Charity work results in “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling falling off Forbes billionaire list

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We’ve been huge fans of J.K. Rowling since reading the first sentence of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (Sorcerer’s) Stone” way back in 1997, and it turns out there’s now even more of a reason to love the author.

The beloved author and creator of the Harry Potter universe is the first billionaire to ever fall off the Forbes billionaire list due to the huge amount of charity work she takes part in.

Rowling has always been known as an advocate of charity work, particularly those that help out vulnerable children. Though she has worked with the likes of Book Aid International and Children with AIDS, it is her own charity, Lumos, where she has taken huge strides to end to the institutionalization of children worldwide. In fact, the Lumos charity has allowed over 20,000 children to avoid staying in an orphanage and instead kept them with their families since 2009.

Despite selling over 500 million Harry Potter books, the author seems to be pretty level headed and has been quoted saying:

You have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently.

Of course, it isn’t the just the books that have resulted in success for Rowling, the Harry Potter movies were all incredibly successful and have since been spun into a prequel movie series, “Fantastic Beasts.” The stage show, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” is also currently a worldwide hit. And how could we forget the amazing Wizarding World of Harry Potter in many of Universal’s theme parks?

Let’s not forget that there was a time before Harry Potter where the author was struggling in a mouse infested flat in Scotland, as a single parent just trying to look after her family.

Outside of the amazing charity work that the author commits her time and money to,  J.K. Rowling is currently working hard on the sequel to “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.”

Source: Understanding Compassion

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