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J.K. Rowling donates $1.25 million to charity to mark Harry Potter landmark

J.K. Rowling pledged $1.25 million to help homeless people and domestic violence victims on the 22nd anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts.

The event takes place in the star’s final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and marks the final battle of the Second Wizarding War in the novels.

Taking to Twitter to announce her donation, the author wrote:

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“So on this anniversary of a great wizarding victory, I’m thinking of the people who’re out there doing their jobs to protect us and our way of life.”

She continued: “I have 3 key workers in my immediate family, and like all such relatives, I’m torn between pride and anxiety. As ever in a crisis of this sort, the poorest and most vulnerable are hit hardest, so in honour of the Battle of Hogwarts, I’ll be making a donation of £1m, half of which will go to https://crisis.org.uk, who’re helping the homeless during the pandemic and half of which will go to https://refuge.org.uk, because we know that domestic abuse has, sadly, increased hugely during the lockdown.”

The donation comes after Rowling, 54, previously revealed she had battled the virus herself, and had ”symptoms” of COVID-19. She has since recovered from the health scare.

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