Celebrate J.K. Rowling’s 50th birthday by donating to Lumos

In April 2015, J.K. Rowling launched Lumos in the U.S. in the lobby of the Empire State Building.

In April 2015, J.K. Rowling launched Lumos in the U.S. in the lobby of the Empire State Building.

Our favorite author is turning 50 this year, and you know what that means…

For three years, the Light Up Jo’s Birthday fundraiser has brought together J.K. Rowling fans during her birthday month to raise money for the author’s charity, Lumos, which aims to end the institutionalization of children around the world. As always, the fundraiser runs throughout the month of July; it ends July 31, Jo’s (and Harry Potter’s) birthday.

Lumos works everyday to save children from institutions around the world. Children living in orphanages and likewise institutions are more likely to suffer mental illness, be malnourished, and are less likely to survivie. J.K. Rowling established the charity in 2005, and the organization just inaugurated the opening of a U.S. branch this year. Light Up Jo’s Birthday chose Lumos as the best way to honor the author because it is very near and dear to her heart.

Donating to Light Up Jo’s Birthday is simply the best way to give back to the woman who has given her fans so much. In the past, J.K. Rowling has called the gift “one of the best birthday presents I’ve ever received,” so who wouldn’t want to apart of it?!

As a thank you gift for your donation, the organizers are offering a chance to win a number of great prizes, including signed books by J.K. Rowling and George R.R. Martin, work from MinaLima, the graphic designers from the Harry Potter films, as well as a signed DVD of The Casual Vacancy. Donations of any size will enter you into the prize drawing.

To date, Light Up Jo’s Birthday has raised £7,000 for Lumos, and as of now, they’ve earned£660.50. However, they’ve still got a long way to go until their goal, £2,434.03.  If you’re able, help them out by donating and to benefit a worthwhile cause. At the end of the month, this amount will be donated to Lumos as a birthday present to J.K. Rowling, and the author will be notified of the donation amount.

To find out more about Lumos, click here. Visit this site to donate to Light Up Jo’s Birthday.

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Last installment of ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ released

Image via Pottermore.com

Image via Pottermore.com

Today Pottermore released the concluding installment of the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

The much-awaited new chapters come six months after the previous release. Members of Ravenclaw House received 24 hours early access to the new chapters yesterday, and the chapters are available to all houses from today.

In this new installment, users encounter Hagrid’s Blast Ended Skrewts, attend the Yule Ball, explore Hogwart’s Great Lake and much, much more. Even Voldemort makes his comeback this time around.

As always, J.K. Rowling joined in as well, contributing four new exclusive content entries, including ones on the Great Lake of Hogwarts and Illness and Disability in the wizarding world.

Visit Pottermore.com to explore the final chapters.

While exploring the new chapters, look out for:

  • The Blast Ended Skrewts. You’re going to need damage control after exploring that Moment.
  • The Yule Ball! (for reasons that are obvious)
  • The faucets/taps in the Prefect’s bathroom. They are fun to play around with, even though you can’t enjoy them yourself. *sad Dobby eyes*
  • The sound in the Merepeople Moment (chapter 26). Freakishly eery.
  • J.K. Rowling’s entry on the Great Lake — she reveals early drafts of the books where the Great Lake planned to make an appearance.
  • J.K. Rowling’s thoughts on Owls. Very cool!
  • The history of the Pensieve — J.K. Rowling shares interesting backstory on the device in chapter 30.
  • The Maze in chapter 31. Make sure you clicked through everything; it’s pretty cool.
  • The Golden Thread Moment, chapter 34. Voldemort’s first full-fledged appearance on Pottermore is a memorable one.
  • “Illness and Disability,” an entry from J.K. Rowling that’s worth a read.
  • The audio in “The Leaving Feast.” Stephen Fry’s oration of one of Dumbledore’s most powerful speeches is chilling.
  • Neville’s grandmother in the King’s Cross Moment. Good one, Pottermore team.

Happy exploring to everyone! 🙂

Also, as it is July 31, we want to wish a Happy Birthday to J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter!

Light Up J.K. Rowling’s Birthday by donating to annual fundraiser for Lumos

JKR says the Light Up Jo's Birthday donation was "one of the best birthday presents she's ever received."

JKR says the Light Up Jo’s Birthday fundraiser was “one of the best birthday presents she’s ever received.”

Be part of one of the best birthday presents J.K. Rowling has received by donating to the Light Up Jo’s Birthday fundraiser for Lumos.

Since 2012, the Light Up Jo’s Birthday fundraiser has been bringing together J.K. Rowling fans to make a difference in a cause that is very close to Jo’s heart. Every July, fans donate to the fundraiser, and this money is then donated to J.K. Rowling’s own charity, Lumos, “which aims to end the institutionalization of children around the world.” The fundraiser runs throughout the month of July, as Jo’s (and Harry Potter’s) birthday is July 31.

So far, Light Up Jo’s Birthday has raised £4,500 for Lumos, and their current total at press time is £1,263.58. As always, this (growing) amount will be donated to Lumos as a birthday present to J.K. Rowling, and the author will be notified of the donation amount. This Thursday, Jo will be told in person how much has been raised so far at the Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival, where she will be appearing as Robert Galbraith.

Jo will turn 49 this year -- be apart of her birthday by donating the fundraiser

Jo will turn 49 this year — be apart of her birthday by donating the fundraiser

In the past, J.K. Rowling has called the gift “one of the best birthday presents I’d ever received,” so who wouldn’t want to apart of it?!

In addition, anyone who donates to Light Up Jo’s Birthday will have their name put in a drawing to win one of a wide-range of prizes, including photos signed by Harry Potter actors Rupert Grint and Matthew Lewis, and even a one-of-a-kind sketch of Harry by artist Thomas Taylor, who illustrated the cover for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. In addition, anyone who donates £5 or more will be entered to win the grand prize — a rare, signed copy of The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling). As there are two signed copies of The Silkworm available, two donators will benefit if they are chosen! Find out more about the prizes here.

Don’t forget, by donating to Light Up Jo’s Birthday, you’re helping a worthy cause that means a great deal to J.K. Rowling. According to their website, “Lumos works in partnership with governments, professionals and carers, communities, families and children, to transform outdated systems that drive families apart.” To find out more about Lumos, visit their website here.

In donating to Light Up Jo’s Birthday, you really are helping Lumos achieve their goal to end the institutionalization of children. The fundraiser’s site reads, “One project carried out by Lumos which benefited from Light Up Jo’s Birthday funds was making a school accessible, so that disabled children can attend mainstream school and stay with their families instead of having to go into an institution.” This birthday campaign is the best way to give back something meaningful to our favorite author, so we ask our readers to donate to the fundraiser if they are able.

To donate to Light Up Jo’s Birthday, click here.