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Celebrity Scots take sides

Scotland’s independence battle is a tough one to call. The Yes side has James Bond, but the No campaign has Harry Potter.

Former 007 Sean Connery has long been a vocal Scottish nationalist - from his home in the Bahamas. Earlier this year he backed independence and the “core democratic value that the people of Scotland are the best guardians of their own future.’’

In the other corner stands J.K. Rowling, Edinburgh-based creator of the boy wizard. When she said independence might be “a historically bad mistake’’- and backed it up with a million-pound ($1.6 million) donation to the No campaign - it sent a Dementor-like chill through the Yes camp.

Connery and Rowling are among many Scottish and Scotland-based stars making public interventions on independence ahead of Thursday’s referendum - though experts say their influence on the outcome may be limited.

Pro-independence celebs include actor Gerard Butler, members of the band Franz Ferdinand and “Trainspotting’’ author Irvine Welsh, who has half-joked that “the Union is nature’s way of stopping the Scots ruling the world.’’

Alan Cumming, who plays spin doctor Eli Gold on “The Good Wife,’’ flew in from his Broadway run in “Cabaret’’ this week to hit the pro-independence campaign trail.

Other stars have decided that Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom are - in the words of the anti-independence campaign - “Better Together.’’


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