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J.K. Rowling opposes Scottish split

LONDON — Likening hard-line Scottish separatists to some of her sinister fictional villains, author J. K. Rowling has donated about $1.7 million to the campaign to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom.

Scots are to vote in a referendum on independence in September, and the move by Rowling provided opponents of a breakaway with substantial financial support and a welcome celebrity endorsement.

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With the referendum in full swing, Rowling, the creator of the Harry Potter series, said the independence movement was the product of a “fringe of nationalists” who sought to demonize anyone who was not unquestionably in favor of their cause.

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