J.K. Rowling is undoubtedly one of those authors that millions of us can gush about for hours. The woman is incomparable in so many ways, but I’ll try my best to keep this short and sweet.
J.K. is our Patron Saint of Feminism for June, and I know I definitely owe her a lot, as a writer and as just a human being.
When I was in middle school, I remember completely avoiding the fantasy genre. The few books that I’d picked up just weren’t interesting to me in the slightest.
That all changed when I picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone one summer. I remember spending an entire week sitting under a tree in my front yard for hours on end, completely immersed in the world of Hogwarts and its witches and wizards. There aren’t really words for me to explain just how incredible it felt discovering this fantasy world.
To say that J.K. Rowling has a gift is a bit of an understatement. I can only imagine how daunting it must have felt, crafting a world as detailed as Harry’s, from the characters to the plants to the magical creatures to the clothing. All of this creation was happening while she dealt with financial hardship, living on state benefits to support her family. Yet she persisted, and she is now of the most iconic authors ever to grace a New York Times bestseller list (well, in her case, multiple lists).
She has since taken the platform that Harry Potter brought her and turned it into a position where she can be a role model for the fans around the world who adore her.
As an author and a businesswoman, she is the epitome of success. As a philanthropist who holds firmly to her beliefs and makes a concerted effort to give back, she’s the epitome of a human being who believes that all of us are are more alike than we are different. If you aren’t following this woman on Twitter and witnessing her superbly witty responses to haters and her unapologetic criticism of the so-called current “leader of the Free World,” you are definitely missing out.
I still have access. I'll DM them to you. https://t.co/MhibEYDBTg
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 13, 2017
The Lumos Foundation is a prime example of giving back in a spectacular way. Founded by J.K. herself, its goal is to provide a better life for children who are living in institutions because of reasons beyond their control, whether that is because of poverty, disability, or race.
Not only does the Harry Potter series teach us (and will continue to do so for generations) all about empathy and the impact that good, kindhearted people can have on the world, but J.K. Rowling shows us that 24/7.
Bradleigh is a co-founder and content curator for The Sirens Rise with a BA in Media Studies. Her favorite things to do are listen to music, get lost in a book, write for hours, and eat way more chocolate than one human being ever should.