Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has waded into the debate over Scottish independence by donating £1 million ($1.6 million) to the 'No' campaign that supports keeping Scotland and the United Kingdom together. Rowling is the latest well-known Scot to voice her opinion on the independence referendum, which will be held on September 18 and is now less than 100 days away.
Rowling, the first female billionaire novelist, was removed from the list in 2012 due to steep British taxes and the huge amount of money she donates to charity, according to Business Insider.
Rowling has lived in Scotland for 21 years, but she was born in England. In a lengthy statement posted on her website today, Rowling said that she is close with representatives for both sides of the debate — Better Together and the Yes Campaign — but that “[m]y 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.”
She also noted the “a fringe of nationalists who like to demonize anyone who is not blindly and unquestionably pro-independence," and predicted their assessment of her as "'insufficiently Scottish’ to have a valid view” on independence. For the die-hard fans, Rowling used a helpful piece of Potterese to describe them: “[W]hen people try to make this debate about the purity of your lineage, things start getting a little Death Eaterish for my taste.”