Mum thanks JK Rowling for giving her daughter strength during cancer battle

Mum thanks JK Rowling for giving her daughter strength during cancer battle

A mum has written a touching letter of gratitude to the bestselling author whose books had given them the 'fortress' they needed during tough times

It no longer surprises us how awesome J.K. Rowling is. Whether she intends to or not, it seems that she is still spreading magic long after she wrote the final words to the beloved Harry Potter series.

She recently took to Twitter to respond to parents who have named their babies after the beloved characters she created. One even had a birthmark just like Harry’s.

But, the most recent touching display from a Harry Potter fan came from one mom in the U.K.

During a recent performance in London entitled Letters Live, where outstanding letters are read aloud by actors such as Benedict Cumberbatch and Jude Law, actress Ellie Bamber read a heartfelt letter addressed to J.K. Rowling from Chrissy Hart, a mom whose child had been suffering from cancer.

In the moving letter, Chrissy thanked J.K. Rowling for her books because they “turned out to be the fortress we so desperately needed” and helped her get through cancer treatment.

Sadly, Chrissy’s daughter passed away this week. But we can take comfort in the fact that her last few months were filled with joy and magic.

You can read the full letter, which was written last month, below.

I write to you as a mother, a Mummy, of a beautiful little girl. I’m sure you hear people tell you all the time that your words, your imagination helped them, or their children, in some way. Maybe they were helped out of depression by your works, maybe they drew strength from the knowledge that Neville grew up to be a hero against all odds, maybe you taught a bookish boy that there are friends to be found between the pages of a novel.
I want to share with you what you taught my daughter, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. When I read her your stories, she didn’t take to the clear distinction between good and evil, but instead loved the grey characters. You taught her that for every chemo she has to go through, there will be the opportunity to fly across a lake on a hippogriff. For every time her heart seizes with fear of pain, there will be me chasing it away with a patronus charm.

Your words built a castle for her to move into when the prognosis got worse.

Mrs. Rowling, cancer threatened to take everything from my daughter, and your books turned out to be the fortress we so desperately needed to hide in.

And the things you taught me?

You made me realise that a mother’s courage might come in the form of her tears. I might not have the physical ability to block her from what will take her away from me, but I can be loving and gentle like Molly, stoic in my affection like Minerva, protective and loyal like Hermione, and waiting to welcome her home like Lily.

But the most important lesson you have taught us both: cancer may take her away from me in just a few short weeks. I might not be able to spare her the pain. But for every child that is taken too early, people will come together, huddling close in a big group, wands held high to light the dark sky with the love they felt.

You built Hogwarts as a home for her to return to. And for me.

For that I shall remain forever gratefully yours,

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Bianchi Mendoza

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