J.K. Rowling has donated £15.3m (inclusive of Gift Aid) to the University of Edinburgh, to help create new facilities and support vital research at the University’s Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic. This donation will help improve outcomes for generations of people with multiple sclerosis.

The Anne Rowling Clinic was founded with her previous donation in 2010, and is named in memory of her mother who died of MS, aged 45.   It has established itself as an integrated care and research facility focusing on MS and neurological conditions.

J.K. Rowling said: “When the Anne Rowling Clinic was first founded, none of us could have predicted the incredible progress that would be made in the field of Regenerative Neurology, with the Clinic leading the charge.

“I am delighted to now support the Clinic into a new phase of discovery and achievement, as it realises its ambition to create a legacy of better outcomes for generations of people with MS and non-MS neurodegenerative diseases.”

Professor Siddharthan Chandran, Clinic Director, said: “This incredibly far-sighted and generous donation will unlock the potential of personalised medicine for people with MS in Scotland and further afield.”

Find out more about the Anne Rowling Clinic here.

Last night Harry Potter and the Cursed Child unveiled its new creative approach with a bold Times Square billboard takeover. Passers-by and assembled fans watched in wonder as every screen in Times Square lit up in the show’s colours before being engulfed in darkness, Dementors and an ominous Dark Mark…

In the new posters and front-of-theatre artwork, an adult Harry ‘casts’ a magnificent lightning bolt, but within the spell’s glow is the looming threat of a Dark Mark. The prophetic new tagline – ‘Sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places’ – was written by J.K. Rowling for the original play description and lends further intrigue to the image.

The new design celebrates Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s place as the eighth story in the canon by incorporating J.K. Rowling’s name and the iconic lightning-bolt logo. This logo was originally designed by legendary Harry Potter illustrator Mary GrandPré over 23 years ago, and has continued to be used across books, films and many official Harry Potter projects all over the world since.

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