JK Rowling, formally Joanne "Jo" Rowling

Rowling, formally Joanne "Jo" Rowling

British Novelist, Author of the Harry Potter fantasy series

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Yes, him - Snape said he hates me because he hated my father. Is that true?

You are the Chosen One? Of course I am, said Harry calmly. But then . . . my dear boy . . . you?re asking a great deal . . .you?re asking me, in fact, to aid you in your attempt to destroy ? You don?t want to get rid of the wizard who killed Lily Evans? Harry, Harry, of course I do, but ? You?re scared he?ll find out you helped me? Slughorn said nothing; he looked terrified. Be brave like my mother, Professor. . . .

You don't know what I'm capable of, you don't know what I've done!

You know, Minister, I disagree with Dumbledore on many counts... but you cannot deny he's got style.

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.

Wow! said Dennis, as though nobody in their wildest dreams could hope for more than being thrown into a storm-tossed, fathoms-deep lake, and pushed out of it again by a giant sea monster.

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?

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British Novelist, Author of the Harry Potter fantasy series