When 12-year-old Kulsum Banoo Batt first wrote a class assignment about J.K. Rowling she probably had no idea that the author herself would one day read and respond to it.
“I am not inspired by J.K. Rowling only because she writes well but also because she faced many difficulties but never gave up,” wrote Kulsum in the piece. She added that she hoped to meet the author of “Harry Potter” series one day.
One of her teachers at the Haji Public School in Jammu and Kashmir shared an excerpt of the essay on Twitter and the tweet quickly went viral. “Dear J.K. Rowling, Kulsum, 12, a first generation English learner from the Himalayas would like to meet you one day,” wrote principal Sabbah Haji Baji in a tweet to the author.
Please can you send me Kulsum's full name by DM? I'd love to send her something.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 26, 2021
Rowling quickly responded and asked for Kulsum’s contact information. “I’d love to send her something,” she tweeted.
That ‘something’ arrived at the Doda school on June 23, which happened to be the last day of school. Rowling’s package included a personalized note to Kulsum, several books and other Harry Potter memorabilia.
— Sabbah Haji Baji (@imsabbah) June 23, 2020
I’m so happy it got there! I was getting worried,” Rowling replied. Baji is also trying to make the most of her school’s viral moment. Her Twitter account’s pinned tweet currently includes links to ways educators can volunteer at the school and the school’s current Amazon wishlist.
Hello, friendlies. Here's a handy tweet for what we are, what we need:
1. Website: https://t.co/lZwoQuewCf
2. Volunteers welcome always (job applications also): https://t.co/YewSK1Cc7W
3. Our ever changing, updated wishlist always up at: https://t.co/pXIbsUclKg
— Sabbah Haji Baji (@imsabbah) June 26, 2020