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J.K. Rowling sends 'Harry Potter' books to Aleppo

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“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light,” as Albus Dumbledore once told young Harry Potter. Indeed, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has been a source of solace for many readers in hard times. The latest example of that comes from Bana al-Abed, the seven-year-old Syrian girl who has been live-tweeting her experiences in the war-torn city of Aleppo. al-Abed (whose account is managed by her mother) recently tweeted that she had enjoyed a Harry Potter movie, and wanted to know how she could read the books, too. Rowling helped her out.

On Wednesday, al-Abed tweeted a cute message to Rowling thanking her for the book, and the author responded in kind. When a curious follower asked how she was able to deliver books to such a conflict-ridden city, Rowling responded simply: “ebooks.”