J.K. Rowling is just as adept at writing 280 character tweets as she is writing 800 page epics, as her Twitter benevolence repeatedly goes to show. Ms. Rowling has frequently used the online platform to reach out to fans and, like the best of us, to tell wrong strangers why they're wrong.
Rowling recently warmed the hearts of Twitter users everywhere with her response to a fan living with depression. The fan stressed the importance of Rowling's Harry Potter series in helping her stay strong.
And Rowling's response was perfect.
And because Depression affects millions of people across the globe, several users could relate.
I’m not there now, but I have been where you are, and the Harry Potter series has given me something to hang on to every time. Keep going!— iheartsmarties (@I_HeartSmarties) March 19, 2018
Those books take me to a wonderful place... I hope you are feeling better soon... xoxo— Fancy Williams (@Fancerella) March 19, 2018
Stay strong! The world is made better by those sharing their stories. You’re never alone. 💕— Amber Rodriguez (@AmbahInvasion) March 19, 2018
I first picked up the Harry Potter books when going through a dark period in my life And when I feel like I'm heading down that dark tunnel again my HP books come out and the self medicating does it's work. Looking forward to seeing that Patronus at the end. Stay strong my love💖— Kelly Hopkin (@KellyHopkin1983) March 19, 2018
I am a psychologist who works with teens. I regularly use analogies from your books to explain depression (dementors) and anxiety (boggarts) and how to fight them. Thank you for such amazing tools!— Darcy Cantin (@DarcyCantin) March 19, 2018
Rowling also told us what she reads for a similar escape from her own negative feelings.
I grew up with your stories and they’ve always helped me through tough times, but besides the stories of your own making, I can’t help but to wonder which ones you turned to when going through a tough time yourself.— Sara (@skummelhummel) March 19, 2018
Twitter devoured this advice like it was an eighth Harry Potter book.
Same! in my darkest hours dealing with chronic health issues, when all felt hopeless, I would search high and low for stories of people overcoming. Biographies, blog posts, forum posts, anything to remind me of hope and the strength of the human spirit.— Sebastien Millon (@sebreg) March 20, 2018
It's so true! I've done the same thing and it has really helped me when I'm feeling like a failure and it gives such an inspiration boosts and a different perspective to some things which is so needed.— (͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) (@Danish_Mermaid_) March 19, 2018
I’ve always wondered why some people don’t like to read. I’ve always loved reading because it provides an escape from whatever your reality is. It’s nice to be able to turn to a fictional world when yours feels disappointing or overwhelming.— Lauren🌻 (@lKnowPIaces1989) March 19, 2018
As Dumbledore said, "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light." While the Harry Potter stories may be finished, Rowling shows no signs of dimming her light on Twitter, much to the relief of her millions of followers and fans.