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Do not donate to orphanages, JK Rowling tells fans

By Katie Archer

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has urged her fans not to give money to orphanages.

The writer of the hit children's series took part in a Facebook Live chat for her charity Lumos to publicise the plight of the eight million children around the world who are living in orphanages.

Rowling, who founded the non-profit organisation 10 years ago, said: "All of the research agrees that there's little you can do worse for a child than put it in an institution."

She said of people donating money to overseas orphanages: "We want to help children and that's an honourable and admirable thing. However, you may be contributing towards real harm."

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