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J.K. Rowling Sends Care Package to Grieving Teen Cassidy Stay: 'Happiness can be found'

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 (TODAY) -- Sometimes, even in the darkest moments, something magical can happen.

Cassidy Stay, 15, was the sole survivor of the murder of her parents and four siblings in her family's suburban Houston home on July 9. On July 12, she astonished onlookers with her composed, hopeful demeanor at a memorial service for her family. As part of her eulogy, Stay quoted from a “Harry Potter” novel.

“In ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban,' Dumbledore says, ‘Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light,'” she said.

Many people took notice of Stay's remarks that day — including “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling. This week, Rowling reportedly sent Stay a care package complete with a personalized letter purportedly written by fictional Potter headmaster Dumbledore.

Rowling's gesture followed a social-media campaign to connect the celebrated author with the grieving teen. Inspired by Stay's quote of the “Harry Potter” passage, a Facebook page called “We want JK Rowling to meet Cassidy Stay” launched and began garnering support. To date, more than 6,000 people have liked the page.

While Stay hasn't met Rowling yet, the connection between them is a meaningful one. The package Rowling sent included a letter with her condolences.

Rowling's spokeswoman Rebecca Salt wrote in an email to TODAY that: “We can confirm that J.K. Rowling sent Cassidy Stay a letter and package, but the contents of the letter and how it came about are private and between her and Cassidy. We're not commenting any further on the letter or what it contained."


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