I was amazed when I found out JK Rowling lost her first female novelist billionaire status because of her charitable works. These include writing three (3) books for charitable organizations, Lumos and Comic Relief. Making these companion volumes to the Harry Potter books not only "must-reads"; more importantly they are "must-buys".
Lumos is a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantage children. They have a very simple yet profound belief:
"No child should be denied a family life because they are poor, disabled or from an ethnic minority. Lumos works to support the 8 million children in institutions worldwide to regain their right to a family life and to end the institutionalisation of children."
For Lumos, JKR has written The Tale of Beedle the Bard, which in the wizarding world of Harry Potter, is a collection of stories written for young wizards and witches. As Ron points out to Harry & Hermione in book 7 and movie 8, his mummy used to read it to him as a bedtime story. The book includes:
The Wizard and the Hopping Pot
The Fountain of Fair Fortune
The Warlock's Hairy Heart
Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump
The Tale of the Three Brothers (the most important of all, of course)
What I loved about the book is that it is said to be translated by Hermione Granger, plus there are additional notes by no less than Albus Dumbledore.
For Comic Relief, JKR wrote two (2) more companion volumes, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them (by Newt Scamander) and Quidditch Through the Ages (by Kennilworthy Whisp), which are Hogwarts textbooks.
The back cover of both books says, "Comic Relief will give the money it gets from the sale of this book to projects helping some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the UK and some of the poorest countries in the world."
Lately, Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and Warwick Davis (Filius Flitwick / Griphook) have been to Haiti for more charitable work for Lumos. Click here to watch videos on their experiences visiting orphanages, the organization doing case studies and looking at facts, etc.
I hope they go to the Philippines next.
Have you read any of these companion volumes?
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