Remember to Turn on the Light

16 Jul

Dear JK,

 Thank you for my childhood.

 I’m sure you hear this all the time from your legions of adoring fans across the globe, of which I am just one, but I cannot thank you enough for the truly precious gift you have given me. Never again will I receive one so special and so beautiful. I am lucky to have grown up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione – something I will always treasure and will never forget.

 Through your words, you have taught us the lessons of love and friendship, loyalty, trust, and bravery. Equally you have shown the problems that are created by hatred, jealousy, and ignorance. You have taught us that death isn’t something to be feared; it is not the worst thing that can happen to us. More than that, though, you have taught me how to use words. That they mean something bigger than myself. You have taught me the inexhaustible power and magic of words. I am reminded that we need stories. We need imagination. When the world around us becomes too difficult to bear, we can escape into a world that’s entirely our own.

 I am constantly in awe of your seemingly endless, astounding creativity, your meticulous organization, and your dedication to your convictions. You show us what it means to dedicate yourself to something; but beyond that, to do it well.

 Should I ever decide to write professionally, I can only hope to achieve a fraction of your brilliance, for I can never hope to equal something so perfect. I am proud to say, though, that Harry lives on in me, as he does in everyone who has met him.

 Thank you, again, for my childhood.


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