HARRY Potter author JK Rowling has donated £1m to those in need on the 22nd anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts.
The 54-year-old posted the sweet tribute revealing that it didn’t feel right to talk about fictional deaths when “too many people are losing loved ones in the real world”.
Today (2nd May) marks the victory of the Battle of Hogwarts, when in the book Harry Potter and his friends overcome Lord Voldermort and his army of Death Eaters and save the world from pain and torture.
JK Rowling, author of the best-selling series, normally uses poignant anniversaries from the book to pay tribute to characters and reveal unknown facts about them.
However, this time, JK – who is thought to be worth $1.5 billion – decided to use her platform to reveal to her 14.6million followers she would be donating £1,000,000 to two very important charities.
She wrote: “… it feels inappropriate to talk about fictional deaths today. Too many people are losing loved ones in the real world.
“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 star also revealed that because she has three key workers in her immediate family, she was “torn between pride and anxiety” at the ongoing situation.
The Harry Potter author, who is married to a GP and lives in Edinburgh, posted on Twitter saying she had suffered from symptoms for two weeks but had not been tested.
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She eased fans’ worries by confirming she had fully recovered.
And she shared a link to breathing exercises she said had helped her.
Rowling wrote: “Please watch this doc from Queens Hospital explain how to relieve respiratory symptoms.
“For last 2 weeks I’ve had all symptoms of C19 (tho haven’t been tested) & did this on doc husband’s advice.
“I really am completely recovered and wanted to share a technique that’s recommended by doctors, costs nothing, has no nasty side effects but could help you/your loved ones a lot, as it did me.
“Stay safe, everyone x.”
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