LONDON – The Queen’s guards marched over a London bridge on Thursday to celebrate the launch of a light installation to raise awareness of the millions of institutionalized, orphaned children around the world.
“Wizarding World Wands” is a public art installation in the City of London in support of the work of Lumos, a charity founded by author and movie producer J K Rowling that aims to connect orphaned children within family networks worldwide.
“An estimated eight million children still live in institutions across the world. De-institutionalization involves strengthening and developing services to prevent children being separated from families,” Lumos said in a statement on its website.
“It involves closing down institutions; including children in society and in their communities; and giving them their right to a family,” the organization added.
The magical installation coincides with the release on Tuesday of “The Crimes of Grindelwald: Fantastic Beasts,” the second installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” series by Rowling.
Rowling said on the movie’s Twitter page that in the sequel the audience gets to the meat of the story, with everything getting darker and more intricate.
Things get more complicated and the characters allegiances start to shift and get exposed, she added.
“Wizarding World Wands” is set to light up London every evening from Oct. 18-Nov. 12.
The wands are 4.5 meters tall (15 feet) and are on the walkway from Millennium Bridge to St Paul’s Cathedral.
Lumos is an international organization founded by Rowling which works to end the harm of institutionalization and helps 8 million children worldwide regain a family life.