JK Rowling had the best response to this 'broke as can be' single dad using Harry Potter books to bond with daughter

"Despite my inability to pay for the long-distance trips, the theme parks, or what-have-you, I’ve made up for by using my head and making attempts at being constructively creative with our time together."

JK Rowling had the best response to this 'broke as can be' single dad using Harry Potter books to bond with daughter

It's widely accepted that JK Rowling is the queen of the internet and all who dwell online.

But this story of her cheering on a struggling single father will make you fall in love with her again.

Matt Burke, a self-described "broke as can be father", caught the attention of the Harry Potter author when he posted a short essay about how he is using her books to bond with his 9-year-old daughter, Bailey.

In his story, Being the Broke Parent he talks about not being able to afford luxuries or expensive trips for him and Bailey.

"Despite my inability to pay for the long-distance trips, the theme parks, or what-have-you, I’ve made up for by using my head and making attempts at being constructively creative with our time together."

But what is really bringing himself and his daughter together is their love of the Harry Potter stories.

There is a back story to how they got there, we'll let you read that yourself, but this passage stood out for us.

"At the time of this writing, we’re halfway through the 2nd book, and we’re having an absolute BLAST reading them together. "We switch off chapter by chapter reading them out loud to each other while the other reads along in their own copy of the book. "This not only allows her to get more used to reading aloud in front of someone, but it gets me directly involved in something she loves, and it gives me the chance to be extra dramatic when I read my chapters and bring myself into the characters in the book, which has proven to be a ton of fun. "I get to shout and use all the funny voices I’ve accumulated over the years without her looking at me like I’m a total weirdo. "Fun times for us both and, like I said, I wouldn’t change it for the world."

Matt tweeted a link to his essay to JK Rowling, thanking her for the "assist".

What he wasn't expecting was the response.

Matt's still not quite able to believe the attention he's getting, but himself and Bailey seem over the moon.

You can read Matt Burke's full essay here.

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