EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- Author J.K. Rowling received an honorary degree in the city in which she wrote her smash Harry Potter series about a young boy wizard.
Rowling smiled on Thursday as she received the Doctor of Letters from Edinburgh's Napier University, but made no remarks.
A single mother, she wrote some of the first Potter book in Edinburgh cafes while trying to stay warm.
``By the time she came to live in Edinburgh in 1993, she had a suitcase full of stories, a young daughter, and no money,'' said Patricia Peattie, Napier's assistant principal.
Peattie noted that Rowling lived on benefits and a small grant from the Scottish Arts Council, ``all the time writing, writing, writing -- and giving life to Harry Potter and all his adventures.''