J.K. Rowling endorses nugget of wisdom from Carrie Fisher

Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts writer J.K. Rowling retweets an inspirational bit of wisdom from Star Wars actor Carrie Fisher.

J.K. Rowling, ever active on Twitter, has interfaced with another prominent women in the entertainment industry: Carrie Fisher, the actor and writer best known for her role as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, and then again in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Rowling tweeted a pearl of wisdom Fished dropped in an article for The Guardian.

In the article, Fish was talking about dealing with her bipolar disorder. She was responding to a younger fan who had questions about juggling the demands of life with mental illness. Here’s another excerpt from Fisher’s response:

We have been given a challenging illness, and there is no other option than to meet those challenges. Think of it as an opportunity to be heroic – not “I survived living in Mosul during an attack” heroic, but an emotional survival. An opportunity to be a good example to others who might share our disorder. That’s why it’s important to find a community – however small – of other bipolar people to share experiences and find comfort in the similarities

The ideas of finding a supportive community and working through difficult situations certainly resonates in the world of Harry Potter, where Harry’s community of friends at Hogwarts was sometimes the only thing keeping him afloat. True, neither Harry nor his friends suffered from mental illnesses (at least not diagnosed ones—you could make a pretty good argument that Harry suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder), but they have found themselves marginalized, and it’s easy to see understand why the empathetic Rowling would be attuned to the sufferings of people with such disorders.

In other Twitter happenings, Rowling retweeted a fan with an interesting observation about Obscurus. (I’m assuming the plural of Obscurus is Obscurus.)

Well, both Obscurus and Dementors are associate with terrible feelings. It seems like the parallel goes beyond the visual.

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