This letter has been a long time coming. I hope that I can communicate what I know is on my heart and the hearts of many fans. Here is my honest letter to J.K. Rowling.
An Honest Letter to J.K. Rowling
Dear J.K. Rowling,
Thank you. Thank you for your perseverance. Thank you for not giving up on a wizard under the stairs. I know the rejection letters had to sting. As a mom I can imagine the long days weren’t easy either. When I watched the movie behind all that went into bringing the series to be, I was inspired and encouraged. I first met the boy who lived when I was 15 years old. I was in a psychiatric hospital after a few suicide attempts. The leaders there knew I was an avid reader and suggested I start the book. The magic and beauty of it all took me on a beautiful adventure. I loved every word and felt like I knew the characters as if I were in their world. After getting the help I needed back then I continued to read the series as I grew up. I worked in a book store for a time and would read the series on my breaks at work. It was such a joy and I just loved them. In 2005 I was due to get married. My husband and I set the wedding date and then the unthinkable happened. You released the final book on our wedding day. Do you know how hard it is to drive away for your honeymoon knowing you have to wait to finish the journey until you get home? I had some of the best coworkers though. I came home to find the book sitting on my bed for me. My new husband didn’t even complain when I spent the next two days devouring the books. He even held me as I cried over the losses represented in that book.
Fast forward a little over eleven years. I have an amazing daughter! She is ten and brilliant. She is also dyslexic. The thought of reading any chapter book just didn’t appeal to her. It was too much of a struggle and she never found a world she wanted to be transported to within the pages. When she turned ten I had her Hogwarts acceptance letter waiting on her bed for her with a copy of the book. She was overjoyed and couldn’t wait to experience it. As a grown woman I watched as my daughter devoured the first book. She read the entire first book in under a month. I’m not sure if you are aware, but that is an accomplishment for a child who wouldn’t even pick up a chapter book. She just loved them so much and she was hooked. The original plan was to have her read one each year and grow up with the characters. It didn’t quite work out that way. She was hooked and I was excited to see her reading. She read a book each month. By the time she got to book seven, she made a really great request. She wanted to take the last part of her adventure with me. So we took turns reading it aloud to each other.
Another thing that some children with dyslexia struggle with is reading aloud. Yet, here she sat reading me the story. We wept together over deaths, laughed at funny moments, and sighed a sigh of longing for more as the books finished. She is now a bigger Harry Potter fan than me and re-reads the books frequently. It was such a joy to take that adventure with her.
I wanted to thank you for not giving up on your dream. Thank you for Harry Potter. Thank you for giving me hope and a smile in the middle of one of my darkest seasons of life. Thank you for giving my daughter an amazing world she can venture to between the covers of a great book. You have opened the door for conversations about loss, love, pain, and courage and we have talked freely as we read the series together. Both of the Ravenclaws in this house will ever be in your debt.
A Muggle Mom
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