Last night, in New York City, J.K. Rowling was honoured with a Ripple of Hope Award from Robert F Kennedy Human Rights. The distinguished award celebrates leaders in their field who demonstrate commitment to social change and reflect Robert Kennedy’s passion for equality, justice, basic human rights, and his belief that each of us can make a difference.  

She was one of four honorees this year, who also included Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. Previous recipients of the Ripple of Hope Award include Barack Obama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bono, Hillary Rodham Clinton, George Clooney, and Harry Belafonte.

In her acceptance speech J.K. Rowling said: “Robert Kennedy embodied everything I most admire in a human being. He was morally and physically courageous – and I believe, as Churchill did, that courage is foremost among virtues, because it secures all the others.”

She went on to say, “He was a man of both empathy and action. He helped bring about real change and he continues to inspire people way beyond the country of his birth. I’m not sure we can ask much more of any politician, or indeed, human being.” 

“I count this one of the highest honours I’ve ever been given,” said Rowling on receiving the award from Robert’s daughter Kerry Kennedy.  J.K. Rowling chose the first name of her crime writing nom-de-plume, Robert Galbraith, in honour of her hero.

J.K. Rowling giving her acceptance remarks, and further information about the Ripple of Hope Awards can be found here:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child official opened at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco yesterday, bringing the eighth story to Harry Potter fans on the West Coast.

The cast and crew from Cursed Child were joined by producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callendar, who were thrilled to be there and very excited about the show opening in the city. “To actually be working here and have a show in this absolutely amazing place is, for me, one of the highlights of my life,” said Friedman.

J.K. Rowling, who couldn’t attend the opening delivered a special letter to the San Francisco production which said, “I couldn’t be prouder that the play’s now opening in one of my favourite cities!”

San Francisco is now the fourth production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to open, with Hamburg and Toronto set to open in 2020. Hamburg will be the first non-English language production.

For more about the opening weekend and latest news about the production go to and the Cursed Child website.