JK Rowling, formally Joanne "Jo" Rowling

Rowling, formally Joanne "Jo" Rowling

British Novelist, Author of the Harry Potter fantasy series

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Yeah, but coming from Dudley that's like I love you.

Yes, alive, said Fudge. That is ? I don?t know ? is a man alive if he can?t be killed? I don?t really understand it, and Dumbledore won?t explain properly ? but anyway, he?s certainly got a body and is walking and talking and killing, so I suppose, for the purposes of our discussion, yes, he?s alive.

You are here to learn the subtle science and exact art of potion-making. As there is little foolish wand-waving here, many of you will hardly believe this is magic. I don't expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses. . . I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death ? if you aren't as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach.

'You do it, then, if you're so clever,' Ron snarled.

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.

Wordlessly, Kay stroked his arm, reflecting that she had never been able to afford to go to pieces.

Yeah, but the lost diadem, said Michael Corner, rolling his eyes, is lost, Luna. That's sort of the point.

Yes, but the world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters,' said Sirius with a wry smile.

You are nearly there, said James. Very close. We are...so proud of you.

You do not seek to kill me, Dumbledore? called Voldemort, his scarlet eyes narrowed. Above such brutality, are you? We both know that there are other ways of destroying a man, Tom, Dumbledore said calmly. Merely taking your life would not satisfy me, I admit ? There is nothing worse than death, Dumbledore! snarled Voldemort. You are quite wrong, said Dumbledore, speaking as lightly as though they were discussing the matter over drinks. Indeed, your failure to understand that there are things much worse than death has always been your greatest weakness..

You know how I think they choose people for Gryffindor team? said Malfoy loudly a few minutes later, as Snape awarded Hufflepuff another penalty for now reason at all. It's people they feel sorry for. See, there's Potter, who's got no parents, then there's the Weasleys, who've got no money - you should be on the team, Longbottom, you've got no brains.

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

Yeah, he's off to the Chamber of Secrets for a cup of tea with his fanged servant.

Yes, Harry Potter! said Dobby at once, his great eyes shining with excitement. And if Dobby does it wrong, Dobby will throw himself off the topmost tower, Harry Potter! There won?t be any need for that, said Harry hastily.

You are omniscient as ever, Dumbledore. Oh, no, merely friendly with the local barmen.

You don?t understand ? there are things worth dying for!

You know your mother, Malfoy? said Harry That expression she?s got, like she?s got dung under her nose? Has she always looked like that, or was it just because you were with her?

Words have power.

Yeah, Quirrell was a great teacher. There was just that minor drawback of him having Lord Voldemort sticking out of the back of his head!

Yes, Harry, blessed as I am with extraordinary brainpower, I understood everything you told me. I think you might even consider the possibility that I understood more than you did.

You are protected, in short, by your ability to love!

You don?t want to bottle up your anger like that, Harry, let it all out, said Fred, also beaming. There might be a couple of people fifty miles away who didn?t hear you.

You know, I don?t get why Fred and George only got three O.W.L.s each, said Harry, watching as Fred, George, and Lee collected gold from the eager crowd. They really know their stuff. . . . Oh, they only know flashy stuff that?s no real use to anyone, said Hermione disparagingly. No real use? said Ron in a strained voice. Hermione, they?ve got about twenty-six Galleons already. . . .

Worst that can happen is Hagrid?ll have to get rid of the skrewts. Sorry ... did I say worst? I meant best.

Yeah, said Harry. No more pretending we care what happens when Jupiter and Uranus get too friendly . . . And from now on, I don?t care if my tea leaves spell die, Ron, die ? I?m just chucking them in the bin where they belong.

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British Novelist, Author of the Harry Potter fantasy series