JK Rowling: 15 quotes on her birthday

With the creation of boy wizard Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling performed a kind of magic: She turned herself into one of the most beloved authors on the globe. But now, not content to rest on her laurels, Rowling is back for more. Her novel for adults, "The Casual Vacancy," was published last year. And then last month, we discovered that she was also the author – through pen name Robert Galbraith – of a thriller called "The Cuckoo's Calling." To mark the birthday of this remarkable and prolific author, here are some of her wonderful words.

1.Words are magic

"Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it."

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

The power of the imagination – for good and for evil

"Unlike any other creature on this planet, human beings can learn and understand without having experienced. They can think themselves into other people's places. Of course, this is a power like my brand of fictional magic that is morally neutral. One might use such power to manipulate or control, just as much as to understand or sympathize." 

J.K. Rowling, 2008 commencement address at Harvard University

Weasley words of wisdom

"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good."

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Great Hermione moment

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

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Mixed messages

"Is it true that you shouted at Professor Umbridge?"
"Yes."
"You called her a liar?"
"Yes."
"You told her He Who Must Not Be Named is back?"
"Yes."
"Have a biscuit, Potter."

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 

When words get in the way

"It was so good to be held. If only their relationship could be distilled into simple, wordless gestures of comfort. Why had humans ever learned to talk?"

J.K. Rowling, The Casual Vacancy 

What Percy wouldn't see

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

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Decisions

"Choice was dangerous: you had to forgo all the other possibilities when you chose."

J.K. Rowling, The Casual Vacancy 

The truth

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

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Socerer's Stone

A mystery

“How could the death of someone you had never met affect you so?”

J.K. Rowling (writing under the pen name Robert Galbraith), The Cuckoo's Calling

What makes us strong

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

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Busybodying

"She seemed to think that one of the perks of marriage was that it gave you rights of comment and intrusion over single people's love lives."

J.K. Rowling, The Casual Vacancy 

Dumbledore

"You do care," said Dumbledore. He had not flinched or made a single move to stop Harry demolishing his office. His expression was calm, almost detached. "You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it." 

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Career change?

"Ridiculous," he said breathlessly. "You ought to give up detecting and try fantasy writing.”

J.K. Rowling (writing under the pen name Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo's Calling

Trouble comes

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

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban