Since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published in 1997 the series has since become a behemoth in popular culture, from the beloved film adaptations, to spin-off books, video games, and even a play. As one of the most read series of books of all time, the Harry Potter books have generated an enormous amount of revenue, making its author rather wealthy. Rowling has worked with, and donated to, a number of charities over the years, and it has now been revealed the best-selling author has donated £35.5 million to University of Edinburgh to help research multiple sclerosis (MS), and improve the lives of people with it and and other neurodegenerative diseases.
As The Independent reports, the university has announced that Rowling’s contribution will allow new facilities to be built and new research to be developed. The funds will be spent at the the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic, which was built following a previous donation from the author in 2010 and was named after her mother who died of MS at the age of 45.
In a statement, Rowling said: “When the Anne Rowling Clinic was first founded, none of us could have predicted the incredible progress that would be made in the field of Regenerative Neurology, with the Clinic leading the charge.
“I am delighted to now support the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic into a new phase of discovery and achievement, as it realises its ambition to create a legacy of better outcomes for generations of people with MS and non-MS neurodegenerative diseases.”
The University of Edinburgh first established a centre for Multiple Sclerosis Research in 2007 and Rowling’s donation will go towards securing the help of top researchers.