J.K. Rowling Donates a Million Pounds to Keep Scotland in the U.K.

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J.K. Rowling gives a million pounds to the "no" campaign, which is fighting to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom.

Jun 12, 2014 | 05:29 PM

In the midst of the Scotland independence debacle, a hot button debate on whether or not Scotland should leave the United Kingdom, many celebrities have come forth to voice their opinion on the matter. The latest one is famed author J.K. Rowling.

The "Harry Potter" creator, who's the first female billionaire novelist, uses her influential stature and collected funds to support the "better together" campaign, which wants Scotland to stay with the rest of the United Kingdom. She recently donated a million pounds, which is roughly $1.7 millon, to the cause. Although she was born in England, Rowling has lived in Scotland for 21 years, thus this issue hits home for her. 

Rowling wrote at length about her decision to support the "no" campaign on her website. 

My hesitance at embracing independence has nothing to do with lack of belief in Scotland’s remarkable people or its achievements.  The simple truth is that Scotland is subject to the same twenty-first century pressures as the rest of the world. It must compete in the same global markets, defend itself from the same threats and navigate what still feels like a fragile economic recovery. The more I listen to the Yes campaign, the more I worry about its minimisation and even denial of risks.  

In her letter, she even made a hard-hitting "Harry Potter" reference, stating, "when people try to make this debate about the purity of your lineage, things start getting a little Death Eaterish for my taste."

Other influential figures who have spoken out on this issue have come out in support of both sides. Some of the "Yes" supporters are Sean Connery, Alan Cumming, and The Proclaimers of "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" fame. Those opposed to Scotland's secession include David Bowie and Susan Boyle

The vote on whether or not Scotland should become independent from the United Kington take place on September 18. 

Cover image credit: Facebook/J.K. Rowling

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