Author J K Rowling has a very special reason to look forward to celebrating her 50th birthday, because her mother passed away at 45.

The Harry Potter creator turns 50 on July 31 and she’s planning a big party.

“My mother died at 45,” she tells US breakfast show Today.

“You’ve got to celebrate every year that you are here and in good health because what’s the alternative? What’s the alternative to ageing? It’s checking out and I’d rather still be here.

“I still have children to raise, I still have books to write. So genuinely I will have a party with my friends, we’ll have a great time. I’m looking forward to it.”


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