J.K. Rowling found out her books helped save this baby's life. Her response was magic.

By Kelley Benham French
for Upworthy

On the worst night, when our 1-pound daughter was fading in the darkness of her incubator, my husband opened a book and began to read aloud.

"Chapter One: The Boy Who Lived."

He needed to say those words. I thought it was strange that he’d chosen the first book in a seven-volume series, a series that totals more than 4,000 pages, for a little girl who might not survive the night.

Tom saw it all more clearly than I did. He wanted Juniper, born barely viable at 23 weeks gestation, to hear a story about children who could fly. He wanted to read to her about a baby who survived the most powerful evil in the world because his mother stood by his crib and protected him with her life.

 

 Juniper on the day she was born. Photo by Cherie Diez.

Juniper on the day she was born. Photo by Cherie Diez.