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Old 12-14-2003, 03:10 PM
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THE distraught father of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling last night told how he feared his famous daughter would never speak to him again.


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In an exclusive interview, Peter Rowling spoke of his anguish after his daughter - who with her £280 million fortune is richer than The Queen - failed to help bail him out after his business went bust.

She is furious with him for selling a collection of rare Harry Potter first editions to help cover £100,000 debts after his mobile burger bar went under.

Peter "It's a heartbreaking situation," he said. "I fear I have lost my daughter. I can only hope Joanne will one day come to understand why I did it," he said.

Now Peter's greatest fear is that he may never get to know the nine-month-old grandson he is yet to see.

And he is worried that the bitter rift may also harm his relationship with his youngest daughter Dianne, a solicitor, who is very close to her famous sister.

Peter told how he phoned Joanne in June, told her of his financial crisis and explained he would have to auction off the rare, signed books.

Despite his desperate situation the author - who does a lot of charity work - did not offer to help him. Instead, he says, she flew into a rage.

"I told her I had a problem and needed to raise some cash. I told her, 'I'm sorry love, but if there was another way I would do it'.

"It was a short conversation. I was very nervous about talking to her because in her position I would be very angry. Her reaction was natural. She was livid."

Joanne told him: "Look, these books are personal...you can't sell them."

Peter added: "It was awful because when I did it I knew it was against what she wanted.

"Everything Joanne said about not selling the books was right. Her point was well made. The inscriptions on the books are lovely. I said to her, 'Sorry love, speak soon'."

Peter said, after speaking to Joanne, "I was left with no option but to sell the books."

And he revealed he was too proud to ask Joanne to dip into her vast fortune - as it is a father's job to support a daughter, not the other way round.

"It's my pride," said Peter, 58, a retired Rolls Royce engineer on an £800-a-month pension. "It's not for me to ask. I wouldn't ask anyone for help. At the end of the day it's not Joanne's problem."

Peter said he went through months of turmoil over his decision. But he said he had no choice - the business he helped set up with brother-in-law Dave Evans had plunged him into serious debt.

He said: "It gave me great doubts but I couldn't see any other way out. Jo was upset - I can understand her misgivings and feelings.

"I went through months of worry and doubt. But once I made the decision I couldn't go back on it. I still think that I can be true to myself.

"I'm sure I've done the right thing to help Dave even though it has so upset Joanne ." Last week four of the seven she had given him fetched just over £50,000 at Sotheby's, New York. The other three failed to reach the reserve price. One has the touching personal note inside: "Happy Father's Day 2000 and lots of love from your first born, J.K. Rowling."

Since the phone call, Joanne has spoken to Peter just once. She called him last month after seeing a Sotheby's prospectus - which revealed that he was selling the books - to urge him again not to go ahead with the sale. He told her: "Sorry love, I can't find any alternative."

Peter said: "She was upset. She was saying how disappointed she was that I had to do it. I said that even then I would pull out of it but I hadn't got anything else valuable I could sell."

Peter said he and wife Jan had ploughed £16,000 into the burger business he set up with his brother-in law.

But within weeks they found they has been duped into buying their pitches by a crooked businessman, lost them - and went bust.

Peter considered selling his £90,000 three-bedroom house in Chepstow or £180,000 apartment in Swanage, Dorset...but then he remembered the books.

He was told he would get the best price in America towards Christmas and put the books in the hands of a niece who lives in New York. She arranged the sale with Sotheby's.

"I'll admit I did feel dreadful when I parceled those books up and posted them to New York," said Peter. "I'm glad I will get three back because that is a bonus in a way.

"It has been said I hoped to make £130,000. But I didn't know what they would fetch."

Whatever, it would be small change to J.K. - officially the richest self-made woman in Britain. She is happily married to Dr Neil Murray, 34. As well their baby son David - born this spring - Joanne has a daughter Jessica, 10, from her first marriage.

She has a £1.5 million estate in Perthshire, a £4.5 million townhouse in Kensington, London, and a £2million Edinburgh villa.

Peter said Joanne had been generous in the past. "She has paid for two holidays to Tenerife three or four years ago."

But even before the current row, Peter and his second-wife Jan rarely saw Joanne. Asked when they last met face-to-face, Peter says he can't remember, but thinks it was earlier this year. He said: "There are 400 miles between us. We used to speak a lot on the phone and Jan and I used to go up to Scotland. It's less now. Jo is an extremely busy woman and she is out of the country a lot. And of course now there's a bit of friction."

Peter still has fond memories of her secret wedding two years ago at their Scottish mansion.

"It was a fantastic event. I was full of pride and so happy for Jo. She looked gorgeous, lovely. It was a marvellous day," said Peter, who was among just 14 guests.

"Jan and I had our instructions to drive to Bristol airport and we had to go to a special area where the private jets are."

Joanne picked up the £10,000 bill for the couple to be flown by Cessna executive jet to Edinburgh. There they were met by private limo and whisked to the mansion.

"Jan and I got changed and then it was time for the ceremony, which was kept quite simple."

Peter glows with pride when he looks at the picture of Jo in a gold dress and a tiara and him with an affectionate arm around her.

"I wasn't called upon to formally give her away or make a speech or anything like that. It was just a lovely day. We stayed over that night and flew back from Edinburgh the next morning."

Peter is delighted Joanne has found happiness after the trauma and heartache of her first, violent marriage to journalist Jorge Arantes, who beat her.

He and Jan had not been able to go to that wedding in Portugal because they didn't have valid passports. But he said: "We wouldn't have missed the Scotland wedding for the world."

Peter is still hurt by claims a rift developed between him and Joanne because he met current wife Jan, his former secretary at Rolls Royce in Bristol, after her mother - his first wife Anne who died in 1990 - was struck down by multiple sclerosis.

He said: "The inference is a bloody insult. I'd challenge anyone to wire me up to a lie detector and ask me the truth. My relationship with Jan didn't start until a year after Anne died."

Peter now wants to heal the rift - and is prepared to make the first move.

"It will be me that makes the phone call because in her eyes, I'm the one who has done something. "I hope Joanne reads these words so she understand why I have done what I've done."

A spokesman for J.K. Rowling last night denied she had turned her back on him. "She had no idea her father's business had gone bust," said the spokesman.



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Old 12-15-2003, 10:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well all I can say is that he should not have done it in the first place.
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Old 12-15-2003, 11:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Well that's really easy to say. I mean we can't really say that because we haven't been put into that position where we're desperate to get money to pay off something big.

But I can sort of see why he did it, even though it might not have been the right thing to do he had to get some money. And I'm sorry but would you have the man sell his house to pay off the debt? I mean it's a hard decision but desperate times call for desperate measures. I pity him for having to do that, it must have really hurt to auction off something that personal ....
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i can see where they're both coming from, but i just think it was a stupid thing to do, especially when jk told him not to. if it was me, i would have just given up my "pride" and asked jk for money, at least that way, he'd still be able to talk to her.
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Old 12-15-2003, 11:58 AM   #5 (permalink)
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O no... this is so... i dunno, but i understand it all. And JKR should be able to forgive him...but then, it's her life. She gave those books to her dad...i mean...cmon..wat kind of a daughter wouldnt lend money to her own dad?

i see both sides tho... this is so depresing somehow...
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this is the sunday mirror i'm septal about whether that is entitly true... the mirror tends to bend the truth so this could be lies, think of all the Hp fans buying the paper to read it... its a money spinner that i think is probabily a bunch of lies.

The books were sold but the whys and stuff could be a very different story, bottom line is never beleive what the papers say.
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O no... this is so... i dunno, but i understand it all. And JKR should be able to forgive him...but then, it's her life. She gave those books to her dad...i mean...cmon..wat kind of a daughter wouldnt lend money to her own dad?

i see both sides tho... this is so depresing somehow...
^ oh yea! i do agree with what you said. ...but still, She needs time to let her think, understand and just calm down. Afterall, they are still father and daughter.....
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Well jeez, he shouldnt have stolen from her!
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thats just sad........
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lets cheer the mood up a little guys.........
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:ermsmile: welllll... by his talk it seems that JKR is very close to him. i am sure she would never have refused to lend him money. and after all the books were meant to be a gift! i think what peter rowling did is certainly not right! :unsure: :angry:
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well it is his own fault dat she's not speaking 2 im n nobody elses so if he's lookin 4 some1 2 say 'it's alright......u did wot u had 2' he's lookin in da wrong place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Ummm, £16,000 is nothing to JK, if she was so adamant for him not to sell them books then she should have just gave him the money. I love JK but I would of NEVER let my Father have to go through that, losing a business sucks and if I had 240 million, my parents wouldn't be in that position in the first place, because I would have given them a few million each anyway. Buy hey, thats just me! :flowersmile:

We don't know the full story though do we, maybe she gave him loads of money in the past and he blew it, don't tell you nothing about that does it. As a daughter, I just can't see JK not helping, I truely wonder if this story is true at all! :unsure:
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right with ya. she should have helped her dad. she's got lots of money and she should have helped him out of the desperate situation. it's only right for people to give their parents money when your parents grow old. and he had no other way out. hey its a tough world and we all have to survive. jk shouldnt hold it against him
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Well jeez, he shouldnt have stolen from her!
Actually he didn't steal from her. He sold a few signed books she had given to him...

*sigh* I wish he could've asked instead of doing what he did. Pride. ::fumes:: it does so much to us. It splits families through arguments 'cause we can be too stubborn to apologize afterwards..

All JK needs now is time so she can think of what happened. Same with mr. Rowling. Its almost Christmas! Not the time to be split apart, but for families to gather and enjoy time together. Lets just hope things turn out better.
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Peter considered selling his £90,000 three-bedroom house in Chepstow or £180,000 apartment in Swanage, Dorset...but then he remembered the books.
Hmm. Lets think about this... sell a house or apartment...or sell priceless first editions that your daughter told you not to.
Smart move Peter.
Why the heck does he need an apartment and a house anyway?
If JK didn't want them sold he should have found another way. Even if he had to ask her for money... make it a loan if he's so proud.
This is just stupid.

I'm really ticked off if this is actually real. I don't care if she's rich and "wouldn't" help him or if he's having money problems. Some things don't come down to dollars and cents. Somethings should be more important than that.
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Peter considered selling his £90,000 three-bedroom house in Chepstow or £180,000 apartment in Swanage, Dorset...but then he remembered the books.
Hmm. Lets think about this... sell a house or apartment...or sell priceless first editions that your daughter told you not to.
Smart move Peter.
Why the heck does he need an apartment and a house anyway?
If JK didn't want them sold he should have found another way. Even if he had to ask her for money... make it a loan if he's so proud.
This is just stupid.

I'm really ticked off if this is actually real. I don't care if she's rich and "wouldn't" help him or if he's having money problems. Some things don't come down to dollars and cents. Somethings should be more important than that.
There are many more important things than dollar and cents and in this case Pounds and that is family. My family and my friends come before anything and it is sad that Mr Rowling sold those books against his daughters wishes and I can understand her being upset with him, but he was crying for help aswell and she needs to realise that. Afterall your parents are precious and life is too short!
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Whats up with men and the whole breadwinner thing. Guys its okay to ask for help if it is for a good reason. Don't go selling off any prized family hierlooms or possesions because you don't want to look small infront of a woman. Girls like it sometimes when they are asked for help from a guy, it shows her that you need her and value her as a friend and trust her. But don't go calling your lady friends for bail, car insurance, or gambling money. And remeber to pay all your credit bills, chicks don't dig debt and bankruptcy.
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you know you cannot simply blame any one of them... both of them are in very tight position... It was precious for JK but her father was in a situation too.........

i mean you can not know untill youre in the same situation
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you know you cannot simply blame any one of them... both of them are in very tight position... It was precious for JK but her father was in a situation too.........

i mean you can not know untill youre in the same situation
His daughter is like the richest woman in the world! he could have asked her for money! He didn't ask her for money! I would be furious if some one did that with my work. I don't care how bad things get... something like that should be the last thing you sell.
The article says he has a house and and apartment... that he owns!
He should have sold one of them first.
What human being needs and house and an apartmet?
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i hope the she forgives him.
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I don't know the whole situation, none of us do. Keep that in mind. Most of us tend to nake snap judgement about celebs, and their familys, because we think we know them. We don't and we never will completly. I suppose he could have told her WHY he wanted to auction them, or asked her... for "advise" and see what she had to say, and yes, there would have been many other ways for him to earn the money, but it was his decision and we should respect that. After all, how many of you squeeled in delight when you heard that they were being auctioned off, (all those posts at the news a few days ago) and jumped up and down hopeing you could win, or dreaming you could, or raving that you wish you had the money? You didn't know the whole situation now, and you thought it was great that these books had become available. Now that you know more of the story, you're all against them being sold at all. Maybe next week there'll be another story to change your minds again. I've always tried to keep a neutral mind about celebs, because I've seen to manny storys like this to believe that I'm able to judge them about anything.
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Sounds a bit dodgey to me, I think there's a lot more to this than we're being told and that it should be kept between JK and her father not JK her father and the rest of the world.
Although i would like to point out that if JK's father wanted to "make up" with his daughter the last thing he should have done is gone to a rag to sell the story, he's either not very smart or not very honest in my oppinion as if i was JK I would be furiouse at having family business spread across the papers. She should be left to write instead of spending all her time defending herself to people who don't even know her...
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I think we've been told quite enough. I agree with those who have been saying it's ridiculous he would sell precious volumes with personal mementos inside rather than give up a spare house or an extra apartment. He says he thought of every possible option--clearly he did not. Some things should never be sold.

It sounds to me like Peter needs to grow up.
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