Rowling fan Johnnie Blue met the author at an event for her latest book 'The Silkworm' and gave her a specially designed notebook and a handwritten letter thanking her for helping him through years of intense bullying.
Last August, Johnnie - a student who lives in Scotland - returned home from school to find a letter from Rowling praising his strength in dealing with the bullies. And she appointed to Gryffindor - the highest honour for any Harry Potter fan:
"Your experience is shocking and disturbing and that you have turned out to be a compassionate, moral, highly motivated person is a high testimony to your courage. Gryffindor for you, my lad..."
"J.K. Rowling to me, is a hero," Johnnie told BuzzFeed.
She's saved so many peoples lives, along with mine, something I will be eternally grateful for."
The pair have since been communicating regularly on Twitter - Rowling had promised in her letter to look out for him.
.@Johnnie_Rowling Let's face it, that's better than mine.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 16, 2014
Here's the letter in full:
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