J.K. Rowling makes over $1 million donation to homeless, domestic violence groups during pandemic
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“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling announced Saturday that she will be donating 1 million pounds, or over $1.25 million, to help people struggling with homelessness and domestic violence survivors amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Today's the 22nd anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, but I'm going to be honest and say that it feels inappropriate to talk about fictional deaths today. Too many people are losing loved ones in the real world,” Rowling tweeted Saturday, referencing the "Battle of Hogwarts," a sweeping fight detailed in the final book in the “Harry Potter” series.

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Rowling said she is thinking of workers who have continued to serve others amid the ongoing pandemic.  

“I have 3 key workers in my immediate family, and like all such relatives, I'm torn between pride and anxiety,” Rowling shared. 

She added that “As ever in a crisis of this sort, the poorest and most vulnerable are hit hardest.” In honor of the anniversary of the fictional battle, the author said she will donate 1 million pounds, which will be split evenly between Crisis, a UK charity addressing homelessness, and Refuge, a charity for women and children escaping domestic violence. 

Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, said in a Saturday statement that the organization is “overwhelmed” to receive Rowling’s donation and that “People experiencing homelessness during the outbreak have been hit especially hard.”

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“The money donated by J.K. Rowling will go towards our frontline response to the pandemic, helping us to carry on supporting people who are homeless across Great Britain at this very difficult time. Together, we can protect more people from the worst effects of the outbreak and make sure they are safely housed when it is over.”

Refuge tweeted “This is wonderful news - and comes at a time when we have seen calls to our already overwhelmed Helpline increase by 50% during COVID-19. Our huge thanks @jk_rowling - your support will underpin our frontline specialist services & enable us to reach more abused women who need us”

Rowling previously granted an open license for teachers to post videos of themselves reading aloud from the “Harry Potter” books while students are at home amid the coronavirus pandemic due to school closures.