J.K. Rowling wants to send 'Harry Potter' books to a girl in war-torn Aleppo

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'I think you'd like it.'

Seven-year-old Bana Alebed tweets to 87,ooo followers every day, sharing news from her life in Aleppo, Syria. Like many kids, she's a Harry Potter fan, but it's hard for her to find copies of the books in the middle of a war zone.

After Bana watched one of the Harry Potter movies, her mom Fatemah used Twitter to go straight to the source: J.K. Rowling.

Rowling replied, but Fatemah explained that it's a more complicated situation than simply hoping Bana can read the book.
With Aleppo currently under siege, Bana and her mother are still able to speak out on Twitter, but something as simple as a book delivery is outside their control.

H/T Mashable

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