Bana Alabed, a 7-year-old girl who made headlines because of her tweets about life in Aleppo (that she writes in English), is a big Harry Potter fan. Bana and her mother Fatemah could not find a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in their part of the world after they both watched the movie.
So Fatemah reached out to Rowling to let her know she and her daughter enjoyed the movie, and that Bana would like to read the book. After Rowling’s encouraging reply, Bana asked the author if there was any way she could get her hands on the first installment in the Harry Potter book series.
Rowling wasn’t certain if she could do anything to help them, but her literary agent, Neil Blair came to the idea to send an eBook version to Bana, which would arrive safely regardless of road blocks and conflict. That way the girl and her family, including her two younger brothers, will be able to enjoy the story of Harry Potter.
@AlabedBana Bana, I hope you do read the book, because I think you'd like it. Sending you lots and lots of love xxx— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 21, 2016
@jk_rowling she wants to but we don't have it here. We watched the movie before. How do we get?— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) November 21, 2016
@jk_rowling @missguppy1 @AlabedBana Bana, I work for Jo. Would you be able to read an eBook? If so I'd be happy to get a copy over to you.— Neil Blair (@NeilBlairTBP) November 21, 2016
@NeilBlairTBP @missguppy1 @AlabedBana Brilliant idea, Neil, I've been obsessing over this all morning!— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 21, 2016
My friend @jk_rowling how are you? Thank you for the book, love you from #Aleppo. - Bana pic.twitter.com/c84b4Zux0G— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) November 23, 2016