J.K. Rowling is well-known for using the wealth and influence that the Harry Potter series brought her to enable those less fortunate to have better opportunities in life. As such, she has long been a supporter of Comic Relief, a UK charity that strives to overcome the root causes of poverty and social injustice both within the UK and around the world. In 2001, Rowling wrote two Harry Potter companion books for the charity, which have amassed nearly £18 million
£18 millionsince their release, and now Pottermore have announced their partnership with Comic Relief for 2013’s Red Nose Day.
Pottermore is joining in the celebrations by releasing Rowling’s companion books, Kennelworthy Whisp’s Quidditch Through the Ages and Newt Scamander’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as ebooks through their Shop. For every ebook bought or sent as a gift, £1.15 (40%) will go to Comic Relief, so not only will you be able to find out where the Golden Snitch came from or what a Puffskein actually eats, but you will also help change the lives of countless people across Africa and the UK.
Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day is celebrated every two years and is taking place this Friday 15th March. Everyone across the UK is encouraged to let loose, don a red nose and do ‘something funny for money.’ UK hit boy band One Direction have released the Red Nose Day single, ‘One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)’ as well as filmed a documentary of their time in Ghana, singer and mentor on the UK’s The Voice, Jessie J is shaving all her hair off in the ultimate dare, a team of celebrities including Spice Girl Mel C and Olympic medallist Phillips Idowu have braved the Zambezi river and fashion designer Stella McCartney has created the Red Nose Day limited edition t-shirts featuring The Beatles, Tommy Cooper, Marilyn Monroe and Kate Moss. The fundraising event culminates on Friday night with an evening of hysterical comedy and moving documentaries screening on BBC1. 2011’s Red Nose Day set the bar high raising £74 million, but the 2013 team are hoping to beat that.
For more information on Comic Relief, Red Nose Day, what various celebrities have been putting themselves through to raise money or to purchase items, visit their website.