These are some of the best quotes from Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling from interviews, speeches and her famous works of literature.
On setbacks: “The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive.”
On depression: “I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed. Never. What’s to be ashamed of? I went through a really rough time and I am quite proud that I got out of that.”
On life: “As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. I wish you all very good lives.”
On body shaming: “Is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’? Not to me.”
On changing the world: “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”
On happiness: “Personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a check-list of acquisition or achievement. Your qualifications, your CV, are not your life, though you will meet many people of my age and older who confuse the two.”
On writing: “Sometimes the ideas just come to me. Other times I have to sweat and almost bleed to make ideas come. It’s a mysterious process, but I hope I never find out exactly how it works. I like a mystery, as you may have noticed.”
On fate: “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”
On using your influence: “If you choose to use your status and influence to raise your voice on behalf of those who have no voice; if you choose to identify not only with the powerful, but with the powerless; if you retain the ability to imagine yourself into the lives of those who do not have your advantages, then it will not only be your proud families who celebrate your existence, but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have helped change.”
On Hogwarts: “All those people saying they never got their Hogwarts letter: you got the letter. You went to Hogwarts. We were all there together. Of course it happened inside your head, but why on earth should that mean it wasn’t real?”
What is Harry Potter at Home?
For Harry Potter fans, life under lockdown has just gotten a little bit easier thanks to a new hub from JK Rowling.
Harry Potter at Home is brought to you by WizardingWorld.com, and is a collaboration between partners like Audible, Bloomsbury, OverDriver, Pottermore Publishing and Scholastic.
JK Rowling herself tweeted on 1 April: “Parents, teachers and carers working to keep children amused and interested while we’re on lockdown might need a bit of magic, so I’m delighted to launch harrypotterathome.com.”
The hub will allow you to access things like quizzes, puzzles, word searches and other creative activities to keep you entertained during lockdown.
You can learn more about Harry Potter at Home here.