Why J.K. Rowling And So Many Brits Are Reacting To This Photo So Spectacularly

"This is London!"

The Brexit vote triggered a storm of doomsday predictions for the U.K. and the European Union, with some even lamenting the state of humanity today (the "Leave" campaign ran on an anti-immigrant sentiment). But despite the undeniably serious consequences that will come with leaving the EU, there are sure signs that it's not the end of the world. 

One heartening instance of unity took place in London this week. London's new mayor, Sadiq Khan, tweeted photos of him breaking fast with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, and many people of different faiths.


One of Khan's photos was later retweeted by one Ben Phillips, whose caption read, "I love this picture so much."

(To be sure, they were breaking fast for Ramadan, not Eid, which falls this year on July 6 and marks the end of the month-long Ramadan festival.)

Phillips' tweet was widely shared on the social media platform. It even caught the eye of none other than J.K. Rowling, who retweeted it with the caption: 

This picture gives me hope. Actually, I've got something quite large in my eye...

It was a sorely-needed reminder of Britain's true essence in a time of deep turmoil. And if the flurry of positive responses to the picture is any indication, many Brits, in that regard, are on the same page


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