Harry Potter had a hand in rescuing refugees on January 18th at the New York Historical Society, which donated its venue to support J.K. Rowling’s Lumos Foundation.
Rowling’s philanthropic NGO gives 100% of its proceeds to orphanages, working to end the harm of institutionalization and help children world-wide be reunited with family. It does not take an administrative fees; rather, those are absorbed by Rowling herself. This event will specifically go to provide social and medical services to the families at the border between the U.S. and Mexico and to promote the safe reunifications of immigrant children and their parents.
I am in the distinct minority, with only a glancing knowledge of Rowling’s phenomenally successful series of books; I don’t know which “house” I’d be a member of (Gryffindor? Ravenclaw?), but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the fabulous exhibit: Harry Potter: A History of Magic.
The rooms of the museum were transformed into Hogwarts that night, as we toured artifacts of witchcraft and wizardry and mingled with the Lumos people. I was blown away by the passion of the United States Board members. Indeed, the Harry Potter event was not a fundraiser just a “friendraiser” for Lumos to thank existing donors for their support and introduce new people to the work. I, for one, shall remain a friend.
It was a magical night and all for great, good benefit of children, whose lives Rowling has touched in so many ways.*
What’s been magical in your life lately?