J. K. Rowling Hounded by Press

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British author J. K. Rowling, displays the Hans Christian Andersen Award 2010, in Odense, Denmark, on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010. "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling has won the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Prize. She is the first recipient of the 500,000 kroner ($93,352) award, which was handed out Tuesday at a ceremony in Odense, Andersen's hometown. Rowling's seven books about the boy wizard have sold more than 400 million copies worldwide and have been translated into many languages. (AP Photo/Polfoto, Kim Rune, Fyens Stiftstidende) ** DENMARK OUT **

Making one of the most popular movie and book franchises in the world doesn’t come without a price, apparently. Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling told the Leveson Inquiry that she was harassed by the paparazzi after the birth of her children. In her testimony at the phone-hacking hearings, Rowling said that she was unable to go outside without being photographed, had a note slipped in her 5-year-old’s backpack, had a manuscript stolen (which mysteriously ended up with The Sun newspaper, a News Corp. paper currently under investigation for phone hacking), and fought a Daily Express story that said she based an evil character on her ex-husband. The government inquiry is investigating ethics practices of the British press. Earlier, actress Sienna Miller said she was “terrified” by the press.