"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling has declined a trip into space that was offered to her for £2 million ($3,222,600,) reports the Irish Independent.

"I was offered a seat. For a mere £2 million I could have been on the shuttle, but I turned it down," she is quoted as saying to fans at a book event.

It's unlikely she meant the space shuttle, since, as The Examiner points out: "NASA has never sold seats on space shuttle flights nor has allowed any other entity to do so." The paper also contends that she couldn't be referring to Russia's space tourism program as £2 million is too low for a ride on the Soyuz.

That's also more than double the price of space rides that were being offered by Excalibur Almaz, a commercial aerospace company based on the Isle of Man, so that doesn't look like a contender.

The most probable culprit is Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic program. Though, according to Space.com, Branson wrote that Rowling was offered the trip "by parties unknown...which she understandably turned down."

Despite the rumor that Virgin Galactic itself offered the ride, the website reports that Branson was sticker shocked by the £2 million price tag -- SpaceShip Two tickets are going for a comparatively paltry $200,000.

If Rowling does decide to change her mind, Branson announced this summer that the first space flight will take place in 2013. So far celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher, Tom Hanks, Katy Perry, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and Stephen Hawking are slated to head out of orbit. That is, of course, if SpaceShip Two doesn't continue to "drop like a rock" like it did during preliminary testing.

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  • In this Oct. 22, 2010, image, Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo jet-powered carrier aircraft flies over Spaceport America during a runway dedication ceremony in Upham, N.M. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

  • In this Oct. 22, 2010, image, dozens of dignitaries and special guests crowd around Virgin Galactic's jet-powered carrier aircraft WhiteKnightTwo during a runway dedication ceremony. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

  • In this publicity image released by Virgin Galactic, the first flight to Spaceport America, the world's first commercial spaceport, circles the airfield in Upham, N.M., during a dedication ceremony on Friday, Oct. 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Virgin Galactic, Mark Greenberg)

  • In this photo released by Virgin Galactic, the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, or VSS Enterprise, glides toward the earth on its first test flight after release from the mothership, WhiteKnight2, also known as VMS Eve, over the Mojave, Calif., area early Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Clay Observatory for Virgina Galactic, Mark Greenberg)

  • VIP guests (foreground) watch as Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo slung beneath White Knight Two, the twin-fuselage mothership that will carry SpaceShipTwo to launch altitude is unveiled on December 7, 2009 at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Paid up space tourists-to-be Dick Hardt, 46, and his wife Jennifer Hardt, 44, attend the unveiling of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. The Hardts recently got married and say the trip into space on SpaceShipTwo will be their honeymoon. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • The unveiling on December 7, 2009 near Mojave, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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