Named after the light-giving spell in the Harry Potter books, Lumos is an international non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded by J.K. Rowling to help the eight million disadvantaged children in orphanages around the world to be returned to their family or placed in a loving family environment.

Lumos’ mission is to end the use of orphanages and institutions for vulnerable children around the world by 2050.

Lumos –

The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic at the University of Edinburgh, is named after J.K. Rowling’s mother, who died in 1990 from complications related to Multiple Sclerosis.

More than 20 million people worldwide are diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease each year. At present, all of these disorders are progressive and incurable. There is a need for research that will lead to new therapies. The Clinic seeks to tackle this need through its patient-based clinical research into Regenerative Neurology – targeting the discovery of treatments that will slow progression of neurodegenerative diseases, including MS, with the ultimate ambition of repairing damage. The Clinic also offers outpatient care for people with neurological conditions.

The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic –

J.K. Rowling has supported Gingerbread since 2000, initially as their first ambassador and now in her role as their president. Gingerbread campaigns on behalf of single parents, as well as providing expert advice and practical support.

Gingerbread –

Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

J.K. Rowling supported Comic Relief by writing two short books for the charity, both of which had appeared as the titles of Harry Potter’s school books within the original series of novels.

Quidditch Through The Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them were published in March 2001. Sales of the books have to date raised over £17 million.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them will be reissued in a new edition in March 2017.

Comic Relief –