Creator of arguably the most beloved book series of all time, J.K. Rowling turns 50 today (and, not-so-coincidentally, it's also Harry Potter's 35th birthday).
Given the global success of the series, it's hard to imagine that Rowling (who at one point in time was wealthier than the Queen of England) was ever not the genius behind the boy who lived and his fantastical world. But as a single mother living in near-poverty, she scribbled ideas for Harry Potter on napkins before finishing the manuscript ... which was rejected by 12 publishers before she was offered about $2000 for it.
So if anyone is qualified to offer inspiration for growth, creativity and self-discovery, it's Jo. In honor of the creator of our favorite young wizard (and the young wizard himself), here are 15 quotes from Rowling and the series. Accio imagination!