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The tale of the Boy Who Lived is one that’s touched people all over the world, though one of Harry Potter’s biggest fans happens to be a little bit out of the way. Like, Himalayas far away. Kulsum Bano Batt, a twelve year old girl living in Northern India, was sent a very special package by J.K. Rowling herself and against all odds, it just arrived yesterday.
Kulsum had written an essay about the Potter author and about how she had inspired her, which her teacher Sabbah Haji shared on Twitter. It didn’t take long for avid Twitter user J.K. Rowling to respond, ‘Please can you send me Kulsum’s full name by DM? I’d love to send her something.’
Well, that package has arrived and Kulsum is over the moon about it. Her teacher Sabbah shared a series of photographs and revealed that Rowling had sent a ‘huge gift box’ which included a ‘handwritten note, inscribed book’ and no end of Potter merch (including a time turner and Hedwig toy).
The joy on Kulsum’s face is absolutely contagious and the rest of her class seemed equally as thrilled about the present. J.K. responded to the images, tweeting in relief, ‘I’m so happy it got there! I was getting worried! xxx’
Her teacher even said that J.K. Rowling’s initial tweet was ‘framed for ever in our school hallway’.
It’s amazing to see how the power of storytelling can really bring people together against all odds. When it comes to Harry Potter, you’ll be hard-pressed not to find a Potter fan tucked away in some corner of the world as the books have been translated into 68 languages with 400 million copies all over the world.
Although the main bulk of the Potter stories have come to an end, Potterheads can still get their fix over at the theatrical continuation of the series Harry Potter and the Cursed Child over in the West End or on Broadway. And for a look at how the American magical world shapes up to Hogwarts and co., Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is set to be released this November.