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New Lumos Gala Tickets Released for Cursed Child – Auction Begins Today
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Lumos and the producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have released more tickets to the gala performance of the play, which will be held on Sunday September 18th, in an online auction to benefit Lumos. J.K. Rowling will attend and introduce the play at the gala which will show Part One and Two consecutively. The tickets are available through the online auction website Givergy with opening bids starting at £100 for two tickets for both Part One and Part Two of the play.

Tickets are combined with special prizes and collectable items, including signed copies of the script book and VIP tickets to Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.

Thanks to the generosity of the play’s producers and Lumos’ 100% Pledge, every penny donated and raised in the auction will go directly to Lumos’ Families Not Orphanages Fund that will help children in the countries where Lumos works to leave orphanages and return to a family life.  Donations do not go towards administration, fundraising or overhead costs.

The gala performance of the play is one of a series of exciting events for Lumos this Autumn in the We Are Lumos Worldwide campaign aimed at enhancing awareness of the harm caused to children placed in orphanages and raising funds for Lumos’ Families Not Orphanages Fund.  Other events include an advance screening of the new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in New York City on 12 November, with a chance to see J.K. Rowling in conversation with the film’s main star and Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne.

An estimated eight million children around the world live in orphanages and institutions, despite 80% having at least one living parent that could care for them with some support.

A new, two minute film, showing how Lumos helps individual families and children, has also been released today. It tells the story of Lumos’ work to reunite one mother with her baby, who had been sent to an institution as soon he was born, due to a disability diagnosis at birth – just one of the 2,376 children supported by the organisation in the last year to leave orphanages.

Over the past decade, Lumos has helped thousands of other children – from infants to older children – return to family life in Central and Eastern Europe and more recently in Haiti. Now, in its second decade, Lumos is expanding its work in Latin America and the Caribbean, and other regions around the world with the aim to end institutionalisation of children globally by 2050.

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, JK Rowling
First Look at Granger-Weasley Family in ‘Cursed Child’
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The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Facebook has released a first look at the Granger-Weasley family! Ron is played by Paul Thornley, Noma Dumezweni plays Hermione and Cherrelle Skeete plays Rose Granger-Weasley.

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Captions for the photos, which can be seen in the gallery, are as follows:

Hermione Granger, played by Noma Dumezweni in the new play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child. J.K. Rowling: “I saw Noma workshop the part and when John Tiffany told me he’d cast her, I was overjoyed. She gets Hermione inside out.”

Ron Weasley, in his favourite knitted jumper. As played by Paul Thornley in the new play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child. J.K. Rowling: “Ron in his forties isn’t very different from Ron in his teens, except that his feet hurt a bit more. Paul’s so funny and brilliant in the role.”

Rose Granger-Weasley, excited to start at Hogwarts. Played by Cherrelle Skeete in the new play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child. J.K. Rowling: “Rose is like her mother, but more secure, more grounded. She was born to wizards and knows her place in the world. Cherrelle plays her perfectly: bossy but deeply loveable.”

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First Photos of Potter Family in ‘Cursed Child’ Released
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The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Facebook has released the first photos of the Potter family! Harry played by Jamie Parker, Poppy Miller as Ginny and Sam Clemmett as Albus Severus Potter.

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Captions for the photos, which can be seen in the gallery, are as follows:

Harry Potter, 19 years later. Jamie Parker from the new play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child. J.K. Rowling: “He simply is Harry now. There’s a kind of relief in watching him, he gets it so right.” First public preview is a week today!

Albus Potter, ready for his first day at Hogwarts. Played by Sam Clemmett in the new play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child. J.K. Rowling: “There’s much I could say about Sam-as-Albus, but we’d be into spoiler territory so quickly I’ll just say we couldn’t have cast better.”

Ginny Potter played by Poppy Miller, in the new play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child. J.K. Rowling: “I think a lot of people would like to have Poppy’s Ginny for a mother. Kind and cool, exactly as I imagined her.”

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J.K. Rowling to Attend Special Performance of Cursed Child to Benefit Lumos
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J.K. Rowling will be attending a special gala performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two to benefit her children’s organisation Lumos on Sunday 18th September. Tickets are now available for auction on Givergy. The tickets are being auctioned off in sets with additional incentives.

Lumos and the producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play are hosting a special gala performance of the new stage play to benefit the author’s children’s charity. J.K. Rowling will personally attend and introduce the play.

Tickets to see performances of both part one and part two of the play on Sunday 18th September in London’s West End, are now available by auction at givergy.com/charity/lumos They are combined with special prizes and experiences and are expected to sell out quickly. More information can also be found at wearelumos.org/worldwide.

Thanks to the generosity of the play’s producers and Lumos’ 100% Pledge, every penny donated and raised in the auction will go directly to Lumos’ Families Not Orphanages Fund that will help children in the countries where Lumos works to leave orphanages and return to a family life. Donations do not go towards administration, fundraising or overhead costs of the organisation.

The special gala performance of both parts offers a unique opportunity to see the much-anticipated play introduced by J.K. Rowling, and is the first of several events yet to be announced for the autumn as part of the Lumos global We Are Lumos Worldwide campaign in the UK, United States, and around the world. The campaign invites people and groups all over the world to join a growing movement to end the harmful and unnecessary practice of placing children in orphanages.

An estimated eight million children around the world live in orphanages and institutions, despite 80% having at least one living parent that could care for them with some support.

Georgette Mulheir, CEO of Lumos said: “Intuitively, we know that children need families to thrive, but it’s the decades of evidence that shows us the profound harm that being deprived of a family life and placed in an orphanage can do to a child’s intellectual, physical and psychological development.

“This special gala performance is not only a wonderful opportunity for fans to see the play but it will help raise awareness of the vulnerable, voiceless children living in orphanages around the world and play its part in helping to get them home and back to a loving family, where they belong.”

Visitors to the wearelumos.org/worldwide website are invited to sign up now to the We Are Lumos Worldwide campaign, which will launch at the same weekend of the play gala in September. Those registering now will receive early notification of further exciting announcements.

Over the past decade, Lumos has helped thousands of children – from infants to older children – return to family life in Central and Eastern Europe and more recently in Haiti. Now, in its second decade, Lumos is expanding its work in Latin America and the Caribbean, and other regions around the world with the aim to end institutionalisation of children globally by 2050.

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, JK Rowling
Video: J.K. Rowling Goes Behind the Scenes of Cursed Child
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In a new video released by the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Facebook, J.K. Rowling takes fans behind the scenes of the production!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child officially opens at the Palace Theatre London in July 2016, with preview performances from late May 2016. It is one play presented in two Parts, which are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings. Tickets may be purchased on the play’s website.

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, JK Rowling
First Photo of Full ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Cast
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Pottermore has shared the first photo of the full Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cast! According to the website, “56 creatives, actors and members of the production team came together this morning for the first time to be part of this amazing photo, right before the first read-through of the script.”

Names of the new cast members can be read below:

Please welcome Nicola Alexis, Helen Aluko, Jeremy Ang Jones, Rosemary Annabella, Annabel Baldwin, Jack Bennett, Paul Bentall, Anthony Boyle, Zoe Brough, Sam Clemmett, Morag Cross, Cristina Fray, Rudi Goodman, Claudia Grant, James Howard, Christiana Hutchings, Lowri James, Chris Jarman, Martin Johnston, Bili Keogh, Chipo Kureya, James Le Lacheur, Helena Lymbery, Tom Mackley, Barry McCarthy, Sandy McDade, Andrew McDonald, Adam McNamara, Poppy Miller, Tom Milligan, Jack North, Alex Price, Stuart Ramsay, Nuno Silva, Cherrelle Skeete, Esther Smith, Nathaniel Smith, Dylan Standen and Joshua Wyatt… who make up the entire cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Among these names are seven child actors who will alternate between roles.

The unveiling of a brand new (not to mention huge) Harry Potter team, is a very special moment indeed. Looking at the sheer number of creative minds at work on this production, it’s safe to say that Harry, Ron and Hermione’s next adventure is in good hands.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will premiere in London’s West End at the Palace Theatre this summer. If you want to buy tickets visit the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child website. You can also see detailed interactive seat plan for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child here at SeatPlan.

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, JK Rowling
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