Luis Vielma is the boy whose death brought JK Rowling to tears. He was just 22-years-old when his life was taken alongside 48 other innocent victims at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub earlier this month.
Vielma worked at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Studios theme park, and now his memory has been immortalised in a custom wizard figurine created in his likeness.
The Pop Vinyl doll is dressed in a Griffandor uniform just like the one he used to wear to work. Created by Colorado man Brandon Anderson using Pop Vinyl’s blank figurines, Anderson customised the figurine himself, creating a tribute for Vielma that will be available only to the victim's friends and family. He is now trying to contact the family to give it to them.
He did not know Vielma himself, but Anderson tells the Huffington Post he was inspired by a Facebook post that suggested a figurine be created.
At the time of his death, Harry Potter author JK Rowling shared this Tweet in his honour:
She also sent a red wreath of flowers to his funeral, alongside a note that read, “To Luis, who died for love. You will never be forgotten. J.K. Rowling.”
Vielma was studying to be a physical therapist while working at Universal Studios, and in his obituary his family said he had a love for all things science fiction including Star Wars, Star Trek and Harry Potter.
"He loved being able to go and be part of that every day he worked. There was no greater experience for him at this time," they said.
Vielma was also remembered as a dedicated student and an active young man who enjoyed playing basketball and soccer.