5 Ways To Celebrate Harry Potter's Birthday That Would Make JKR Proud
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By Kerri Jarema
Harry Potter fans love a reason to celebrate, so whenever J.K Rowling and Harry Potter's birthdays come around (both are on July 31st) people flock to social media to send well wishes to the author, along with tons of remembrances of what Harry and the books have done for them. It's a fun way to continue keeping the series, and the fandom, alive and thriving. But since this is also the 20th anniversary year of the publication of the first book in the series, and the tenth anniversary of the publication of the final book, it seems only fitting to take the celebrations one step further by giving back a little bit of the endless joy that Rowling and the series have brought us.
Rowling is known for her tremendous charitable support. Since 2005, Lumos, the organization Rowling herself founded has been helping primarily poor, disabled, and ethnic minority children in institutions around the world to replace the institutions that drive their families apart and offer access to the health, education and social care they so desperately need. But Rowling has also helped lots of other charities, and many charities have taken inspiration from her, and from the Harry Potter books, to create organizations of their own. Below are just a few of the places you can support this year, as a little gift to Rowling and The Boy Who Lived.