21 J.K. Rowling Quotes That Prove She’s So Much More Than ‘Harry Potter’


Thought Catalog

No story lives unless someone wants to listen.
I didn’t write with a target audience in mind. What excited me was how much I would enjoy writing about Harry. I never thought about writing for children — children’s books chose me. I think if it is a good book anyone will read it.
I bumped into a woman I hadn’t seen for nearly three years. The first thing she said to me? “You’ve lost a lot of weight since the last time I saw you!”

“Well,” I said, slightly nonplussed, “the last time you saw me I’d just had a baby.”

What I felt like saying was, “I’ve produced my third child and my sixth novel since I last saw you. Aren’t either of those things more important, more interesting, than my size?” But no — my waist looked smaller! Forget the kid and the book: finally, something to celebrate!

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Positive Body Image



The day most women dread is tomorrow…the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Now, I have a love/hate with this show. I love it because I find the performances and the outfits awesome, but I hate it because during it (and for the week following) every girl I know is hating themselves and every guy I know is wondering why they can’t find girls like these models. I will scroll my twitter feed, and see post after post saying “Wow she is smokin’ hot! Why don’t girls at my school look like that?” or “OMG I hate myself. Not eating until I look like those models!” This saddens me. Why are we okay with women saying they are going to starve themselves to achieve basically the unachievable? This is why I want to promote a positive body image. 

A few years ago, I would see those models strutting down the catwalk and would wish I could look like them. I would crash diet and exercise, but I eventually came to the realization that I will never look like that. Not because I can’t lose weight, but because everyone is built differently. I am not a 5’11 girl who weights 115 pounds, and I never will be. Most people will not be that. It took me a while to come to this realization, but I am there now. I just wish that everyone would come to this realization, and I know that it is hard to hear. 

I am all for a healthy lifestyle and having your own choice. If you want to be stick thin, by all means, go for it. Just be healthy about it. There is no point in starving yourself to look like that. Or if you are happy being a bit overweight, good for you. Once again, just be healthy! I think that we need to promote a positive body image, because what the scale says is only a number. 

This fashion show is not the root of the problem with negative body image, there are many sources for that. This fashion show is just another excuse for people to negate themselves to that number on the scale, and this is where we fail in society. And this issue only gets worse with each generation. The statistics for eating disorders gets higher each year while the age for it to start gets lower. 

So, how do we promote positive body image? By making sure that these behaviors are not glorified in media (like the man who wrote the article as to why to date someone with an eating disorder), and making sure to promote happiness, no matter how you look! Now girls, I know after seeing a bunch of guys tweet and write about the looks of these models, it is tempting to want to look like them, but it isn’t worth risking your health or life for. If any guy has a problem with the way you look, he is not worth your time. And guys, I know that these models are beautiful, but so is every other girl. 

Let’s all promote positive body image and be happy in our own skin! 





This is my first post, so I just wanted to say that this is where I will be posting about books, life, movies, etc. I am kind of a nerd and get too emotionally attached to fictional characters. I love to read and write, so this is where I will do those. 



Power of Books




Did you even notice the power literature has? If you love reading, then you definitely have. Books allow you to immerse yourself in a past time, fantastical world, or anything the imagination can make up. They are the most underutilized resource in the world. Nothing breaks my heart more than when a child (or anyone, for that matter) says they don’t read. It is truly sad that kids today are embarrassed about reading. What is so bad about reading? Why isn’t it cool to expand your horizons?

As a child, I was shy. My outlet was reading. I could spend hours locked in my room, reading a book. It all started with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I thank J.K. Rowling for my love of literature. I didn’t know until third grade that there were these items that exposed different worlds and places, and I wound up losing myself in books. They were the main source of happiness and magic in my life (and still are). 

I am an English Education major in school right now, and every day I am more astounded by the power of books. It fascinates me that in the year 2013, I can be reading Jane Eyre and be in the mind of Charlotte Brontë. I am transported to see the life of a 19th century governess. Not many other things can do that, bring you into the mind of someone else. Yes, movies and shows allow you to watch it, but they are limited. Yes, you know when watching that Harry is hurting when he sees Ginny with Dean in the sixth Harry Potter movie, but you don’t know his specific thoughts on it or how sad he is. You get to experience the emotions and adventures in a book along with the characters, nothing else can bring that joy. 

Books have a power to change you. If you are feeling down or sad, you can read to forget your woes for a short amount of time. They are a very cheap form of therapy. I can find myself being upset or stressed, so I cuddle up with a book and a tea and time flies, and I am unaware of my issues for that time. It is so great to forget yourself for a while, and travel along with someone else for a bit. Not only can they change your mood, but they can change you as a person. I know that after reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, I had a whole different view on life and love. It reinforced the idea of life being short and fleeting for me, to make the most of things at the moment. Tons and tons of books have done this for me, and I’m sure a ton of other people too. 

Whether you already love books, or don’t, I encourage you to read. You might have just not found that one book that will change it all for you. But keep searching. Books are a powerful tool, and one of the most important things in the world.