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As well as putting the finishing touches on her upcoming play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling managed to find time to dine with President Obama on his recent whirlwind trip to London.

It was a busy few days for President Obama. He had lunch with the Queen and Prince Philip in Windsor, and dined at Kensington Palace with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge where their son Prince George was allowed to stay up to show his skill on the rocking horse President Obama had given him for his first birthday.

But the President couldn’t leave London without dining with J.K. Rowling. She was invited to a private dinner, along with British Prime Minister David Cameron and fellow dignitaries, at the London home of the U.S. ambassador.

President Obama has long been a fan of the Harry Potter author, having previously invited her to read from Harry Potter during the Easter celebrations at the White House in 2010.

The theme for the President's visit seemed to be both to mark a royal occasion and to celebrate a literary celebration. Obama also attended the Globe Theatre to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

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