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JK Rowling’s former PA described as ‘good liar’

Image copyright PA Image caption JK Rowling hired Amanda Donaldson to help organise her business and personal matters. The former personal assistant of JK Rowling has been described as a “good liar” by the author’s husband. Dr Neil Murray made the comment during a civil case at Airdrie Sheriff Court against Amanda Donaldson. Ms Donaldson is accused of fraudulently using the Harry Potter creator’s credit card to fund spending sprees that included buying £3,629 of luxury cosmetics from Molton Brown. The 35-year-old, from Coatbridge, in Lanarkshire, denies the claims. Dr…

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JK Rowling sues former employee for £24,000

Image copyright PA Harry Potter author JK Rowling has launched a £24,000 legal claim against a former employee for allegedly using her money to go on shopping sprees. Ms Rowling, 53, claims Amanda Donaldson broke strict working rules by using her funds to buy cosmetics and gifts. Ms Donaldson worked as a personal assistant for the writer between February 2014 and April 2017, before being sacked for gross misconduct. The 35-year-old from Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, has denied the claims. Legal papers lodged at Airdrie Sheriff Court allege Ms Donaldson wrongly benefited…

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Johnny Depp ‘felt bad’ for JK Rowling over casting backlash

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rowling said she had done “what we believe to be the right thing” in sticking by Depp Johnny Depp has said he “felt bad” for author JK Rowling after the backlash she received for supporting his casting in the Fantastic Beasts film series. In December, Rowling said she was “genuinely happy” about Depp’s casting, despite accusations of domestic violence by his ex-wife Amber Heard. “JK has seen the evidence and therefore knows I was falsely accused,” Depp told Entertainment Weekly. “That’s why she has…

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JK Rowling inspired by 18th Century boy’s chicken in trousers tale

Image copyright MERL Image caption The chicken in trousers has caught the eye of JK Rowling, who tweeted about including it in her next novel Doodling while bored in maths is not unusual – but could you match the 18th Century school boy whose drawings of a chicken in trousers and a family dog led to full-blown stories? The illustrations have now caught the eye of JK Rowling, who tweeted about including the tales in her next novel. The doodles, found in an archive of books, were tweeted by the…

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JK Rowling suspected BBC of revealing Robert Galbraith pseudonym

Image copyright PA Image caption Rowling has written four crime novels under her Robert Galbraith pseudonym JK Rowling has said she once suspected the BBC of revealing the fact she was writing crime novels under the alias Robert Galbraith. “I thought it had probably leaked from the BBC,” the author said, adding she had feared someone at the corporation had “put two and two together”. Rowling’s secret identity was actually revealed after a partner at a law firm told his wife’s best friend. The friend then revealed Rowling’s identity to…

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JK Rowling defends Nagini casting in Fantastic Beasts

Image copyright Warner Bros Image caption In the trailer Claudia Kim transforms into a snake JK Rowling has defended the casting of a Korean actress as Voldemort’s snake Nagini in the Fantastic Beasts sequel. The latest trailer has revealed Claudia Kim as Nagini and sees her transform into a snake. Some have criticised the fact the only Asian actor in the cast plays a reptile that is a villain’s slave. But JK Rowling tweeted that Nagini is based on “the Naga”, which are “snake-like mythical creatures of Indonesian mythology.” She…

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