In honor of the anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone this past Monday, I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite quotes from beloved author J.K. Rowling. Though it was difficult to select just one of her quotes, I believe the one I chose embodies much of what her books were about. For her stories did more than entertain us (though opening up a whole new world of magic and fantasy is in and of itself a remarkable accomplishment); they taught millions of readers across the globe about the uniquely human power to imagine, create, and most of all, love.
“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not…it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experience we have never shared. Unlike any other creature on this planet, humans can learn and understand, without having experienced. They can think themselves into other people’s places. We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” – J.K. Rowling
From her 2008 Harvard Commencement Address, entitled “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination”.
Thanks J.K. Rowling for being awesome.
An avid fan