“Harry. Harry saved my life. My childhood was filled to the brim with all kinds of trauma. I was sexually abused by a family member and it that was just my life for years. And even after it was over and I was taken out of the situation, severe depression set in and it got to the point where I would not talk. To anyone. About anything. I would go days without uttering a single word.
But by a stroke of luck, I met Harry one day after my mom brought me home the first 3 books because she knew I loved to read, and I just felt so connected to this boy whose life was as messed up as mine had been and I was so moved and in awe of how he didn’t let it dictate him. He woke up every single day with the courage to be okay and, through him, I learned how to be okay and my healing process began. I’ve never let go of that, what Harry taught me. I carry it with me every single day. The Boy Who Lived is why I’m alive.” -Ashley