JK Rowling sends Harry Potter books to young fan in Aleppo

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JK Rowling has sent Harry Potter books to a young fan in Syria after her mother messaged the author to ask how her daughter could get hold of the novels.

The writer, 51, sent an ebook to the seven-year-old girl, who is living in the besieged eastern part of the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Bana Alabed, whose account is managed by her mother, said in a message on Twitter that she is "reading to forget the war".

JK Rowling
JK Rowling (Charles Sykes/AP/PA Images)

JK replied, when her mother first tweeted the author, to say her daughter loved the Harry Potter films:

When her mother asked how she could get hold of the book, a member of JK's staff stepped in and organised the ebook.

And the author was delighted:

And JK replied: "Love you too, Bana! Thinking of you, keep safe."