July 31st is a very special day because not only is it the birthday of beloved author J.K. Rowling, but it is also the birthday of the character she created, Harry Potter. I know my life would be totally different without the Harry Potter series, as I imagine most of ours would be.

So here are 5 Reasons the World is Better Because of J.K. Rowling

1. She got me reading!

I remember Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone being the first book I couldn’t put down. Plus, 450 millions copies of Rowling’s brilliant story have been sold so I’m sure it influenced other children’s lives as well.

2. Quidditch became a real sport!

The International Quidditch Association (IQA) is a nonprofit dedicated to “governing the sport of quidditch and inspiring young people to lead physically active and socially engaged lives.” Not to mention they brought an amazing game to life!

3. She proved that the gender of an author doesn’t matter.

As you probably know, J.K. Rowling is a pen name for Joanne Rowling. Her publishers insisted that she use two initials, rather than her full name when publishing the book because the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, Well SURPRISE publishers, women rock! Plus, if you aren’t going to read a book I wrote just because I’m a woman then you aren’t the type of person I’d want reading my book anyway!

4. She is generous, kind and just lovely.

In 2000, Rowling established the Volant Charitable Trust, which combats poverty and social inequality. The fund also gives to organizations that aid children, one parent families, and multiple sclerosis research. Rowling said, “I think you have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently.”

5. She created an entire world that I continue to be in love with and learn from and for that I am forever indebted to her.

Happy birthday, J.K. Rowling!

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