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J.K. Rowling and Lumos Foundation

“Bringing Light into Darkness.”

J.K. Rowling and Lumos Foundation

“Bringing Light into Darkness.”

In 1997, J.K. Rowling published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the US) and launched a remarkable career

Her seven-volume Harry Potter series has become the best-selling book series in history, with over 500 million plus copies sold to date. The books were translated into 80 different languages and transformed into eight films.

Her seven-volume Harry Potter series has become the best-selling book series in history, with over 500 million plus copies sold to date. The books were translated into 80 different languages and transformed into eight films.

But in 2004, she was struck by an article she read about an orphanage in Eastern Europe where disabled children were contained in “cage beds”—essentially cots covered in chicken wire.

But in 2004, she was struck by an article she read about an orphanage in Eastern Europe where disabled children were contained in “cage beds”—essentially cots covered in chicken wire.

In a BBC interview, Rowling recalled that the disturbing photos accompanying the article lingered in her memory. In response, she started a letter writing campaign that evolved into the creation of Lumos Foundation. On reflection, Rowling says, the cause “sort of chose me.”

In a BBC interview, Rowling recalled that the disturbing photos accompanying the article lingered in her memory. In response, she started a letter writing campaign that evolved into the creation of Lumos Foundation. On reflection, Rowling says, the cause “sort of chose me.”

Named for the spell in the Harry Potter series that causes a beam of light to shoot from the tip of a wand, Lumos’s mission is to end institutionalization around the world by 2050.

Named for the spell in the Harry Potter series that causes a beam of light to shoot from the tip of a wand, Lumos’s mission is to end institutionalization around the world by 2050.

Lumos believes that children belong in families, not orphanages, and works with a variety of partners, including CRS and Maestral, in advocating for children and supporting policy change.

“We advocate for children at the highest international levels; we help the money flow in the right direction to create community-based services that support families; and we work with individual children to get them back home, where they belong.” – J.K. Rowling, in remarks before a special 2016 Lumos gala performance of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”

Since 2009, Lumos has prevented 20,915 children from entering institutions.

Since 2009, Lumos has prevented 20,915 children from entering institutions.

“Through the work I’ve been privileged to do with Lumos over the past decade, I’ve come to have a new understanding of why those of us with imperfect families have far better chances of surviving this difficult world than those who don’t.” -J.K. Rowling

In 2014, after serving eight years as chair of the board of trustees, Rowling assumed the title Life President of Lumos. She continues to cover the foundation’s core costs so that all donations support Lumos’s programs.

In 2014, after serving eight years as chair of the board of trustees, Rowling assumed the title Life President of Lumos. She continues to cover the foundation’s core costs so that all donations support Lumos’s programs.

“Children need, deserve, and have a right to families,” Rowling told the audience at a special 2016 Lumos gala performance of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” Paraphrasing Albus Dumbledore, she added that “bringing 8 million children back into the light is…not easy, but it is right.”

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