I admit it — I’m way past 11 years old, but when I receive something in the mail, I sometimes still wish it were a letter from Hogwarts. Sadly, it’s mostly bills. If you’re also mourning the non-existence of your Hogwarts letter, the next best thing could be a letter from the woman who started it all — J.K. Rowling!
In 1998, a boy named Thomas wrote Rowling to wish her luck on an award she was up for. She did not win, but she graciously wrote back. Check it out! (Transcript re-typed below image)
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11th April 1998
Thank you very much indeed for your card wishing me luck in the Guardian Children’s Fiction competition. Unfortunately, I didn’t win — a writer called Henrietta Branford did. But she’s very nice, so I smiled bravely and said “Congratulations” and tried to look as though I didn’t mind at all.
I am very flattered indeed to hear that “Harry Potter” is the best book you have ever read. There will be seven Harry Potter books altogether, and the second one (“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”) will be in the shops at the start of July.,
Thank you again for writing. (Your handwriting is excellent, by the way).
J. K. Rowling (Jo)
A-MAZ-ING! That was the handwriting that composed the life, times, and trials of Harry Potter! And even cooler — Thomas, clearly a huge Harry Potter fan, found out personally that there would be seven books in total in the Harry Potter series. Again… A-MAZ-ING!
A lot of authors have mailboxes specifically for fan mail, and some have their publishers accept letters on their behalf. So pick up a pen, pencil, or keyboard today and start writing to your favorite authors… you never know, they might write back! (And possibly eventually become the most famous author in the world).
Nancy admits the title of this blog post might be a little misleading, but hey — J.K.Rowling DID write SOMEONE a letter (in 1998), right?
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Source: Letters of Note, an awesome website that posts fascinating correspondence.