Helena Bonham Carter Dons Cat Ears for Save the Children’s Fundraising Gala

Bellatrix Lestrange and Narcissa Malfoy have never been known for their acts of charity, but Helena Bonham Carter and Helen McCrory, the actresses who played them, have proven themselves to be the exact opposite. The two brandished wands together at the Save the Children charity Gala on November 17.

The event was Harry Potter themed in honor of the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, but that wasn’t its true focus. Save the Children proudly reports that the event raised over £950,000 ($1,258,085) through ticket sales, auction items, and donations!

Save the Children provides schooling and resources to children all over the world. For Harry Potter, an organization that would help him get away from the Dursleys and into Hogwarts would certainly have been helpful, so it’s no wonder J.K. Rowling supports this particular cause. It also provides disaster relief, health care, and food for starving families. A few shocking facts cited by the foundation prove that children worldwide need its help:

It is estimated that, worldwide, up to 1.5 billion children experience violence each year, 150 million children are engaged in child labor, 1 in 4 women aged between 20 and 24 were child brides, there are 250,000 child soldiers, [and] 13 million children are orphans, having lost both parents.

We’re sure the hefty sum raised will help Save the Children provide aid to thousands of children! You can learn more and donate to Save the Children at its website.

Press Release


Last night, Save the Children’s spectacular, black-tie Winter Gala returned for a spellbinding evening of entertainment at London’s Guildhall. Guests including Helena Bonham Carter, Helen McCrory, Joely Richardson, Myleene Klass, Laura Bailey, Luke Evans, Alice Temperley, Kirstie Allsopp, Sir Mo Farah, Dynamo and Chloe Delevingne joined together to celebrate a special moment in children’s literature – the 20th anniversary since the publication of the first of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter stories, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

With the help of Bulgari the fantastical, fundraising event raised over £950,000 through ticket sales, money can’t buy auction items and donations to support the charity’s work to transform the lives of vulnerable children in the UK and around the world.

Photography credit: [Insert guest name] arrives at Save the Children‘s magical, black tie Winter Gala, a festive fundraising event held at London’s Guildhall. The event celebrated the 20th anniversary since the publication of the first of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter stories, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and raised money to help Save the Children transform children’s lives across the world and here in the UK.




“It was the best evening of Harry’s life. Better than winning at Quidditch or Christmas or knocking out mountain trolls… he would never, ever forget tonight – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Entertainment included a spellbinding surprise performance by magician Dynamo. Fundraising continued throughout the evening with an exciting live auction lead by Henry Wyndham. Attendees bidding for a private magic lesson with Dynamo whilst Save the Children’s long-standing partner Bulgari generously donated an iconic FUSI necklace in yellow gold with blue chalcedonies, amethysts and pave diamonds which was worn by Chloe Delevingne throughout the evening to support the charity’s work.


Guests were transported into J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world for the night withHelen McCrory and Helena Bonham Carter seen chatting in front of a reimagining of the streets of Diagon Alley, and sipping on spellbindingly-delicious Lightning Boltcocktails in the Astronomy Tower, whilst Laura Bailey and Sir Mo Farah were seen against the backdrop of the famous Platform 9 ¾.





Food & Drink:

Guests enjoyed the following spellbindingly-delicious cocktails and food:


Bewitched – Hendrick’s Gin, St-Germain, matcha tea, mint infused honey, lime, soda

Lightning Bolt – Tovaritch! Vodka, Jax Coco coconut water, sage, peach puree, lime, sugar, egg white   

Spellbound – Pineapple juice, Jax Coco coconut water, ginger, lime


Starter – Baked pumpkin OR savoury chicken mousse

Main course – Miso glazed cod, black truffle soy, Romanesco, crisp potato hat and seaweed dust OR, Potato fritter, mushroom, artichoke, Romanesco and pomegranate

Dessert – Grey sugar sphere, cardamom chocolate ganache, blackberry, sesame and milk foam


About Save the Children:

We do whatever it takes to save children. From their first moments of life, we work to get children the healthcare, food and water, safety and education they need to survive and thrive.  We’re on the ground in 120 countries and we’re there for children in their toughest moments, in the toughest places. Our pioneering work helps give children, no matter where they’re born, the chance to fulfil their potential. For more information visit www.savethechildren.org.uk


Education: of the 2.6 billion children in the world, 59 million children are not in school. Of children in school, 250 million are not learning the basics in reading and mathematics

Save the Children believes that all children should have the chance to learn, and have access to a basic, quality education

  • We want to expand the opportunities to deliver early learning – the biggest opportunity for children
  • We work across 120 countries including here in the UK, where children from poor backgrounds are twice as likely not to be ready to learn when they start school. We are investing in the home learning environment, quality early years services, and community-level local systems change


Protection: we want to protect children from harm, whether children are separated from their family, on the move and homeless, affected by an emergency, or living in a conflict zone. Every child should grow up in a safe, supportive family environment, yet right now millions are not so lucky.

  • It is estimated that worldwide:

o   Up to 1.5 billion children experience violence each year

o   150 million children are engaged in child labour

o   1 in 4 women aged between 20 and 24 were child brides

o   there are 250,000 child soldiers

o   13 million children are orphans, having lost both parents.


Children’s futures: our mission is to build a better future for and with children. We want to change the world for children, and transform the future we share.

There is something magical about being a child, and every child has the right to enjoy a childhood where they are safe from harm, able to learn, and fulfil their potential. Your donation at The Winter Gala will help us bring magic to children’s futures around the world. 

Other prizes in auction:

?         A night in Vence for six with private jet with dinner for six – a perfect night’s getaway for you and five friends – escape to a stunning villa in the south of France, with dinner at the fabulous La Colombe d’Or and a private jet to take you there and back.

?         Four tickets to the West End stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildParts One and Two including a meet and greet with the cast.

?         Alice Temperley Fashion Week package – two tickets to Temperley London’s Winter 18 Fashion Week show in February 2018, where you’ll meet Alice Temperley herself backstage, preview the collection, plus receive a jumpsuit and a signed copy of her book.

?         Get cosy with Kirstie Allsopp – money-can’t-buy opportunity to have Kirstie Allsopp, property supremo and presenter of Channel 4’s property television shows, visit you in your own home. Let Kirstie offer advice on your home, and you’ll find she has a magical knack of understanding how to maximise your property’s full potential.

?         A magical dinner party for twelve – The best unique dinner party you’ll ever host; catered by top chefs Thomasina Miers, Jackson Boxer and Jeremy Lee, with specially chosen wine from Château Lafite, cocktails mixed by fashion designer Alice Temperley, plus place settings from internationally renowned designer William Yeoward.

?         Ballet experience with Vladimir Shklyarov – two tickets to see principal dancer Vladimir Shklyarov at the legendary Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, plus a post-performance drink with him, an exclusive backstage tour, and a four-night stay at the luxurious five-star Hotel Astoria.

?         A week on The World – Residences at Sea – an extraordinary opportunity to sail on The World, the globe’s largest and most luxurious privately owned residential yacht.

?         A Burberry Heritage Experience for two – a brilliant shopping trip for you and a friend; choose your own Burberry Heritage Trench Coat with a member of the Burberry Private Clients team, plus afternoon tea at Thomas’.

?         Centre Court Wimbledon package – a pair of Centre Court tickets with access to Debenture restaurants and bars for 4 July at Wimbledon, plus a framed poster signed by some tennis legends.

?         Latitude Festival tickets for four – pack your wellies and tent and grab four weekend guest tickets for family-friendly Latitude Festival in Southwold, from Thursday 12 July to Sunday 15 July 2018.

?         Behind the scenes at Arsenal Football Club – you and three guests will be invited to take a tour of the state-of-the art complex, watch a first team training session, and enjoy lunch in the players’ restaurant