J.K. Rowling Had Some Magical Advice To 'Harry Potter' Fans Who Tweeted About Depression

“Keep that Patronus powerful.”

For the past two decades, the Harry Potter books have entertained people of all ages — but did you know that the magical world within them have helped fans? J.K. Rowling does, and admits that the story she created has been a refuge for her as well.


"Dragging myself through another bout of severe #depression and re-reading the #HarryPotter series to strengthen my Patronus," a fan named Sally Burns, whose handle is @joosylemon, tweeted. "A million thanks to @jk_rowling for the magical escape that's always there when it's needed."

The British author saw the tweet and didn't hesitate to chime in, joining a slew of celebrities who have also done so in recent memory including Oprah Winfrey, Dan Harmon, Michael Phelps, and so many other brave and courageous folks.

"Those stories saved their author, too," Rowling replied. "Nothing makes me happier than to think that they went out into the world to do the same for other people. Keep that Patronus powerful."

Another fan named Sara, whose handle is @skummelhummel, asked Rowling if there were any books other than her own that she turned to during difficult times. The 52-year-old answered with a very specific type of genre.

"To tell you the truth, when I'm really stressed or overwhelmed I turn to biographies of people who've led turbulent lives," Rowling replied. "I find it soothing and inspiring to read about people who've endured and overcome."

This is by no means the first time Rowling has spoken up about depression and mental health before — even in regards to her own battle with it and how she never gave up — but it is an extra-special one since it involves our favorite boy wizard.

(H/T: HuffPost)

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