Love Note for J K Rowlings

Dear Joanne,

I live in a neighbourhood in Hamilton, Ontario (Canada) where there are a great many people trying to make a difference in the community. I have met many of them through my small cafe where a lot of story swapping goes on. I am amazed at how many of these people have had Harry Potter childhoods. Not in the magician sense, but in the sense of being abandoned or ignored or unloved. In the sense of having to find their own way in the world, figure out who they are and where they belong and how they fit in.

I wanted to thank you for creating Harry Potter and sharing his journey. He is a modern archetype that allows me to connect with people in a humourous, optimistic way as they share personal histories. It is as if we live on the frontier of society, a place full of people who believe that “it doesn’t have to be like that” and who are committed to doing something about it; to creating a world where the Voldemorts have no sway, where people know their neighbours and care about each other.

So thank you. For your words, your compassion, for telling your stories that help us to tell ours.

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