Jk Rowling's Money Woes

Multi-millionairess HARRY POTTER scribe JK ROWLING once wished she had never penned the magical franchise - because she felt so guilty about the enormous wealth the books brought her.

The acclaimed author - whose latest tome HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX is out tomorrow (21JUN03) - told British journalist JEREMY PAXMAN in an exclusive TV interview that she's uncomfortable with the huge amount of money she earns.

She says, "Yes, I feel guilty about it. Definitely I feel guilty. When it first happened I didn't become immediately very rich. The biggest jump for me was the American advance which was enough for me to buy a house.

"And I didn't feel guilty, I felt scared at that point. I thought I mustn't blow this. I mustn't do anything stupid with it.

"And then, yeah, I felt guilty. Of course the rewards were disproportionate but I could see how I got there so it made it easier to rationalise."

20/06/2003 13:10

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