J.K. Rowling will be discussing her children’s charity Lumos live on Facebook tomorrow evening (17th September).
Also announced is the launch of a limited edition ‘Be the Light’ T-shirt, which went on sale this week and from which at least 60% of the retail price goes to Lumos programmes to help children.
The t-shirts feature a quote from J.K. Rowling from her Very Good Lives speech given at a Harvard commencement ceremony in 2008: “We do not need magic to transform our world; we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already” and are available to buy at www.represent.com/lumos.
The Facebook Live event will see Rowling in conversation with Lauren Laverne, discussing the work of Lumos, which Rowling founded a decade ago to return children from orphanages and institutions to families. The broadcast will be streamed live via the Lumos Facebook page and marks the start of the We Are Lumos Worldwide global campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the estimated eight million children in orphanages and large-scale residential care, the majority of whom are not orphans.
As part of this awareness raising, Harry Potter stars and Lumos ambassadors Warwick Davis, Evanna Lynch and Bonnie Wright have visited programmes in Moldova and Haiti to find out more about this vital work. Films of their visits will be released in the coming weeks.
The campaign will also include:
- A gala performance of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End on Sunday 18th September, where J.K. Rowling will introduce the play and talk about Lumos, and all proceeds will go towards Lumos programmes worldwide.
- A special advance screening, benefitting Lumos, of the new Warner Bros film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them following an on stage conversation between J.K. Rowling and the film’s star Eddie Redmayne on Saturday 12th November at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
The Facebook Live global broadcast will take place on Saturday 17th September at 8.15pm.
Pictures from the event