J. K. Rowling is not only a tremendous author, but a tremendous human being as well.
Twitter user, and major Harry Potter fan, Kate reached out to the author through social media, tweeting “I wanna get ‘expecto patronum’ tattooed & it’d mean the world if it was in ur handwriting. Here’s why.”
In a ‘note’ attached to the tweet, Kate explained what she was going through, and the significance of the phrase to her.
“This won’t take long, I promise…” Kate began, “I’ve been through (and am still going through) so many things in my life, from sexual assault to bullying to attempted suicide 8 times. I’m not proud of these things, but it’s who I am. I’m also trying my hardest to stop self-harming. It hurts my body, but it hurts my soul more. I know you won’t judge, that’s why I’m telling you this. Another reason why I’m telling you this is because, through all the downs in my life, you helped me get through every single thing one way or another! You gave me a second, a third chance, you gave me so many chances in life and not taking them seriously wouldn’t be fair to you. I will never be able to thank you enough, Jo. I wanna get “expecto patronum” tattooed on the wrist I usually cut the most, or somewhere else idk yet exactly, because I know that’s gonna make me stop even if it takes a while. Please, Jo. I know I can slowly start to recover, but I need your help to do so. You’ve always been there and I know you’ll always be. – Kate.”
Just over ten minutes later, J.K. Rowling responded with a photo of the requested phrase, and the words “I love that you’re working to heal and protect yourself. You deserve this. I hope it helps.”
Kate appeared overjoyed by the response, and we hope it helps her reach happiness.