J.K. Rowling Sends 15 Year-old Shooting Survivor Letter Written By Dumbledore
The 'Harry Potter' author sent a letter, and other goodies, to a teen fan who survived a shooting that killed her parents and four siblings.
J.K. Rowling proved why she is just a class act. The British author recently reached out to a 15 year-old girl who had been through a harrowing tragedy earlier this year, but turned to a fan favourite character in 'Harry Potter' to find hope.
Rowling sent a letter in the style of Dumbledore to the teen fan
This past June, Cassidy Stay's uncle was charged with breaking into her family home and killing her parents and four siblings. Astonishingly, Cassidy survived after being shot in the head, but avoided further detection by pretending to be dead.
At a memorial service for her family, the brave teen thanked the local community for their support and finished by quoting Professor Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts.
"I'm feeling a lot better and I'm on a very straightforward path to a full recovery," she said. "In The Prisoner of Azkaban, Dumbledore says, 'Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light.' I know that my mom, dad, Bryan, Emily, Becca, and Zach are in a much better place and that I'll be able to see them again one day. Stay strong."
Shortly after, the internet caught wind of Cassidy's story and a Facebook page was set up called 'We Want J.K. Rowling to Meet Cassidy Stay,' and with over 6,000 likes, this message must have made its way to Rowling.
In response, the 49 year-old novelist sent Cassidy a letter written by Dumbledore, a wand, an acceptance letter to attend Hogwarts and a list of school supplies, topped off with a signed book.
A post on the Facebook page confirmed this news, which read, "This afternoon, I talked to a friend of Cassidy's who confirmed that JK Rowling did, in fact, write her a personalized letter from "Dumbledore" (hand-written with purple ink). She was also sent a wand, an acceptance letter to Hogwarts with a school supply list, along with the 3rd book with JK's autograph."