J.K. Rowling made an unannounced trip to Nepal on Friday on invitation from the British embassy, according to Cinema Times.
Nepal borders India to the Northeast; Rowling made the trip on a private jet with her family. In the country, Rowling read excerpts from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone at The British School in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. A news site reported that Rowling interacted with the students and took their questions.
In a radio interview, Rowling said she came to Nepal to visit her friend, British Defense Attache Colonel Sean Harris. Regarded by Rowling as her best and oldest friend, Sean was the inspiration for Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter books. (Source)
Jo spoke about the visit, saying, “It’s my first time in Nepal… I have to say I have absolutely loved being here. It’s a beautiful place. I’d love to come back again. I’d love to come back to Kathmandu… it’s been the most marvelous experience.”
In addition to Friday’s event, the author will reportedly attend a program at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Kathmandu on Saturday. According to the interview, Rowling’s visit will last a quick 4 days.
Here are some unofficial pictures from the Nepal visit, via Twitter.