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J.K. Rowling writes letter from Dumbledore to teen survivor

J.K. Rowling Writes Letter From Dumbledore To Teen Survivor

"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling took the time to reach out to one really special fan. You likely remember Cassidy Stay.

Her former uncle came to her Houston home in July and killed her family. Cassidy was the lone survivor and lived only because she pretended to be dead while he was in the house. She spoke at a memorial for her family. (Video via CNN)

CBS reports Cassidy quoted a passage from Harry Potter that said "happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."

That quote was from Harry's longtime headmaster, Albus Dumbledore. And 15-year-old Cassidy just heard from Dumbledore himself.

After Cassidy's speech, a Facebook campaign started for Rowling to meet with Cassidy.

And Aug. 4, this update on the page: "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."

The third story in the series, "The Prisoner of Azkaban," is the home of that Dumbledore quote - it was written for the movie version.The "Today" show got confirmation from Rowling's rep that the letter was sent, although the rep also said:

"The contents of the letter and how it came about are private and between her and Cassidy."

Knowing Rowling wrote a letter to Cassidy is enough. Privacy is a trademark of Rowling's - she's never relished fame - writing her new books under a pen name and even working for celebrity rights against paparazzi.

Themes of humbleness and secrecy were present throughout the Potter books. And the series has continued to provide a special, magical inspiration.

Earlier this summer, a fan told his story to the Call Me Ishmael project. He described being raised by a mother who was addicted to drugs and said reading the "Harry Potter" books gave him hope.

Cassidy has not spoken out about the care package from Rowling. But, as Harry Potter often had special moments with the wise Dumbledore, now she has, too.

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Jive Turkey August 08 2014 at 12:05 PM

Let me see, J.K. Rowling, subtract the J the n and the g what's it spell = Krowli. A tribute to Crowley maybe?

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thorrsman August 07 2014 at 7:42 PM

A nice story. Fits well with the image I have of JKR.

I don't know if I would like her if I met her--or if she would like me, for that matter--but she remains a genuine human being even with all her success.

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gmsexton August 08 2014 at 11:11 AM

nice to see a class act. i wish them both the best...

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jmtpoodle August 08 2014 at 1:36 PM

Nice story. I'm 70, and love the Harry Potter books and movies. Best wishes to JKR and Miss Cassidy - I hope Dumbledore continues to bring her comfort.

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clyogi August 07 2014 at 5:10 PM

Someone probably paid JKR to send the letter. Otherwise, she would not have done it.

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paul0184 August 08 2014 at 2:51 PM

Humbleness? I think you mean humility.

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paul0184 paul0184 August 08 2014 at 2:52 PM

A good story though.

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montereygo paul0184 August 08 2014 at 9:21 PM

Yep. "Humbleness" appears in a regular dictionary:
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/humbleness?s=t
Scroll down to see "related forms".

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dickn2000b August 08 2014 at 8:35 PM

"Character who 'wrote' to Cassidy" And yet another attempt by the AOL/Fluffpost to interject mystery to entice the reader to read their lame story. Earlier, however, the story tagline revealed the character was Dumbledore. The Fluffpost Flakes really need to compare notes. They continue to make themselves look ridiculous.

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