J.K. Rowling Sends Wonderful Letter To Bullied Fan

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Credit: Getty Images

J.K. Rowling continues to be one of the sweetest authors ever to her fans.

That probably should not come as being overly surprising to us Potterheads, but the reminder is still nice to have now and then.

The story, as reported by Buzzfeed, goes a little something like this.

About last year, Scotland resident Johnnie Blue reached out to Rowling via Twitter. Twitter is usually the best place of trying to connect with your favorite celebs after all.

Well surprise, surprise Rowling responded to Blue.

Johnnie probably had the most natural reaction that any one of us Potterheads could under the circumstance.

Then at a signing for her book, The Silkworm (written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith), Johnnie was able to meet Rowling.

Credit: Johnnie Blue
Credit: Johnnie Blue

After meeting Rowling, Johnnie presented her with a notebook. In the notebook, which was designed by Jason Cockcroft (cover artist for the UK Bloomsbury editions of Harry Potter), Johnnie had written Rowling a letter about how the Harry Potter series had helped him through an extremely difficult time in his life.

It was still probably a shock to Johnnie when he received a letter from Rowling.

Credit: Johnnie Blue/Buzzfeed
Credit: Johnnie Blue/Buzzfeed

Here’s what she wrote:

Dear Johnny,
You have fantastic handwriting. That’s not the most important thing I’ve got to say to you, but I thought I’d mention it — I’m a connoisseur.
On to more important things:
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. I freely confess that I loathe bullying and the way it is still so often “handled” in schools. Your experience is shocking and disturbing and that you have turned out to be a compassionate, moral, highly motivated person is high testimony to your courage. Gryffindor for you, my lad…
Thank you so much for the stunningly beautiful notebook. I love it.
This letter seems to be a series of non-sequiturs, but why break the pattern: I have family roots in Ayrshire — Arran, to be precise. And I’ve never been there. Embarrassing, isn’t it? Don’t tell the Nationalists.
I’m sure we’ll see each other again. In the meantime, I’ll watch out for you on Twitter.
Love from Jo

That is so sweet.

This isn’t the first time that Rowling has reached out to a fan. The most memorable one was in August when Cassidy Stay, a fifteen year old girl who had tragically lost her entire family, quoted Dumbledore at her family’s memorial.

Rowling had written Cassidy a letter from Dumbledore, a wand, a Hogwarts acceptance letter, and an autographed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

These things that Rowling does for fans shows that there is an amazingly kind hearted person behind our favorite books. She is definitely someone to aspire to.

Bec Heim
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