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, size is no guarantee of power, said George. Look at Ginny. What d?you mean? said Harry. You?ve never been on the receiving end of one of her Bat-Bogey Hexes, have you?

Yes, Severus does seem the type, doesn't he? So useful to have him swooping around like an overgrown bat.

You can laugh! But people used to believe there were no such things as the Blibbering Humdinger or the Crumple-Horned Snorkack!

You foul, lying, evil little cockroach!

You mean the Prophet won?t print it because Fudge won?t let them, said Hermione irritably. Rita gave Hermione a long, hard look. Then, leaning forward across the table toward her, she said in a businesslike tone, All right, Fudge is leaning on the Prophet, but it comes to the same thing. They won?t print a story that shows Harry in a good light. Nobody wants to read it. It?s against the public mood. This last Azkaban breakout has got people quite worried enough. People just don?t want to believe You-Know-Who?s back. So the Daily Prophet exists to tell people what they want to hear, does it? said Hermione scathingly. Rita sat up straight again, her eyebrows raised, and drained her glass of firewhisky. The Prophet exists to sell itself, you silly girl, she said coldly.

Will you stay with me? Until the very end.

Wow, I wonder what it'd be like to have a difficult life?

Yeah, this is night Dudders. This is what we call it when it goes all dark like this! *Dudley goes bright red* I mean when you're in bed! Whatdya mean? Am I supposed to be scared of pillows or something?

Yes, they do that, said Dumbledore.

You can laugh, but people used to believe there was no such thing as the blubbering humdinger and the crumple horned snorkak!

You have not asked me, for instance, what is my favorite flavor of jam, to check that I am indeed Professor Dumbledore and not an impostor. For future reference, Harry, it is rasberry...although of course if I were a Death Eater, I would have been sure to research my own jam preferences before impersonating myself.

You might belong in Hufflepuff, where they are just and loyal, those patient Hufflepuffs are true, and unafraid of toil.

Wingardium Leviosa! he shouted, waving his long arms like a windmill. You?re saying it wrong, Harry heard Hermione snap. It?s Wing-gar-dium Levi-o-sa, make the ?gar? nice and long. You do it, then, if you?re so clever, Ron snarled.

Writing and cafes are strongly linked in my brain.

Yeah, we?ll call you, muttered Ron as the knight disappeared, if we ever need someone mental.

Yes, well, principles are sometimes the problem, if you ask me,' said Miles. 'Often what's needed is a bit of common sense.' ?Which is the name people usually give to their prejudices,' rejoined Kay.

You can try, but you seem cleverer than Fudge, so I'd have thought you'd have learned from his mistakes. He tried intervening at Hogwarts. You might have noticed he's not Minister anymore, but Dumbledore's still headmaster. I'd leave Dumbledore alone, if I were you.

You have to be free to fail in this world.

Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure. (etched in the diadem of Rowena Ravenclaw)

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.

Yeah, well, food's one of the five exceptions to Gamp's Law of Elemental Transfigurations," said Ron, to general astonishment.

Yes, yes, I know what you?re thinking! ?It?s all right for him, he?s an internationally famous wizard already!? But when I was twelve, I was just as much of a nobody as you are now. In fact, I?d say I was even more of a nobody! I mean, a few people have heard of you, haven?t they? All that business with He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named! He glanced at the lightning scar on Harry?s forehead. I know, I know ? it?s not quite as good as winning Witch Weekly?s Most-Charming-Smile Award five times in a row, as I have ? but it?s a start, Harry, it?s a start.

You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.

You have to kill a lot of trees before you write anything good.

With all of their benefits, and there are many, one of the things I regret about e-books is that they have taken away the necessity of trawling foreign bookshops or the shelves of holiday houses to find something to read. I've come across gems and stinkers that way, and both can be fun.

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British Novelist, Author of the Harry Potter fantasy series