I knew that Rowling was classy, having read about her calling a girl dying of cancer in the States to read to her from the MSS of one of the Harry Potter novels as she was drafting them and then, when she died, seeing to the financial needs of her family. Now I find out about this fetching tale as well. This sweet-faced and malnourished girl wrote to Rowling as a child and, for two years, starting at age 11, battled anorexia. Rowling found the time to correspond with her and help her through her trial. The girl described her as “like a counselor”.
That is not, however, the end of the story. About a year after beating anorexia, the girl beat our 15,000 other girls (without help from Rowling) and was cast as Luna Lovegood. She is Evanna Lynch.