Charity

New Lumos campaign to “leave no families behind”

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The charity, founded by J.K. Rowling and official charitable beneficiary of MuggleNet Live!, is asking you to get involved in its latest campaign. Read More »

James and Oliver Phelps to take part in charity cricket match

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Weasley twins actors James and Oliver Phelps are extremely well known for their charitable work and as sports fans, have taken part in various matches of different kinds to raise money for worthy causes. According to the "Redditch Standard", the Phelps twins have now signed up for another charity team. Read More »

J.K. Rowling receives British Red Cross Humanity Award

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J.K. Rowling today adds another honor to her ever-growing list of achievements - recipient of the British Red Cross Humanity Award. This prestigious accolade honors humanitarians who work to change lives around the world. Given Jo's status as the founder of Lumos and the president of Gingerbread - as well as her many other philanthropic and charitable efforts - we'd say she's well deserving of the achievement. Read More »

J.K. Rowling donates £5K to Wooden Spoon rugby charity

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J.K. Rowling is well known for her charitable donations, and she has even set up her own charity, Lumos, to continue her good work. Followers of Jo's on Twitter will also know that Jo is a huge rugby fan and was out last week at the Scotland vs. Wales rugby match. Read More »

Helena Bonham Carter congratulates London schoolgirls on Africa trip

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Helena Bonham Carter recently paid a visit to a group of schoolgirls at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in Islington to congratulate them on their work in South Africa. Read More »

Sophie Thompson volunteers at homeless charity

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Sophie Thompson (Mafalda Hopkirk) shows off her magical cooking skills while volunteering at Crisis Café! Read More »

Jim Broadbent donates signed movie posters for charity auction

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Jim Broadbent is lending his support to a local family charity near his hometown. The charity, Home-Start East Lindsey, is hoping to raise funds and awareness for their work supporting families in need, and Broadbent has donated two signed movie posters. Read More »

“Potter” stars’ “Paddington” statues help raise over $1.4 million for charity!

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We previously posted that "Potter" stars Emma Watson and Julie Waters, as well as British audiobook narrator Stephen Fry, had designed bears for the Paddington Trail, a charity effort where celebrities designed bears that were placed around London and later auctioned for charity. In December, "Potter" producer David Heyman, who also served as the producer for "Paddington", hosted an auction at Christie's to auction off 15 of these lively statues to benefit the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. An additional online auction was also hosted, together raising over $1.4 million for the charity. Read More »

Emma Thompson announced as London’s TB ambassador

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The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has appointed a TB ambassador to raise awareness of the disease, and it's none other than former "Potter" actress Emma Thompson! Read More »

Warner Bros. to make its chocolate fair trade after HPA campaign!

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After four years, the Harry Potter Alliance has had its biggest victory yet! Its Not in Harry's Name campaign has succeeded, and Warner Bros. will be making its chocolate certified fair trade! Get all the details here! Read More »

Sir John Hurt among voices of “The Chokeables” campaign

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Sir John Hurt voices an animated peanut in a new campaign by St. John Ambulance to prevent infants from choking. Find out more here! Read More »

MuggleNet Live! announces support of J.K. Rowling’s Lumos

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MuggleNet is proud to announce the sole charitable beneficiary for MuggleNet Live! 2015: Expo Patronum, which takes place in London on April 18, 2015, as Lumos, the charity founded by J.K. Rowling that aims to end the institutionalization of children around the world. Read More »

Second Rockin’ Charity Yule Ball takes place in Edmonton!

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This weekend (January 3), the second Rockin' Charity Yule Ball took place in Edmonton, Canada. The charity ball, which consists of a dinner and dance with music by local artists, was run by the local Edmonton Potterwatch Institute for Charity (EPIC). Read More »

Updated: Paul DeGeorge steps down as Executive Director of HPA

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Paul DeGeorge has announced that he will be stepping down as Executive Director of the Harry Potter Alliance. Find out what he had to say about it and who will be replacing him here! Read More »

J.K. Rowling writes about Lumos and her desire to make changes

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In a new piece for the "Guardian", J.K. Rowling has written about why she set up her charity, Lumos, and why it's important to change the way things are. Jo set up Lumos after reading about the way that millions of children are locked away in institutions across Europe. Read More »

J.K. Rowling hosts charity conference, meets with girl helped by Lumos

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J.K. Rowling's charity, Lumos, has helped nearly 12,000 children move out of institutions and be reunited with their families or communities over the last five years. Last week, during a conference she hosted for government officials in London, Rowling was able to meet one of the children she's helped face to face. Read More »

#LetsTalkLumos – Rowling launches digital awareness campaign

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J.K. Rowling's charity, Lumos, looks to shine a light on the eight million children living in institutions and orphanages around the world. And you can help! How? Find out here. Read More »

UPDATED: Lumos launches Indiegogo campaign, includes “Potter”-related perks

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Lumos, the charity founded by J.K. Rowling, recently released a video highlighting the life of many European children in orphanages and institutions. The feature, called "Behind the Walls," was a chilling reminder of the way that thousands of children are forced to live. Now, Lumos has launched an Indiegogo campaign in order to raise money to help these children. Read More »

Imelda Staunton voices opinion on representation of women in British media

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Actress Imelda Staunton (Professor Umbridge) spoke on the subject of women's rights at a recent Telegraph Wonder Women event. Find out what she had to say here! Read More »

J.K. Rowling’s charity, Lumos, explodes myth on orphans still “Behind the Wall” in new video

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J.K. Rowling's charity, Lumos, is sending a message on the state of Central and Eastern European institutionalized orphans with a new video. This marks the 25th year since the Berlin Wall has come down, but for these children, their situation remains in isolation. J.K. Rowling states in the video, "This is a massive global problem – eight million children trapped in institutions around the globe. But it’s a problem we can solve. I think all of us want to think that we’ve helped give the next generation the best possible start in life." Read More »