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JK Rowling Replies To Mother's Moving Letter

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JK Rowling has offered her condolences to a mother who had written a letter explaining how Harry Potter novels comforted her daughter during cancer treatment.

Last month, the author received a note from Chrissy Hart, in which she said "cancer threatened to take everything from my daughter, and your books turned out to be the fortress we so desperately needed to hide in".

Mrs Hart's daughter died last week.

On Twitter, the novelist wrote: "I think I wanted to write because words were always my safe place. I only wish words could bring her back to you."

At an event in London where remarkable letters are celebrated in front of a live audience, Mrs Hart's moving correspondence was read aloud by the actress Carey Mulligan.

"You taught her that for every chemo she has to go through, there will be the opportunity to fly across a lake on a hippogriff," the mother had written.

"For every time her heart seizes with fear of pain, there will be me chasing it away with a patronus charm. Your words built a castle for her to move into when the prognosis got worse."

Mrs Hart also said the books had made her understand more about being a mother.

"I might not have the physical ability to block her from what will take her away from me, but I can be loving and gentle like Molly, stoic in my affection like Minerva, protective and loyal like Hermione, and waiting to welcome her home like Lily," she added.

In the final paragraphs, Mrs Hart admitted that cancer may take her daughter away from her in a matter of weeks, but wrote: "For every child that is taken too early, people will come together, huddling close in a big group, wands held high to light the dark sky with the love they felt.

"You built Hogwarts as a home for her to return to. And for me. For that I shall remain forever gratefully yours."

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