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Cassidy Stay, the lone survivor of a shooting last month that left her without her parents and all four of her siblings, spoke out at a memorial merely three days following the tragedy and quoted J.K. Rowling. Now, the Harry Potter series author has reached back to the girl in her own way.
Nearly a month ago Stay, 15, played dead when a bullet grazed her skull while the rest of her family was murdered before alerting police as her ex-uncle made his way to her grandparents' home.
The Telegraph reports that days later, Stay stood before supporters as she quoted Professor Albus Dumbledore, a character in Rowling’s Potter series.
"Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light," she said.
Through tiny tears, the young girl thanked the first responders and medical assistants who have been helping her as she said she is on the road to a full recovery. A Facebook campaign began not long after called, “We want JK Rowling to meet Cassidy Stay,” as members of the group believed this would help the girl grieve.
It worked, kind of. While Stay has yet to meet the author, she did receive a personalized ‘Dumbledore’ note, written in purple ink, from Rowling as well as a wand, Hogwarts acceptance letter, list of books needed for classes and a signed copy of Prisoner of Azkaban, where the quote can be found. Whether it was the campaign that got the news to Rowling is unknown, as Rowling was so moved by Stay that she might have tracked down her contact information to get in touch.
Members of the page are still hoping that a face-to-face meeting will occur between the two but nothing is confirmed for now. Watch Stay’s incredible speech below.
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