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In July, Johnnie Blue - a die-hard fan of the wizarding series - got the chance to meet its author at a signing for her newest book, ‘The Silkworm’.
At the signing, he presented her with a notebook containing a handwritten letter, where he thanked her for getting him through difficult times in his life, when he was being bullied at school, with her books.
What he didn’t expect was to receive a reply from the multi-award-winning author a month letter, where she commended him for his courage during a trying time in his life.
In the letter, which has been posted in full on BuzzFeed, she writes: “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…”
Crying pic.twitter.com/g9DrliZ3PU— johnnie (@Johnnie_Rowling) August 20, 2014
A similar letter was sent by Britney Spears to a fan last year, who credited her with getting him through a distressing time in his life with her music.
The TV adaptation of JK Rowling’s first non-‘Potter’ story, ‘The Casual Vacancy’ is currently airing on BBC One on Sunday nights.
Meanwhile, she teased fans of her beloved magical series last year, when she revealed she was “close to finishing a screenplay” based around her fictional textbook, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’.