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FILE - In this April 9, 2015 file photo, "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling lights the Empire State Building to mark the launch of her non-profit children's organization Lumos, in New York. Rowling received a PEN award for her writing and for her humanitarian work. Speaking Monday night, May 16, 2016, before hundreds gathered for PEN America’s annual gala at the American Museum of Natural History, the “Harry Potter” author noted that she opposed a recent petition calling for banning the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, from entering the United Kingdom, saying such actions endangered everyone’s rights.

NEW YORK — J.K. Rowling's passion for free expression is so strong it extends to someone she'd otherwise not care to discuss: Donald Trump.

Speaking Monday night before hundreds gathered for PEN America's annual gala at the American Museum of Natural History, the "Harry Potter" author noted that she opposed a recent petition calling for banning the presumptive Republican presidential nominee from entering the United Kingdom, saying such actions endangered everyone's rights.

Rowling received a PEN award for her writing and her humanitarian work.

PEN, the literary and human rights organization, also honored imprisoned Egyptian author Ahmed Naji, whose brother Mohamed accepted on his behalf; Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch; and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and LeeAnne Walters, who helped expose deadly levels of lead in the water in Flint, Michigan.