Cassidy Stay was only 15-years-old when she witnessed the murder of her parents and four siblings. The gunman, her former uncle by marriage, also shot her, but Cassidy stayed still and played dead. Doctors call her survival a miracle.
When Stay spoke at her parents’ memorial service, she said that she finds strength in the words of Albus Dumbledore, the fictional headmaster at Harry Potter’s school of witchcraft and wizardry. In the third book in the series, written by J.K. Rowling, Dumbledore reminds the Hogwarts students: “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
When J.K. Rowling, perhaps the most popular writer alive, heard about Stay’s remarks, she sat down and wrote her a letter from the perspective of Albus Dumbledore. A source connected to a Facebook group called “We want J.K. Rowling to meet Cassidy Stay” told CNN that the novelist sent the Texas teen a package containing a wand, an acceptance letter to Hogwarts, a school supply list and a signed copy of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”
“We can confirm that J.K. Rowling sent Cassidy Stay a letter and package, but the contents of the letter and how it came about are private and between her and Cassidy,” the author’s spokesperson told CNN. “We’re not commenting any further on the letter or what it contained.”
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