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Tragic end for Harry Potter fan whose plight was highlighted by JK Rowling when it was revealed the autistic 12-year-old had been “killed by Hamas in front of her grandmother”.


An Israeli Harry Potter fan whose plight was highlighted by author JK Rowling has been found dead, the country has announced.

Noya Dan, a 12-year-old autistic child, and her grandmother Carmela, 80, were among those missing in the Hamas terrorist attack on October 7.

Since then, their family has clung to the hope that they were kidnapped rather than killed, and that they would be found and returned by Israeli forces preparing to launch a ground attack on Hamas and free the hostages .

However, on Wednesday, the Dan family confirmed in a tragic Facebook post that the bodies of Noya and Carmela had been identified. Their deaths were later confirmed by the Israeli foreign minister.

Three other members of the Dan family are believed to still be missing.

An Israeli Harry Potter fan whose plight was highlighted by author JK Rowling has been found dead, the country has announced. Noya Dan (photo), a 12-year-old autistic child, and her grandmother Carmela, 80, were among those reported missing on October 7.

News of Noya’s disappearance prompted Harry Potter author JK Rowling to condemn Hamas attacks, particularly the kidnapping of children.

The author shared a photo of Noya wearing a Harry Potter costume on X, formerly Twitter, on Tuesday with the caption: “Child abduction is despicable and completely unjustifiable. For obvious reasons, this image struck me. May Noya and all hostages taken by Hamas be returned to their families soon and safely.

In the photo posted by Rowling, a smiling Noya could be seen wearing clothes resembling the school uniform of Hogwarts (the wizarding school in Rowling’s books) as well as the iconic red and yellow Gryffindor tie (one of the school houses).

She appeared to be dressed as one of the main characters – Hermione Granger – and was also holding a Hebrew copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (the fifth book in the series) as well as a wand.

Israel had already published Noya’s photo on X on Sunday, saying: “This beautiful 12-year-old autistic girl was kidnapped from her home by Hamas terrorists and taken to Gaza. Noya is sensitive, kind, funny and a big Harry Potter fan.

The official X account of the State of Israel also urged JK Rowling to share Noya’s story in hopes of “bringing her home.”

Rowling’s message resonated with many people, especially Harry Potter fans, and brought home the reality of the brutal terrorist attack carried out by Hamas that killed up to 1,400 people in Israel, many of whom were not killed. have not yet been identified.

The terrorists also kidnapped at least 203 other people, including children, and took them to the Gaza Strip to be held hostage, according to Israeli authorities.

The brutal devastation on kibbutzim and other settlements in southern Israel sparked a retaliatory response from the country’s military, which relentlessly bombarded the Gaza enclave, resulting in the deaths of thousands. Palestinians.

On Wednesday, the Dan family confirmed in a tragic Facebook post that the bodies of Noya and Carmela (left and right) had been identified.  Their deaths were later confirmed by the Israeli foreign minister.

On Wednesday, the Dan family confirmed in a tragic Facebook post that the bodies of Noya and Carmela (left and right) had been identified. Their deaths were later confirmed by the Israeli foreign minister.

JK Rowling wrote on Tuesday:

JK Rowling wrote on Tuesday: “May Noya and all hostages taken by Hamas be returned to their families soon and safely” after learning that Noya was among those missing after the attack.

Noya and her grandmother were taken prisoner at Kibbutz Nir Oz, one of several Israeli communities located a few kilometers from Gaza that were attacked by Hamas 13 days ago.

According to Israeli news sources, their bodies were found burned near the border fence between Israel and Gaza. Israel has not confirmed where the bodies were found.

The tragic news was first confirmed on Facebook by relatives of the family.

“Today was a difficult day. All kinds of reasons, all kinds of feelings, lots of tears, lots of conversations. Ultimately, some tough news came, the ones we hoped we wouldn’t receive. Carmela Dan and Noya Dan are no longer with us,” Sharon Calderon wrote.

“May we remember them with love. We continue to fight to bring Ofer and Sahar Varez home,” she added, referring to the others missing.

Noam Dan, Carmela’s niece, wrote on her Facebook page: “We have just realized that our beloved family members, Noya and Carmela, are no longer alive.

“We are suffering greatly… we still have three souls to save in the family (and in the country – a huge amount…), so tomorrow we will continue. Thank you for the hug. From our hearts which drink with pain and gratitude.

In a post on X, Israel said: “We are devastated to announce that the bodies of Noya and her grandmother Carmela were discovered yesterday. Thank you to all of you who shared her story to help us bring her home. Our hearts are broken.

Last week, Noya’s mother shared the last heartbreaking conversation she had with her 12-year-old daughter before the kidnapping.

Ms. Dan was hiding in a panic room five miles away when Noya sent her a voice message: “Mom, I’m scared. There are people in the house, help me.

Noya hid in the darkness at her grandmother Carmela’s house, silently texting each other as explosions erupted around their kibbutz.

They disappeared after Noya sent a panic message.

Noya’s mother managed to wait safely with her husband – Noya’s stepfather – and her other daughter Tomal, 9, in their home on Kibbutz Kissufim.

Galit Dan (right) said his daughter (left) was kidnapped by Hamas from Kibbutz Nir Oz on October 7 when it was attacked by Hamas terrorists.

Galit Dan (right) said his daughter (left) was kidnapped by Hamas from Kibbutz Nir Oz on October 7 when it was attacked by Hamas terrorists.

After 10 p.m., the family was evacuated to a hotel on the Dead Sea.

Ms Dan told The Sun last week: “The pain is indescribable. My little girl went to sleep at her grandmother’s house and was sending us messages while these animals came to get them.

“Our best hope now is that they were kidnapped and somehow survive. I’m living every parent’s nightmare: every parent in the world will feel our pain.

Ms Dan told The Sun her daughter had autism and was extremely sensitive. She described her daughter as a “very sweet, very funny and very intelligent little girl.” She said her grandmother Carmela was “vulnerable herself”. “What do they hope to achieve by doing this to innocent, defenseless people? » she asked Hamas.

News of the tragic deaths of Noya and her grandmother came as British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak arrived in Israel to “express solidarity” with the country.

He will also call for avoiding any escalation of violence in the wider region.

Sunak landed at Ben Gurion Airport on Thursday morning before holding talks with his counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu and President Isaac Herzog.

“Above all, I am here to express my solidarity with the Israeli people. You have suffered an unspeakable and horrific act of terrorism and I want you to know that the UK and I stand with you,” Mr Sunak told reporters on the ground.

Noya and her grandmother were captured on Kibbutz Nir Oz in southern Israel.

Noya and her grandmother were captured on Kibbutz Nir Oz in southern Israel.

As part of a trip, he will urge Middle East leaders to “avoid further dangerous escalation”, saying “too many lives have already been lost” in the conflict.

The visit comes after the US president visited Israel on Wednesday as part of a diplomatic attempt to prevent the fighting from escalating into a wider crisis.

Joe Biden urged Israel not to let itself be “consumed by” anger following the deadly Hamas attack on October 7 and to avoid making the same “mistakes” that the United States made after September 11, 2001, following Islamist attacks which killed nearly 3,000 people.

The president’s trip appeared to mark a breakthrough, with Mr Netanyahu’s office announcing it had approved a request from Mr Biden to allow Egypt to provide limited amounts of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip .

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