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‘Be the Light’ TShirt Available to Benefit Lumos; Video Interview with JK Rowling
Posted by Megs

J.K. Rowling revealed a new limited edition tshirt at this weekend’s Lumos Gala performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The ‘Be the Light’ T-shirts feature inspirational words from the author’s Very Good Lives Harvard commencement speech in 2008: “We do not need magic to transform our world; we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already”. They are available to buy now at www.represent.com/lumos. At least 60% of the retail price will go to support Lumos programmes around the world.

The author addressed an audience of Harry Potter fans of all ages prior to the special gala performance to benefit Lumos, the non-profit organisation she founded to help end the institutionalisation of children globally by 2050.

“Children need, deserve and have a right to families,” she said. “Thank you, from everyone at Lumos, for helping us achieve our ambition of bringing eight million children back into the light. It is, to paraphrase Albus Dumbledore, not easy, but it is right.”

Thanks to the generosity of the play’s producers – Sonia Friedman, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions – and Lumos’ 100% Pledge, all funds raised at the gala performance will go directly to Lumos’ work to transform the lives of some of the world’s most disadvantaged children. The special gala performance today is one of a series of events in the We Are Lumos Worldwide global campaign to raise awareness and urge people to get involved with the non-profit organisation’s work to bring the hidden children to light and get them home to families. The campaign was officially launched with a Facebook Live interview the previous evening (Saturday 17 September) between J.K. Rowling and writer and broadcaster, Lauren Laverne.


Poppy Miller, Paul Thornley, Stuart Ramsey, Sam Clemmett, J.K. Rowling, Anthony Boyle, Noma Dumezweni, and Alex Price. Photo by Dave Benett / Getty Image for Lumos.

Jo also took part in a Facebook Live video to talk about Lumos and their new initiative this past weekend. The interview marks the official launch of We Are Lumos Worldwide; a global campaign to raise awareness of the eight million children living in orphanages around the world, and the work that Lumos is doing to help them return to family life.

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, JK Rowling
J.K. Rowling to Talk on Facebook Live About Lumos This Saturday
Posted by Megs

J. K. Rowling, will shine a light on millions of the world’s most disadvantaged children in orphanages this weekend, in an exclusive Facebook Live global broadcast. In conversation with writer and broadcaster Lauren Laverne in London on Saturday 17 September at 8.15pm BST / 3.15pm ET / 12.15 PT she will illuminate the work of Lumos, which she founded a decade ago to return children from orphanages and institutions to families.  The broadcast will be streamed live via the  Lumos Facebook page.

There is also a new limited edition ‘Be the Light’ T-shirt on sale today – at least 60% of the retail price goes to Lumos programmes to help children. The shirt features a quote from J.K. Rowling from her Very Good Lives speech given at a Harvard commencement ceremony in 2008. The ‘Be the Light’ T-shirts feature a design using inspirational words from the author: “We do not need magic to transform our world; we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already” and are available to buy now at www.represent.com/lumos

More from the press release may be read below:

People are invited to submit a question for J.K. Rowling about Lumos’ work and the estimated eight million children living in institutional care, separated from families and exposed to abuse, harm and neglect.  Questions can be sent this week via the We Are Lumos Worldwide campaign website and some will be selected to be read out on the night.

The Facebook Live event marks the start of the We Are Lumos Worldwide global campaign to raise awareness and urge people to get involved with the non-profit organisation’s work to bring the hidden children to light and get them home to families.  The campaign will include:

  • A gala performance of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End on Sunday 18 September, where J.K. Rowling will introduce the play and talk about Lumos.  All proceeds from this event will go towards Lumos programmes around the world.
  • A special advance screening, benefiting Lumos, of the new Warner Bros feature film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them following an on stage conversation between J.K. Rowling and the film’s star Eddie Redmayne on Saturday 12 November at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Written by J.K. Rowling, the film is inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by the author’s character, magizoologist Newt Scamander.  The film opens in 1926 in New York, as Newt Scamander, played by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne, has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures.

Thanks to the generosity of J.K. Rowling and others, 100% of all public donations, including funds raised from the events in the We Are Lumos Worldwide campaign, will go directly to Lumos’ programmes helping thousands of children to leave orphanages and return to families, giving them a real chance in life.

The We Are Lumos Worldwide campaign will increase understanding of this global problem affecting an estimated eight million children hidden away in orphanages and large-scale residential care, the majority of whom are not orphans.

As part of this awareness raising, Harry Potter stars and Lumos ambassadors Warwick Davis, Evanna Lynch and Bonnie Wright have visited programmes in Moldova and Haiti to find out more about this vital work.  Films of their visits will be released in the coming weeks.

Fans, supporters and celebrities everywhere are invited, as part of the We Are Lumos Worldwide campaign, to Be the Light in the lives of eight million forgotten children, living in the darkest of places.

The Facebook Live global broadcast will take place on Saturday 17 September at 8.15pm BST / 3.15pm ET / 12.15pm PT.

Filed Under: JK Rowling
Last Chance to See Lumos Gala Performance of Cursed Child on Sept 18
Posted by Megs

J.K. Rowling’s charity, Lumos, and the producers of the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child announced today that a third and final online auction of tickets to the Lumos gala performance on Sunday 18th September would be released. This is a last chance to bid for tickets to attend the event. This final auction closes at 6pm on Sunday 21st August

Fans eager to see the two-part play will be able to bid on ticket packages for this special performance to benefit Lumos, which will be personally introduced by J.K. Rowling. Over 100 tickets are available in a selection of packages that are combined with extra gifts including signed copies of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script book, Hogwarts maps created by graphic designers MinaLima and meals at London restaurants near to the theatre.

Opening bids for the performances of Parts One and Two on Sunday 18th September will start at the box office face value. The auction runs for just four days, from today until 21st August on the online auction website Givergy.

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, which will support 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 Lumos gala performance of both parts of the play is the start of a worldwide campaign for Lumos this Autumn called We Are Lumos Worldwide which aims to enhance awareness of the harm caused to children placed in orphanages, and raise funds for the Families Not Orphanages Fund. The campaign culminates with an advance screening of the new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in New York on 12th November, with a chance to see J.K. Rowling in conversation on stage at Carnegie Hall, with the film’s main star and Academy Award® winner Eddie Redmayne.

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, JK Rowling
New Harry Potter eBooks to Release in September
Posted by Megs

In some interesting news today we’ve learned that there will be three new ebooks released by Pottermore and J.K. Rowling this September 6th for $2.99 each.

Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

Information on each of the books, as well as links to pre-order them are as follows:

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists
These stories of power, politics and pesky poltergeists give you a glimpse into the darker side of the wizarding world, revealing the ruthless roots of Professor Umbridge, the lowdown on the Ministers for Magic and the history of the wizarding prison Azkaban. You will also delve deeper into Horace Slughorn’s early years as Potions master at Hogwarts – and his acquaintance with one Tom Marvolo Riddle.

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies
These stories of heroism, hardship and dangerous hobbies profile two of the Harry Potter stories’ most courageous and iconic characters: Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin. J.K. Rowling also gives us a peek behind the closed curtains of Sybill Trelawney’s life, and you’ll encounter the reckless, magical-beast-loving Silvanus Kettleburn along the way.

Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide
Hogwarts An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide takes you on a journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You’ll venture into the Hogwarts grounds, become better acquainted with its more permanent residents, learn more about lessons and discover secrets of the castle . . . all at the turn of a page.

Thanks to Hypable for the tip!

Filed Under: Books, JK Rowling, Pottermore
Bloomsbury Announces Tie-In Titles for Fantastic Beasts
Posted by Megs

Bloomsbury have announced today that they will be releasing a series of tie-in books for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Both books, A Pop-up Gallery of Curiosities and Newt Scamander A Movie Scrapbook, will be published on November 18th to coincide with the film’s release. A full press release may be read below:

Bloomsbury Children’s Books has announced that Insight Editions, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products has awarded Bloomsbury the sublicense for several movie tie-in books for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

These high-quality, gift books include J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World A Pop-up Gallery of Curiosities, and Newt Scamander A Movie Scrapbook packed with pull-out extras.

Bloomsbury Children’s Publishing Director Rebecca McNally acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Insight CEO Raoul Goff. A Pop-up Gallery of Curiosities and Newt Scamander A Movie Scrapbook will both publish on 18 November 2016, the same day as the release date of the highly-anticipated upcoming film from Warner Bros. Pictures Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

McNally said: “These innovative formats are a wonderful book showcase for the wit and inventiveness of the films. We are very excited to have this opportunity to partner with Insight and Warner Bros. Consumer Products to publish brilliant film tie-in books for Harry Potter fans of all ages.”

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose beloved Harry Potter books were adapted into the top-grossing film franchise of all time. Her screenplay was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by her character Newt Scamander.  The film is slated for worldwide release on 18 November 2016, from Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Filed Under: Books, Fantastic Beasts Films, JK Rowling
Fantastic Beasts Part 2 Release Date Set
Posted by Megs

Variety is reporting that a release date has been set for the second film in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trilogy. It is currently slated to be released on November 16th 2016, just over 2 years after the first installment. We shared last month that director David Yates said Rowling had already completed the screenplay for the film. Yates will also return to direct the sequel.

According to the press release:

The second “Fantastic Beasts” movie moves deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances.

Warner Bros. also states that “there is much more on the horizon, all highlighting that the global interest in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World in every medium is stronger than ever.”

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, JK Rowling
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