J.K. Rowling Sends Dumbledore Letter to Shooting Massacre Teen

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J.K. Rowling sent a very special package to Cassidy Stay.

Earlier this year, 15-year-old Cassidy Stay survived a shooting massacre by playing dead, and phoned the police as soon as the shooter – her former uncle, Ronald Lee Haskell – left the scene to kill other family members. That act probably saved lives, but by that point both her parents and four younger siblings were already dead. At a press conference after the tragedy, Stay quoted Dumbledore, one of her favorite characters, and said, “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” Author J.K. Rowling has responded with a hand-written letter from Dumbledore himself.

The contents of the letter will remain private, but a representative of the Facebook page set up to help Stay confirms that the package includes an autographed copy of The Prisoner of Azkaban, a wand, and an acceptance letter to Hogwarts, as well as the Dumbledore letter.

“The fact that she wrote a handwritten letter from Dumbledore who has been dead for 10 years is incredible,” says Michelle Boyer, who set up the Facebook page. “In my opinion, a letter from Dumbledore is better than an actual visit from J.K. This is something that she will be able to find comfort in forever.”

The lead district attorney in the case expects Haskell to face a grand capital murder indictment.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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