Anyone who’s read the Harry Potter series (so, all of us?) knows J.K. Rowling is an incredibly thoughtful woman.
Her wisdom shines through in the many quotable passages from her international best-selling series. “It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live,” for instance, or, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
On Monday, the English author lent her wonderful mind to a seemingly troubled fan who had Tweeted her the following message: “This may get lost in the noise… but what would you say to someone who has failed to find meaning and wants to finally give up?”
Rowling, 49, responded with a series of tweets. (Post continues after gallery.)
This is beside the overall point, but it has to be said: how cute is that baby sloth?! Rowling’s final message really hammered the point home.
Albus Dumbledore himself couldn't have spoken a truer word. What makes this advice even more meaningful is that it's coming from a woman who herself has battled severe clinical depression in the past.
As a struggling writer and single mother in her 20s, following her marriage breakdown, Rowling was constantly convinced harm would come to her young daughter and she contemplated ending her life. She eventually sought medical help and underwent cognitive behaviour therapy, which helped her manage her depression. It's been said the Dementors in Harry Potter were based on Rowling's experience with mental illness.
The fan who posed the original question, along with the rest of Twitter, was touched by her response.
"I'm tearing up over here! Humans can truly be amazing to one another. Thank you @jk_rowling and everyone replying," he wrote.
Although it'd be great if invisibility cloaks and charms existed in real life, Rowling has just proved the best kind of magic is love and understanding. Are you crying a little bit right now? It's okay, we won't tell anyone.
What's the most touching advice you've ever been given?