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Sarah Jessica Parker Presents Jo Rowling with PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award
Posted by Megs

Tonight, actress Sarah Jessica Parker presented J.K. Rowling with the 2016 Pen/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award. The video may be watched below starting at 1 hour and 40 minutes, the embed should start at that point.

J.K. Rowling has used her talents and stature as a writer to fight inequality on both a local and global level. Herself the frequent object of censorship in schools and libraries across the globe, as well as online targeting, Rowling has emerged as a vocal proponent of free expression and access to literature and ideas for children, as well as incarcerated people, the learning-disabled, and women and girls worldwide.

Filed Under: JK Rowling
J.K. Rowling to Attend Special Performance of Cursed Child to Benefit Lumos
Posted by Megs

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
Posted by Megs

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
Pottermore Announces 4 New Stories in History of Magic in North American
Posted by Megs

Pottermore has made a fun announcement this morning regarding new content on North Anerican Magic from J.K. Rowing. There will be four stories in all with the dust being released tomorrow morning. Entertainment Weekly shared the following:

The History of Magic in North America, a new series of four original stories by Rowling, will debut this week on Pottermore. The author’s interactive web portal is the only place you’ll be able to read the new tales, which will finally shout “Lumos!” at a time and place in wizarding history previously unexplored in the films and novels of the Harry Potter series.

To tide excited fans over until the first story apparates on March 8 at 9 a.m. ET.

The History of Magic in North America will cover a number of topics in America’s magical history including:

—The U.S. Hogwarts, Ilvermorny

—Skin-walkers, a Native American legend

—The Salem witch trials, a formative event for the country’s national magical identity

—Our Ministry of Magic, the Magical Congress of the United States of America

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, JK Rowling, Pottermore
First Photo of Full ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Cast
Posted by Megs

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
J.K. Rowling’s Lumos Launches New Campaign To Help Kids with Disabilities
Posted by Megs

J.K. Rowling’s charity, Lumos, is launching a new campaign to help kids with disabilities. Last year Lumos raised over $30,000 on Indiegogo to build a first-of-its kind Special Education Unit (SEU) in Ialoveni, Moldova. This year they are funding an inclusive education project to help furnish the unit with the specialised equipment that the children will need to go to school, some for the very first time. They are looking to raise $35,000 before December 22nd. You can visit their Indiegogo page to donate to the cause and get some great perks.

Lumos is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organisation founded by J.K. Rowling to help countries reform their services for disadvantaged children. We believe that children need families, not orphanages, and are committed to ending the institutionalisation of children worldwide by 2050.

J.K. Rowling’s Lumos: Help Kids with Disabilities from Lumos on Vimeo.

Filed Under: JK Rowling
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