J.K. Rowling Quotes: Guiding a good life

J.K Rowling Quotes and how they can guide a good life

The voice of J.K. Rowling has woven her way into the hearts and minds of so many through her tales.

Even if you do not rally around Rowling’s prose…

…you may find her life outside the Harry Potter franchise awe-inspiring.

I was late to the Harry Potter series and regrettably missed out on the fervor of waiting outside bookstores in long lines for the next installment.

I do hold very clear memories of sharing with friends the joy of our staggered journey. Each of us moving along at different points in the series, spoilers respectfully avoided. Either that, or risk banishment to Azkaban.

One friend readily admits to dancing with danger, reading HP at each red light.

I recall reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire cover to cover while in the prep stage for a colonoscopy, benefiting royally from the extra time I had to sit and ponder. Fans will relate and have similar stories.

‘I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”
– J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is one of my most admired people.

For me, reading her ‘good books’ created something magical, and importantly, provided the path to learning about her as a person.

For me, J.K. Rowling provides the perfect example of positive change.

Within ourselves, in our interactions with others, and our place in the broader community.

One of J.K. Rowling’s early careers was within the research department of Amnesty International. A fertile ground to explore the horrors and evilness that humans can choose to embody.

Rowling speaks with honor of the people who work and volunteer for Amnesty International – those who strive to overturn injustice and seek to help those who are powerless.

This experience is embedded in her writing and Rowling acknowledges how these early years with Amnesty influenced her stories. In the Order of the Phoenix we hear:

‘We’ve all got light and dark inside us.  What matters is the part we choose to act on. That is who we really are.’

On a personal level, when we seek to grow ourselves up that little bit more, we can sometimes forget, or select to be blind to the dark inside us.  The risk, when we refuse to own all parts of ourselves can be righteousness, rigidity, and stagnation.

Owning all parts of ourselves can be challenging; denial can be draining. To choose to explore and gain insight to all parts of ourselves is a step towards becoming a better version of ourselves.

To live in line with our values and beliefs takes conscious action and reflection.

This for me is the human journey.

“We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”
– Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

In seeking to learn more about my hero, I came across J.K. Rowling’s work in establishing the Lumos foundation, shining light into dark corners.

The extensive research by Lumos highlights that about 80 to 90 percent of the 8 million children living in institutions,  have a parent that is alive. Their family may have struggled to support them at home. This may be due to poverty, disability, or discrimination of those from an ethnic minority.

Lumos seeks to change the way care and support is provided to the children and families in these situations. The first goal is to find a way to support children to go home with their families. Children are safer outside of institutions, and multiple risks are reduced.

What started for me as a magical journey, with my nose buried in seven glorious novels has developed into a deep and awe-inspiring respect for an amazing human.  Even if we can all be a little more like J.K. Rowling, the world would be a better place.

In her amazing Harvard Commencement Address she tells us just that:

‘We do not need magic to change the world. We carry the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.’
–  The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination, (2008)

What better you, better relationships, better community – local or across our globe, will you imagine?


Project 3: Get to the Point. Toastmasters International CC Manual (2015).  For the Toasties out there this was delivered somewhat impromptu from a list of quotes planned to be delivered as Toastmaster.  Whilst enjoyable to deliver in the speech format there is a good chance I’ve both forgotten what I actually said on the day!

Rowling, J.K. (2003) Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix (Sirius Black). Bloomsbury, UK.

2 Comments

  1. How amazing are our minds to learn, create and respond. I agree we all have a choice to make magic, even if it is a moment to share a smile. This speech reminds me of an insignificant moment in a lift and the power within me. I was approached by a lady in a bank, she thanked me for making her smile. She explained that the previous day she was in a lift and I had share a smile and made her laugh, she informed me she was on her way to her husband’s cancer treatment and I was the only happy memory of the day. She expressed she was truly grateful. I too was very grateful for the reminder that we never know what others are managing in their lives and a simple smile can truly make a difference.
    Thanks for sharing your insights from J.K. Rowlings and a brief window into her past experience and the magic she has created. Very inspiring!

    1. What a wonderful story Camilla, a smile really can make a difference, and bring a little magic to the world. I’m so glad you found inspiration in the speech and in J.K. Rowling’s wisdom!

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