J.K. Rowling Speaks At Harvard University

The visionary behind Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling, gives us another great tale of fantasy, imagination and hope, but this one may be even better than any other story she’s old, because this one is the true story of her life and all that she had endured. Rowling is like that teacher we never had who was motherly and full of wisdom to share. She is so graceful in her ways and ironically comes across as some sort of wizard from another time. In this powerful speech, she tells us about all the tough times she faced – from being on welfare and taking care of a kid, all while travelling on a train and putting her ideas onto paper. She would create a magical masterpiece that would change the way kids dreamed. She discusses many virtues of reality, and of course the most real but unavoidable one about failure.  “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.”

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