The Texas teen, who lived through the massacre of her whole family, received a bit of hope when she got a letter of support in the mail from Professor Albus Dumbledore, the cherished icon of magic and wisdom from the fictional world of Harry Potter. Cassidy Stay, age 15, was the only survivor of a deadly shooting last month where a gunman murdered her parents and four siblings.
Texas police credited Cassidy with saving other lives because she was able to notify them about the killer’s intent to go after other family members that evening. Ronald Lee Haskell, age 33, is looking at capital murder charges after it was allegedly stated he went into Cassidy’s home looking for his previous wife, the sister of Cassidy’s mother. When he did not find her, he instead reportedly shot Cassidy and her family.
During the memorial which was held in a Houston suburb only a few days later, the teen peacefully delivered words of strength that no doubt gave inspiration to millions of Harry Potter fans of numerous ages. Cassidy expressed that in the HP book The Prisoner of Azkaban that Dumbledore stated happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.
Her words were heard by the author of the Harry Potter book series herself, J.K. Rowling, who wrote the letter as Dumbledore. She put it in purple ink and mailed it to Cassidy. This is according to a Facebook post that went up on Aug. 4 in a group which had been created to try and help the heroic teenager meet the famous author.
The teen received not only the letter but it came accompanied with a magic wand, an autographed copy of The Prisoner of Azkaban, a list of school supplies and an official letter of acceptance into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the institute where Harry and all his friends learned their magical skills, stated the Facebook page overseer, citing endorsement by one of Cassidy’s friend’s. However the letter’s contents have not been released to the public.
Professor Albus Dumbledore was the headmaster of Hogwarts and was also the originator of an order that was intent on conquering Harry’s sworn enemy, Lord Voldemort.
A representative of Rowling spoke to the media and explained that Ms. Rowling had been in touch with Cassidy Stay. The spokesperson was asked about a possible meeting between the two individuals and she did not either confirm or deny the chance, but said that Cassidy’s story was remarkable.
Cassidy Stay, who lived through the massacre of her whole family, received a bit of hope when she got a letter of support in the mail from Professor Albus Dumbledore, the cherished icon of magic and wisdom from the fictional world of Harry Potter. The teenager, age 15, was the only survivor of a deadly shooting last month where a gunman murdered her parents and four siblings.
By Kimberly Ruble