Even though J.K. Rowling might be finished writing Harry Potter, the author isn’t done delivering magic to the world, whether it’s through charity work or the Pottermore website. The most recent example of Rowling’s kindness may be the most heartwarming yet, but it starts in an impossibly tragic way.
Cassidy Stay is a 15 year-old from Texas and the only survivor of a shooting that killed her mother, father, her two sisters and her two brothers. The gunman had also attempted to kill Cassidy, but the bullet took one of her fingers and grazed her skull, according to the Telegraph. Cassidy played dead and was able to warn police about the gunman once he left with the intention of killing her grandparents.
The hero then spoke at a public memorial for her family a mere three days after the tragedy. It was there that Cassidy quoted Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore, inadvertently starting a grassroots campaign to get her a meeting with Rowling.
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light,” she said, quoting the film adaptation of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”
While the Facebook page made to alert the world of the cause didn’t result in a Cassidy meeting the “Harry Potter” author, Rowling did send a handwritten note — as Dumbledore, in his signature purple ink — and a collection of gifts, including a signed copy of “Prisoner of Azkaban.”
Cassidy is expected to make a full recovery, and now she’s got the support of the world’s most powerful wizard.