An open letter to JK Rowling

Dear Joanne,
You don’t know me and yet we know each other too well. It would be a fair observation if I told you that you have saved me and changed my life. I was a little girl of about 11 when you both came into my life and changed it forever. My imagination took me to places I hadn’t dreamed existed and childhood was a joyous time. I don’t know why everyone doesn’t read but then again, the queue to buy a Potter book on opening day was usually as long as the queue for a new iPhone. As I grow into and face adulthood, I now realize that I am going to be indebted to you in more ways than one. Harry and Co. will always have a special space in my heart with you on top.

Thank you, for giving me a castle to come back to after a long, tiring day and finding some magic again. It takes special efforts to remember the smaller and better things about life but thank you for teaching a generation of children the value of laughter and friendship over other things. I will probably never forget that reading can help save the world. Thank you, for showing us that, “Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.” I knew words have their impact, but never before have had I truly realized their full force until I was battling my clouds in a dark room watching Harry, Ron and Hermione slug it out with the darkest wizard ever, hopeless but holding on, because we all have our own Dementors and we must find the energy to cast our own Patronuses.

Grownups tend to forget the magic that lies within their minds. Thank you for reminding me that nothing is lost until we stop believing. And love in all its forms, eternal. I could go on and on about the life lessons that you have given me in your seven books but it’s never going to be enough. I grew up with Harry, Ron and Hermione and it seems the long distance love affair is going to stay. For all the times you made me believe that I was the only one who could change my life, I can’t thank you enough. And finally, thank you for reminding me that happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, only if one remembers to turn on the light. I now dream and live at the same time.

Always,
Me.

jkrowling

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