Rowling conceived the idea for the Harry Potter series on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990. The seven-year period that followed saw the death of her mother, birth of her first child, divorce from her first husband and relative poverty until she finished her first novel in the series “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” in 1997.
As Harry’s world manifested into being with her every next word and every next page, the hands of the young wizard not only reshaped her own life but put a touch of magic in the lives of millions others across the world. And just like that, just as instantly, Harry Potter came to define an entire generation of young people, kids and grown-ups alike. One woman, beaten down by her own life, changed the world in the most human way. By the sheer force of her imagination. Joanne Rowling.
“Whether you come by page or by screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
“It matters not what someone is born but what they grow to be.”
“Kids, don’t let muggles get you down.”
“There’s an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction. The moment you’re old enough to take the wheel, the responsibility is with you.”
“As is a tale, so if life: Not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.”
“It’s impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all- in which case, you fail by default.”
“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
“Happiness is knowing that life is not a checklist of acquisition of achievement. Your qualification, your CV are not your life.”
“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”
“Secretly, we’re all a little more absurd than we ourselves out to be.”
“I believe in hard work and luck and often the first leads to second.”
“We don’t need magic to change the world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to image better.”