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Happy Birthday, JK Rowling: 15 life lessons from Harry Potter’s creator

July 31st happens to the birthday of Harry Potter and his creator JK Rowling.

books Updated: Jul 31, 2017 08:37 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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The month of July has a special place in the memory of millennials who grew up with The Boy Who Lived. For it was in July – which is also Harry Potter’s birthday month – that a new, much-awaited adventure would hit the bookstores.

July 31st also happens to be the birthday of Harry’s wonderfully imaginative and supremely talented creator Joanne Rowling. Though we hardly need an excuse to re-visit Rowling’s writing, a birthday makes for the perfect occasion. Here are some of the most beautiful sentences from Rowling’s writings that would make for great life advice.


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

– Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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

– The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination

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

– Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


The ones that love us never really leave us.

– Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

According to Madam Pomfrey, thoughts could leave deeper scars than almost anything else.

– Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


The world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. 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.”

– Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix


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

– Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone


Don’t let the Muggles get you down.

– Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Some wounds run too deep for the healing.

– Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


And here’s a bonus: No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.

– At the London premiere (July 2011) of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

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First Published: Jul 31, 2017 08:36 IST

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