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‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling makes $18 million donation to MS research center

The new gift follows a major donation the author made in 2010 that started the Anne Rowling clinic at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland in honor of her late mother, who succumbed to the illness.

J.K. Rowling poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’, in London.
J.K. Rowling poses for photographers upon arrival at the 2018 premiere of the film “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” in London.
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LONDON — Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has made a substantial donation for research into the treatment of multiple sclerosis at a center named after her late mother.

The $18.8 million donation announced Thursday will be used for new facilities at a research center based at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. The author’s mother suffered from the disease and died at the age of 45.

The new gift follows a major donation Rowling made in 2010 that started the Anne Rowling clinic at the university.

Rowling said she is encouraged by advances being made and proud that the clinic is not only doing important research but has also provided “practical, on the ground support and care for people with MS.”

The “Harry Potter” books have been a global sensation.