Broke dad thanks J.K Rowling and here’s how the famous author responded

July 2, 2018 3:18 pm Last Updated: July 2, 2018 3:18 pm

Books are remarkable things. They teach us, inspire us, and transport us to magical worlds beyond our wildest dreams.

We all have positive memories associated with books. Bedtime stories fueled our dreams and the works of others motivated us to write stories of our own.

For Matt Burke from Florida, books have served an especially important role.

As a single dad, he’s relied a lot on libraries to keep his daughter entertained.

While they’ve read all kinds of books in the past, lately one particular series has been gripping them.

As a poor dad, Matt Burke has been reading Harry Potter to his daughter to keep her entertained.

(Twitter/Matt Burke)

Burke has his work cut out for him as a single dad, a subject he went into great detail about in his May post on Noteworthy entitled “Being the Broke Parent.” Without internet access or a television, he has looked toward libraries as the best option for entertaining his 9-year-old daughter.

“Through my own recent love of reading, I acquired a library card for myself, as well as one for her, so that we can check out all of the books we want and read them as wanted over their 21 day checkout period,” Burke wrote.

“This has led us to some absolutely incredible times, even better conversations, as well as memories that I wouldn’t change for the world.”

Yet when his daughter started reading the Harry Potter series, 31-year-old Burke was unsure how to proceed. He had missed the boat on the initial HP craze in the late 90s and early 2000s thinking he was too old and “too cool” to read the books when they came out.

“This left me with 2 main options,” Burke wrote. “1) I could continue to not care about it and we could maintain our separate reading times and book lists, or 2) I could meet myself in her world and we could read the books together, out loud.”

Wanting to give the series a chance, Burke opted for the second choice—and after finishing the first book in the series, realized these stories were a lot more exciting than he had given them credit for.

“At the time of this writing, we’re halfway through the second book, and we’re having an absolute BLAST reading them together,” he wrote.

Burke tweeted to J.K. Rowling to thank her but he never expected a response.

On June 7, Burke decided to follow up on his blog post by writing a personal thank you to Harry Potter‘s creator, J.K. Rowling. He didn’t expect her to reply or to even see his message.

He just wanted to put his thoughts out there in the universe:

Despite Burke’s low expectations, Rowling replied later that day saying she felt honored by the role her characters played in this father-daughter relationship. She also made Burke an offer he couldn’t refuse: free signed copies of her books!

According to Popsugar, Burke responded in complete shock!

“Oh my, my head is about to explode,” he said. “You are too kind, thank you so much. I’ll DM you my address ASAP.”

Burke wasn’t the only one amazed by this interaction however. When Potter fans saw how Rowling responded to the situation, they doled out plenty of praise for both the author and Burke.