Can J.K. Rowling do no wrong? The author somehow finds time in between writing Harry Potter plays and Fantastic Beasts screenplays to reach out to fans, making their lives better with fewer than 140 characters. On Monday, a fan named Marina tweeted at Rowling, asking her for advice on how to "scare the Dementors that have been living under my bed" and causing her a great deal of sadness.
"They're bothering a unique, valuable human being who deserves happiness. Ask for help. Don't fight alone. Big hug," she responded. She also retweeted a fan who recommended she eat chocolate, which definitely fights any evildoers in the world.
The advice seems to have worked, since Marina received a flood of support from fellow Harry Potter fans, telling her to fight the Dementors with the best Patronus she could sum up. She tweeted that she was "going to sleep now with a big smile on my face."
Rowling has revealed that the Dementors were inspired by her own feelings of depression. She has been open about her struggle with depression when she was in her twenties, saying she was suicidal during that time — but isn't ashamed of what she went through. "I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed. Never," Rowling told a student journalist, according to the Associated Press. "What's to be ashamed of? I went through a really rough time and I am quite proud that I got out of that."
If you or someone you know is dealing with depression or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Helpline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit their website.