J.K. Rowling has been stepping up her charity efforts; most recently announcing a $16M donation to Edinburgh University to fund a clinic for multiple sclerosis and neurodegenerative disease – and a new eBook version of her massively successful “Tales of Beedle the Bard” Harry Potter companion book.
Since it was released in 2008, Rowling’s “Beedle” has raised more than $28M for her children’s charity Lumos. Back in December of ’07, a hand-written and illustrated original of the book sold for $3.9 million at auction; the highest ever paid for a modern literary manuscript.
“All proceeds from the sale of the book go to Lumos, the charity I founded to help the 8 million children trapped in institutions around the world,” the author says. “These institutions are incapable of adequately caring for children, robbing them of their childhoods and of their futures.”
“Lumos works to transform systems of caring for children, closing institutions, reuniting families, and preventing other children from being institutionalized. Your donation not only helps individual children now, but also ensures the future for generations to come.”
You can see a moving video of Rowling talking about her charity below.