Friday, October 29, 2010

legends: october.

the book legends by john miller catalogs "women who have changed the world."  given to me as a gift 8 years ago, it inspired me to dedicate the last friday of every month's post to a different legend (in my humble opinion).

this month, a natural choice for me if you've been reading my "potter watch" posts: j.k. rowling, author of the harry potter book series.

“the greatest gift the harry potter series has given 
to the world is the freedom to use our imaginations.” 
-oprah winfrey

 “in the end, love wins. . . when a person dies, love isn’t turned off like a tap, [a] faucet.  
it is an amazingly resilient part of us.”

{chapter one of book one, with movie stills} 
“i definitely know that…that love is the most important thing of all. and i remember thinking that when 9/11 happened. because those last phone calls were all about – knowing that this was the last thing i was going to say on this earth – was i love you. what’s more powerful than that? what’s more proof
than that?  beyond fear.  beyond death."
 {signature edition for bloomsbury cover art}
“and so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which i rebuilt my life. it is impossible to live without failing at something.  unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all.”
-JKR, Harvard Commencement Speech

{special edition cover art}

“failure. it’s so important. it doesn’t get spoken about enough. we speak about success all the time.  but you know, i do not know any - i haven’t met anyone … not one of them didn’t have their failure.  more than one failure. it’s the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to the greatest success.”

{harry potter U.S. cover art}

to say that jkr and this series has had a significant impact on my life is certainly true, but also a vast understatement.  this woman deserves every bit of legend status that she receives.  

{the cast with jkr (from left rupert grint as ron weasley, jkr, emma watson as hermione granger, daniel radcliffe as harry potter ) 
at the premiere of harry potter and the half-blood prince, summer 2009}

"sometimes i know what i believe because of what i’ve written…”

xo. di.

*image 1, image 2 by horacio prada, image 3-6, 8 via bewitchthemind's flickr photostream, image 7 
**all quotes said by j.k. rowling to oprah winfrey, the oprah winfrey show's october 1, 2010 episode 


  1. The book "Legends" sounds great and this is a good idea to post on the last Friday of the month!
    Thanks for your comment! I'm following you now -- love it if you followed too :)

  2. it's definitely an inspiring book! thanks for following, i did the same! you were already in my reader :) keep up the great work!


thanks so much for the note! i love reading your comments. xo. di.

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