JK Rowling Makes Some Magic for Young Girl in Aleppo

The author sent 'Harry Potter' books to the girl in war-torn Syria
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2016 2:22 PM CST

(Newser) – JK Rowling just introduced another child surrounded by daily horrors to the wizarding world. But instead of Harry Potter living under the Dursleys' stairs, it's 7-year-old Bana Alabed living with her family in war-torn Aleppo.The Telegraph reports Bana's parents are trying to distract her from the fighting through books. After watching a Harry Potter movie, Bana's mom reached out to Rowling on Twitter to find out if there was a way for Bana to read the books, according to Mashable. Since it's nearly impossible to get books—or food and other necessary supplies—into the city, Rowling's agent came up with the idea of sending them via eBooks. "My friend @jk_rowling how are you? Thank you for the book, love you from #Aleppo," Bana tweeted. "Love you too, Bana! Thinking of you, keep safe," Rowling replied. Sometimes social media can be magic, too. (Read more JK Rowling stories.)

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