For almost two decades, the Harry Potter series has been a source of inspiration for millions of children and young adults.
These books and films made a huge impact on fans, who deem them as invaluable.
For one fan, Harry Potter helped her cope with tragedy.
On July 9th, 15-year-old Cassidy Stay lost her entire family when her aunt’s ex-husband entered their home and demanded to know where his ex was.
After Stay’s father refused to tell him about her whereabouts, the ex-husband started shooting everyone in the house.
Stay’s parents and four siblings died, and although she was shot in the head she was able to survive.
Even though she was mourning, during the funereal Stay drew strength from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban when she quoted Albus Dumbeldore: “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
After the funereal, a Facebook group was opened for Stay called “We Want J.K. Rowling to Meet Cassidy Stay.”
Thousands of people joined the group hoping they can arrange a meeting between Stay and her hero.
Although Stay never met Rowling, the writer sent her a package that included a personal condolences letter, a wand, a signed copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and a Hogwarts acceptance letter.