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J.K. Rowling writes the most beautiful letter to a fan, proves she is a legend.

She is the world’s best human.

Not only is she one of the best selling authors of all time but J.K. Rowling has proved to be a bit of a badass when it comes to putting people in their rightful place.

The Harry Potter author has also developed a bit of a habit of defending the underdog, championing diversity, and tweeting in the name of equality and social justice.

Awesome human JK Rowling.

So without further ado, we bring you eight of the greatest, most inspiring J.K. Rowling moments that’ll make you love her for more than just giving us Harry, Ron and Hermione.

If you’re a fan of the great J.K. Rowling already, you’re welcome. If you’re not? You’re about to be.

 1. The time she sent a personal letter to a fan who was being bullied.

Harry Potter fan Johnnie Blue was being bullied in school. When he met J.K. Rowling at a book signing he presented her with a handmade notebook and a heartfelt letter, explaining how she and Harry had changed his life.

He told Today.com that he was bullied for seven years at primary school, “and that’s why Harry Potter meant so much to me, and still does mean so much to me. It managed to [help me] escape all of that.”

J.K. Rowling responded in the coolest way possible: after the meeting she sent Johnnie this:

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“Gryffindor for you, my lad…” (Image via Twitter)

She thanked him for his letter, congratulated him on being compassionate and moral, and sorted him into Gryffindor. She said, “What you say about Harry helping you at what was clearly a dreadful time in your life means more to me than I can easily express.

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“I freely confess that I loathe bullying and the way it is still so often “handled” in schools,” she continued.

Johnnie’s life= made.

2. The time she called out Rupert Murdoch for blaming all Muslims (yep all 1.6 billion) for the attacks on Charlie Hebdo in France.

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past 48 hours, Rupert Murdoch sent a tweet on Saturday pretty much claiming all Muslims are responsible for all jihadi attacks.

Then, because she’s just plain awesome, JK responded.

Like this:

BOOM.

She then followed up by referring to a study saying that eight times as many Muslims as non-Muslims have died in terrorist attacks.

Oh, and she also paid tribute to Muslim man Lassana Bathily, who saved Jewish hostages during the second attack in Paris — saying his “courageous and compassionate actions remind us of what ‘humanity’ ought to me”.

3. The time she gave up a huge chunk of her fortune by donating to charity.

Not only is J.K. Rowling a ridiciulously popular author, but she also casually has a children’s charity called Lumos.

The charity, which she founded in 2005 and which used to be called the Children’s High Level Group (CHLG), is a family-based care service that can end the institutionalisation of children around the world.

Here she is at an event for the group, wearing a fabulous necklace and also just being fabulous:

At an event fo Lumos with 14 year-old Dumitrita (seated on the left) and 17 year-old Cristina (seated on the right) and their mothers from Moldova.

J.K. Rowling has also been involved in a bunch of other excellent causes: she worked for Amnesty International after she graduated from college, she’s been an Ambassador of One Parent Families, and she’s supported the Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland for many years.

She’s also given away 16 per cent of her wealth — about $160 million — to various charities, according to Forbes.

4.The time she clarified that there were were LGBTQ characters and students from all religions at Hogwards.

Her fans once demanded to know whether the Harry Potter series featured any LGBTQ characters, or characters from diverse nationalities.

She responded by clarifying that the headmaster of Hogwarts was gay  — and shutting down a homophobic idiot who wrote that he “stopped being a fan” once he made the discovery.

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J.K. Rowling began by advising her ex-fan to follow Brian Souter, an anti-gay Scottish businessman, instead:

But that’s not all.

Obviously some of J.K. Rowling’s fans tweeted their support. To which she responded:

Beautifully played.

Oh, and J.K. Rowling also famously said in December: “To everyone asking whether their religion/belief non-belief system is represented at Hogwarts: the only people I never imagined there are Wiccans.”

She also specifically revealed that a Ravenclaw pupil, Anthony Goldstein, was a Jewish wizard.

5. The time she rose from single mother living in poverty to Forbes-listed billionaire.

You’ve probably heard the tale before: J.K. Rowling was a single mother living on welfare when she wrote the first Harry Potter book, which has now become a ridiculously successful enterprise encompassing films, toys, and rides.

What you may not have realised is that J.K. Rowling’s net worth is now estimated by Forbes to be an enormous $1 billion, with the bulk of her money coming from her books and the Harry Potter film franchise.

The author has said of this meteoric rise to fame: “I was set free because my greatest fear had been realized, and I still had a daughter who I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life”.

Legend.

6. The time she addressed Havard students on how failure had its benefits.

“I am not going to stand here and tell you that failure is fun,” she said in the powerful speech.” “(But) failure taught me things about myself that I could have learned no other way.

“If you choose to use your status and influence to raise your voice on behalf of those who have no voice; if you choose to identify not only with the powerful, but with the powerless; if you retain the ability to imagine yourself into the lives of those who do not have your advantages, then it will not only be your proud families who celebrate your existence, but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have helped change.”

Beautiful.

See the full beautiful speech below (post continues after vidoe):

 7. The time she declared she was a feminist.

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As well as having been hailed for presenting positive female characters in her series (anyone else grow up with Hermione Granger as a sort of imaginary BFF?) J.K. Rowling has declared she’s a feminist — a fact that just makes us love her all the more.

Very early on in writing the series, I remember a female journalist saying to me that Mrs Weasley, ‘Well, you know, she’s just a mother.’ And I was absolutely incensed by that comment,” she said, speaking in a documentary entitled JK Rowling and the Women of Potter.

“Now, I consider myself to be a feminist, and I’d always wanted to show that just because a woman has made a choice, a free choice to say, ‘Well, I’m going to raise my family and that’s going to be my choice. I may go back to a career, I may have a career part time, but that’s my choice.’

JK Rowling = feminist and an Emma Watson fan. Excellent.

“Doesn’t mean that that’s all she can do. And as we proved there in that little battle, Molly Weasley comes out and proves herself the equal of any warrior on that battlefield.”

J.K. Rowling has also noted that “Hermione would be extremely proud of Emma Watson” for her role as a champion for women’s rights.

We couldn’t agree more.

8. The time she sent a Dumbledore present to a brave teenage survivor.

Cassidy Stay is a 15-year-old whose entire family was killed in a horrifying attack last year — and she recently received a handwritten letter from J.K. Rowling, in the guise of Hogwarts’ Professor Albus Dumbledore.

When delivering a statement to her community in the weeks after the attack, Cassidy quoted Rowling’s famous book series, saying, “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.”

Almost immediately after, a Facebook group was formed, asking for the famous author to meet the teenaged girl.

And now it’s been revealed that J.K. Rowling responded and wrote to the brave teenager — sending her a letter from the point of view of Albus Dumbledore, as well as an acceptance letter into Hogwarts.

We don’t know what J. K. Rowling – or Albus Dumbledore – wrote in the letter to Cassidy — but we do know that this tale gave us all the feels.

And cemented J.K. Rowling’s status as Coolest Freaking Author of Our Times.

Any other J.K. Rowling moments you’d like to share?

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