JK Rowling tweets tribute to Harry Potter worker killed in Orlando

Since the Orlando gun attack on Saturday night, people around the world have been expressing their shock, grief and condolences online.

Now, author JK Rowling has shared her devastation over the death of Luis Vielma – a 22-year-old victim who worked on the Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios.

The British novelist tweeted: “Luis Vielma worked on the Harry Potter ride at Universal.  He was 22 years old.  I can’t stop crying. #Orlando.”

A colleague of Luis then tweeted the author letting her know that Luis was a Gryffindor and that another Universal staff member is still in intensive care after the attack which left 50 people dead and 53 injured.

The message read: “I worked with Luis he was a gryffindor who would make you proud.  We have a slytherin who’s still in icu.  His name is Tony.”

The Harry Potter creator responded by saying: “I’m praying Tony pulls through.  My thoughts are with all of you #LoveIsLove #Orlando."


Harry Potter fans are now showing their solidarity with victims of the attack by sharing quotes and images online accompanied by the hashtag Orlando.