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The Leaky Cauldron’s Charitable Initiatives

The Leaky Cauldron is proud to take part in many charitable efforts. You can find details on them below.

Leaky and Get a Clue Fundraisers For Book Aid International is very proud each year to hold a fundraiser to support literacy. These drives started out as a fundraiser attempt to purchase a unique J.K. Rowling item, a card being auctions at Sotheby’s with 93 written words from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix written on it. Fans from around the world donated to this attempt to buy the card, with all the proceeds from the auction going to Book-Aid International, a group which supports and help literacy efforts in the most impoverished parts of the world, whether we won the effort or not. Although we did not succeed in attaining the card, our efforts to help support this charity have not diminished. Since then we have conducted three additional fundraisers with the proceeds again benefiting Book Aid. More than $35,000 have been raised to help people around the world enjoy something we all love: a good book. We hope to continue our efforts to raise awareness and funds for this most important of charities in the years to come.

From the FAQ:

What was the Get a Clue campaign?
In December of 2002, JK Rowling donated to Sotheby’s auction house a card on which 93 random words from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (which was at that point unreleased and much-anticipated) were handwritten. Because TLC knew that Harry Potter fans would want to see that card, and because all proceeds from the auction were to be donated to Book Aid International, we organized a fundraiser and put out a call to action. Thanks to the incredible generosity of TLC’s wonderful readers, we collected £14,202.93 (about $24,000). And though it was not enough to win the card (! we were immediately outbid), all the money we collected was given in support of literacy, and the effects of that money can be read about here.

“Get a Clue,” in honor of that first drive, has become Leaky’s annual charity effort. In 2003 we sold T-shirts; more than 800 were sold, and $6,300 was donated to Book Aid as a result.

The Leaky Cauldron and The Harry Potter Alliance

The Leaky Cauldron is proud to actively take part in drives and other activities sponsored by The Harry Potter Alliance, a group that aims to help young people use the messages in the Harry Potter books to find their social voice. More information about our activities with them will soon be listed below.