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A collection of Wise and Witty J. K. Rowling Quotes about life, failure, success, morality, motherhood, destiny, inspiration, writing, books, poverty, imagination and much more.

100 Wise And Witty J. K. Rowling Quotes To Help You Sail Through Tough Times

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J.K. Rowling (Joanne Kathleen Rowling) is a world-acclaimed screenwriter, novelist and film producer of British origin. Rowling's life is an inspiring 'rags to riches' story. From a single parent living on state benefits, Joanne acquired a multi-millionaire status in just five years.

She's renowned as the creator of Harry Potter, a young wizard studying at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Her epic 'Harry Potter' series contains 7 books. They trace the journey of Harry and his motley band of magical friends in Scotland. A graduate of Exeter University, Rowling began her career as a teacher in Portugal. Following a separation with her husband, Rowling was struggling to support her daughter Jessica. While travelling on a train from Manchester to London in 1990, she came up with the plot for this fantasy series. After facing several rejections, she finally sold her first book that instantly became the bestselling book in the UK and the US. The novel was soon adapted into a movie series and Rowling became the 13th wealthiest woman in Britain. She's wealthier than the Queen herself. Rowling's other notable works include The Casual Vacancy, The Silkworm, The Cuckoo's Calling and Career of Evil. J.K. Rowling has spoken or written some of the best words of wisdom. Whether these quotes come from the pages of a Harry Potter book, or from her speeches, these words and advice you can trust. Here are some inspiring J.K. Rowling quotes that bring cheer and hope in life.

If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.

- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J. K. Rowling

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

- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling

I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.

- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J. K. Rowling

It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.

- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling

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.

- J. K. Rowling

Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling

To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.

- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling

It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.

- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling

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

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling

Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears. "After all this time?" "Always," said Snape.

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling

The truth." Dumbledore sighed. "It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.

- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling

Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn't mean we all have.

- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling

Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.

- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling

We're all human, aren't we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling

Wit beyond measure is a man's greatest treasure.

- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling

He can run faster than Severus Snape confronted with shampoo.

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling

We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.

- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling

Death's got an Invisibility Cloak?" Harry interrupted again. "So he can sneak up on people," said Ron. "Sometimes he gets bored of running at them, flapping his arms and shrieking...

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling

Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.

- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling

You're a prefect? Oh Ronnie! That's everyone in the family!" "What are Fred and I? Next door neighbors?

- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling

It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.

- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J. K. Rowling

I don't go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me.

- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J. K. Rowling

Not my daughter, you bitch!

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling

Percy wouldn't notice a joke if it danced naked in front of him wearing one of Dobby's hats.

- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling

You haven't got a letter on yours," George observed. "I suppose she thinks you don't forget your name. But we're not stupid-we know we're called Gred and Forge.

- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling

Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.

- J. K. Rowling

Don't talk to me." "Why not?" "Because I want to fix that in my memory for ever. Draco Malfoy, the amazing bouncing ferret...

- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling

You know, Minister, I disagree with Dumbledore on many counts...but you cannot deny he's got style...

- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling

Why are they all staring?" demanded Albus as he and Rose craned around to look at the other students. "Don’t let it worry you," said Ron. "It’s me. I’m extremely famous.

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling

We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already.

- J. K. Rowling

He must have known I'd want to leave you." "No, he must have known you would always want to come back.

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling

Cinderella? Snow White? What's that? An illness?

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling

Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.

- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J. K. Rowling

Holey? You have the the whole world of ear-related humor before you, you go for holey?

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling

Dumbledore says people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.

- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J. K. Rowling

Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.

- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling

Oh well... I'd just been thinking, if you had died, you'd have been welcome to share my toilet.

- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J. K. Rowling

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

Is 'fat' really the worst thing a human being can be? Is 'fat' worse than 'vindictive', 'jealous', 'shallow', 'vain', 'boring' or 'cruel'? Not to me.

- J. K. Rowling

Yeah, Quirrell was a great teacher. There was just that minor drawback of him having Lord Voldemort sticking out of the back of his head!

- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling

The thing about growing up with Fred and George," said Ginny thoughtfully, "is that you sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.

- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J. K. Rowling

You'll stay with me?' Until the very end,' said James.

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling

It is my belief... that the truth is generally preferable to lies.

- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling

He was my mum and dad's best friend. He's a convicted murderer, but he's broken out of wizard prison and he's on the run. He likes to keep in touch with me, though...keep up with my news...check if I'm happy...

- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J. K. Rowling

Of all the trees we could've hit, we had to get one that hits back.

- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J. K. Rowling

One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.

- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling

Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.

- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling

Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!

- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling

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

- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling

Give her hell from us, Peeves.

- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling

Honestly, if you were any slower, you’d be going backward.

- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J. K. Rowling

Youth can not know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.

- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling

There are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.

- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling

The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling

Ginny!" said Mr. Weasley, flabbergasted. "Haven't I taught you anything? What have I always told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain?

- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J. K. Rowling

The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

- J. K. Rowling

Why are you worrying about YOU-KNOW-WHO, when you should be worrying about YOU-NO-POO? The constipation sensation that's gripping the nation!

- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J. K. Rowling

We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.

- J. K. Rowling

What happened down in the dungeons between you and Professor Quirrell is a complete secret, so, naturally the whole school knows.

- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling

I hope you're pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed - or worse, expelled. Now if you don't mind, I'm going to bed.

- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling

So light a fire!" Harry choked. "Yes...of course...but there's no wood!" ... "HAVE YOU GONE MAD!" Ron bellowed. "ARE YOU A WITCH OR NOT!

- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling

Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here!

- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling

I'm going to keep going until I succeed — or die. Don't think I don't know how this might end. I've known it for years.

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling

Accio Brain!

- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling

From now on, I don't care if my tea leaves spell 'Die, Ron, Die,' I'm chucking them in the bin where they belong.

- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling

Where is Wood?" said Harry, suddenly realizing he wasn't there. "Still in the showers," said Fred. "We think he's trying to drown himself.

- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J. K. Rowling

But Dumbledore says he doesn't care what they do as long as they don't take him off the Chocolate Frog cards.

- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling

Don’t put your wand there, boy! ... Better wizards than you have lost buttocks, you know!

- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling

To hurt is as human as to breathe.

- The Tales of Beedle the Bard, J. K. Rowling

Sometimes you remind me a lot of James. He called it my 'furry little problem' in company. Many people were under the impression that I owned a badly behaved rabbit.

- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J. K. Rowling

Well, you're expelling us aren't you?" said Ron. "Not today, Mr. Weasley." Snape looked as though Christmas had been canceled.

- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J. K. Rowling

You should write a book," Ron told Hermione as he cut up his potatoes, "translating mad things girls do so boys can understand them.

- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling

Dumbledore's man through and through, aren't you Potter?" "Yeah I am," said Harry. "Glad we straightened that out.

- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J. K. Rowling

Does it hurt?" The childish question had escaped Harry's lips before he could stop it. "Dying? Not at all," said Sirius. "Quicker and easier than falling asleep.

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling

You think the dead we loved truly ever leave us? You think that we don't recall them more clearly in times of great trouble?

- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J. K. Rowling

Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.

- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling

You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.

- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling

Harry was left to ponder in silence the depths to which girls would sink to get revenge.

- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J. K. Rowling

There's always room for a story that can transport people to another place.

- J. K. Rowling

Don't let the muggles get you down.

- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J. K. Rowling

Every second he breathed, the smell of the grass, the cool air on his face, was so precious: To think that people had years and years, time to waste, so much time it dragged, and he was clinging to each second.

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling

We did it, we bashed them wee Potter's the one, and Voldy's gone moldy, so now let's have fun!

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling

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

- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling

There is no good and evil, there is only power and those too weak to seek it.

- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling

The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure. Thoughts are not etched on the inside of skulls, to be perused by an invader. The mind is a complex and many-layered thing.

- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling

Don't worry. You're just as sane as I am.

- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling

I'll be in my bedroom, making no noise and pretending I'm not there.

- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J. K. Rowling

Dumbledore will only leave from Hogwarts when there are none loyal to him!

- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J. K. Rowling

I dreamed I was buying new shoes last night," said Ron. "What d'ya think that's gonna mean?" "Probably that you're going to be eaten by a giant marshmallow or something," said Harry.

- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J. K. Rowling

Here lies Dobby, a free elf.

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling

Snape's patronus was a doe,' said Harry, 'the same as my mother's because he loved her for nearly all of his life, from when they were children.

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling

I enjoyed the meetings, too. It was like having friends.

- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J. K. Rowling

Time will not slow down when something unpleasant lies ahead.

- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling

I want to commit the murder I was imprisoned for.

- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J. K. Rowling

After all this time?" "Always...

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling

I mean, you could claim that anything's real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody's proved it doesn't exist!

- J. K. Rowling

Just because it’s taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn't mean no one else has spotted I'm a girl!

- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling

This is night, Diddykins. That's what we call it when it goes all dark like this.

- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling

What would come, would come...and you would have to meet it, when it did.

- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling