David Bradley Doodles Again for Epilepsy Action Event
National Doodle Day is back, and so is David Bradley with another delightful drawing of his Harry Potter film character, Argus Filch. The event, which celebrates its 18th anniversary this year, is a fundraiser for Epilepsy Action, a charity organization based in England and Wales that seeks to improve the lives of those affected by epilepsy. Bradley’s sketch went up for auction on September 2.
It’s not Bradley’s first cartoon for the cause. The star has contributed several times to the fundraiser, putting pen to paper last year along with Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid). This year, as in 2017 and 2021, Bradley’s drawing is a testament to his time in the wizarding world.
Bradley’s artistic interpretation of Argus Filch this year has a heavy smattering of five-o’clock shadow and slightly mismatched eyes. The effect is a caretaker projecting the kind of exhaustion only the Weasley twins can elicit. While last year’s Mrs. Norris featured angry eyebrows, this, year she sports a petrified expression reminiscent of her fate in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
The auction lasted three days and raised its highest total ever at £15,378.21. Other celebrity contributors included Sir Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Avengers: Infinity War), Anton Lesser (Pirates of the Caribbean), and more.
We are so excited to announce, that this years National Doodle Day fundraising auction has raised an incredible £15,378.21 🎉.
This is the highest total EVER raised for National Doodle Day, and we’re so grateful to everyone who placed a bid or donated an art piece 💜. pic.twitter.com/n0fQ7Bs9yO
— National Doodle Day (@DoodleDay) September 5, 2022
Over 600,000 people in the United Kingdom are living with epilepsy, a condition that can affect anyone, regardless of age or background. According to Epilepsy Action, 87 people in the UK are diagnosed with epilepsy every day. Michael King, the fundraising events officer at Epilepsy Action, gave his thoughts on the day:
National Doodle Day is a fantastic event that gives people the opportunity to own a unique piece of art created by their favourite celebrities, artists and illustrators. Every doodle sold raises vital funds to support people affected by epilepsy. The selection of doodles up for grabs this year is wonderfully varied – there is something for everyone to buy and love.
If you didn’t get the chance to bid, you can still contribute by donating directly to the organization. You can also visit the Epilepsy Action website to learn more about its common goals to improve the lives of everyone affected by the condition.