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Secret wedding for Potter author

LONDON, England -- Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling married her boyfriend at a private ceremony over Christmas, her spokeswoman said.

The wedding took place at the couple's home in Scotland on December 26.

The author, whose books about the young wizard have become a worldwide sensation, met anaesthetist Dr Neil Murray in Edinburgh, Scotland, just over a year ago.

"J.K. Rowling and Neil Murray were married privately on December 26 at their house in Perthshire," Nicky Stonehill said on Saturday. "Their immediate family attended the wedding."

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Rowling's first marriage ended in divorce and she began to write the best-selling Harry Potter books as a single mother in Edinburgh while bringing up her daughter Jessica.

The books follow the exploits of a young English boy who discovers he inherited magical powers from his parents.

They had been a pair of wizards killed by a powerful enemy and Harry is invited to become a student at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The first of the books, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was recently released as a film, smashing box office records in Britain and the United States, where it is titled "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."

The books -- four have been published to date -- have been massively successfully around the world, translated into hundreds of languages.


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