July 31 is celebrated author J.K. Rowling's birthday. Best known for creating the magical world of Harry Potter, the author's books and the films have inspired generations of Witches, Wizards, and Muggles alike. She coincidentally shares her birthday with Harry Potter himself, who, according to Rowling, turned 38 today. What better way to honor the ways her books and characters have changed the world, than with some J.K. Rowling quotes to celebrate the author's birthday.
No matter how many times I read the Harry Potter series, I always seem to find some new or magical words of wisdom in the books' pages. From the moment that Harry Potter received his Hogwart's letter on July 31 in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, to the final battle between good and evil, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potterbooks, the films, and fandom that followed have inspired generations of kids (and adults) to find more magic in the world.
Growing up alongside Harry, millions of people have learned to be themselves, break some rules, and discover their destinies in the process. Whether you are a brave Gryffindor, a humble Hufflepuff, a smart Ravenclaw, a sneaky Slytherin, or have no idea what these words mean, you can gain wisdom from the genius that is J.K. Rowling, as well as the characters she created. Here are a few inspiring quotes from her books and speeches to help you celebrate her on her birthday: