Northern Expressions

Northern Expressions: The Power to Imagine Better

We do not need magic to change the world, we have the power to imagine better

Happy Friday, friends!

With the celebration of Harry Potter’s birthday this week and the release of The Cursed Child, I thought it would be appropriate to use one of my favorite quotes by the creator of Harry Potter herself: J.K. Rowling.

In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered the commencement address at Harvard. In it, she discusses the role of failure in our lives, her profound experiences at Amnesty International, and the power of imagination. I urge you to go read the whole thing. It is completely inspiring. 

“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”

We are capable of envisioning profound worlds. This imagination can lead to a better life for ourselves and our family, innovation, profound solutions to real problems, and a better world for everyone. I can imagine that world. So this week, let us exercise our power of imagination and start creating those dreams for us and for everyone around us. 

Enjoy your weekend!

Love, Maggie

PS – If you’ve finished The Cursed Child, email me your thoughts! (No spoilers in the comments for those that haven’t read it yet!) If you’ll recall, we saw the production in June and I’ve been DYING to talk to EVERYONE about it ever since!


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  1. I love that you are honouring Harry Potter with this article! you get some cool points from me.

    JK Rowling is so inspirational, couldn’t have picked a better person to be the creator of the books that raised a generation.

    Mindset is so important, I’ve found myself in a great positive place lately but I realised that nothing has actually truly changed.. just my feelings towards it. Having hope is a very powerful thing too..


    • MaggieBanks

      I love JK Rowling as well. And she’s totally right about mindset and imagination. When we imagine a better future and then HOPE for it, as you say, anything is possible!

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