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Photos of Jo and Video from Queen's Party

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: sue
June 25, 2006, 03:07 PM

Earlier today, author J.K. Rowling attended the special party for the Queen today at Buckingham Palace. Reuters is now reporting that Jo was met by many of her fans at the party.

As children's authors mingled with the guests, the biggest reception was given to JK Rowling, mobbed by children desperate for an autograph from the author of the Harry Potter wizard sagas.
"I think it is a wonderful idea to celebrate the Queen's 80th birthday by celebrating children's literature. I really do think it is a golden age at the moment," she told reporters at the most surreal garden party ever staged at the palace.

Thanks to Page from and Jenna from, we now have some great photos of JKR at the Queen's party, as well as some of actors Rupert Grint (Ron) and Matt Lewis (Neville) here in our galleries. The video of the special Harry Potter Scene can be seen here (Please, right click and save as.) Jenna, from also has the video here as well. Thanks to Page and Jenna!

Update: Emma, from sent us the transcript she made of the video which you can read below. Thanks Emma!

Update #2: More photos online from the AP, here. Some similar photos are up at the BBC site as well.

[The scene opens with Hedwig flying to Hogwarts, dropping a letter on one of the chairs in the Gryffindor Common Room. Harry, Ron and Hermione enter the room in mid-conversation.]

Hermione: But that doesn't make any sense. Hags aren't vegetarian...

Ron: Hermione, it's a joke!

Harry: What's this owl doing here? Why isn't it in the owlery?

Hermione: Must have flown in through the wrong window. There's a letter.

[Harry picks up the letter and opens it. They all sit at a table.]

Harry: I can't make it out. It's all smudged. I think it's from the Minister.

Ron: What's he ever done for us? [Takes his wand from his pocket] I'll get rid of it. I've been practising my conflaguration spell.

Hermione: Wait a minute. [Hermione takes the letter away from Ron] It doesn't say Minister for Magic. It says Prime Minister.

Harry: What, the muggle one? What's he want?

Hermione: [Reading the letter] To whomever it may concern, as long as they can use magic...

Ron: Sounds a bit desparate...

Harry: He's not being very choosy, is he?

Hermione: [Continues reading] A terrible crime has befallen the country. Her Majesty the Queen's handbag has been stolen.

Ron: Lord Voldemort's getting really inventive.

Harry: I dunno, I can't really see Voldemort with a handbag myself.

Hermione: There's more. [Continues reading] This handbag contains the reading glasses her Majesty is due to use to read her speech at her 80th birthday celebrations.

Harry: That's today isn't it? Peeves was using it as an excuse to drop red, white and blue eggs over everybody at breakfast. [Takes the letter off Hermione and continues reading] We urgently need you help. We don't know who could've taken the bag or how to get it back. We've tried everything. [Finishes reading] I know they use veritaserum to make thieves at the Ministry confess.

Hermione: But we don't know who the thief is.

Harry: Oh yeah, good point.

Hermione: There must be another way. It can't be that difficult.

[Harry gets up and points his wand at the table]

Harry: Accio lost handbag!

[The spell produces nothing. Harry indicates for Ron to come and help.]

Harry & Ron: Accio lost handbag!

[A heap of handbags appear on the table]

Harry: It's bound to be one of these.

[They start going through the bags. Hermione finds a stuffed bird and Harry finds a sandwhich. Neville enters the room.]

Neville: What are you doing with my Gran's handbag?

Ron: Hey, Neville, your Gran isn't the Queen, is she?

Neville: What??

Hermione: Ron, none of these handbags are the Queen's. We're too far away from Buckingham Palace to work the Accio charm.

[Ron meanwhile is still searching through a bag]

Neville: I wouldn't out your hand in there, Ron.

[Ron gasps and lifts his fingers out. They're caught in a mouse trap.]

Harry: Who keeps a mouse trap in a handbag?!

Neville: My Gran, ever since she put her hand in her bag in 1947 and found a fanged gerbil in there. My Grandad thought she'd find it funny.

[Ron grimaces in pain, trying to get it off]

Hermione: I've got an idea.

Ron: [Thinking she's on about his hand] Brilliant, could you hurry?

[Hermione goes to another table and sits down, writing a note]

Ron: I'm losing the circulation in my finger.

Hermione: We'll send a message to the Palace. It'll just mean a temporary transferance of magical power. We can easily do that.

[Harry gives the note to Hedwig]

Harry: Off you go! Buckingham Palace! You can't miss it. Big white place with a flag on top.

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