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Dear JK Rowling,
You brought me into my very first fandom, and for that I love you and will never be able to forget you, even if the entire Harry Potter world miraculously drops out of history (it won’t, I promise). You taught me what a book series could be, what friends could be, and that a 14 year old can conquer a force which had most adults cringing in terror. At 10, I thought I could too. Through your writing, you managed to give a frightened, shy little kid the confidence to believe in myself, and know that other people are sometimes wrong.
From there, you succeeded in continuously inspiring me book after book, and I learned what it meant to grow deeply attached to a character and feel like they are your best friend even though you’ve never met them, and they don’t know who you are.
Through Hermione you taught me the definition of feminism, of equal rights, and made it cool to be smart. You gave me someone to look up to who was a girl but still a badass and way better at literally everything than the boys she was friends with.
Through Ron I learned that even if you don’t have everything you want, you can still do something, still be happy. And, more importantly, he showed me the importance of family in life, and how you can’t go anywhere without them.
Through Luna, you showed me that it’s okay to be different, to be unique, because although some people will make fun of you, it’s always better to be yourself. The right people (the ones you want in your life) will love you all the same.
Through Snape and Draco, you proved that some people are not what they appear, and just because someone puts on a tough front doesn’t mean that they aren’t hurting on the inside. Normally, when people are cruel, it means that they are hurting even more than the rest of us, and we should help them.
And, through Umbridge, you made sure to let everyone know that some people truly are just plain evil.
But that’s not all. In fact, it’s far from the most important reason which you inspired me. What caused me to write this letter to you isn’t because of Harry Potter characters in a novel, but because of you. Your passion, your dedication. As someone living in the US, I don’t always know about the political figures who you talk about, or what laws you are even advocating for. But, that’s not what matters. What matters is that you are advocating for something, that you are using your platform for a purpose. Sure, you’ve been told that rich, famous people shouldn’t know anything about politics, but you defy that stereotype every single day. You prove that EVERYONE should have a voice, and you’ve taught me the importance of standing up for what you believe in.
And oh, your responses to Twitter trolls. Your confidence in yourself, and ability to stand up for what you believe in with humor has me in awe. I’m so very impressed by you, and I wish that I had the same confidence in myself that you show on a daily basis.
This is starting to sound like a love letter, so I’m just going to end it here, but know that you will always have a special place in my heart. (ugh, I’m doing it again)
Thank you for everything.
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