20 MARCH 2006

JK Rowling wowed the crowd in a daring LBD, huge sparkly earrings and an intriguing mask when she made a rare public appearance over the weekend.

Accompanied by her husband Neil Murray, equally strikingly clad in his clan kilt, the creator of Harry Potter was hosting a masked ball at Stirling Castle in Scotland to raise funds to fight multiple sclerosis, the disease that killed her mother at the age of 45.

The high-profile event, which was compered by Men Behaving Badly actor Neil Morrissey, was thought to have raised around £300,000.

With the immensely popular Harry Potter series now wrapping up, the multi-millionairess mother-of-three has said that she intends to focus her efforts on tackling poverty and abuse among the world's children.

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The multi-millionairess author hosted the ball on behalf of Scotland's Multiple Sclerosis Society, of which she is patronPhoto: © Rex
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She was accompanied by her husband, Neil Murray Photo: © Rex
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