J. K. Rowling has just done a beautiful thing, for an incredibly brave teenage girl.
Cassidy Stay – the 15-year-old whose entire family was killed in a horrifying attack last month – recently received a handwritten letter from Hogwarts’ Professor Albus Dumbledore.
Or rather, J. K. Rowling.
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.
Cassidly lost all the members of her family – Mum (Katie, 34) and dad (Stephen, 39) and her four siblings Bryan, Emily, Rebecca, and Zach – when 33-year-old Ronald Haskell allegedly barged into the Stay family home and shot them one-by-one, in the style of an execution.
We don’t know what J. K. Rowling – or Albus Dumbledore – wrote in the letter to Cassidy.
But the much-loved character might have told her:
“It’s the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”
Or maybe even:
“Do not pity the dead… Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.”
If you wish to support Cassidy, the Cassidy Stay Fund is raising money to support the team.