of the Fabulous, Lovely, and Awesome
J. K. Rowling


< >This is more or less an obvious section, but allow me to spell it out so no one is confused: This is the section for memorable things J. K. Rowling has said to be placed. Also, just to confuse you, I may put quotes in hear by other people about Joanne Rowling. Muwahaha!

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< "It's imortant to remember that we all have magic inside us."
~ J. K. Rowling, on a video for a Scholastic book fair promotion, September/October 1999


< It is our choices . . . that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
~ J. K. Rowling


< I'm not so naive that I didn't know or didn't suspect that, at some point, someone was going to say "You're writing about the occult." My wizarding world is a world of imagination. I think it is a moral world.
~ J. K. Rowling


< I am not trying to influence anyone into black magic. That is the very last thing I'd want to do.
~ J. K. Rowling


< When I was quite young my parents never said books were off limits.
~ J. K. Rowling


< The best way to get children excited about reading is to read to them from the beginning of their lives.
~ J. K. Rowling


< I've always read to her, but it's only very recently that I've started reading my books to her. And it was magical. I will never do a more important reading , not if I speak to a stadium full of people.
~ J. K. Rowling, on her daughter Jessica (ca. 1999-2000)


< I don't believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.
~ J. K. Rowling


< Seven years after becoming a lone parent, I feel qualified to look anyone in the eye and say that people bringing up children single-handedly deserve, not condemnation, but congratulation.
~ J. K. Rowling, when discussing her help with the One Parent Family organization


< I have to write the story I want to write. I never wrote them with a focus group of 8-year-olds in mind. I have to continue telling the story the way I want to tell it.
~ J. K. Rowling, on the increasing darkness within the Harry Potter books


< The idea that we could have a child who escapes from the confines of the adult world and goes somewhere where he has power, both literally and metaphorically, really appealed to me.
~ J. K. Rowling


< If someone asked for my recipe for happiness, step one would be finding out what you love doing most in the world and step two would be finding someone to pay you to do it. I consider myself very lucky indeed to be able to support myself by writing.
~ J. K. Rowling


< I'll be writing until I can't write anymore. It's a compulsion with me. I love writing.
~ J. K. Rowling


< I write what amuses me. It's totally for myself. I never in my wildest dreams expected this popularity. There's no formula.
~ J. K. Rowling


< Just like Ron, I hate spiders.
~ J. K. Rowling


< I've no idea where ideas come from and I hope I never find out, it would spoil the excitement for me if it turned out I just have a funny little wrinkle on the surface of my brain which makes me think about invisible train platforms.
~ J. K. Rowling, 1999 Amazon.com chat


< I don't feel quite normal if I haven't written for a while. I doubt I will ever again write anything as popular as the "Harry" books, but I can live with that thought quite easily. By the time I stop writing about Harry, I will have lived with him for 13 years, and I know it's going to feel like a bereavement. So I'll probably take some time off to grieve, and then on with the next book!
~ J. K. Rowling, 31 March 1999 Salon.com interview


< I always advise children who ask me for tips on being a writer to read as much as they possibly can. Jane Austen gave a young friend the same advice, so I'm in good company there.
~ J. K. Rowling, 31 March 1999 Salon.com interview


< I can write anywhere. I made up the names of the characters on a sick bag while I was on an airplane. I told this to a group of kids and a boy said, "Ah, no, that's disgusting." And I said, "Well, I hadn't used the sick bag."
~ J. K. Rowling


< No, there's no University for Wizards. At the moment I'm only planning to write seven Harry Potter books. I won't say "never," but I have no plans to write an eighth book.
~ J. K. Rowling, 03 February 2000 chat


< I write nearly every day. Some days I write for ten or eleven hours. Other days I might only write for three hours. It really depends on how fast the ideas are coming.
~ J. K. Rowling


< I didn't write with a target audience in mind. What excited me was how much I would enjoy writing about Harry. I never thought about writing for children -- children's books chose me. I think if it is a good book anyone will read it.
~ J. K. Rowling


< We've always watched it happen to every damn thing that got popular. With the people who wanted to accuse me of Satan worship, I was full on for arguing it out with them face to face. But you know you're not going to change their views. The only thing I have argued forcibly is that the idea of censorship deeply offends me. They have the absolute right, of course, to decide what their children read. I think they're misguided, but they have that right. But to prevent other people's children from reading something, at that point, I would be very happy to face them and argue that one out. I think it's completely unjustifiable.
~ J. K. Rowling, July 2000 Newsweek interview


< I imagine them very clearly and then attempt to describe what I can see. Sometimes I draw them for my own amusement!
~ J. K. Rowling, on the pictures, characters, scenes, and images in her head


< I love being a writer. I am very lucky my life's ambition turned out to be just as much fun as I thought it would be.
~ J. K. Rowling, October 2000 chat


< I've been writing since I was six. It is a compulsion, so I can't really say where the desire came from; I've always had it. My breakthrough with the first book came through persistence, because a lot of publishers turned it down!
~ J. K. Rowling


< I had the idea of a boy who was a wizard and didn't yet know what he was. I never sat down and wondered, "What shall I write about next?". It just came, fully formed.
~ J. K. Rowling


< You have to resign yourself to the fact that you waste a lot of trees before you write anything you really like, and that's just the way it is. It's like learning an instrument, you've got to be prepared for hitting wrong notes occasionally, or quite a lot, cause I wrote an awful lot before I wrote anything I was really happy with. And read a lot. Reading really helps. Read anything you can get your hands on.
~ J. K. Rowling, Vancouver 2000 writers' festival


< Gilderoy Lockhart is also a lot like someone I once knew, but I don't think I'd better elaborate!"
~ J. K. Rowling


< I've wanted to be an author as long as I can remember. English was always my favorite subject at school, so why I went on to do a degree in French is anyone's guess.
~ J. K. Rowling


< Harry's status as orphan gives him a freedom other children can only dream about (guiltily, of course). No child wants to lose their parents, yet the idea of being removed from the expectations of parents is alluring. The orphan in literature is freed from the obligation to satisfy his/her parents, and from the inevitable realization that his/her parents are flawed human beings. There is something liberating, too, about being transported into the kind of surrogate family which boarding school represents, where the relationships are less intense and the boundaries perhaps more clearly defined.
~ J. K. Rowling, 31 March 1999 Salon.com interview


< It depends. The quickest, so far, was a year.
~ J. K. Rowling, on how long it takes to write a Harry Potter


< Part of what makes a language "alive" is its constant evolution. I would hate to think Britain would ever emulate France, where they actually have a learned faculty whose job it is to attempt to prevent the incursion of foreign words into the language. I love editing "Harry" with Arthur Levine, my American editor -- the differences between "British English" (of which there must be at least 200 versions) and "American English" (ditto!) are a source of constant interest and amusement to me.
~ J. K. Rowling


< I loved writing Dumbledore and he is the epitome of goodness.
~ J. K. Rowling, July 2000 CBC interview


< During the first five years that I was writing the series, I made plans and wrote small pieces of all the books. I concentrate on one book at a time, though occasionally I will get an idea for a future book and scribble it down for future reference.
~ J. K. Rowling, October 2000 chat


< 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. It also makes me happy that the one thing I thought I could do, I wasn't deluded. Because I'm not much use at anything else, if the truth be told. I'm a moderate teacher, and I enjoy teaching, but I had some office jobs, and anyone who worked with me will tell you that I was the most disorganized person that ever walked this earth. I wasn't good. I'm not proud of that. I don't think it's charming and eccentric. I really should have been better at it, but I really am just all over the place when it comes to organizing myself.
~ J. K. Rowling, on how writing has changed her personally and other random things


< I've only suffered writer's block badly once, and that was during the writing of Chamber of Secrets. I had my first burst of publicity about the first book and it paralysed me. I was scared the second book wouldn't measure up, but I got through it!
~ J. K. Rowling, October 2000 chat


< Whatever job I had, I was always writing like crazy. All I ever liked about offices was being able to type up stories on the computer when no one was looking. I was never paying much attention in meetings because I was usually scribbling bits of my latest stories in the margins of the pad or thinking up names for my characters. This is a problem when you're supposed to be taking minutes of the meeting."
~ J. K. Rowling


< There's always room for a story that can transport people to another place.
~ J. K. Rowling


< I think your books belong up higher with Dickens and J.K. Rowling. Iím surprised you are not as large (actually larger) than Harry Potter. What is wrong with your books?
~ fan of James Gurney, author of Dinotopia


< When I went into this, my agent said to me, "I don't want you going away from this meeting thinking you're going to make a fortune." Then I said to him, "I know I'm not going to make any money out of it. I know I'm not going to be famous."
~ J. K. Rowling


< All I ever wanted was for somebody to publish Harry so I could go to bookshops and see it.
~ J. K. Rowling


< People die, but do you care when they die? Do you absolutely have a sense of how evil it is to take another person's life? Yes, I think in my book you do. I think you see that is a horrific thing. I have enormous respect for human life. I do not think that you would read either of the deaths in that book and think, yeah, well, he's gone, off we go. Not at all. I think it's very clear where my sympathies lie. And here I'm dealing with a villain who does hold human life incredibly cheap; but you're right, I know where I draw the line. Other people will draw the line in a different place and they will disagree with me.
~ J. K. Rowling, July 2000 CBC interview


< Sometimes the ideas just come to me. Other times I have to sweat and almost bleed to make ideas come. It's a mysterious process, but I hope I never find out exactly how it works. I like a mystery, as you may have noticed.
~ J. K. Rowling, on the situations in which she has put Harry


< At fourteen, you really do start realising that the world is not a safe and protected place or not always.
~ J. K. Rowling, on darker aspects of the books


< I can do to him whatever I like. I'm allowed to torture him as much as I want. He's mine.
~ J. K. Rowling, on Harry Potter, 22 December 2000


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