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Handprints of JK Rowling Now On Display in Edinburgh, Scotland

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: sue
February 12, 2009, 08:36 AM

Last year we told you author J.K. Rowling was to be honored by the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. The event took place in September, where Jo received the Edinburgh Award. In commemoration of this event, hand prints of the Harry Potter author have now been made, and are on display for the public. STV reports her "her engraved handprints in Caithness stone are in the grounds of Edinburgh's City Chambers, alongside those of fellow Edinburgh author Ian Rankin." Update: You can see a photo of Jo making her hand prints courtesy of here in our galleries.
J.K. Rowling said:

"I was delighted to receive the Edinburgh Award, as this city and its wonderful inhabitants have meant so much to me for the last 15 years.

"I think it is particularly appropriate for a writer's hands to be represented, so I am deeply honoured to have my keyboard-chipped fingernails, not to mention my pen-induced friction callous, commemorated in the place where I produced Harry Potter."

George Grubb, Lord Provost of Edinburgh, said: "With the installation of the beautifully crafted stone bearing Ms Rowling's handprints, the City Chambers quadrangle is fast becoming a lasting visual testimony to some of Edinburgh's greatest living citizens.

"Our city is home to a huge wealth of talented individuals who truly put Edinburgh on a global stage through their achievements."

 Thanks much John!

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1224 Points

Very nice! Can’t wait to see photos!

Posted by Ginevra86 on February 12, 2009, 08:42 AM report to moderator
97 Points

im so excited to see the photos!

Posted by aubrey015 on February 12, 2009, 08:52 AM report to moderator
923 Points

Ah! A handsome commemoration indeed, lol.

Posted by Graymayne on February 12, 2009, 09:10 AM report to moderator
2090 Points

Awesome! I really must make Edinburgh my next trip destination…

Posted by KianaCP on February 12, 2009, 09:12 AM report to moderator
595 Points

This is a great honor for Jo and her family. She always speaks so highly of Edinburgh, it’s just so cool to see that there is mutual affection there.

Posted by MJLeakyCon on February 12, 2009, 09:21 AM report to moderator
931 Points

I hope that I get to see those one day!

Posted by wizardinventor on February 12, 2009, 10:01 AM report to moderator
4366 Points

That is so awesome! =D

Posted by Sophie on February 12, 2009, 10:02 AM report to moderator
3700 Points

Wouldn’t mind seeing that!

Posted by Minerva McGonagall on February 12, 2009, 10:17 AM report to moderator
1591 Points

I would really love to see that.

Posted by bookmonster79 on February 12, 2009, 10:26 AM report to moderator
1623 Points

I do hope I’ll be able to visit the site some day. Congratulations, Jo! :)

Posted by Bookworm Jen on February 12, 2009, 10:35 AM report to moderator
1884 Points

This biggest thing I notices is where she said “to have my keyboard-chipped fingernails”. Is this an indication that she is hard at work writing again? I hope so. I need something new to look forward to on Harry and the rest of the Harry Potter World.

Posted by Cool G on February 12, 2009, 10:56 AM report to moderator
108 Points

Yay! Wish they’d done this while I was still studying there, but now it’s just another excuse for me to go back :D

Posted by Christie Roberts on February 12, 2009, 11:26 AM report to moderator
3465 Points

First lip prints, now hand prints. Whatever next!

Posted by gaminette [GTFO!] on February 12, 2009, 11:43 AM report to moderator
16484 Points

Oh, that’s great ! I’m glad she was honored by the city that means so much to her.

Posted by Vicky Granger [ROAR] *Prof Adrasteia Andraste* on February 12, 2009, 12:12 PM report to moderator
1013 Points

Brilliant words from Jo, and I can’t wait to see those pics either.

Posted by Dawlish and the Archies {WBM!} on February 12, 2009, 01:53 PM report to moderator
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