HeadLine: MUMMY POTTER
The Mirror, 20/09/2002, p1
by SHAUN MILNE & CRAIG MCGILL
MILLIONAIRE Scots author JK Rowling announced some wizard news of her
own last night – she’s expecting a new baby.
The former Edinburgh school-teacher from Leith and her husband of nine
months Dr Neil Murray are said to be “delighted” at the news, in a
statement issued last night.
Rowling, 37, who has a nine-year-old daughter Jessica from her first
failed marriage to Portuguese journalist Jorge Arantes, has already
broken the news to her family that she is around three months pregnant.
A spokesman for the couple said: “JK Rowling and Dr Neil Murray are
delighted to confirm that they are expecting a baby in the spring.”
Rowling, who has amassed a fortune said to be in the region of
£262million from the sale of her four Harry Potter books, is believed
to be in “very good health”.
One pal said last night: “Both she and Neil are over the moon about
this – it just cements their love for each other. It’s their own little
bit of magic.”
Proud grandfather-to-be Ernest Murray told the Mirror last night: “It’s
great news – of course I’ll be spoiling the little one when it comes
Rowling, who has properties in both Edinburgh and Perth, married
anaesthetist Neil, 31, in a private ceremony at Killiechassie House in
Perthshire on Boxing Day last year.
The announcement of her news goes a long way to explaining the delay
behind the publication of the fifth in the series of the Potter books
which made her name.
The announcement came on the day she won a court case against another
author trying to rip off the Potter books.
After the court success she said: “This is a large weight which has
been lifted off me. I feel very different today – it’s great.”
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