J.K. Rowling Quotes

I was very low and I had to achieve something. Without the challenge, I would have gone stark raving mad.

Ever since Rabbit and Miss Bee, I have wanted to be a writer, though I rarely told anyone so. I was afraid they’d tell me I didn’t have a hope.

The only fly in the ointment was the fact that I hated my new school.

I was quiet, freckly, short-sighted and rubbish at sports.

Unfortunately, I am one of the most disorganized people in the world.

I knew how difficult it would be just to get a book published. I was a completely unknown writer.

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

Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve. I was determined to try. I was determined to try because, frankly, my life was such a mess at this point, what – what was the worst that could happen? Everyone turn me down? Big deal.

Goblet of Fire, I was very unhappy towards the end of writing Goblet, and at the point where I realized I was fantasizing that I would break an arm and therefore not be able to. I really mean this. I mean I was just a little way away from actually thinking ‘How can I break my arm so I can tell my publishers that I can't physically do it?’

Where the idea for Harry Potter actually came from, I really couldn’t tell you. I was traveling on a train between Manchester and London and it just popped into my head. I spent four hours thinking about what Hogwarts would be like – the most interesting train journey I've ever taken. By the time I got off at King's Cross, many of the characters in the books had already been invented.

Harry just strolled into my head fully formed.

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.

I started it when I was still pregnant with David.

I had written two novels before I had the idea for Harry, though I’d never tried to get them published, and a good job too – I don’t think they were very good.

I am an extraordinarily lucky person, doing what I love best in the world. I'm sure that I will always be a writer.

I just wrote the sort of thing I liked reading when I was younger (and still enjoy now!). I didn't expect lots of people to like them, in fact, I never really thought much past getting them published.

I just write what I wanted to write. I write what amuses me. It’s totally for myself.

The fame thing is interesting because I never wanted to be famous, and I never dreamt I would be famous.

How do I feel about it? Honestly, I think it’s pretty well known, if I could have stopped all the merchandising I would have done. And twice a year I sit down with Warner Brothers and we have conversations about merchandising and I can only say you should have seen some of the stuff that was stopped: Moaning Myrtle lavatory seat alarms and worse.

The height of my ambition for these books was, well frankly, to get reviewed. A lot of children's books don't even get reviewed – forget good review, bad review.

Finishing has certainly made me look back a lot. It is almost incredible to me at times what's happened.

I mean, I know I will definitely still be writing. Will I publish? I don't know…but I do think back to what happened to AA Milne, and he of course tried to write adult novels, and was never reviewed without the mention of Tigger, Pooh and Piglet. And I would imagine that the same will happen with me. And that's fine. God knows my shoulders are broad enough, I could cope with that. But I would like some time to have some normal life at the end of the series, and probably the best way to get that isn't to publish immediately.

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