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JK Rowling Speaks Out About Experiences With The Charity Lumos

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10/28/2013 7:18 pm
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JK Rowling Speaks Out About Experiences With The Charity Lumos
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Dani Strehle

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JK Rowling may be aiming for sainthood. Not only is she brilliant, she’s generous. When visiting an Eastern European orphanage, which Rowling describes as “cold and frightening,” the idea of snatching a neglected baby from her cot crossed her mind, ever-so-quickly. The genius mind behind the Harry Potter franchise credits her maternal instinct for the impulse, calling the orphanage closer to a prison than a home. “I’m an emotional person. I struggle with that a lot in this kind of situation. There was one little baby, a girl, and I was standing at this cot and I just thought, ‘I will take her.’” “It was irrational but that’s your human response. There was no earthly way I could take this baby home but that is your most powerful reaction. You think as a mother, ‘I will save this baby, this one baby.’” The “richest woman in England (other than the Queen)” also admits that, despite being worth €560 million, she worries about money just as much as any other mother, probably due to her stormy past of raising three children alone with only Government assistance. Rowling also talked about her charity, Lumos (named after the illuminating spell in the Harry Potter books), and how it has rescued thousands of children from dirty and negligent care homes throughout Europe’s most impoverished countries. Orphans, of course are included in this, but also children whose parents no longer have the means to provide for them. Rowling has also donated a substantial amount of her own money to this cause, and has made numerous visits to both the care homes and foster homes that she is setting these children up in. In an interview with The Daily Mail, Rowling explained a bit of the emotional price her own experiences called due, as well as the pain she feels from seeing children in this state. “The one incident that absolutely killed me was a little girl with physical disabilities who had been put into the institution and used to ask for her mother. The nurse would go outside and ring the girl and pretend to be her mother. Utterly heartbreaking.” She also shed some light as to why she chose the name Lumos for the charity. “Harry had been left in a very hostile environment, so there are clear parallels. He is a boy removed from his family by bereavement.” When you’re used to worrying about money, that stays with you. Something Rowling explains at length: “I still worry about money. Funnily enough it bears no relation to what is in your bank account, it is purely emotional,’ she says. ‘I was as poor as it’s possible to be in this country.” “I was a single parent. The key phrase is “in this country” because we have a welfare state. I remember not eating so my daughter would eat... nights when there was literally no money, when I had one Rich Tea biscuit and that was dinner.” “I was terrified of  pressing the wrong button and losing everything, and having to look my daughter in the face and say, “We had a house and now through a stupid error...” I don’t know what I thought I was going to do but my terror was making a ridiculous mistake and it all disappearing.” With seven Harry Potter novels, and two successful adult novels, Rowling has decidedly turned her life around for the better. I find it incredibly refreshing that, instead of turning her back on those that are currently suffering the same way she used to, she is using her power and money to help others in need. Madame Rowling, you are an inspiration.


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