It’s no secret that J.K. Rowling always knows exactly what to say (she did write seven flawless books). She’s the queen of our childhoods and is constantly proving she deserves that title. So when one fan tweeted her asking for support and a favour, JRowl was more than happy to do what she could.
The fan, Kate, reached out to Rowling with the simple request that she write out the words ‘expecto patronum’ so she could use it as a template for a tattoo. The words are a spell from the Harry Potter books that will protect the wizard from darkness, evil and dementors. Kate explains in her tweet the significance this spell has for her. She tells Rowling about her struggle with assault, depression, suicide attempts, and self harm. She says the author has been a positive force for her and a reason to keep fighting. This tattoo would serve as a physical reminder of J.K.R.’s support and influence.
— ㅤKate△⃒⃘ 35daysclean (@AlwaysJLover) May 11, 2016
It is touching to see how much J.K. Rowling has impacted her fans’ lives for the better. Having struggled with depression herself, Rowling is always quick to support fans who are dealing with any form of mental illness. Just ten minutes after the original tweet was posted, Rowling replied with a message of encouragement and the requested handwritten note.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 11, 2016
In The Huffington Post, Kate expanded on the spell’s meaning and the impact of Rowling’s support: ‘Just like in the books where Harry had to fight hard to defeat the dementors, I also have to fight hard to defeat my own. I have to hold on to a strong happy memory and cast the spell every time I get attacked. And having the words written in J.K. Rowling’s handwriting adds more to that meaning, making it the best and, maybe, the most beautiful tattoo I will ever get. I am so thankful to her and so blessed to have her in my life.’
Kate was incredibly gracious, as well as completely overwhelmed by the responses she received on twitter. Others with similar experiences replied with support and short stories or tattoos of their own. She replied to many of the encouragements with gratitude and hope for the future.
@jk_rowling you have the biggest heart any person could possibly have. thank you for doing this for me, and for others as well. :')
— ㅤKate△⃒⃘ 35daysclean (@AlwaysJLover) May 12, 2016
I've never received, and also felt, so much love from so many people. This is really new to me, I wanna keep crying for the rest of my life.
— ㅤKate△⃒⃘ 35daysclean (@AlwaysJLover) May 13, 2016
Once again, J.K. Rowling proves that she’s always here for her fans. She truly is our perfect childhood goddess!