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Author raised £1million for children's charity at fundraiser which saw Alan Rickman, Warwick Davis and other stars reunite
Harry Potter author JK Rowling reunited with stars from the film franchise last night for a fundraiser in aid of her charity, Lumos.
Emma Watson, who played Hermione Granger in the movies, attended the event, which was held at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.
Watson seemed to enjoy her return to the wizzarding world, even posing by a Hermione body double that was used in The Goblet of Fire.
Replicating the expression on her doppelganger's face, the actress joked that she could easily return to play Hermione again.
She tweeted fans a picture of herself, adding: "Still go it."
Joining Watson were some of her co-stars from the films, including Alan Rickman (Professor Snape), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick).
The fundraiser, which raised a staggering £1million, was in aid of Rowling's Lumos charity, which seeks to support children around the world who are forced to live in sub-standard orphanages.
The author explained: "Since setting up the charity eight years ago to help change the lives of so many children living unnecessarily in appalling institutions across the world, Lumos has already helped governments to take nearly 12,000 children out of these institutions.
"We have prevented the deaths of more than 400 extremely vulnerable children with disabilities, who were not receiving the care they needed in institutions.
"We have helped the EU change its rules on how it uses money to reform health, education and social services – and we are just beginning."
Lumos fundraising event hosted by J.K. RowlingView gallery
She added: "There is so much more we need to do to bring an end to the institutionalisation of children.
"The incredible support we have received tonight will directly go towards helping achieve all this.”
Celebrities such as John Bishop, Richard Curtis, Hugh Grant and Stella McCartney bid on auction items ranging from an ink and pencil drawing by J.K. Rowling of the Sorting Hat to a trip to the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Japan in 2014.
Rowling recently announced that she has signed a deal with Warner Bros. to pen a new film franchise set in the world of Harry Potter.
The film, based on the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them book, will follow its fictional author Newt Scamander and will be set "seventy years before" Harry Potter's story "gets underway," according to Rowling.
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has ruled out an appearance in the film, but Lynch, who attended last night, tweeted Rowling after the announcement saying: "Even if I'm too old to play Luna, can I go through 10 hours prosthetics to play a crumple-horned snorlack. Please??"
Whether there was talk of familiar faces appearing in the new franchise or not at the event, it was certainly a magical night.
Keep checking back for more news on JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, here