J.K. Rowling

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J.K. Rowling has worked her magic once again—this time in a court of law.

The Harry Potter scribe has received both an apology and accepted a charitable donation from the London-based law firm that leaked her pseudonym Robert Galbraith to the press.

The decision in a British court came after Rowling brought legal action against a partner at Russells law firm and his friend for revealing to a Sunday Times reporter on July 9 that Rowling had actually penned the crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling.

"I feel very angry that my trust turned out to be misplaced," Rowling said in a statement after the world learned she was Galbraith. "To say that I am disappointed is an understatement. I had assumed that I could expect total confidentiality from Russells, a reputable professional firm."

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


Russells will give an undisclosed amount to The Soldiers' Charity, which assists soliders and their families. The firm also agreed to reimburse Rowling's legal fees.

The author has also announced that she will be donating all royalties from the book for the next three years to the charity. The Cuckoo's Calling tells the story of war veteran-turned-private investigator named Cormoran Strike who is looking into the death of a supermodel.

Meanwhile, as a way of celebrating the 15th anniversary of the very first Harry Potter novel, the book series' publisher Scholastic has been gradually unveiling new cover artwork, which will be on the new paperback versions of the books when they are released on Aug. 27.

The last was one, for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was revealed on Wednesday.

 All in all, not a bad way to celebrate one's birthday. Rowling turned 48 today, with Harry himself turning 33!

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