J.K. Rowling has cast another spell, this time helping a young fan in a battle against the "dementors" of depression.
On Sunday night, an 18-year-old fan from Brazil named Marina who uses the Twitter handle "pale emo nerd" sent out a series of increasingly distressing tweets, tagging the "Harry Potter" author in the first one:
Dementors "glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope and happiness out of the air around them," according to a description in the book "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban." They can suck good feelings and happy memories out of their victims, and were drawn from the author's own battles with depression.
Rowling delivered the perfect response for handling life's dementors in a single tweet:
That, in turn, caused Potterheads around the world to send messages of encouragement:
The spell appears to have worked like a charm. Marina retweeted many of the encouraging responses and added a few thoughts of her own:
Rowling has always been supportive of her fans, and last year sent out a series of tweets to encourage one who wanted to "finally give up."
Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of international resources.
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