When it comes to interacting with their fans, there are few authors who are as accessible, understanding, and cordial, as JK Rowling.
This story could easily become a litany of all the wonderful things she’s done for fans, but just to give you an idea of how out of her way the Harry Potter author goes to show how much she appreciates the support of her work, I’ll point you to the time a fan with depression reached out to Rowling for advice.
And she responded with these words of wisdom.
Because Harry Potter is such a worldwide phenomenon, Rowling understandably has fans from all across the globe, even in remote areas like the Himalayas.
Tucked away in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir is Haji Public School, where a teacher by the name of Sabbah Haji was touched by an essay written by one of her 12-year-old students, Kulsoom Bano Batt.
In her essay, Kulsoom wrote about how inspired she was by Rowling’s life, and Haji decided she just had to let Rowling know, hoping that the Twitter gods would somehow allow her message to reach one of the most influential and successful authors of our time.
Now I’d like to think that the tweet was delivered to Rowling via a large, white owl. But call it luck, fate, or whatever, Rowling saw the message from Haji and did what she does best: be awesome.
Baji was floored that she even got a response, and immediately honored Rowling’s kind gesture in their school.
To say that Rowling made good on her promise would be an understatement.
She ended up sending a massive amount of swag that would make any 12-year-old Potter fan’s head explode out of excitement.
Behold, the joy.
Rowling also included a handwritten note in the package.
Which made the Haji school staff so happy, they even made some memes.
After following up with Rowling to make sure that she knew her gesture was very much appreciated, the literary living legend wrote back, happy her package made it to the school.
Once news broke out, people were gushing over Rowling’s generosity.
That’s Rowling for you, making magic both on and off the page.