J.K. Rowling (pictured) has won the newly established the Hans Christian Andersen literature award. She accepted the 500,000 kroner (approximately $75,000) award at a ceremony at Odense, Denmark.
The Guardian reports: “Rowling said she was ‘humbled and deeply honoured’ to receive the prize, saying ‘Hans Christian Andersen is a writer I revere, because his work was of that rare order that seems to transcend authorship,’ and praising Andersen’s “indestructible, eternal characters.'”
Next month marks the release of the first part of the film adaptation of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows. The second part will be released next July–which every Potter fan knows is Harry’s birth month. Potter and Rowling share the same birth date, July 31st.