Twelve-year-old Harry Potter fan Louis Moorhouse from Bradford, West Yorkshire, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma – a rare children’s cancer – back in 2003 and has since then lost his eyesight. It is because of this that he is now an advisor for the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London, by giving them the idea to create an audio guide. After visiting the tour for the first time, his mother, Lisa Moorhouse, said,
When we went as a family he was really disappointed there was nothing for blind people, so he wrote them a letter and told them so. They were really lovely about it and invited him back to hear his ideas, and after that they created an audio tour, and he’s been back to test it out.
Since then, Louis has influenced other organizations to give more opportunities to aid people and children like himself as well, inspiring the National Media Museum when hosting the “Doctor Who Experience.” When hearing about the help he has previously given, children’s cancer charity Candlelighters has now created a newsletter in braille. Beth Kaminski, fundraiser for the charity, said,
We were so inspired when we heard about the influence that Louis has had on the Warner Brothers studios that we decided to print our newsletter in braille so that children like Louis can stay up to date with Candlelighters’ news.
The Warner Bros. Studio Tour has valued the assistance that the young Potter fan has given them and is “delighted to hear that Louis is continuing to be an inspiration.”
It is very moving to hear that the love of Harry Potter has been so inspiring to people, no matter what their age. Has Harry Potter ever inspired you to do something? Let us know in the comments below.