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Harry Potter star's doodles raise hundreds for epilepsy charity

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From Epilepsy Action --

Doodles drawn by a host of Harry Potter stars have fetched hundreds of pounds for UK-based charity Epilepsy Action. Celebrities including Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), Adrian Rawlins (James Potter), Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley), Brendan Gleeson (Alastor ‘Mad-Eye’ Moody), Sean Biggerstaff (Oliver Wood), David Bradley (Argus Filch), Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley), John Hurt (Mr Ollivander), Verne Troyer (Griphook the goblin) and composer Patrick Doyle, who worked on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, contributed hand-drawn doodles to be auctioned on eBay. The 10 day auction featured works of art by over 200 stars to celebrate National Doodle Day. Harry Potter star’s doodles raised almost £1,000, including David Bradley’s drawing of his Hogwarts caretaker character, which went for £180.

Philippa Cartwright, fundraising events manager at Epilepsy Action, said: “We are overwhelmed by the support received from celebrities and members of the public alike to celebrate our tenth National Doodle Day. The amount of money raised from the celebrity auction this year is the highest ever for Epilepsy Action. The amount raised by Harry Potter stars alone could train several Accredited Volunteers to deliver epilepsy awareness training in local schools, workplaces or care homes.”

National Doodle Day, which is supported by Dodo Pad, publishers of the original family ‘doodle’ diary saw people across the country get scribbling on Friday 8 February. They were invited to ‘do a doodle, donate a pound’ to help support the 600,000 people across the UK with epilepsy. Any doodlers who missed out on the day still have chance to enter their works of art into the national competition, with the chance of a prize for anyone taking part.

Budding artists can enter doodles into one of three categories – seven years and under, 8-16 years and 17 years and over. The winning doodlers will receive up to £150 worth of arts and crafts vouchers and a 3D custom-made figure of their doodle courtesy of Lucy Moose.

Individual entries should be drawn on an A5 piece of card and include name, age, telephone number and address on the back. Closing date for entries is Friday 8 March. There is a suggested minimum donation of £1 for each entry.

To enter the competition, visit To find out more about National Doodle Day, visit the website or call 0113 210 8800. 



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