The Champion

Text of J.K. Rowling’s speech

‘The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination’


By J.K. Rowling, Copyright J.K. Rowling

from http://www.craigsbooks.wordpress.com

In short…

the importance of failure
the importance of imagination – let it work for you
walking is someone elses shoes- empathise with others


Text as delivered.

President Faust, members of the Harvard Corporation and the Board of Overseers, members of the faculty, proud parents, and, above all, graduates.

The first thing I would like to say is ‘thank you.’ Not only has Harvard given me an extraordinary honour, but the weeks of fear and nausea I have endured at the thought of giving this commencement address have made me lose weight. A win-win situation! Now all I have to do is take deep breaths, squint at the red banners and convince myself that I am at the world’s largest Gryffindor reunion.


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