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JK Rowling: Harry Potter Meets Harvard

JK Rowling: Harry Potter Meets Harvard

Author J. K. Rowling receives an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Harvard University, at commencement ceremonies on Thursday in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Rowling wrote the popular Harry Potter books and was the commencement speaker for the Harvard graduates. The 42-year-old scribe came up with two themes for the speech, entitled: “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination.”

A transcript and audio recording of J.K. Rowling‘s commencement speech can be found here.

Rowling has also written an 800-word prequel to her popular Harry Potter books that will go to a charity auction in London next month.

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  • dayday

    love her, great person and fantastic writer. incomparable!

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  • Dancer

    Wish I could have been there! She is really an imaginative writer!

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  • jorja

    i love her!!!!!!!!!!!
    thank you jk for harry potter ;)

  • Mike

    LOVE HER! If she had work done who the fuck cares…she is so talented…and sweet…and helps a lot of people…good for her!!! GO JO!

  • candy

    she is amazing writer.i love harry potter series and movies.thank you rowling for hearty stories

  • black

    Getting on my nerves already………………………meo!

  • D

    that speech was wonderful! Everyone should read it if they have a chance.

  • csxyz

    Loved the speech. It was awesome!

  • SS

    Her speech was in a word AMAZING. She’s such a down-to-earth woman… it was just so surprising seeing her be so humble. 20 minutes def. spent well!

  • anonymousbyotch

    ahahahaha lol my friend was like

    “Isn’t J.K Rowling a guy!?!???!?!?”

  • ebeenso

    It was amazingly inspirational. What a great writer and speaker. I am pretty sure I caught some things from her speech I will never forget.. Thanks for posting this, Jared..

  • lily

    Thank you for posting this JJ!

  • billbob

    she really is an inspiration!

  • A. Dolohov

    please, I need post this here. I’m going out in a few hours, see ya.


  • Edinburgh Scotland

    J.K. Rowling is the best author in Edinburgh Scotland and her books are great.

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