“Harry Potter” Pulls From Russian E-Book Libraries, Wizarding World Alumni Helps Support Ukraine
Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. People are capable of committing horrible atrocities against others. While there are many examples throughout history, the most recent one to make global headlines is the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Since February, Ukrainian forces have repelled Russian soldiers with tragic casualties on both sides. It’s a sad situation, but fortunately we know that people are also capable of doing good. As Ukraine continues to repel its invaders, other parts of the world have stepped up to support Ukraine, and we’ve learned some of our favorites. Harry Potter the elders join us to help.
Last month, Red Nose Day brought together Wizarding World alumni Sir Lenny Henry (with shrunken head in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), David Tennant (Barty Crouch, Jr.), Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander), Jude Law (young Albus Dumbledore) and Stephen Fry (narrator of the British Harry Potter audio books), and together they helped raise £42.8 million (about $55 million) to help Ukraine’s efforts.
And now we learn that Jim Broadbent (Horace Slughorn) will also be participating in a fundraiser to help Ukraine. The Royal Shakespeare Company has set up a fundraising concert called Lyrics and music for Ukraine, with ticket sales benefiting the Disasters Emergency Committee. The event will take place on May 8 at the Royal Shakespeare Theater in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. The concert will feature music from the Orchestra of the Swan as well as readings from Shakespeare performed by Broadbent and Samuel West, who recently starred in All creatures big and small with Matthew Lewis. Tickets are currently available for purchase.
Dame Julie Walters (Molly Weasley) has written an impassioned article about the devastating effects war can have on vulnerable groups like children, the sick, the elderly, the disabled and people of color. Walters explained, in heartbreaking detail, how children are separated from their parents, the sick suffer without medicine, and people of color are denied the right to flee. Ultimately, Walters explains that while our hearts are in the right place when thinking about any supply, she points out that to help vulnerable people, money is needed for charities working in Ukraine. She begs everyone to donate money to the Disasters Emergency Committee, which works with 13 charities, like Save the Children, who are currently helping inside and within Ukraine’s borders.
Half of our favorite set of twins also helps. Oliver Phelps, who played George Weasley, posted on his Instagram recently, showing his support for Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk’s fundraising attempts. Usyk started a foundation in his name to help provide emergency aid to his native country. To help fund the foundation, Usyk also launched the Hands Off Ukraine clothing line. In his Instagram post, Phelps sports one of the shirts and provides a link for his followers.
Several major companies, such as Disney, WarnerMedia and Netflix, have begun to boycott Russia by suspending services and distribution of goods or canceling any potential activity. Recently it was discovered that the Russian translation Harry Potter The e-books have been removed from two of Russia’s largest e-book libraries, Liters and MyBook. After April 8, the series was removed and will remain unavailable for an indefinite period. If you managed to purchase them beforehand, the e-books will remain in your personal library. At this time, there is no official reason for the takedown, with Liters commenting that the eBooks have been taken down at the discretion of the copyright holder. Although not explicitly stated, it is possible that the withdrawal is partly due to the current boycott against Russia. However, physical copies will continue to be reposted.
Here at MuggleNet, we have also launched our own campaign to help children in Ukraine and refugee children from Ukraine. If you are able to help, please consider donating to UNICEF or one of the charities mentioned in this article.
Why do you think that Harry Potter series was removed from Russian e-book libraries? If the invasion continues, do you think physical copies of the series will stop being re-released? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.