25 May 2012

The Inspiring J. K. Rowling

Do you love Harry Potter? Do you find the story of how J.K. Rowling wrote the books inspiring? 
Then please take the time to watch the video below. It is the Commencement Address that J.K. Rowling gave at Harvard University in June 2008 and it is absolutely beautiful. It is called “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination" and it is both funny and inspiring and really beautiful. So with no further ado I give you this quote and urge you to watch the video: 

"Looking back at the 21-year-old that I was at graduation, is a slightly uncomfortable experience for the 42-year-old that she has become. Half my lifetime ago, I was striking an uneasy balance between the ambition I had for myself, and what those closest to me expected of me.
I was convinced that the only thing I wanted to do, ever, was to write novels. However, my parents, both of whom came from impoverished backgrounds and neither of whom had been to college, took the view that my overactive imagination was an amusing personal quirk that would never pay a mortgage, or secure a pension. I know that the irony strikes with the force of a cartoon anvil, now."


  1. Amazing! Thank you so much for posting!

  2. Her story is just as heartwarming as Harry's....a gal who really knows how to say no.

  3. I watched this a while back and looooved it. So much character.

  4. Thanks people, it is a pretty amazing video and a pretty amazing lady!