J.K. Rowling awarded Scottish Monopoly spot
Beloved Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has recently been bestowed a spot on the new Scotland edition of the board game Monopoly, which is designed to celebrate the best of Scotland. The English-born author may not be a native, but she is certainly one of Scotland’s most cherished citizens.
On Rowling’s popularity, Colin Fisher of Winning Moves UK says,
We did some polling, and two who fared very well were adopted Scots – Rod Stewart and JK Rowling.
Not only is Rowling well known in Scotland for her writing, but she has also been an active member of the community. Earlier this year she donated £1 million to the pro-UK campaign, Better Together.
Rowling released a statement at the time of her donation explaining her stance:
My 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 21st century pressures as the rest of the world.
It must compete in the same global markets, defend itself from the same threats and navigate what still feels like a fragile economic recovery.
The Monopoly board is set to feature other famous Scots, including Alex Salmond, former first minister, and Andy Murray, a tennis player. There is even a customized playing card featuring a picture of the infamous Nessie.
Do you feel that Rowling deserves her spot on the Scottish game board despite being English-born? Will you be purchasing the game when it hits stores? We want to know your thoughts!