So I decided to continue the theme for this week, especially after the news of JK Rowling’s latest amazingly thoughtful act. So a couple weeks ago I shared a link to a sad story of a young girl whose whole family was murdered. She was able to find strength in a quote from Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” Well it is no surprise but Rowling herself heard about this story. Being the amazing person that she is, Rowling sent a care package to the young girl. In the package was a hand written letter written as Dumbledore, a wand, an acceptance letter to Hogwarts with a school supply list, and an autographed copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. You can read more about this story here. It just really shows how much ROwling cares about her fans.The above story reminded me of a post I had seen on Buzzfeed about an earlier act of honoring a struggling fan. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, there is a tribute to a Harry Potter fan that was dying/died of cancer. You can read about the story here. I had never heard the story before, and it is really touching. You can read the excerpt from the book below, but Natalie is the only real person named in the series, and it was Rowling’s way of honoring her.Lastly, I realized that I had missed another post I have about being part of the “Harry Potter Generation.” You can read this one here. This one is nicely illustrated and you can see my favorite panel below. This one really touched me because the author talks about the loss that I think many of us felt when we realized we weren’t going to be getting more information about these characters that had become our friends. I know I felt like I grew up with the characters, as I first started reading them right after the third book was released, and I was 11. One of the hardest things for me now is knowing how much older I am currently compared to how old the characters are in the stories (and consequently roughly how old I was when I first read them!). Thank you to those of you who commented about how the series has touched your lives. I love reading about how other people were influenced by these stories, and how much they helped other people as well!
Until next time,