Rowling Casts Spell at Harvard

Fight the monsters, she urges
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2008 7:10 AM CDT
Author J.K. Rowling, receives her honorary degree during Harvard University commencement exercises.    (AP Photo/Lisa Poole)
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(Newser) – Harry Potter birth mom JK Rowling yesterday urged Harvard graduates at their commencement to use their imaginations on more than wizards and muggles to envision—and create—a better world. She recalled the rewarding time she spent when she was younger working for prisoners of totalitarian regimes for Amnesty International. "Those who choose not to empathize" with people suffering "enable real monsters," she said.

"If you choose to use your influence to raise your voice on behalf of those who have no voice, then it will not only be your proud families who celebrate, but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have helped transform," added Rowling.