[J.K. Rowling] was made Companion of Honour on an event at the Buckingham Palace for her services for literature and philanthropy. Handed over by Prince William, it is a title that only 65 people around the world have.
established in 1917 by the King George V, the membership of the Order of the Companions of Honour is offered to those who had great contributions in their areas. “To be included in the distinguished and diversely talented company of the other Companions of Honour, especially as a female writer, is a particular privilege,”, said Rowling.
The actress Maggie Smith, who plays Professor [McGonagall], is also part of the current list of people who hold this title.