Dear Angie,

Thank you for your letter! I do enjoy receiving letters from fans,
especially from Hong Kong – which is so far away from my home in Scotland!

Ah yes, I still remember the mixed feelings I have as a final year student.

I was looking forward to getting out of school. At the same time, I was worried
about supporting myself. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and began working
in Amnesty International. Shortly afterwards, I worked at the Chamber of
Commerce. To be frank, I didn’t really have a career path in mind and just accepted
the first job offer I received. Later on, I became jobless with the
responsibility of taking care of my daughter, and was even relying on welfare to
make a living. It wasn’t until I got the idea of Harry Potter, something that I
am extremely passionate about, that motivated me to work hard as a writer.

What I would
like to say is – yes, life is unpredictable. Little did I imagine as I graduated
that I would go through so much ups and downs. Indeed, I have met many
successful people who struggled so much more than I did, and it was their
dedication that helped them persist along the way. It seems to be that you have
found an area of interest in your life. I do believe anything is possible if
you’ve got enough nerve, as long as you cherish the important things in your
life along the way, such as your friends and family. Remember, you control your
own life, and your own will can be extremely powerful. So give it a try, even
if it doesn’t work out at first, don’t fret, we all have the magic inside of us
to make things happen. There are many possibilities and everyone’s pace is
different. Just because others have succeeded doesn’t mean you won’t. 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.

Sometimes I
would imagine myself as Neville Longbottom (a character in Harry Potter the
series). He was always the unfortunate one, but it is his bravery that made him
one of the greatest warier in Hogwarts. The same goes to you, have a little
more faith in yourself!

With lots of
love,

J.K. Rowling

 

 

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