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August 8, 2014

J.K. Rowling sends a letter from Dumbledore to 15-year-old Houston shooting survivor

This is magic, pure and simple. “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling has reached out to the 15-year-old survivor of last month’s horrible slayings in Houston as only Rowling can.

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This is magic, pure and simple. “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling has reached out to the 15-year-old survivor of last month’s horrible slayings in Houston as only Rowling can.

Cassidy Stay watched a gunman kill her parents and four siblings at their Texas home last month. She was shot in the head but survived by pretending to be dead. She was the only survivor that awful day.

At a memorial for her family she quoted Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts in Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series.

Cassidy read: “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

A Facebook page called “We want JK Rowling to meet Cassidy Stay” quickly popped up.

Word recently got out, reportedly from the Facebook group, that Rowling had sent Cassidy a personalized letter of condolence from Dumbledore, handwritten in purple ink, along with a wand and autographed book, among other goodies.

A Rowling spokesperson has confirmed to media outlets that Rowling sent Cassidy a letter and a package but declined to specify what was sent, saying, “the contents of the letter and how it came about are private and between her and Cassidy.”

As it should be.

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