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J.K. Rowling organises for little girl in Aleppo to get the first Harry Potter book

Spreading the magic!

By Alison Lynch, 24 November 2016
J.K. Rowling organises for little girl in Aleppo to get the first Harry Potter book

A 7-year-old girl from Syria who was desperately trying to get hold of a copy of the first Harry Potter book got a helping hand from J.K. Rowling herself. 

Little Bana Alabed and her mum Fatemah regularly tweet about the realities of living in the middle of a war zone in East Aleppo. 

Earlier this week, Fatemah sent out a plea to author Rowling on Twitter saying that Bana had watched the Harry Potter film and now desperately wanted to read the book, but couldn't get hold of a copy. 

Bana loves to read, particularly as it helps her forget for a moment all that is going on around her. 

And proving that muggles can perform magic too, J.K Rowling made it happen. 

She first replied to say she really hoped Bana got to read the book, but with deliveries in and out of Aleppo proving extremely difficult, she and her team had to think of another way to get it to her. 

They quickly came up with a solution - eBooks. 

Rowling's team got in touch and just two days after Bana's mum sent the original tweet, the little girl shared this update. 

As one person commented later on Twitter: "You and your team really are magic!"