With so much anger and frustration in the world, sometimes a simple act of love and devotion is enough to make a person emotional. To know that you had a part in making that love happen only amplifies these feelings, which is what author J.K. Rowling must have experienced when two fans tweeted a picture of their matching Harry Potter tattoos.
The couple, who are engaged to be married, posted a photo of their matching tattoo "rings" to Twitter, which both feature the word "always" (referring to Severus Snape's love for Lily Potter) alongside their Hogwarts House colors and the sign of the Deathly Hallows. For two Potter fans, it's an incredibly touching display of eternal devotion.
@jk_rowling mine and my bride to be Harry Potter ring tattoos with our house colors #Always #ThankYou https://t.co/6qUnQIzW7G— Darth Vega (@Darth Vega)1539227047.0
None of the tattoos' nuance was lost on Rowling, who tweeted back at the couple, claiming the picture took her by surprise in the best way:
Some things catch you hard in your emotions when you’re least expecting it. This did, for me. From a slightly teary… https://t.co/ewGfCPaa9E— J.K. Rowling (@J.K. Rowling)1539239551.0
Harry Potter fans also jumped into the discussion, celebrating the pair's relationship and debating the context of the quote they chose.
@jk_rowling A slytherin and a hufflepuff! Now I’ve seen everything.— iLLmatic (@iLLmatic)1539247531.0
@jk_rowling All the points for them.— Pistol Grip Chin (@Pistol Grip Chin)1539239784.0
@jk_rowling But “always” is about obsession and not love... It was really unhealthy that a man obsessed over a woma… https://t.co/Zr7eAFPkCT— Caticas (@Caticas)1539242249.0
@almostsound @jk_rowling “Always” is actually not about obsession. It can be, rarely, as it’s mostly about devotion… https://t.co/n8ynfyMFt6— Tovah Wulf |~OctoberFeast~| (@Tovah Wulf |~OctoberFeast~|)1539244616.0
Many fans also went out of their way to make sure Rowling knew what a hero she was to them:
@jk_rowling You've had such a positive influence on millions of people, don't want to know a world without HP!— Poker-chips-ahoy (@Poker-chips-ahoy)1539239675.0
@jk_rowling JK you don’t quite appreciate how loved you really are! You gave us a world that enthralled us & our ch… https://t.co/J0xYQGiVEd— Anne Castellano (@Anne Castellano)1539245367.0
@jk_rowling @jkcyriac23 the impact your books had when I lost my father is something I will never be able to repay.… https://t.co/wntpdFbB5E— 🎃 (@🎃)1539258560.0
@jk_rowling This is so beautiful 😍 You deserve all of this, you really do. You are so inspirational, such a role mo… https://t.co/JttNVgUgvH— Juliette Richards (@Juliette Richards)1539239867.0
Many other couples also chimed in, showing off their Potter-themed wedding decorations and rings.
@jk_rowling 💕💕💕💕 https://t.co/AtK4X27SMh— Harry'sSunshineSmile (@Harry'sSunshineSmile)1539243502.0
@jk_rowling "It's real for us." @jk_rowling https://t.co/agrlsMUmzW— Carola Sincera 😁🌶 (@Carola Sincera 😁🌶)1539258844.0
Some other people had even gotten their versions of "Always" tattoos.
@jk_rowling From another #always couple, many many happy years together. ❤️ https://t.co/Q0PtRjrer0— D.LeeArt (@D.LeeArt)1539266285.0
@jk_rowling Congratulations! Love, A Ravenclaw & Hufflepuff https://t.co/RtjQRdkTPI— 𝕮𝖔𝖚𝖗𝖙𝖓𝖊𝖞 🐍 (@𝕮𝖔𝖚𝖗𝖙𝖓𝖊𝖞 🐍)1539279075.0
Don't all happy days need some Harry Potter?
@jk_rowling #Always was a part of my wedding too. ❤️ https://t.co/o5JnJ7mg3n— Judith ZP 🌊 (@Judith ZP 🌊)1539254185.0
@jk_rowling My husband was obsessed with HP and got me into it after we got together. Of course I loved it and he w… https://t.co/tsmkNyAvWy— Tiffany Winterton (@Tiffany Winterton)1539271521.0
Emotions were running very high on the thread.
@jk_rowling https://t.co/5BmQaR0xju— 🖤 (@🖤)1539240229.0
Fans continue to discover Harry Potter, and the story continues to inspire the best in people: friendship, adventure and, most importantly, love.
@jk_rowling Introduced HP to my daughter a few years ago, now it’s my 7y/o son’s turn. I get to revisit old friends… https://t.co/77LoRjdPgr— Dawn (@Dawn)1539247052.0