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Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Rowling to attend special charity screening

Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Rowling are set to attend a charity screening of the Harry Potter spin-off at New York's famed Carnegie Hall.

The Theory of Everything actor, who stars as Newt Scamander in the spin-off prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will join the Harry Potter author Rowling for an onstage chat before the screening on 12 November (16), almost a week before its cinema release.


All proceeds will go towards Lumos, an international non-profit children's organization founded by Rowling. Money raised will go directly to the foundation's Families Not Orphanages Fund, which helps vulnerable children leave institutions and return to a family life.


“We are profoundly grateful to J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros. and Scholastic for making this exciting film screening possible," Lumos CEO Georgette Mulheir said in a statement. "Not only is it an opportunity to be among the first to see the film, but it will also help Lumos do the vital work needed to help the millions of vulnerable and voiceless children in orphanages get back to their families and family life, which is their right, and it is where they belong."


Director David Yates is set to introduce the screening with additional cast members, who have yet to be announced. The Carnegie Hall event takes place days after the New York premiere of the movie.


The spin-off, which marks Rowling's screenwriting debut, is released on 18 November (16).