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J.K. Rowling to Attend Special Dinner with Mrs. Obama in London

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: sue
March 31, 2009, 06:38 PM

The President of the United States Barack Obama is making a diplomatic visit to the United Kingdom, and there will be a special dinner held for the spouses of those attending the G20 summit, which will take place this week. Sarah Brown, wife of the UK Prime Minister, is hosting the event tomorrow night for Michele Obama, wife of the President, at 10 Downing Street, and among the guests will be Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. The Times reports that "seated on one side of Mrs Obama will be J. K. Rowling, the author; on the other will be Kelly Holmes, the double Olympic gold medallist."

The paper continues:

Mrs Brown is in charge of the spouses’ programme and has given much thought to tonight’s table plan. Rowling, the Harry Potter author who wrote the first of her best-selling books when she was living on benefits as a single mother in a mice-infested Edinburgh flat, has long been a vocal Labour supporter. Last year she gave £1 million to the party...The menu, prepared by the chef Jamie Oliver, will feature seasonal produce including Welsh lamb, Jersey Royal new potatoes and asparagus from Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly."

You can read more on this event here from the Guardian. Readers will recall both the Obamas have spoken several times in the past (video on YouTube here) about being Harry Potter fans, and reading the books with their daughters. We are hoping to have photos from this event, and will update with more when we can.

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363 Points

Jobana FTW!!

Posted by Anna on March 31, 2009, 08:43 PM report to moderator
1265 Points

omg… two of my favoritest people in the world are sitting next to each other and i’m going to be in london at the same time! That’s super exciting!

Posted by scarletti1 on March 31, 2009, 08:47 PM report to moderator
783 Points

this is big..

Posted by Mary11_hplvr*WBM* on March 31, 2009, 08:55 PM report to moderator
1661 Points

Whew GO JO!!! That’s a pretty powerful table to be sitting at, but JKR definitely deserves to be there. I mean she’s very active in charitable causes and I dont’ even have to tell you guys what she’s done for the literary world!! Go JO!!!

Posted by cghambright on March 31, 2009, 09:07 PM report to moderator
3703 Points

Cool. I would love to meet them both one day =]

Posted by Christine on March 31, 2009, 09:18 PM report to moderator
3481 Points

OHhhh how fantastic is that?! I so happy we finally have a President and first family that everyone WANTS to be around. I didn’t know Obama was a Potter fan! I’m squee-ing out! That just makes him even MORE cool, if that’s at all possible!

Posted by Sir Nicholas, OoM2, CW on March 31, 2009, 09:18 PM report to moderator
4844 Points

Wow, I wish I could be a fly on the wall. This rocks.

Posted by Lady Grey OoM2,CW*ROAR* on March 31, 2009, 09:24 PM report to moderator
3908 Points

This is so cool!

Posted by Imperiused! on March 31, 2009, 09:28 PM report to moderator
376 Points


Posted by john-robert. on March 31, 2009, 09:42 PM report to moderator
47 Points

omg!!!!!! lucky michelle, lucky jo!

too fun – my 2 favorite people in the world get to meet. i hope michelle can set up a chat with jo for sasha and malia :)

Posted by Chinagrrl on March 31, 2009, 09:42 PM report to moderator
47 Points

omg!!!!!! lucky michelle, lucky jo!

too fun – my 2 favorite people in the world get to meet. i hope michelle can set up a chat with jo for sasha and malia :) and they get to eat jamie oliver’s food … mmm!

Posted by Chinagrrl on March 31, 2009, 09:44 PM report to moderator
674 Points

That’s really cool. I don’t know why I’m so excited about it! I think I’m just jealous of Michelle Obama – dinner next to Jo! I’d be so very nervous!

Posted by joelface on March 31, 2009, 09:51 PM report to moderator
3455 Points

OMG!! (i hope this isnt just a rumor like the dreaded inogoration one)

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on March 31, 2009, 10:02 PM report to moderator
1863 Points

thats right :D michele is an icon in america and the icon in england i believe is jo LOL so the could bring america and england even closer together haha

Posted by Leander21[WBM] on March 31, 2009, 10:14 PM report to moderator
3348 Points

wow this is gonna be great! Squee! :-)

Posted by Emma Lily [Kiwi] *WBM* on March 31, 2009, 10:36 PM report to moderator
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