Please grab your nearest box of tissues ’cause it’s ugly crying time.
Yesterday, a Twitter user named Sally tweeted J.K. Rowling to thank the Harry Potter author for “the magical escape” she’d created. Sally said she was re-reading the series while struggling with “another bout of severe depression.”
Mother Rowling responded to the tweet reminding Sally that “those stories saved their author, too.” In the past, Rowling has opened up about her own struggle with depression while writing the beloved series. She continued, “Nothing makes me happier than to think that they went out into the world to do the same for other people. Keep that Patronus powerful.”
Then, another tweeter piped in with a brilliant question for the HP authoress: which stories did J.K. Rowling turn to when going through a tough time?
Again, Rowling responded with a thoughtful answer.
“When I’m really stressed or overwhelmed I turn to biographies of people who’ve led turbulent lives,” wrote Rowling. “I find it soothing and inspiring to read about people who’ve endured and overcome.”
This isn’t the first time Rowling has offered support to her fans battling depression. In 2015, when a Twitter user asked, “What would you say to someone who has failed to find meaning and wants to finally give up?” Rowling reflected that “the world is full of wonderful things you haven’t seen yet.”
In another exchange last year, the author told her 14 million Twitter followers that “some of the most gifted, successful and gorgeous people” she knows also struggle with depression.
Oh, J.K. It is truly magical what that woman can accomplish in 280 characters.