of sounds like an accolade for a faithful animal, like, for example, the Queen’s famous corgis, or maybe an exemplary Doctor Who character. But who am I to judge.
According to The Independent, The Order of the Companions of Honour, which was established in 1917 by George V, recognizes “services of national importance.” Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise, now worth an estimated $25 billion, includes, in addition to the original seven novels, nine Harry Potter films, a Fantastic Beasts spin-off movie with still more to come, as well as several companion books, a West End play (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) as well as studios, theme parks and endless merchandise.
Rowling uses her Twitter account to promote various charities, including her own charity Lumos, and to speak out against injustice.
Other recipients of the title include former Welsh National Opera violinist Rosemary Johnson, who, after becoming paralyzed in an accident, learned to compose and perform once more, using brain waves. This is so astoundingly cool, you should definitely read up on it like I know this is not what this article is really about but holy moly, science is cool and Johnson is amazing.
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