J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement

J.K.Rowling at Harvard Commencement. Read the transcript of her speech: bit.ly/1zeUPfA

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Skill Builder
Skill Builder:
You can see in the audience the ones who have read the books.

"Maud, what is a Deatheater?" "I'll tell you later Harold"
Lucas Gardezani Abduch
Lucas Gardezani Abduch:
Thank you so much for that J.K
And all the people involved on filming and making it available online.

Watching it from Brazil
Came because of Tim #5BulletFriday

This is beautiful.
nosoynadaoriginal
nosoynadaoriginal:
I laughed, I cried, I smiled, I felt warm and I felt fear. You inspire me, I'm watching this in a moment of failure and hardship in my life, and I assure you, I won't give up, I will try and fail and keep trying until I get better and stronger. Thank you Rowling, you are truly a great person.
Mradula Shukla
Mradula Shukla:
i still cannot believe that HARRY POTTER is a fiction , a human brain can write such a wonderful story hats off to Rowling
Addison M
Addison M:
"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all— in which case, you fail by default."
English Tree TV
English Tree TV:
Legend!!
NK A
NK A:
I find myself crawling back to this video whenever i need a pick-me-up.
God I love her.
hrishikesh joshi
hrishikesh joshi:
She sounds like Dumbledore...
Melissa Margis
Melissa Margis:
I have a feeling those people will remember far more than her gay wizard joke.
LB DJ
LB DJ:
J.K Rowling has a special place in my heart
এক ঝলক
এক ঝলক:
“If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
― J.K. Rowling,
Rick Smith
Rick Smith:
This might be one of the greatest speeches ever, encompassing our dreams, failures, world politics and human behaviours...amazing speech...
Matthew Ghafari
Matthew Ghafari:
my right ear is very lonely
Peter Johnson
Peter Johnson:
Transcript! - 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.

Delivering a commencement address is a great responsibility; or so I thought until I cast my mind back to my own graduation. The commencement speaker that day was the distinguished British philosopher Baroness Mary Warnock. Reflecting on her speech has helped me enormously in writing this one, because it turns out that I can’t remember a single word she said. This liberating discovery enables me to proceed without any fear that I might inadvertently influence you to abandon promising careers in business, the law or politics for the giddy delights of becoming a gay wizard.

You see? If all you remember in years to come is the ‘gay wizard’ joke, I’ve come out ahead of Baroness Mary Warnock. Achievable goals: the first step to self improvement.

Actually, I have wracked my mind and heart for what I ought to say to you today. I have asked myself what I wish I had known at my own graduation, and what important lessons I have learned in the 21 years that have expired between that day and this.

I have come up with two answers. On this wonderful day when we are gathered together to celebrate your academic success, I have decided to talk to you about the benefits of failure. And as you stand on the threshold of what is sometimes called ‘real life’, I want to extol the crucial importance of imagination.

These may seem quixotic or paradoxical choices, but please bear with me.

Looking back at the 21-year-old that I was at graduation, is a slightly uncomfortable experience for the 42-year-old that she has become. Half my lifetime ago, I was striking an uneasy balance between the ambition I had for myself, and what those closest to me expected of me.

I was convinced that the only thing I wanted to do, ever, was to write novels. However, my parents, both of whom came from impoverished backgrounds and neither of whom had been to college, took the view that my overactive imagination was an amusing personal quirk that would never pay a mortgage, or secure a pension. I know that the irony strikes with the force of a cartoon anvil, now.

So they hoped that I would take a vocational degree; I wanted to study English Literature. A compromise was reached that in retrospect satisfied nobody, and I went up to study Modern Languages. Hardly had my parents’ car rounded the corner at the end of the road than I ditched German and scuttled off down the Classics corridor.

I cannot remember telling my parents that I was studying Classics; they might well have found out for the first time on graduation day. Of all the subjects on this planet, I think they would have been hard put to name one less useful than Greek mythology when it came to securing the keys to an executive bathroom.

I would like to make it clear, in parenthesis, that I do not blame my parents for their point of view. There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you. What is more, I cannot criticise my parents for hoping that I would never experience poverty. They had been poor themselves, and I have since been poor, and I quite agree with them that it is not an ennobling experience. Poverty entails fear, and stress, and sometimes depression; it means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships. Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts, that is indeed something on which to pride yourself, but poverty itself is romanticised only by fools.

What I feared most for myself at your age was not poverty, but failure.

At your age, in spite of a distinct lack of motivation at university, where I had spent far too long in the coffee bar writing stories, and far too little time at lectures, I had a knack for passing examinations, and that, for years, had been the measure of success in my life and that of my peers.

I am not dull enough to suppose that because you are young, gifted and well-educated, you have never known hardship or heartbreak. Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the Fates, and I do not for a moment suppose that everyone here has enjoyed an existence of unruffled privilege and contentment.

However, the fact that you are graduating from Harvard suggests that you are not very well-acquainted with failure. You might be driven by a fear of failure quite as much as a desire for success. Indeed, your conception of failure might not be too far from the average person’s idea of success, so high have you already flown.

Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure, but the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it. So I think it fair to say that by any conventional measure, a mere seven years after my graduation day, I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless. The fears that my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.

Now, I am not going to stand here and tell you that failure is fun. That period of my life was a dark one, and I had no idea that there was going to be what the press has since represented as a kind of fairy tale resolution. I had no idea then how far the tunnel extended, and for a long time, any light at the end of it was a hope rather than a reality.

So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realised, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.

You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.

Failure gave me an inner security that I had never attained by passing examinations. Failure taught me things about myself that I could have learned no other way. I discovered that I had a strong will, and more discipline than I had suspected; I also found out that I had friends whose value was truly above the price of rubies.

The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive. You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity. Such knowledge is a true gift, for all that it is painfully won, and it has been worth more than any qualification I ever earned.

So given a Time Turner, I would tell my 21-year-old self that personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a check-list of acquisition or achievement. Your qualifications, your CV, are not your life, though you will meet many people of my age and older who confuse the two. Life is difficult, and complicated, and beyond anyone’s total control, and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes.

Now you might think that I chose my second theme, the importance of imagination, because of the part it played in rebuilding my life, but that is not wholly so. Though I personally will defend the value of bedtime stories to my last gasp, I have learned to value imagination in a much broader sense. Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathise with humans whose experiences we have never shared.

One of the greatest formative experiences of my life preceded Harry Potter, though it informed much of what I subsequently wrote in those books. This revelation came in the form of one of my earliest day jobs. Though I was sloping off to write stories during my lunch hours, I paid the rent in my early 20s by working at the African research department at Amnesty International’s headquarters in London.

There in my little office I read hastily scribbled letters smuggled out of totalitarian regimes by men and women who were risking imprisonment to inform the outside world of what was happening to them. I saw photographs of those who had disappeared without trace, sent to Amnesty by their desperate families and friends. I read the testimony of torture victims and saw pictures of their injuries. I opened handwritten, eye-witness accounts of summary trials and executions, of kidnappings and rapes.

Many of my co-workers were ex-political prisoners, people who had been displaced from their homes, or fled into exile, because they had the temerity to speak against their governments. Visitors to our offices included those who had come to give information, or to try and find out what had happened to those they had left behind.

I shall never forget the African torture victim, a young man no older than I was at the time, who had become mentally ill after all he had endured in his homeland. He trembled uncontrollably as he spoke into a video camera about the brutality inflicted upon him. He was a foot taller than I was, and seemed as fragile as a child. I was given the job of escorting him back to the Underground Station afterwards, and this man whose life had been shattered by cruelty took my hand with exquisite courtesy, and wished me future happiness.

And as long as I live I shall remember walking along an empty corridor and suddenly hearing, from behind a closed door, a scream of pain and horror such as I have never heard since. The door opened, and the researcher poked out her head and told me to run and make a hot drink for the young man sitting with her. She had just had to give him the news that in retaliation for his own outspokenness against his country’s regime, his mother had been seized and executed.

Every day of my working week in my early 20s I was reminded how incredibly fortunate I was, to live in a country with a democratically elected government, where legal representation and a public trial were the rights of everyone.

Every day, I saw more evidence about the evils humankind will inflict on their fellow humans, to gain or maintain power. I began to have nightmares, literal nightmares, about some of the things I saw, heard, and read.

And yet I also learned more about human goodness at Amnesty International than I had ever known before.

Amnesty mobilises thousands of people who have never been tortured or imprisoned for their beliefs to act on behalf of those who have. The power of human empathy, leading to collective action, saves lives, and frees prisoners. Ordinary people, whose personal well-being and security are assured, join together in huge numbers to save people they do not know, and will never meet. My small participation in that process was one of the most humbling and inspiring experiences of my life.

Unlike any other creature on this planet, humans can learn and understand, without having experienced. They can think themselves into other people’s places.

Of course, this is a power, like my brand of fictional magic, that is morally neutral. One might use such an ability to manipulate, or control, just as much as to understand or sympathise.

And many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are. They can refuse to hear screams or to peer inside cages; they can close their minds and hearts to any suffering that does not touch them personally; they can refuse to know.

I might be tempted to envy people who can live that way, except that I do not think they have any fewer nightmares than I do. Choosing to live in narrow spaces leads to a form of mental agoraphobia, and that brings its own terrors. I think the wilfully unimaginative see more monsters. They are often more afraid.

What is more, those who choose not to empathise enable real monsters. For without ever committing an act of outright evil ourselves, we collude with it, through our own apathy.

One of the many things I learned at the end of that Classics corridor down which I ventured at the age of 18, in search of something I could not then define, was this, written by the Greek author Plutarch: What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.

That is an astonishing statement and yet proven a thousand times every day of our lives. It expresses, in part, our inescapable connection with the outside world, the fact that we touch other people’s lives simply by existing.

But how much more are you, Harvard graduates of 2008, likely to touch other people’s lives? Your intelligence, your capacity for hard work, the education you have earned and received, give you unique status, and unique responsibilities. Even your nationality sets you apart. The great majority of you belong to the world’s only remaining superpower. The way you vote, the way you live, the way you protest, the pressure you bring to bear on your government, has an impact way beyond your borders. That is your privilege, and your burden.

If you choose to use your status and influence to raise your voice on behalf of those who have no voice; if you choose to identify not only with the powerful, but with the powerless; if you retain the ability to imagine yourself into the lives of those who do not have your advantages, then it will not only be your proud families who celebrate your existence, but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have helped change. We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.

I am nearly finished. I have one last hope for you, which is something that I already had at 21. The friends with whom I sat on graduation day have been my friends for life. They are my children’s godparents, the people to whom I’ve been able to turn in times of trouble, people who have been kind enough not to sue me when I took their names for Death Eaters. At our graduation we were bound by enormous affection, by our shared experience of a time that could never come again, and, of course, by the knowledge that we held certain photographic evidence that would be exceptionally valuable if any of us ran for Prime Minister.

So today, I wish you nothing better than similar friendships. And tomorrow, I hope that even if you remember not a single word of mine, you remember those of Seneca, another of those old Romans I met when I fled down the Classics corridor, in retreat from career ladders, in search of ancient wisdom:
As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.

I wish you all very good lives. Thank you very much.
Rhea Thermopolis
Rhea Thermopolis:
this is hands down the best commencement speech ever given. There is a reason everyone loves Harry Potter. It is honest and it is beautiful. Our generation is not full of mindless oafs that dwell in cloud cuckoo land. There is hope for us
Khalil Thompson
Khalil Thompson:
Here in 2020 and this message has never been more relevant for Americans.
Leah Spaulding
Leah Spaulding:
You are my hero. I'm almost at 45,000 words.... I know I can make it : )
A_____ T_____
A_____ T_____:
"I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I REALLY was." Life-changing!
Learn Thai - Rapid Method
Learn Thai - Rapid Method:
What she said about imagination and empathy is more relevant now, 12 years later, than ever.
Robert Caskie
Robert Caskie:
The respect I have for this Lady is infinite.
Yogesh N Vedd
Yogesh N Vedd:
J.K.Rowling is smart, really funny and has great knack for grabbing audience attention whilst she speaks. She is not only a great writer but also a good person to impart her experiences and knowledge to the audience.
Richard Chang
Richard Chang:
“Life is difficult, complicated, and beyond anyone's total control, and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes.”
TheHonest Blogger
TheHonest Blogger:
I have admired JK Rowling since her first book came out, not because I read it (I haven't read a single one of her books, or seen any of the Harry Potter movies) but because I learned of how she went to a church for help and they ridiculed her for being on welfare. And as the church people paraded their piousity all around at her expense, they humiliated her to no end and without mercy. I admire her because she was able to pull herself up by the bootstraps and do better than even she expected. And get this. The church people still complained, never being satisfied. Not only did she make something of herself, but she got a whole generation of children all around the world very interested in reading, which I never even thought possible for this day and age. For that, she's a hero to many millions of people, and yes, that includes me. My own children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews would read her books with great excitement and anticipation and then come to me and tell me all about it, and then after they saw the movie that was related to the book they read, they would tell me about how much better the movie or book was, and why they feel that way. She got children interested, engaged, and involved. For that, I will be forever grateful to JK Rowling. It's also the biggest reason I admire her so much.
Slutuppnu
Slutuppnu:
Damn, that was a good speech. She's clearly terrified, but carried through anyway. As one of the worst public speakers in the Western hemisphere, I consider her an inspiration.
vnv bhakt
vnv bhakt:
what a wonderful writer and what a wonderful person she is...
Leon Labovitch
Leon Labovitch:
I hadn’t realised that J K Rowling was so full of real insight. Her life’s story shows that she followed her dreams and did what she was destined to do. She mentioned the need to ‘touch others’ because she knows that so many graduates are likely to pursue money at the expense of doing just that, and will be all the poorer for it. The quote from Seneca is as timeless as the messages she has given us. Thank you.
Anish Tom
Anish Tom:
Why do I talk about the benefits of failure ? Simply because "Failure meant to stripping away of the inessential" ! True
wtfgoogle
wtfgoogle:
Damn. Now I have a crush on JK Rowling.
LB DJ
LB DJ:
"People who have been kind enough not to sue me when I took their names for death-eaters " 😂😂
Thair Shakhtour
Thair Shakhtour:
I'm an arab man, English isn't my native language but your speech touches my heart, and deeply affects me, thank you for your advice, which I believe it changed millions of people's lives .
kai dan
kai dan:
She is so beautiful in any dimensions, that speech was increadible
Satakshi Gupta
Satakshi Gupta:
You are a legend period
Bill Elliott
Bill Elliott:
I wish JK Rowling could be President. I'd vote for her.
ALICE GOLDENVALLEY
ALICE GOLDENVALLEY:
this is what I need right now, because I feel beaten up by life in so so many way right now. I just can't see the light. So I am going to imagine instead because I really need it.
Irma NV.
Irma NV.:
"Rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life".
An honest and heartfelt Commencement Speech,one of the best I ever heard.
Christina G
Christina G:
No words for the greatness of this woman!!!!!
dontzenyourselfout
dontzenyourselfout:
...funny, light-hearted, touching,
challenging, polemical, philosophical,
personal, moving, profound,
human, true: beautiful.
Jeffwong 4477
Jeffwong 4477:
I'm from Hong Kong and I'm a big fan of Harry potter
This speech was illuminating, inspiring, and heartfelt. Undoubtedly one of the best speeches in history.
Kanson
Kanson:
it was definitely a speech that could be only given by someone who legitimately went through a hardship and struggle in life. I feel fortunate enough to hear her speech one late night while enjoying my bedtime which could have just been usual bed time but steered me into full of passion and inspiration instead. Most of all, I'm grateful for all the hopes that shes given me through this wonderful speech. it surely led me to turn back to a firm belief that ive been told so many times that could rather sound corny, but things will turn out all good as we all learn from our failure.

Thanks for the great speech.
Lizzy Darcy
Lizzy Darcy:
"What we achieve inwardly will changer outer reality."
slumanythingsiro
slumanythingsiro:
Masterpiece.
Chazman 91
Chazman 91:
JK has brought me to tears so often in my life. Twice today I've cried; once listening to speech and twice when Dobby saved Harry and his friends from Malfoy Manor. Thank you Jo
Rhea Thermopolis
Rhea Thermopolis:
The number of old people in the audience is disturbing - where the hell are the graduates?
uenragedbro
uenragedbro:
Her speaking sounds like her writing come to life. It's amazing.
katicopter
katicopter:
WHAT a woman.
My Stuff
My Stuff:
A giant of a woman. A modern day hero.
Kelly Clark
Kelly Clark:
LOVE that JK Rowling discussing the importance of failure. Mistakes are part of the process. We need to learn through trial and error. Then we can build on bright spots.
AMANDA APRIL
AMANDA APRIL:
Wow. This was very beautiful to watch and listen to.
tr011ful
tr011ful:
I think I was blown more away by the sincerity and humility with which she spoke than her speech itself- and the speech itself is already quite the gem.
Moayyad Alkhatib
Moayyad Alkhatib:
I have never hear or see any one who talks like This woman ,she has described my life in 4 points : 1-Failure on an epic scale .2-I was the biggest failure i have ever knew .3-My fears & my parents fears about failing in life has manifested into a Reality.4-Any hope of light at the end of Tunnel is just a hope & not a reality...This speech is the Most important speech i have ever listened to in my whole life about any subject ..
Plane Lover
Plane Lover:
One of the most insightful and eloquent speeches I have ever heard
Khairani M
Khairani M:
"Achievable goals--the first step to self-improvement."
Indeed.
Dion Potter
Dion Potter:
J.K. Rowling, Stephen Fry, Victoria Stilwell and Kevin Richardson are some of the most brilliant, inspiring people in my opinion.
roxychik 06
roxychik 06:
There's a reason why the woman is worth almost a billion dollars for her words.
ConnerScruggs VLOGZ
ConnerScruggs VLOGZ:
I knew she had a thing for Greek mythology! Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom and strategic warfare. Minerva was also the first name of professor Mcgonagall.
Aron Yuen
Aron Yuen:
still makes so much sense today even 8 years have passed....
benjhe ben
benjhe ben:
love her. met her several times. had coffee with her... all in imagination
flappy fabby
flappy fabby:
"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you have lived so cautiously you might not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default." wise words
Tanveer Amin
Tanveer Amin:
Great speech by this amazing lady. She has shown the world, the power of imagination and that a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
PRETERIST LAB - END TIMES
PRETERIST LAB - END TIMES:
Gosh she is so eloquent and wise. Her choice of wonderful words with which to clothe her timelessly-majestic ideas is truly inspiring.
Denarius Wright
Denarius Wright:
among the best commencement addresses!
Michael Manger
Michael Manger:
The Last Part of the Speech gave me a Goosebump
Revathy VK
Revathy VK:
"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
Jessie The *Weird* Speaker
Jessie The *Weird* Speaker:
she is my favorite writer. i noticed that she is a great public speaker. i LOVE harry potter.
Eros Alforte
Eros Alforte:
i already watched it many times but the inspiration never fades.
"As is a tale so is life.Not how long it is but how good it is, is what matters"
R H
R H:
At over 60 years of age and feeling I have failed to reach my dreams in life, Rowling's speech made me decide to read her children's books for the first time ever, appreciating now the human behind the writing. That she could entertain despite taking to heart the suffering in our world is an amazing testament to the power available to every human.
AANCHAL BAJPAI
AANCHAL BAJPAI:
She is extraordinary ♥️♥️♥️♥️
Sayan Banerjee
Sayan Banerjee:
One of the most inspirational speech ever ,no wonder she has a magical power with words
Izzy
Izzy:
what an amazing,incredible woman.so inspirational.complete GENIUS as well.
ladyevenstar22
ladyevenstar22:
very thoughtful and heartfelt speech , you can tell her literary background there were some big words in there i hadn't heard in a while but very appropriate...its a shame i've only seen it now in a time of great need as i'm living failure right now ...the deep doo doo sort and i just need to hear message of wisdom to remind myself that its not the end of the road , something great is waiting for me around the bend i just need to be strong and weather this storm
Jonathan Tavenier
Jonathan Tavenier:
19:50 guy in the yellow jacket must really hate himself for never having read a Harry Potter book
吴珩颖
吴珩颖:
"I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was ... Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena where I believed I truly belonged."
Ali R.
Ali R.:
Wow! Life changing speech!
Ancient Aspirer
Ancient Aspirer:
I read Hogwarts instead of Harvard
BRLary 237
BRLary 237:
She's amazing!!! I'm so proud of her!!!
OneEyedKeys
OneEyedKeys:
As expected J.K. Rowling kills it, and does so with class.  Any astute reader of her books sees not just the magic, but the shit.  In them is the grime of society, as the Deatheaters, the those who cannot be named, the Umbridges, the Politicians, the Twelawney's, the everybody's, that you will meet, great or small, wicked and lying, good and protective, and nurturing, or nay-saying, are in her books.  She is a gem, and a tremendous writer, worthy her due, and, as this video proves, a wise human being, well placed to give a humbling commencement to the 1 percenter's among us. I hope they listened.
Harsh Chauhan
Harsh Chauhan:
It made me cry, But I will rise with making strong foundation.
Josh Kage
Josh Kage:
Holy Cow She is so awesome!
RICHARD GELANGRE
RICHARD GELANGRE:
A salute to you Madam Rowling.You're so candid and without pretensions. I learn that failure should not be feared of but instead serves as guiding light.Defense of human rights is another thing I learn.
Diana Riverjackson
Diana Riverjackson:
one of the best speeches I´ve ever heard
MagicEve
MagicEve:
This didn't stop me from becoming a gay wizard
The Unboxing Channel
The Unboxing Channel:
When you can't help but cry 😢👏
Denise Sevier-Fries
Denise Sevier-Fries:
Who else is here in 2019? And why are there only 4.457,152 million views? This is too good not to share … so please pass on to anyone you know who has ears...
Thomas Boyle
Thomas Boyle:
Imagination opens our minds. Failure gives us an opportunity to experiment and try again.
IrregularStar
IrregularStar:
forget about the other comments, british accent rules.
Success Resources Australia
Success Resources Australia:
"Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve." - J. K. Rowling
Tosin Mash
Tosin Mash:
"And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life."

Even in speech, she wields words with sensational prowess.
AANCHAL BAJPAI
AANCHAL BAJPAI:
She should get awarded with shower of rewards...
Tinkerblue
Tinkerblue:
i have two role models in life. Two people who inspire me in the good and bad times, two people whom I have never met, but who I cherish, and deeply, deeply love. Emma Watson and JK Rowling, the greatest women of our era.
Débora Wolfenson
Débora Wolfenson:
What an inspiring, sensitive and enlightening speech. Even if I didn't knew who she is I would respect her for this speech: it shows so much wisdom, empathy, and honesty.
kristy kun
kristy kun:
that was incredible. so inspiring, brilliantly written, phenomenal message.
Siana Campbell
Siana Campbell:
Never gets old.
RedX2000
RedX2000:
My friends: O look the creator of Percy Jackson

Me: YOUR F’ING DEAD
Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt:
2:19 that old lady laughing on the right bottom fills my heart, so warm and beautiful.
Mary Hough
Mary Hough:
I love how she carried herself with humour and a look of confidence, even though she was completely terrified.
A Z
A Z:
This is of all time my favourite Harvard Commencement speech. <3 She is amazing
Laura Daley
Laura Daley:
Is a 🔋powerful and amazing commencement speech funny amazing but significant and something like 👍a speech that you kinda remember ...and this is one 👍 speech ..wonderful inspiring words ...I owe it all to one wizard then right?????
Golden Knoll
Golden Knoll:
Truly excellent speech. It gained my respect for Ms. Rowling.👏
Lana. T
Lana. T:
She has great sense of humor 
Arun Sarvang
Arun Sarvang:
When you have a dream to chase nothing can stop you... 💯💡💯