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  • 11 August 2014, 8:48

JK Rowling Writes To Survivor Of Family Massacre

JK Rowling has written to a teenager who found strength in the words of a Harry Potter character after her whole family was shot dead.

Cassidy Stay, 15, from Houston in Texas, was grazed by a bullet in the July attack but survived by playing dead.

Her parents, two younger sisters and two younger brothers were all murdered.

Despite having a fractured skull, she was able to call police and alert them that the gunman was planning to shoot other relatives.

At a memorial just days later, she quoted Hogwarts' headmaster Dumbledore, telling mourners: "Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light."

"I know that my mom, dad, Bryan, Emily, Becca, and Zach are in a much better place and that I'll be able to see them again one day. Stay strong," said the teenager.

A Facebook campaign has now led to Rowling sending the teenager a handwritten note in purple ink, a wand, an acceptance letter to Hogwarts, a list of school supplies and a signed book.

"We can confirm that JK Rowling was in touch with Cassidy Stay, however, the contents of the letter remain private," a spokesman for the author told the Telegraph.

Asked about whether the two would meet, she said: "We wouldn't comment on that but [Cassidy's] is a remarkable story."

The line quoted by Cassidy is spoken by Dumbledore as he addresses Hogwarts' pupils at the start of The Prisoner Of Azkaban film.

Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, the brother-in-law of the teenager's mother, is charged with capital murder over the killings and could face the death penalty if convicted.

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