Wednesday, 25 July 2007

Meeting JK Rowling

We were due to go down to London on a train just before 6pm on the Friday night but with all the flooding and so on, lots of trains were diverted/cancelled, so we managed to get everyone together on an earlier train to give us more time, we ended up getting to London about the time we'd originally planned so were glad we'd got going early.

Got to Baden Powell House (a Scout Association place) about 8pm, it was fab I must say, everything we needed and literally right next door to the Natural History Museum, where the signing was taking place. Met up with a Girl Scout and her parents who were going too, they had brought badges and torches for the girls, they were thrilled with those!

About 9.30 we joined the queue and we were filmed so many times! The girls were in heaven, though a few of them started to get a bit tired as we got in, about 10.45. We went into an enormous hall and sat under a dinosaur's tail! We were on cushions. We were arranged and rearranged so many times for the press to take pics, then JK Rowling came in and everyone screamed! She posed for pics for the media, then she was supposed to go off and get made-up but refused and answered questions from the kids instead, you could tell her management wanted her to go off, but didn't want to stop her!

So just before midnight she got made up right in front of us all. Then there was the reading which was great, she was very into it and although I thought at the time my mind was wandering a little, when I actually looked at my book, I remembered her reading all of it, so I guess I was more alert than I thought. We then had to queue to get the book signed, our group had all been given bookmarks putting us in the first batch of 1-50, though that did include a good 300 people!

We were moved through the signing quite quickly, she was very smiley and nice, but we didn't really get the chance to say anything other than pleasantries. We gave her a card from our Brownie pack and she seemed genuinely touched and said thanks, there was only one other on the table so I don't think many people had thought to do that.

The girls were very good, some nearly dozed off but managed to keep going, we did see a Beaver Scout being carried out fast asleep and floppy, poor baby! There was one other Brownie pack there, and if you watch the midnight signing video of JK Rowling reading the first chapter, the Brownies that don't have witches hats on are mine, the Brownies with witches hats are from the pack from Birmingham. They were going home on a coach, we were very glad we could just fall into bed!

For once on a trip away, the girls went to sleep straight away (though we did consider going and being noisy to wake them up to see how they liked it but were too tired to do that!). All up between 8 and 8.30 and we were out the rooms by about 9.15am and down for breakfast.

A lady from Guiding magazine came and interviewed three of the Brownies and one of the Guides for the mag then took pics just of them then of all the Brownies and Guides, then a couple with the leaders in. Then we headed for the station, which took ages because various underground lines were shut and we had to go a different route, very slowly, very crammed in. We made it back to our town about an hour and a half later than we had originally planned but in the circumstances, that was pretty good.

Very tired, very happy girls!


Kelloggsville said...

Nice one! Do I recall another Harry Potter story from your very distant past too?!!

harrypotterfan327 said...

oh my I am so jealous I would love to meet J.K Rowling and I live in the same city as her and I still haven't seen her how annoying!

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