JK Rowling`s Commencement Speech at Harvard

Submitted by: littlemissqt 8 years ago

What best tops off your $53,000-per-year-for-tuition education? A speech from the lady who wrote the Potter books.
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Female 370
That was amazing! I disagree with your comment littlemiss.
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Female 4
"How did this turn into a slam fest against J.K. Rowling? Who cares if Dumbledore is gay? The books were enjoyable, I read them on the advice of a friend. In my opinion the story took such a dark turn in the third book, that it really was no longer a children`s story, but was better suited to more mature readers. I would venture that wolfio never read the books... or tried to, and didn`t finish because he didn`t like the story. Either way, the vast majority of the Western world seemed to think they were very good.
I too intend to read them again this summer after I have finished Stephen King`s "The Dark Tower" series."


Very well said! Love the books, love Dumbledore =D

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Male 3,057
How did this turn into a slam fest against J.K. Rowling? Who cares if Dumbledore is gay? The books were enjoyable, I read them on the advice of a friend. In my opinion the story took such a dark turn in the third book, that it really was no longer a children`s story, but was better suited to more mature readers. I would venture that wolfio never read the books... or tried to, and didn`t finish because he didn`t like the story. Either way, the vast majority of the Western world seemed to think they were very good.

I too intend to read them again this summer after I have finished Stephen King`s "The Dark Tower" series.

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Male 2,586
Who or what is Harry Potter?! :-o
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Male 678
Great speech..
if you haven`t got the attention span of a gnat (ie most of the above)search the U-Tube bar for the second half where she talks about imagination
Despite her books she comes across as a woman of suprising depth
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Male 2,121
also did no1 notice theres a second part?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIbTqNrxS...

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Male 2,121
Sheesh! She didn`t "decide to make Dumbledore gay". She was asked a question about Dumbledore`s love interests in an interview and she replied that she had always imagined him being gay. She`s not even sure herself and she invented him...
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Male 406
Too bad the video ends before she did.
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Male 74
I HATE JK ROWLING! poor, poor harverd I rue for them.those poor people have to hear the devil speak ,ohh poor, poor harverd.
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Female 15,763
Oh give the homophobia calling a rest. People were disappointed that she craved attention so much, she decided to make Dumbledore gay.

Call me homophobia.

I dare you.

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Male 90
i hate harry potter...fu<king sh|te books!
and JK rowling is wh0re
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Female 464
Ugh, it was painful at the beginning :/
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Male 396
very interesting
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Female 1,441
The jokes at the beggining were stupid. I felt embarassed for her. But overall I think the speech was good.
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Male 12,138
^^ Fourthed.

Purple, Dumbledore took it up the arse.

Live with it.

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Female 2,220
""{Profound sigh} silly homophobes ^^^"

Second."

Thirded.

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Male 238
I thought it was a really good speech once you got past all the bad jokes at the beginning. Better than my commencement speech.
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Male 2,553
This is just wrong and a disgrace.
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Female 511
I liked the books up until the last one. Half of it was running around and the only worthwhile part was the battle. The epilogue? SOOOO disappointing.

As for Dumbledore being gay? With a name like Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, how could he be anything but? And it gives the slash fans more to play with, I suppose? woohoo?

Besides, who cares if a character is gay or not. It`s not like she was writing erotica where it`s a major element. It does explain Grindelwald more.

As for the speech, I loled a few times. All graduation speeches suck. The graduates aren`t paying attention to the speech - they want to get out of there and get some beer (at least my fellow geology majors do anyway).

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Male 41
"{Profound sigh} silly homophobes ^^^"

Second.

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Male 209
yaaaaaaaay Gyriffindor REUNION!!!!!!!!!
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Female 2,228
{Profound sigh} silly homophobes ^^^
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Male 6
Seeing as Dumbledore being gay didnt come out till AFTER the publishing of the final book, nor was it included within the books themselves or held relevance in the books, I dismissed it. You can still read the books thinking exactly what you did before, if you liked them or not regardless of what Rowling said after the books release. In my eyes Dumbledore was without sexuality, as far a fictional character can be, he had far too much on his mind and was far too old to play around with the idea of relationships. He had a duty to do, and he couldnt let emotional baggage prevent him from acting.

I loved the books and still do, and will continue to do. I intend to read them again once I`ve finished the Thomas Covenant books.

Great speech, amused me. Her points and advice were sound, and should be taken as inaccessible wisdom, on the basis the only way to emulate poverty is to suffer poverty. Not alot of people who graducate Harvard will end up empoverished. So great advice.

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Male 11,740
Better than the person who spoke for my university commencement address. It was President Bush (the first one).
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Male 51
The ending for the last Harry Potter book was poo.
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Male 328
haha. funny speech. and i found including the sexual preferences of a character when it doesnt matter was quite stupid. now all i can think of is dumbledore checking out harrys ass as he leaves his office. sigh
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Male 4,393
RPGillespie
Male, 13-17, Western US
92 Posts Tuesday, June 10, 2008 8:15:10 AM
I don`t support JK Rowling ever since she claimed that Dumbledore was gay.

me 2 :(

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Male 2,005
that was realy boring
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Male 5,094
According to Fancylad, everyone that goes "First!" will be IP banned. Just informing you, even if it`s like pissing in an ocean of piss.
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Male 240
Meh. Didn`t bother watching al of it. It was painful. She`s a disgrace to england! Well, ok, she`s not that bad, but still, I agree with RPGillespie, the whole "Dumbledore is gay" thing just pissed me off. Also, I finished reading the last book and thought "They were awful".
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Female 4,225
King Fancylad, King of the Bored, Chairman of the Board, please remove the rss, you have unleashed a great evil upon us!

Nice speech

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Male 217
I don`t support JK Rowling ever since she claimed that Dumbledore was gay.
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Male 55
why would i get banned i just thought it was boring
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Male 1,148
Wow.. is it really just a triffle of bad jokes and "moving moments"
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Male 226
I`d hit it.
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Male 1,455
Enjoy your ban mctsirikosj.
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Male 4,393
i rad all the Potter books :P
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Male 4,393
hehe...... :P
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Male 55
first post! that was boring.
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Female 1,330
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