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Harry Potter Author JK Rowling to Donate Royalties from Her New Book to Charities Supporting Those Affected by Covid-19

Author JK Rowling (Photo - TOI)

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New Delhi, October 12— Globally-renowned British author JK Rowling has announced to donate royalties from her new children’s book ‘The Ickabog’ to medical and frontline charities that are supporting those worst affected by Covid-19 pandemic. The book will be available in the market from November 10.

“TheIckabog will be available to buy on November 10. My royalties will be donated to medical and frontline charities supporting those worst affected by Covid-19,” tweeted the author of Harry Potter fame last week.

‘The Ickabog’ is JK Rowling’s new fairytale that she began releasing one chapter at a time online from the last week of May this year.

“I had the idea for The Ickabog a long time ago and read it to my two younger children chapter by chapter each night while I was working on it. However, when the time came to publish it, I decided to put out a book for adults instead, which is how The Ickabog ended up in the attic. I became busy with other things, and even though I loved the story, over the years I came to think of it as something that was just for my own children,” she wrote while introducing the book on its website.

“Then lockdown happened. It was very hard on children, in particular, so I brought The Ickabog down from the attic, read it for the first time in years, rewrote bits of it and then read it to my children again. They told me to put back in some bits they’d liked when they were little, and here we are!”.

“It isn’t Harry Potter and it doesn’t include magic. This is an entirely different story,” she wrote.

In May itself she had announced to donate the royalties from the book to charities working on the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“When the book is published in November, I’m going to donate all my royalties to help vulnerable people who have been affected by the coronavirus,” the 55-year-old author said.

From the Harry Potter novels, she had reportedly earned well over $1 billion.