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.

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