7 Times J.K. Rowling Most Likely Made You Cry

Her words, whether spoken aloud or bound in books, have captivated us time and time again. Here are some of J.K. Rowling’s most magical moments.

7. Harvard University Commencement Speech

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“I was set free. Because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

6. Harvard University Commencement Speech, again.

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“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.”

5. Harvard University Commencement Speech (It was obviously a killer speech.)

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“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”

4. Interview with Oprah

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“Well, I definitely know that–that love is the most powerful thing of all. And I remember thinking that–God, I’m about to make myself cry–but I remember thinking that when 9/11 happened. Because those last phone calls were all about–the last thing, knowingly, that I’m going to say on this earth is ‘I love you’. What’s more powerful than that? What’s more proof than that? Beyond fear, beyond death.”

3. J.K. Rowling - A Year In The Life

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“How would you like to be remembered?”
“As someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.”

2. Dedication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

1. Deathly Hallows Part 2 Premier Speech

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“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.”

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