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J.K. Rowling launches US arm of her Lumos nonprofit

NEW YORK (AP) - "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling is hoping to tap into America's philanthropy and international reach as she launches the U.S. arm of her nonprofit Lumos that works to keep disadvantaged children with their families and out of institutions worldwide.

Rowling was in New York City on Thursday to mark the start of Lumos USA, and said in an interview with The Associated Press that she is certain Lumos can solve "the problem of institutionalization" by 2050.

J.K. Rowling

Author J.K. Rowling appears at the Empire State Building observation deck during a lighting ceremony and to mark the launch of her non-profit children's organization Lumos, on Thursday, April 9, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) The Associated Press

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