School that included the inspiration for Harry Potter’s Dumbledore receives anonymous donation


J.K. Rowling’s primary school, which included the inspiration for Harry Potter’s Dumbledore, received an anonymous donation. The children helped decide how to spend the money.

J.K. Rowling’s inspiration for her Harry Potter character Albus Dumbledore isn’t the world’s best-kept secret. She shared that this came from her primary school in Winterbourne in the form of her then-headmaster Alfred Dunn. Even the initials have stayed the same! That school is back in the news, as it received an anonymous donation, which the children have helped decide how to spend it.

St. Michael’s C of E Primary School’s now-head teacher, Adrian Vye, shared that the undisclosed sum of money would be spent on a sculpture. This sculpture, chosen with the children’s input, will have the motto “Learn, Care and Enjoy,” which is the school’s motto. Mr. Vye stated that the school wanted to do something lasting to help sum up the vision for the children and this was a permanent fixture that would be perfect. The children have even got to help with the sculpture’s design.

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However, Gloucestershire Live reports that the sum of money was donated to help improve the children’s English and literary work.

The school isn’t the only inspiration for Rowling’s work in Winterbourne. The name Potter was that of a family down the street from where she lived, although admits that it was just the last name she used because she liked it.

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