Favorite JK Rowling Quotes about failure, writing, & Harry Potter
Author JK Rowling built her life from rock bottom on and with the passion of words. The conversational, imaginative and playful language she uses in the Harry Potter series and her recent books such as The Casual Vacancy and The Cuckoo's Calling is what makes her books come to life. Today we're sharing some of our favorite quotes and words of wisdom she's expressed about failure, her love of writing, and most of all, Harry Potter.
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"Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences." - J. K. Rowling Official Website
"I've no idea where ideas come from and I hope I never find out, it would spoil the excitement for me if it turned out I just have a funny little wrinkle on the surface of my brain which makes me think about invisible train platforms." Amazon.com UK interview
"I don't feel quite normal if I haven't written for a while. I doubt I will ever again write anything as popular as the "Harry" books, but I can live with that thought quite easily. By the time I stop writing about Harry, I will have lived with him for 13 years, and I know it's going to feel like a bereavement. So I'll probably take some time off to grieve, and then on with the next book!" - 31 March 1999 Salon.com interview
"I think the Harry books are very moral, but some people just object to witchcraft being mentioned in a children's book. Unfortunately, that means we'll have to lose a lot of classic children's fiction."
"I always advise children who ask me for tips on being a writer to read as much as they possibly can. Jane Austen gave a young friend the same advice, so I'm in good company there." - 31 March 1999 Salon.com interview
"It's important to remember that we all have magic inside us." - a Scholastic book fair promotion, September/October 1999
"You have to resign yourself to the fact that you waste a lot of trees before you write anything you really like, and that's just the way it is. It's like learning an instrument, you've got to be prepared for hitting wrong notes occasionally, or quite a lot, cause I wrote an awful lot before I wrote anything I was really happy with. And read a lot. Reading really helps. Read anything you can get your hands on." - Vancouver 2000 writers' festival
"If you need to tell your readers something … there are only two characters that you can put it convincingly into their dialogue. One is Hermione, the other is Dumbledore. In both cases you accept, it's plausible that they have, well Dumbledore knows pretty much everything anyway, but that Hermione has read it somewhere. So, she's handy." - Interview by Lizo Mzimba (February 2003)
"I think you have a moral responsibility when you've been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently." - USA Today Interview
"Never in my wildest, wildest imagining — and as we know, I have a good imagination — had I dreamt that I would have a hundredth or a thousandth of the money Harry has brought me." - USA Today Interview
"You will never truly know yourself or the strength of your relationships until both have been tested by adversity."
"I talk about the benefits of failure – simply because failure means a stripping away of the inessential – I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was and began to direct all my energy into the only work that mattered to me – the one arena in which I truly belonged – I was set free…"
"It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautious you might as well have not lived at all – in which case you have fail by default." - Harvard Commencement Address
"We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power wee need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better." - Harvard Commencement Address
"I just write what I wanted to write. I write what amuses me. It's totally for myself."
"The stories we love best do live in us forever. So, whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home." - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 London Premiere
"The Potter books in general are a prolonged argument for tolerance, a prolonged plea for an end to bigotry, and I think it's one of the reasons that some people don't like the books, but I think that it's a very healthy message to pass on to younger people that you should question authority and you should not assume that the establishment or the press tells you all of the truth." - Harry Potter's Bookshelf : The Great Books Behind the Hogwarts Adventures (2009) by John Granger
"I'll be writing until I can't write anymore. It's a compulsion with me. I love writing. "
"There's always room for a story that can transport people to another place."
"It's so difficult to describe [depression] to someone who's never been there, because it's not sadness. I know sadness. Sadness is to cry and to feel. But it's that cold absence of feeling -- that really hollowed-out feeling. That's what Dementors are."