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The Potter author made an unexpected appearance in the Opening Ceremonies of the London Olympics.

During tonight’s Ceremonies, a segment dedicated to children’s literature and its impact on British culture, J.K. Rowling appeared reading an excerpt from Peter Pan to the crowd.

During her segment, a giant puppet-like Voldemort rose above the performers as well as other villains from British literature, including the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

UPDATE: Video of J.K. Rowling reading at the London Olympics Opening Ceremonies.

Having sold 400 million books worldwide, Rowling is one of the most successful British authors in history.

Did you catch Rowling during tonight’s Opening Ceremonies?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Wilkinson/792210064 Ryan Wilkinson

    Yay for Jo, so glad she got to be a part of it! =)

    • Effielova

      Of course she is a part of it, she is as well known as the Olympics.

  • http://about.me/dshana Shana Debusschere

    Wow. Impressed by how quick you guys are! ;-) Of course I noticed. Immediately turned volume up!

  • Laurie

    I loved it! Such a good idea to celebrate these books!

  • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

    Not to be judgmental, but how AMAZING does Jo look!?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=567353755 Erica Jane Ostergar

      She always does. 

    • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

      my queen is beautiful

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=607519910 Catherine Lai

    I must be really weird – I was so happy to see her and it was so unexpected, I cried.

  • http://twitter.com/iamLillyC Ileana aka Lilly


    • http://www.facebook.com/rachel.dodge.14 Rachel Dodge

      They might replay it….if you don’t live in the UK to make up for the time difference. I live in the US and they’re replaying it at 7 =)

  • Mtlss

    I loved it! She looks gorgeous! Wow, you guys are quick!

  • Katie

    Jo is perfection okay. 

  • Freedomforjoy

    Jo i love you!!

  • tG

    technically shakespeare was the most successful

    • SpiritWitch120

      Shakespeare was a playwright. ._.

      • http://twitter.com/Snapescape Laura Cain

        Erm. What about his sonnets? ;)

        • Andy

          well then playwright and poet :)

  • Emily

    Literally jumped out of my seat when Jo appeared – such a great surprise!! 

  • Jelly

    “Rowling is arguably the most successful British author in history”… ah, no no.

    Also, hardly all that unexpected, really, considering the announced theme. Always good to see her at these things.

    • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

      ummmm she is actually, and they did say ‘arguably’

  • Jeff Dodge

    Can anyone tell me how far into the Opening Ceremony the segment with Jo will air?

    • SpiritWitch120

      Half an hour I think. Although I was too busy watching it to really notice the time. It’ll be in the Children’s Literature section.

    • http://about.me/dshana Shana Debusschere

      I think it’s well into an hour..

  • Nicole

    When I heard her voice I immediately started crying… she made the ceremony :’)

  • fhfgh

    “arguably the most successful British author…”
    NO. THE most successful AUTHOR in history.

    • Jess


      • applepie


        • Azeem

          Not really, because you have to consider J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis as well. 

          • Bernardotriana


          • The507thDoctor

             I think that she draws inspiration from both Tolkein and Lewis, but she is far more more successful  than they ever were.

          • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

            She didn’t top both of them? ^

          • Elaine

             Yeah, she beat them in SALES. Which is what fhfgh was trying to point out. Sales = Success. Not that she is the BEST British author (though shes one of them in my opinion).

          • fhfgh

            She beats them both :)

          • Alex

            no she didn’t. I love Rowling but without CS lewis or tolkien she wouldn’t have the folklore she used.

            plus, she said she got inspired by both so there.

            rowling is amazing and she did So much, but Come On.

            She’s not the first greatest british author and she wont be the last

          • Dobby

            It says MOST SUCCESSFUL. Last time I checked Narnia and the Lord of the rings didn’t sell over 400 MILLION copies :P

          • Jess

             And Agatha Christie etc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=690341156 Andrew Davies-Land

    IT WAS VERY EPIC, I loved how the spot light was mainly on voldy and he was the hugest of the 4-5 villians, it was epic when the Mary Poppins death squad came in and shoo’d him off 

  • Alex

    God, Jo’s amazing

  • http://twitter.com/lookalivesteph Stephanie

    Sad I missed it!

  • potterhead

    She is amazing!!!!!!! I catch THE EXACT MOMENT she was reading! Love her <333

  • http://twitter.com/NatashaPeartree Natasha Pereira

    Our Queen! <3

  • Urooj

    when i saw her i did a mini-scream and said “ITS JK ROWLING! ITS JK ROWLING!!!” haha best surprise :)

  • Coolkidrox123

    where can i watch/listen to her? i missed it :’(

  • Bernardotriana

    I missed it :(

  • Lily Coulstock-Cockeram

    I screamed with joy when I saw her :’)

  • jp

    omg, when i saw her on the tv i got sooo excited.

  • Silverlady1692

    did anyone recognize lockhart he was the man on the hill :)

    • andy

      lol yeah i actually yelled out “THAT’S KENNETH BRANAGH!!!” and my family gave me a weird look. 

      • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

        THAT’S WHO HE WAS!

      • http://twitter.com/Snapescape Laura Cain

        Oh my goodness! The exact same thing happened to me! I fan girdled even more when Jo came on though.

  • Rikku

    I’m watching it right now. Obviously not live. xD 

  • Matthewhpg

    I just starting bowing and yelling, “MY QUEEN, QUEEN!”

  • LilyLuna

    I just saw it in the US, that was fantastic. I squeeled. <3

    Giant Voldy is going to haunt my neightmares tonight. :p

  • Fiel Ramos

    OMG! I needed to wake up at around 4 AM Philippine time just to catch a glimpse of this spectacular grand opening of the London Olympics.

    JK Rowling was awesome!

  • Elise

    Literally screamed out loud when she came on! Love her so, so much! 

  • Heidi

    That was a really epic moment!!

  • http://hunyumstan.tumblr.com/ hunyum

    So no one cares about the fact that VOLDERMORT IS BACK?

    • Morsmordre79

      He. Is. NOT. Back! -Cornelius Fudge

      • http://hunyumstan.tumblr.com/ hunyum

        No offence or anything as such, but weren’t you dismissed Mr. Fudge?

    • Sapph

       No! Apparently, an army of Mary Poppins defeated him. LOL.

      • http://hunyumstan.tumblr.com/ hunyum

        I still doubt it. That man has way too many hidden horcruxes!

  • http://twitter.com/JCman7 James Donnellon

     Who could have thought that Mary Poppins could beat Voldemort

  • Catkid20

    I love J.k Rowling she is my favorite author I have read all the Harry potter books

    • Willow


  • Daughter of Eve

    I loved the inclusion of so many classic British stories though I really feel Roald Dahl should’ve had a presence too…that man had imagination that until Rowling, was unsurpassed.

    • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

      ^ TRUTH

    • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

      Yes! So agreed.

    • Roisin

      He wasn’t British, he was Norwegian, although he grew up in Britain. I do think Enid Blyton should’ve been mentioned though, among others! 

      • Daughter of Eve

        Actually, he was born in Wales to Norwegian parents. He was definitely British. But I agree, Enid Blyton should’ve been there too.

  • http://twitter.com/DainaChaviano Daína Chaviano

    A great ceremony–beautiful, imaginative, book loving….  

  • SquibPerson

    i still have nightmares of the child catcher and seeing him on there i about had a heart attack.

  • TheDarkJack

    I literally cried when she started speaking. I haven’t cried like that since she spoke at the Deathly Hallows premiere in London… :(

  • Rayeofsunshine

    Mary Poppins Defeats Lord Voldemort! I almost cried, and I was watching it in a Pizza buffet!

  • VoldyBored

    OMG. Two Queens were present that night: Queen Rowling and Queen Elizabeth.

  • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

    I totally said “I bet she’s there.” And then an hour later she showed up! Reading! Of course! I love her.

  • Mags

    I was watching with my 9 year old son, who is reading the first Harry Potter book for the first time right now.  I loved pointing out who JK Rowling was, what Voldemort looked like (I refuse to let him see the movies until he’s read the books!), and telling him that the actor who played Ron Weasley ran the torch leading up to the opening ceremonies.  I wanted to point out Lockhart as well, but he isn’t far enough into the series yet!!!

  • Alex

    I just realized— WHY didn’t they showed Rupert carrying the torch?!

    • http://hunyumstan.tumblr.com/ hunyum

      Yea, i was expecting them to show him with all the big people.

    • Belac889

      Why didn’t they show the Rupert/Emma kiss during the montage of movie kisses?!  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1683360003 Paige Barton

    that voldemort was CREEPY

  • Emma

    Alex- Rupert carried the torch a few days ago, not at tonight’s ceremony.

    • Alex

      yeah I know- but they showed glimpses of the torches from greece to the stadium- so Why No Rupert?!

  • BlueBronze

    I think that Voldemort scared me more than Ralph Fiennes. Holy crud. 

    • LotusCalm

      Eh, I don’t think anything can beat Ralph Fiennes. He was amazing. But it was really good!

  • Boosh101

    Was that Noel Fielding as the Child Catcher?

    • The507thDoctor

       I was thinking that!

  • Guest

    Voldemort in the opening ceremony – now THAT, is just EPIC

  • Ande Anderson

    I missed it by 5 minutes apparently. Will this show up on the internet anytime soon?

    • Belac889

      Go to a friends house who has a DVR

  • Cornelius Fudge

    He’s back.

  • WeasleyWrock

    I was watching this at a party and unsuccessfully tried to shush everybody so that I could hear her.

  • Mad

    So happy that HP had a role in the Olympics. You know you’ve made it big as an author when you are involved in something as monumental as this!

  • Mad

    Also great that Kenneth made an appearance!

  • Olanow20

    in Poland ‘Voldemort’ was pronounced as ‘Valdemort’ and ‘Voldemart’. the commentator must be an ignoramus Muggle.

  • Pixie

    If Voldemort could be defeated by a flying nanny, why did the trio take the trouble of destroying all those horcruxes? I didn’t think much of this opening ceremony, to be honest, mainly because I’m not British (heck, I’m not even European). Compared to the superhuman spectacle given by Beijing four years ago, this was a total fizzle-out. It was a known fact that the Brits would NEVER be able to keep up with the fire-breathing dragon of China, so they put up what THEY thought was a good effort. Unfortunately, it’s just not good enough.

    • Bob

      So your not British… Well yeah, the whole world is not made up of British people, and I bet you most of the people watching all over the world aren’t British because that’s only a certain percent of the population. I’m not British, but I understood the opening ceremonies very well because not all that stuff was mainly British. Half of the stuff on the screen last night, you should already know about because we had it was either a part of history, famous music, or amazing literature and film. It might not be as good as beijing, but saying this was a total fizz-out is completely untrue. I thought it was completely amazing and stunning. All of those people volunteered to help with the amazing demonstration of different eras, the retelling of children’s nightmares bringing FAMOUS literature and movies into it, and the forging of the great rings was just…. Magnificent. So it isn’t as good a Beijing… That may be true… But it was most certainly good enough for the Olympics.

      (And by the way, voldemort fighting Mary popping was being portrayed within a child’s dream last night, it doesn’t change what happened in the books.)

    • Guest

      This is the best Olympics ceremony I’ve ever seen. 100 times better than hightec fireworks or drills. Who would have thought comedy, farting and snort would be in an Olympics ceremony? :-p James Bond, Mr. Bean and the appearance of Rowling was fantastic. This is art, creativity at its best!

    • Mrs_Badcrumble

      I don’t agree. Beijing was about the show, London was about the soul. In Beijing they even switched the singing girl for a prettier one, for god’s sake… Not everything is about the looks.

    • Helen Beddis

      What is your problem? You seem to be determined to hate the ceremony, you were complaining about it before it even happened! Yes it was different to Beijing because it wasn’t in Beijing, this amazing event showcased some of the many wonderful things that make Great Britain great and right now I’m very proud to be British. If you want to criticise at least make it constructive criticisim rather than the whining messages you have been posting.

    • http://twitter.com/taylie27 Taylore Thompson

      I thought it was brilliant! And I’m not British. The opening ceremonies of the Olympics are designed by the host nation to best represent the history or aspects of the host nation. Frankly I think they did a wonderful job at it. 
      No it’s not like Beijing, but the director took it in stride and created a wonderful show. It was interesting and told a different aspect of British history. I, as an American, had no idea that British healthcare was so acclaimed and I thought it was nice they touched on it. 

      As far as cinematic quality goes, which i’m inferring is what disappointed you the most, has any Olympic opening ceremony created as big a thematic spectacle as Beijing? No, and I will admit that I felt personally London wasn’t as stunning as Beijing. However just because something isn’t as flashy or stunning doesn’t mean it wasn’t heartfelt and beautiful. 

      Also you’re welcome to your own opinion of the matter, if you think it sucked that’s fine, I have my own opinion, which i’ve given. But you shouldn’t slam the country for your own opinion. No one will ever take your opinion seriously and it will only cause more people to view you with scorn. 

    • Ycul_okpoh

      Also at Beijing, they inserted fireworks digitally so half the fireworks on tv weren’t even seen in real life. That’s kind of a let down in my opinion…

  • Hayley

    This is the Voldemort I used to have nightmares about as a child.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1079491656 Brigitte Janaud

    She was great….. She reads just as well as she writes, I loved hearing her, it was too short though and the giant Voldemort, just amazing, great, great show

  • Han

    I was getting really excited because Voldemort was making an appearance, let alone JK Rowling herself. Slight break down of composure…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000918686388 Peaceful Pearce

    If you’re from Great Britain, can you please tell me why you people create the best books? Because many of the American authors are dry as far as literature.

    • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

      Not to mention their amazing entertainment industry

  • Katie

    Now we can all say that JK Rowling had read us a story :’) 

    • LotusCalm

      Heeheehee, YAYYY!

  • Michael Magpuyo

    I screamed at the television. Oh my gosh.

  • iTuneUOut

    The moment Jo appeared on screen was the moment the neighbor kids decided to make a ruckus outside, my little brother decided to bring the golden retriever inside, and my mom wanted to ask me a bazillion questions about supper. 

    So yeah. Thanks Hypable for providing footage for me to watch again. 

  • VideoKilledSeverusSnape

    I saw her and I screamed. That was and is the best part of the whole freaking Olympics. Queen Rowling!

  • akacj7

    I was up at a family cabin in northern MN where we don’t usually watch TV or have internet, but we got it just for the Olympics and in the middle of dinner I just about jumped out of my seat and ran across the cabin to hear her wonderful voice. =) I was gently scolded for paying more attention to the tv than to my extended family. =P

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