Saturday Jun 06, 2020
British author of the famed Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling made the day of 10-year-old Leila from Pakistan after showering praises on her art inspired by her new book The Ickabog.
The vibrant drawing by ‘bummed out’ Leila was brought under the writer’s notice by her mother with the help of her friend.
The two took to Twitter with Leila’s art after the 10-year-old was upset to find out Rowling had launched a competition for kids to help her illustrate her new book but Pakistani kids had not been eligible to participate.
The mother’s friend, Khizra turned to her Twitter to retweet her niece’s drawing, saying: “Just because Pakistani kids don’t qualify for #TheIckabog competition, doesn’t mean niece Leila was going to miss being a part of the experience. Hope @jk_rowling likes this version of the Dovetails’ house because that would be just as awesome as having the drawing chosen.”
Leila’s frown soon turned upside down as Rowling not only noticed the drawing but also heaped praises on the little artist and her skills.
“I LOVE this beautiful picture of the Dovetails' house, Leila! You've put so much of the story into the illustration: it's clearly a carpenter's house, with all those wooden accents, and I love the garden and flowers (but the sign to the graveyard adds a sad note),” tweeted the author.