We Are Lumos: Charity Gala and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child London

In 1997 one woman captured the hearts of a generation and more to come. The story of a little orphan boy, his adventures and friends taught us that it's OK to be different and that there will always be a light, no matter how dark and bleak the world may seem. Now, 19 years later, J.K Rowling is putting that into practise.

Lumos is not only the spell that brings light, it's also J.K Rowling's charity working towards making the world a better place for over 8 million children (that we know of) in institutions.

Lumos Charity


I'm going to be honest here, I had heard of Lumos (obvs) but I had no idea what they really did nor the immense scale of their work. While at their charity gala as new ambassadors for Lumos, we had the opportunity to meet some of the celeb ambassadors and listen to talks from Georgette Mulheir and Bill Di Mechele who both chair the charity.

Normally when people think of orphanages (or institutions), many people will have the image of a loving environment and happy children running all over the joint. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

Lumos charity


The harsh reality of the children in institutions is that 80% of them have at lease one living parent but have been placed into the system because of poverty, disability. discrimination and the need for health care that their parents may not be able to provide. Many children could then be subject to trafficking and abuse. Not only will they suffer physically and emotionally but also intellectually as their education could be considered as a sideline or they are lacking support to succeed.

Lumos Charity Gala


On the even darker side of things, shocking figures show that 1 in 7 children raised in institutions will resort to prostitution later in life and 1 in 10 will be driven to suicide, One. In. Ten. It's enough to send a chill down your spine and the look of sheer shock I saw on Jason Isaac's face (who is also new to the campaign), really said it all.

During the talks, Warwick Davis and Evanna Lynch told us more about the work they have been doing with Lumos, most recently in Moldova, what they have seen and how they are working with Lumos to get these children out of the institutions. It made me desperately want to help more.

While we were there, we had the opportunity to actually meet Evanna Lynch ( LUNA BLOODY LOVEGOOD) who is hands down one of the nicest people I have ever met. She came right over to our table and started chatting away and we all ended up huddled around her phone watching videos of Chris Martin singing a song about wanting to be in Gryffindor.

Gryffindor for the win.

Lumos Charity Gala
From left to right: 1. Mugglenet 2. Alex, 3. Katy 4. EVANNA LYNCH, 5. Katie, 6. ME 7. Charlie

Warwick Davis is in pretty much everything and sums up my childhood in movies so just being in the same room as him and working towards the same cause filled me with joy. Jason Isaacs... well, I have no words.

*cue silly giggles*

So very dashing, in a nutshell.



Following all the talks, photos and general nattering, we all filed over to the Palace Theatre for a special Gala performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. There, the experience was opened by the one and only J,K Rowling giving is a speech about Lumos and their goal and their work.

J.K Rowling is just inspiring. Did you know she covers all costs of the charity out of her own pocket? I did not. Did you know that this then means that all proceeds go directly to the charity and their work to help those 8 million children (that we know of) one by one? I did not. The way she spoke so passionately about Lumos' goal to get those children out of institutions and into loving families really struck a chord. I've been privileged enough to grow up in a very loving family and this has made me want to do more. Already there have been discussions with the Bangarang Girls about what we can do. All. The. Ideas.

If you also want to help the work of Lumos, you can buy one of these AMAZING t shirts right here.

They're absolutely fabulous and I will continue to wear mine with pride. They're only available until October so you'll have to be quick and, remember, all proceeds go directly to Lumos and not into someone else's pocket.

Lumos Charity Gala
Don't we all look fabulous in these tops. You should buy one.


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child London


When it comes to the play itself, I will obviously #KeepTheSecrets. I'm going to be seeing it again VERY SOON and will be sharing a completely spoiler free  review. In the meantime, for those of you who have read the script and had some sad #opinions, remember that it is not the finished project, There are so many elements that cannot be portrayed on paper. It's just the dialogue and stage directions so it's far from the full experience on stage. In short, it's an absolute delight. I laughed, I cried, I screamed. Charlie, Distracted, who has already seen it, thoroughly enjoyed watching my reactions!

Really, you just need to see it for it to completely make sense.



I am beyond thrilled that I have been given the opportunity to work with Lumos as an ambassador for their work. This was honestly one of the best days of my life and, despite how long this blog post has become, I really don't have enough words.

Earlier on, I described J.K Rowling as inspirational but, looking back on it, I don't think that word is big enough. She created a world that made mine, and so many other people's lives, better through a work of fiction and now she's using her influence as literary queen and icon to make this a reality for those who so desperately need it. Be the Light with Lumos and J.K Rowling and remember that children need families, not orphanages.







* Disclaimer: This post is on behalf of Lumos and to raise awareness of their latest campaign. I was not paid for this opportunity, just really bloody happy! 

28 comments

  1. What a good cause, charities always make you realise how much more you can do and how you're better off than others, makes you grateful.

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    1. It really is an amazing cause. I can't wait to work with them some more. Have had all the fundraising ideas

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  2. What an amazing cause and what a fabulous night! It must have been a dream come true- one of your most favourite things ever and getting to help people. <3

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    1. I know!!! I still can't get over it and it's honestly one of the best days of my life xxx

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  3. Wow, those figures are so shocking! What a fantastic cause and how amazing and inspiring that JK covers all costs herself!

    Looks like an amazing night, you seem so chuffed!

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    1. Chuffed doesn't even cover it! J.K Rowling is such an inspiration. She got me through my teenage years and now she's helping children in poverty worldwide. I cannot get over how much of a hero that woman is :-)

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  4. What a wonderful cause - such a humbling experience. JK Rowling is such a star!

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    1. She really is and I am beyond honoured to have been there :-) x

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  5. That's such an amazing thing to stand up for, I'm ashamed to say I've never really thought of them as a cause. Like you say we all have this ideal picture in a mind..it's such a shame to hear of those statistics!

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  6. You're are so right about Jason Isaacs, but can honestly say I must be the only person in the world not a fan of Harry Potter.

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  7. Those statistics about orphanages and the children in them are truly shocking! Well done on becoming an ambassador for such an important charity.

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  8. The figures are truly shocking. I had never heard of this charity. Well done for getting involved.

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  9. Such an amazing cause, you must have had such an amazing time too! JK is just so great, she really is a wonderful woman! xx

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  10. Those figures are so heartbreaking and what an amazing cause, something I had never heard of until your post x

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  11. I didn't know about this charity at all, but what a wonderful one it is. I look forward to seeing your review of the play.

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  12. Firstly I can not believe how long ago the first book came out. Such a great charity and cause x

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  13. Never heard about this but you know what, anything to help others get a thumbs up from me. Even better such a big company/brand are behind it all.

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  14. This is such a great cause, and those figures are really shocking :(

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  15. What a great cause I didn't know about this charity before now.
    Some of the figures are so shocking.

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  16. What an awesome cause!! And so great that JK gives from her own pocket!! If you have the money why not help others? The guelling statistics in this were not so pleasing I must say!

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  17. Lumos sounds like a fantastic charity and it's amazing that Rowling has been so generous. It's great that you'll be working with them.

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  18. What a great charity, it's nice that JK Rowling gives back and helps in this way.

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  19. Shocking statistics :( we'd love to help more. We recently supported a campaign to raise awareness of the signs of CSE - Child Sexual Exploitation. But would like to support more charities and raise awareness of important issues. Great work to help the vulnerable and disadvantaged. Great cause xx

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  20. What a great cause, glad to know more about it now!

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  21. Sounds like you had a fab day and what an important cause

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  22. What a brilliant cause! It sounds like you had an amazing day too :)

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  23. Something that is really worth to spend your time. The statistics are surprising and it needs much attention such as charity works.

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  24. What an amazing night, and what an important charity. I've always loved JK, and now I love her even more!! x

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