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J.K. Rowling offers touching advice to a fan suffering depression

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At the age of 25, after a "catastrophic" marriage, J.K. Rowling found herself to be a single mother with little money.

"At that point I was definitely clinically depressed," she once told Oprah in a televised interview. 

"It's so difficult to describe [depression] to someone who's never been there, because it's not sadness. I know sadness. Sadness is to cry and to feel. But it's that cold absence of feeling - that really hollowed-out feeling. That's what Dementors are," she said of the cloaked creatures which feed on happiness in the Harry Potter series.

Knowing the feeling all too well, the author offered advice to a fan who asked her how to get rid of her personal Dementor last night.

Within ten minutes, Rowling, 50, replied to the Twitter user with some incredibly wise words:

It's not the first time Rowling has offered her wisdom to fans on the social network. Last year, she reached out to a Twitter follower who said they were struggling to find meaning in their life. 

When Twitter user @Brocaesar wrote "This may get lost in the noise..but what would you (J.K.Rowling) say to someone who has failed to find meaning and wants to finally give up?"

The author responded with the following powerful tweets:

Touched by her messages, the fan replied with the tweet below:

Rowling never fails to be a Patronus to her loyal fans. 

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