JK ROWLING REACHES OUT TO GRIEVING TEEN
As the sole survivor of a shooting which killed her parents and siblings, 15-year-old Cassidy Stay touchingly quoted Harry Potter at their funeral. Now, author J K Rowling has contacted the teenager in the voice of Dumbledore, sending a handwritten note in purple ink to support her.
Cassidy, age 15, raised the alarm after a gunman shot her mother, father, two sisters and two brothers in Texas on July 9 this year. Days later, she spoke at a memorial event for the family, reading words of comfort from Harry Potter’s fictional headmaster Albus Dumbledore. Supporters were moved to tears as she told them: “Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
Now, after an internet campaign to convince Rowling to personally meet Cassidy, the author has written a personal note of comfort in the style of Dumbledore. A post on a Facebook page, trying to rally support for a meeting between the two, stated: “This afternoon, I talked to a friend of Cassidy’s who confirmed that JK Rowling did, in fact, write her a personalized letter from “Dumbledore” (hand-written with purple ink). “She was also sent a wand, an acceptance letter to Hogwarts with a school supply list, along with the 3rd book with JK’s autograph.
Rowling is said to have been so moved by seeing Cassidy on global news sites that she tracked down her contact details and got in touch. The Stay family, with the exception of Cassidy, was killed on July 9th. Ronald Haskell, 33, has been charged with capital murder.
Cassidy survived because the bullet meant for her hit her finger and then grazed her skull, allowing her to play dead before she alerted police that the gunman was en route to kill her grandparents too. Only three days after the massacre, Cassidy spoke to a memorial gathering at a local school, an event which touched the nation. Wiping away tears, she added: “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.”
Another, Kate Fitzgerald, added: “ I think what Ms Rowling did was just right, warm and generous while respecting Cassidy’s grief.
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