J. K. Rowling Quotes

I think that emotionally, I’ve probably felt a little bit more balanced when I started writing again.


You could tie my hands to my sides, I suppose, but I have to write. For my own mental health, I need to write.


“I can write anywhere. I made up the names of the characters on a sick bag while I was on an airplane. I told this to a group of kids and a boy said, ‘Ah, no, that’s disgusting.’ And I said, ‘Well, I hadn’t used the sick bag.’”


In truth, I never consider the audience for whom I’m writing. I just write what I want to write.


You should write a book,” Ron told Hermione as he cut up his potatoes, “translating mad things girls do so boys can understand them.


Writing and cafes are strongly linked in my brain.


There appears to be something to do with vehicles and movement that stimulates my writing.


There is no part of me that feels that I represented myself as your children’s babysitter or their teacher. I was always, I think, completely honest. I’m a writer, and I will write what I want to write.


I always have a basic plot outline, but I like to leave some things to be decided while I write.


I’m a writer, and I will write what I want to write.


People ask me if there are going to be stories of Harry Potter as an adult. Frankly, if I wanted to, I could keep writing stories until Harry is a senior citizen, but I don’t know how many people would actually want to read about a 65 year old Harry still at Hogwarts playing bingo with Ron and Hermione.


Writing for me is a kind of compulsion, so I don’t think anyone could have made me do it, or prevented me from doing it.


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.


You can have a very intense relationship with fictional characters because they are in your own head.


The most important thing is to read as much as you can, like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary.


Be ruthless about protecting writing days.


I’ve been asked this question so many times, do you feel you need to write a book for adults? No, I don’t need to write a book for adults.


The thing about the 600 words, I mean some day, you can do a very, very, very hard day’s work and not write a word, just revising, or you would scribble a few words.


I think that emotionally, I’ve probably felt a little bit more balanced when I started writing again.


I think they thought it was very arrogant of me to write the end of my seven books series when I didn’t have a publisher and no-one had heard of me


“My youngest child asked me the other day, ‘Mummy, if you had to choose between us and writing, what would you choose?’ And I said, ‘Well I would choose you but I would be very, very grumpy.’”


“All a writer needs is talent and ink.”


She can’t keep writing about what a tragic little hero I am, it’ll get boring.


I’ll be writing until I can’t write anymore. It’s a compulsion with me. I love writing.


I will carry on writing, to be sure. But I don’t know if I would want to publish again after Harry Potter.


No, there is literally nothing on the business side that I wouldn’t sacrifice in a heartbeat to have an extra couple of hours’ writing. Nothing.


I won’t say ‘never,’ but I have no plans to write an eighth book.


I have to write the story I want to write. I never wrote them with a focus group of 8-year-olds in mind. I have to continue telling the story the way I want to tell it.


I didn’t write with a target audience in mind. What excited me was how much I would enjoy writing about Harry. I never thought about writing for children – children’s books chose me. I think if it is a good book anyone will read it.


During the first five years that I was writing the series, I made plans and wrote small pieces of all the books. I concentrate on one book at a time, though occasionally I will get an idea for a future book and scribble it down for future reference.


I write nearly every day. Some days I write for ten or eleven hours. Other days I might only write for three hours. It really depends on how fast the ideas are coming.


I loved writing for kids, I loved talking to children about what I’d written, I don’t want to leave that behind.


I’ll make Goyle do lines, it’ll kill him, he hates writing,” said Ron happily. He lowered his voice to Goyle’s low grunt and, screwing up his face in a look of pained concentration, mimed writing in midair. “I… must… not… look… like… a… baboon’s… backside.


If someone asked for my recipe for happiness, step one would be finding out what you love most in the world and step two would be finding someone to pay you to do it. I consider myself very lucky indeed to be able to support myself by writing.


And the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for a while is just bliss.


Be ruthless about protecting writing days, i.e., do not cave in to endless requests to have “essential” and “long overdue” meetings on those days. The funny thing is that, although writing has been my actual job for several years now, I still seem to have to fight for time in which to do it. Some people do not seem to grasp that I still have to sit down in peace and write the books, apparently believing that they pop up like mushrooms without my connivance. I must therefore guard the time allotted to writing as a Hungarian Horntail guards its firstborn egg.


I’ve been writing since I was six. It is a compulsion, so I can’t really say where the desire came from; I’ve always had it. My breakthrough with the first book came through persistence, because a lot of publishers turned it down!


I’ve been writing my entire life, and I’ll always write.


“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.”


“My favorite literary heroine is Jo March. It is hard to overstate what she meant to a small, plain girl called Jo, who had a hot temper and a burning ambition to be a writer.”


“I just write what I wanted to write. I write what amuses me. It’s totally for myself. I never in my wildest dreams expected this popularity.”


“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.”


“I didn’t write with a target audience in mind. What excited me was how much I would enjoy writing about Harry. I never thought about writing for children―children’s books chose me. I think if it is a good book anyone will read it.”


I think writing about the time in Hermione’s life that I write about – growing from childhood into womanhood, literally, I think it brought back to me how very difficult it is. So much is expected of you as you become a woman, and often you are asked to sacrifice parts of you in becoming a girl, I would say. Hermione doesn’t.


If you are writing children’s books, you need to be a ruthless killer.


Books can be misleading


The presence of hundreds of books had finally convinced Hermione that what they were doing was right.


I don’t read ‘chick lit,’ fantasy or science fiction but I’ll give any book a chance if it’s lying there and I’ve got half an hour to kill.


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.


How in the name of Merlin’s pants have you managed to get your hands on those Horcrux books?


I think the Harry books are actually very moral, but some people just object to witchcraft being mentioned in a children’s book.


Magic has universal appeal. I don’t believe in magic in the way that I describe in my books, but I’d love it to be real.


I expect what you’re not aware of would fill several books, Dursely.


Madam Pince, our librarian, tells me that it is ‘pawed about, dribbled on, and generally maltreated’ nearly everyday – a high compliment for any book.


I think it’s the books that you read when you’re young that live with you forever.


I didn’t write with a target audience in mind. What excited me was how much I would enjoy writing about Harry. I never thought about writing for children – children’s books chose me. I think if it is a good book anyone will read it.


One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.


Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.


Some people do not seem to grasp that I still have to sit down in peace and write the books, apparently believing that they pop up like mushrooms without my connivance.


When I was quite young my parents never said books were off limits.


If it’s a good book, anyone will read it. I’m totally unashamed about still reading things I loved in my childhood.


You should write a book,” Ron told Hermione as he cut up his potatoes, “translating mad things girls do so boys can understand them.


There will be books written about Harry. Every child in the world will know his name.


Yes, it has made me happier. Finishing them has made me happier. Before I wrote the Potter books, I’d never finished a novel. I came close to finishing two.


The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure. Thoughts are not etched on the inside of skulls, to be perused by an invader. The mind is a complex and many-layered thing.


Just think how many books I could’ve sold if Harry had been a bit more creative with his wand.” – [On the success of 50 Shades of Grey]


Killing is not so easy as the innocent believe.


It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.


To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.


Death’s got an Invisibility Cloak?” Harry interrupted again. “So he can sneak up on people,” said Ron. “Sometimes he gets bored of running at them, flapping his arms and shrieking…


He must have known I’d want to leave you.” “No, he must have known you would always want to come back.


Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.


Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves it’s own mark. To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.


When you have seen as much of life as I have, you will not underestimate the power of obsessive love.


We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.


Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.


And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.


“Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.


“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”


“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”


“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”


“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”


“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”


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


“Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.”


“He can run faster than Severus Snape confronted with shampoo.”


“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”


“Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.”


“Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.


“After all this time?”


“Always,” said Snape.”


“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”


“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”


“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.”


“Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory.”


“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”


“Not my daughter, you bitch!”


“Percy wouldn’t notice a joke if it danced naked in front of him wearing one of Dobby’s hats.”


“You haven’t got a letter on yours,” George observed. “I suppose she thinks you don’t forget your name. But we’re not stupid-we know we’re called Gred and Forge.”


“Don’t talk to me.”


“Why not?”


“Because I want to fix that in my memory for ever. Draco Malfoy, the amazing bouncing ferret…”


“You know, Minister, I disagree with Dumbledore on many counts…but you cannot deny he’s got style…”


“Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!”


“The truth.” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”


“Do you remember me telling you we are practicing non-verbal spells, Potter?”
“Yes,” said Harry stiffly.
“Yes, sir.”


“Is it true that you shouted at Professor Umbridge?”
“Yes.”
“You called her a liar?”
“Yes.”
“You told her He Who Must Not Be Named is back?”
“Yes.”
“Have a biscuit, Potter.”


“Death’s got an Invisibility Cloak?” Harry interrupted again.


“So he can sneak up on people,” said Ron. “Sometimes he gets bored of running at them, flapping his arms and shrieking…”


“You’re a prefect? Oh Ronnie! That’s everyone in the family!”


“What are Fred and I? Next door neighbors?”


“Of all the trees we could’ve hit, we had to get one that hits back.”


“He was my mum and dad’s best friend. He’s a convicted murderer, but he’s broken out of wizard prison and he’s on the run. He likes to keep in touch with me, though…keep up with my news…check if I’m happy…”


“The thing about growing up with Fred and George,” said Ginny thoughtfully, “is that you sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”


Read a lot. Reading really helps. Read anything you can get your hands on.


This is not about money or anything other than the pleasure of reading for people who want to read it.


The best way to get children excited about reading is to read to them from the beginning of their lives.


Oh, there you are, Albus,’ he said. ‘You’ve been a very long time. Upset stomach?’ ‘No, I was merely reading the Muggle magazines,’ said Dumbledore. ‘I do love knitting patterns.


I never need to find time to read. When people say to me, ‘Oh, yeah, I love reading. I would love to read, but I just don’t have time,’ I’m thinking, ‘How can you not have time?’ I read when I’m drying my hair. I read in the bath. I read when I’m sitting in the bathroom. Pretty much anywhere I can do the job one-handed, I read.


Just because you’re allowed to use magic now you don’t have to whip your wands out for every tiny little thing!


I really don’t believe in magic.


They don’t know we’re not allowed to use magic at home. I’m going to have a lot of fun with Dudley this summer.


words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.


I am not trying to influence anyone into black magic. That is the very last thing I’d want to do.


There was a lot more to magic, as Harry quickly found out, than waving your wand and saying a few funny words.


Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!


Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic far beyond all we do here! And now, bedtime. Off you trot!


There is a lot of comedy in magic, and magic going wrong, and also it is a dramatic subject.


We teachers are rather good at magic, you know.


We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.


It is important to remember that we all have magic inside us.


Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.


Magic has universal appeal. I don’t believe in magic in the way that I describe in my books, but I’d love it to be real.


Magic causes as much trouble as it cures.


There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.


We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.


To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.


I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.


Humans have a knack for choosing precisely the things that are worst for them.


Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.


Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies.


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.


Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.


It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.


Snape’s patronus was a doe,’ said Harry, ‘the same as my mother’s because he loved her for nearly all of his life, from when they were children.

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