J.K. Rowling Pens Letter as Dumbledore to Teen Shooting Victim

Houston Chronicle

Cassidy Stay has drawn inspiration from the character after her family was killed.

J.K. Rowling is using her magic touch to help a grieving teenager.

The author penned a letter to 15-year-old Cassidy Stay, whose family was killed in a shooting last month, Rowling's rep confirms to The Hollywood Reporter.

What makes the letter more special is that Rowling wrote it as Dumbledore, according to a Facebook page set up in Stay's honor, which urges Rowling to meet with the young fan.

The letter from Rowling included a wand, an acceptance letter to Hogwarts and an autographed copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, according to the Facebook page.

Dumbledore has special meaning for Stay, who quoted the wizard during a press conference after she survived a shooting that killed her parents and four siblings.

"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light," she said.

Stay's family was killed by the ex-husband of Stay's aunt, who entered their Texas home and shot them. Stay was shot in the head but survived by playing dead.

Michelle Boyer, who set up the Facebook page, says she is "beyond grateful and humbled" that Rowling responded to her page's plea.

"Harry Potter fans go nuts when J.K. Rowling says anything more about the Harry Potter world, and the fact that she wrote a handwritten letter from Dumbledore who has been dead for 10 years is incredible," Boyer tells THR. "In my opinion, a letter from Dumbledore is better than an actual visit from J.K. This is something that she will be able to find comfort in forever."

Rowling's rep declined to comment on specifics of the letter.

"I can confirm that J.K. Rowling sent Cassidy Stay a letter and package," the rep says. "The contents of the letter and how it came about are between her and Cassidy and will remain private."