J.K. Rowling is proving that magic exists outside of the wizarding world. The author and famed do-gooder brightened up the life of one young Syrian girl in the war-torn city of Aleppo by giving her a way to escape—into Harry Potter’s universe.
Seven-year-old Bana al-Abed—with Mom’s help—has been live-tweeting her experiences in Aleppo and recently tweeted about enjoying a Harry Potter movie. The young girl’s tweet indicated to Rowling that she’d like to read the books too.
The author has been known to respond to her fans with messages of hope and support, and this time was no different. Rowling swooped in and sent the series to Bana via ebook, and the 7-year-old couldn’t contain her gratitude.
“Thank you, my friend J.K. Rowling, for the books,” she wrote on a sign. “Love you from Aleppo,” the tweet read.
Rowling responded on Twitter: “Love you too, Bana! Thinking of you, keep safe.”
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As one wise wizard once said—and one big-hearted author wrote—“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”