5 Things JK Rowling Did That Restored Our Faith In Humanity
By Vanessa Doctor | August 12, 2014 10:31 AM EST
J.K. Rowling, one of the few living legendary authors today, did a lot more amazing things after she wrote the "Harry Potter" series. People will be in awe at how big Rowling's heart is when it comes to children and people in need.
File photograph shows British writer JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series of books, posing during the launch of the new online website Pottermore in London June 23, 2011. Britain's best-selling author, "Harry Potter" creator JK Rowling, has donated 1 million pounds ($1.68 million) to the campaign against Scottish independence, saying on Wednesday she believed Scotland was better off staying in the United Kingdom.
1. Writing to a young massacre survivor - as Albus Dumbledore
15-year-old Cassidy Stay's family was all murdered by a gunman in July 2014. The teenager survived only by playing dead. Rowling sent a handwritten letter in purple ink together with a wand, an acceptance letter to Hogwarts School and a signed book. Cassidy quoted Albus Dumbledore, "Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if only one remembers to turn on the light."
2. She gave away $160 million to charity
Rowling became a billionaire after the Harry Potter series sold excellently throughout the world. In 2011, she gave away about 16% of her net worth, losing her billionaire status in the process. The author joined several charities such as Amnesty International and One Parent Families. She also founded the Children's High Level Group.
3. She founded Lumos
In 2005, the author founded the Children's High Level Group or CHLG. The organisation is now called Lumos and is an international NGO that aims to improve the lives of children in Europe. The organisation's objective is to end the systematic institutionalization of disadvantaged children in the continent.
4. She read an unfinished book to a dying child
Rowling read an unfinished book four of the "Harry Potter" series to a Catie, a young girl dying of cancer. Rowling told the little girl that it was top secret and read her the book over the phone. Catie died in 2000.
5. Creating the entire Harry Potter series
It has been decades since children and adults got to enjoy a good fantasy novel. The "Harry Potter" series unraveled a world of wonder and beauty that sparks hope in every human being in today's age. The books have become a source of strength and inspiration for many readers and are among the best bonding tools for families everywhere.
Because of her work, Rowling remains one of the most well-loved and appreciated authors of all time.