Fans of the Harry Potter series know that no matter who tries to make you feel ashamed or afraid, that good will triumph over evil. Always. That message rings especially true today.
The wizarding world came together to pay tribute to Luis Vielma on Monday night. The 22-year-old had been an employee at the Hogwarts Castle in Universal Orlando. On Sunday June 12, he was one of the 49 people tragically killed in the Orlando gay nightclub shooting, the worst mass shooting in United States history. In his honor, hundreds of people gathered at the castle and raised their wands at the sky during a vigil, the same way Albus Dumbledore was honored after his death in the books.
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Of all the photos I have taken of our castle over the last few years, this one was perhaps the most important to capture. I am thankful I was able to witness the outpouring of LOVE and support from so many and share the experience with my friends. #Wandsup #Lovewins #orlandostrong
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Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling mourned Vielma's death on Twitter. His friends had told her that he was a "true Gryffindor" who loved working at the Hogwarts castle, and was in general a pretty magical person on and off the job.