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“We Do Not Need Magic to Change the World”: J.K. Rowling Harvard Commencement Speech, 2008

The best graduation speeches are inspiring and encouraging, and gifted commencement speakers can balance gravity with humour. J.K. Rowling, the famed author of the Harry Potter series, makes one of such speakers with her symbolic, memorable address to the 2008 Harvard graduates, where she drew laughter and applause effortlessly across her audience as she delivered two core lessons in her speech about the fringe benefits of failure and the importance of imagination.