JK Rowling, formally Joanne "Jo" Rowling

Rowling, formally Joanne "Jo" Rowling

British Novelist, Author of the Harry Potter fantasy series

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You see, I, unlike you, have been made a prefect, which means that I, unlike you, have the power to hand out punishments. Yeah, said Harry, but you, unlike me, are a git.

You?ll soon find out some wizarding families are much better than others, Potter. You don?t want to go making friends with the wrong sort. I can help you there. He held out his hand to shake Harry?s, but Harry didn?t take it. I think I can tell who the wrong sort are for myself, thanks, he said coolly.

Your Great-Aunt Muriel doesn't agree, I just met her upstairs while she was giving Fleur the tiara. She said 'Oh dear, is this the muggle born?' and then, 'Bad posture, skinny ankles.' Don't take it personally, she's rude to everyone, said Ron. Talking about Muriel? inquired George, reemerging from the marquee with Fred. Yeah, she's just told me my ears are lopsided. Old bat.

You see... I'm holy. Holey, Fred, geddit? Pathetic, he told George. Pathetic! With the whole wide world of ear-related humor before you, you go with holey?

You?re alive, she said blankly to Harry. There?s no need to sound so disappointed, he said grimly, wiping flecks of blood and slime off his glasses. Oh, well ? I?d just been thinking ? if you had died, you?d have been welcome to share my toilet, said Myrtle, blushing silver. Urgh! said Ron as they left the bathroom for the dark, deserted corridor outside. Harry! I think Myrtle?s grown fond of you! You?ve got competition, Ginny!

Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. He didn?t realize that love as powerful as your mother?s for you leaves its own mark. Not a scar, no visible sign . . . to have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever. It is in your very skin. Quirrell, full of hatred, greed, and ambition, sharing his soul with Voldemort, could not touch you for this reason. It was agony to touch a person marked by something so good.

Would it hurt to die?

Yeah, said Ron, and lucky Harry doesn?t lose his head in a crisis ? ?there?s no wood,? honestly.

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.

You are the true master of death, because the true master does not seek to run away from Death. He accepts that he must die, and understands that there are far, far worse things in the living world than dying.

You don't understand! whined Pettigrew. He would have killed me, Sirius! THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE DIED! roared Black. DIED, RATHER THAN BETRAY YOUR FRIENDS, AS WE WOULD HAVE DONE FOR YOU! Black and Lupin stood shoulder to shoulder, wands raised. You should have realized, said Lupin quietly. If Voldemort didn't kill you, we would. Goodbye, Peter.

You look in excellent health to me, Potter, so you will excuse me if I don't let you off homework today. I assure you that if you do die, you need not hand it in.

Would it hurt to die? All those times he had thought it was about to happen and escaped, he had never really thought of the thing itself: his will to live had always been so much stronger than his fear of death.

Yeah,' said Ron. 'Could've been worse. Remember those birds she set on me?' 'I still haven't ruled it out,' came Hermione's muffled voice from beneath her blankets, but Harry saw Ron smiling slightly as he pulled his maroon pajamas out of his rucksack.

Yes, it is easy to see that nearly six years of magical education have not been wasted on you, Potter. Ghosts are transparent.

You can exist without your soul, you know, as long as your brain and heart are still working. But you'll have no sense of self anymore, no memory, no... anything. There's no chance at all of recovery. You'll just exist. As an empty shell. And your soul is gone forever... lost.

You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!

You lose your individuality a huge amount when you have no money, and I certainly had that experience.

Would you like me to [kill you] now? asked Snape, his voice heavy with irony. Or would you like a few moments to compose an epitaph?

Yeah, she shows signs of life if you do this, said Ron, and with his tongue he made soft clip-flopping noises. Umbridge sat bolt upright, looking wildly around.

Yes, my tiara sets off the whole thing nicely, said Auntie Muriel in a rather carrying whisper. But I must say, Ginevra's dress is far too low-cut. Ginny glanced round, grinning, winked at Harry, then quickly faced the front again.

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

You felt that she wanted things to go right for you, and not only for the forms.

You may, perhaps, have wondered why I never chose you as a prefect? I must confess...that I rather thought...you had enough responsibility to be going on with. Harry looked up at him and saw a tear trickling down Dumbledore's face into his long silver beard.

Will there ever be an encyclopedia? Possibly. I would say two things about the encyclopedia: firstly, I?ve always said and I stand by it, whenever I do do a printed encyclopedia I would like all the proceeds to go to charity. Back in 1998 I never dreamt I personally I would be in the position that I could set up a large charitable foundation and personally do things for charity, and I?ve done other charity books already.

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British Novelist, Author of the Harry Potter fantasy series