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Your Words are Magic. Happy Birthday Wishes to J. K. Rowling!


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


Happy birthday to Rowling, born this July 31st in 1965, who perhaps as a child wasn’t ever informed that she was a young witch, but nonetheless has far more magic and power in her heart than she might have ever expected.


Joanne Rowling was not born into fame and wealth, but  through the charm of her words she has not only acquired both, she has done something far more wonderful - she has touched the hearts of millions. Best known for writing the famous Harry Potter series, Rowling has channeled the scope and strength of her platform into bettering the world. She created the Volant Charitable Trust in 2000, a fund to correct poverty and social inequality, currently serves as the president of the Gingerbread charity, and has written several charitable works which sold highly at auction. In 2008, as the commencement speaker for the Harvard graduating class, she spoke deeply on failure and imagination, from which the above quotation is taken. Rowling’s words have been recognized worldwide, across cultures and classes, in the halls of fame and the hearts of ordinary people.


It did not start that way. "Seven years after graduating from university, Rowling saw herself as a failure. Her marriage had failed, and she was jobless with a dependent child, but she described her failure as liberating and allowing her to focus on writing. During this period, Rowling was diagnosed with clinical depressionand contemplated suicide. Her illness inspired the characters known as Dementors, soul-sucking creatures introduced in the third book. Rowling signed up for welfare benefits, describing her economic status as being "poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless."


But in a few short years words changed her word and she wrote the best-selling book series in history which has sold over 400 million copies. "In 2004, Forbes named Rowling as the first person to become a U.S.-dollar billionaire by writing books... In February 2013 she was assessed as the 13th most powerful woman in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4...Rowling has named communist and civil rights activist Jessica Mitford as her "most influential writer" saying, "Jessica Mitford has been my heroine since I was 14 years old, when I overheard my formidable great-aunt discussing how Mitford had run away at the age of 19 to fight with the Reds in the Spanish Civil War", and claims what inspired her about Mitford was that she was "incurably and instinctively rebellious, brave, adventurous, funny and irreverent, she liked nothing better than a good fight, preferably against a pompous and hypocritical target."


Your words contain all the magic and power you’ll ever need, but if you can give them a bit of polish, they just might contain all the magic and power that someone else will need too. Go to your school’s debate team and if there isn’t one, then help make one - it could change everything.

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