For one teenager, the dream of one day receiving a Hogwarts acceptance letter has become a reality.
Cassidy Stay, a 15-year-old who was the only survivor of a Houston shooting which killed her parents and siblings, received a letter from J.K. Rowling, handwritten in purple ink from the perspective of Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore. Details of the letter's contents are unavailable.
"We can confirm that J.K. Rowling was in touch with Cassidy Stay, however, the contents of the letter remain private," a spokesman for Rowling told The Telegraph.
Stay recently quoted Dumbledore during a memorial ceremony for her family, saying, "In 'The Prisoner of Azkaban,' Dumbledore says: 'Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light." Rowling heard about the statement through a Facebook campaign aiming for Rowling and Stay to meet, then sent the handwritten letter, along with a wand, Hogwarts acceptance letter (including a list of necessary school supplies), and signed copy of 'The Prisoner of Azkaban.'
"I'm so excited and ecstatic that we were all able to make a difference! How wonderful," a post on the page said. "However, I still really want J.K. Rowling to actually meet her. We might just have to keep this page going until that actually happens."
Rowling's spokesman would not comment on whether or not the two will meet.
Stay's parents and four siblings were killed in a shooting last month when they were tied up and shot at the family's home by her aunt's ex-husband. Stay was injured but pretended to be dead, then notified police of the man's plans to seek out her grandparents next.
Campaigns to aid the teen financially have raised over $300,000.