Every Quotation cited in One Election Please…

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Quotations from the book:

One Election Please… How J.K. Rowling Bought British Politics, Hid Her True Self and Hoodwinked the World—an Unauthorised Biographical Exposé

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Chapter Twenty-Two — Collected J.K. Rowling Quotations

I will reproduce here all of the quotations used within the book:
One Election Please… How J.K. Rowling Bought British Politics, Hid Her True Self and Hoodwinked the World—an Unauthorised Biographical Exposé after first adding a new one of my own:

‘If someone looks like a psychopath, talks like a psychopath, sues like a psychopath, giggles about people dying or the effigies of children being burnt like a psychopath, has the mannerisms and tells of a psychopath, supports alleged domestic abusers and wife beaters like a psychopath, writes about babies/children being attacked, tortured and killed like a psychopath, behaves like a psychopath, and holds grudges like a psychopath, how is that person not a psychopath?’

—Bruce Masters, 2019.

‘…So this became a big joke with me and when I did events I used to say to people: ‘You could pretend to be in a coma … and I could read a bit of the book (Harry Potter) to you and you could pretend to ‘come out’ (of the coma) and I could get a gold Blue Peter badge.’ … And now I’ve actually got one!’

—Joanne Murray, 2007[129]

‘I sometimes have a tendency to walk on the DARK side.’

—Joanne Murray, 2012[189]

‘…acknowledge and embrace the fact that we all have a certain degree of DARKNESS within us…’

—Joanne Murray, 2011[129]

‘I also recognise a lot of Harry in me. A part of Harry’s anger is my own, just like his frustration. He particularly has that in book five. The DARKEST book of the series.’

—Joanne Murray, 2007[188]

‘The last film is my favourite. Because the filmmakers really succeeded in capturing the DARK aspects of the book.’

—Joanne Murray, 2007[188]

‘I just wrote what I wanted to write and things got darker and darker and darker…’

—Joanne Murray, 2011[129][145][146]

‘People in the office would sometimes ask if she was in a good mood, in a terrified way.’

—Joanne’s former P.A., Amanda Donaldson[190]

‘The email and the letter followed various communications and it was my perception that it was in a threatening manner.’

—Joanne’s former P.A., Amanda Donaldson, on communication received from Mr and Mrs Murray[191]

‘It did say pay the £20,000 and then you wouldn’t be coming to court…’

—Joanne’s former P.A., Amanda Donaldson, on communication received from Mr and Mrs Murray[191]

‘I have heard it (one of his Joanne’s books) contains a vile character supposedly based on me – a man who has a difficult relationship with a teenager – but I don’t know if that’s true. Either way, I’ll keep smiling. That’s the sort of person I am.’

—Peter Rowling, Joanne’s father, 2012[85]

‘It was a short conversation. I was nervous about talking to her – she was livid.’

—Peter Rowling, Joanne’s father, 2012[85]

‘I have no nostalgia, whatsoever for childhood.’

—Joanne Murray[129]

‘Adults surprise me.’

—Joanne Murray[129]

‘I’m a flawed role model.’

—Joanne Murray, 1999[187]

‘I can’t see the point in doing something that isn’t a bit frightening.’

—Joanne Murray, 2017[342]

‘I’m not pro-independence.’

—Joanne Murray, 2012[129][372]

(Wasn’t the evil child abusing uncle character in the Harry Potter books the same?—Anti-independence in respect to Harry; didn’t he force him to live under the stairs also?)

‘Thinking back to my worst Christmas, I found it hard to believe that my unhappiness would pass. I was truly afraid of the future.’

—Joanne Murray, 2016[369]

‘I sometimes think it’s very analogous to having a lot of money that people think – ’cause that’s kind of like a super power. I’ve often thought this, since all this happened to me.’

—Joanne Murray, 2010[129][370]

‘I just – I just – and after all. Well, you do know what, I’m talking absolutely rubbish, aren’t I? I’m talking rubbish. I mean, I really would have to be very stupid but, yeah, I do still worry.’

—Joanne Murray, 2010[129][370]

‘I think that it’s such a huge thing to be estranged from a parent that obviously you would – it would have to be very big reasons for that.’

—Joanne Murray, 2010[129][370]

‘The books are what they are because she (Joanne’s mother) died.’

—Joanne Murray, 2010[129][370]

(Why the hell are you telling small children these things? Do you have no sense?—This is child abuse, you are messing with the minds of the young, forcing them to dwell upon your sadness, loss and apparent (claimed) grief. Stop it, Jo, just stop it. This is cruel and destructive, the kids don’t need your special brand of darkness; the world is scary enough as it is!)

‘I’ve often met people who – who are terrified, you know, in a straitjacket of their own making because they’d rather do anything that fail.’

—Joanne Murray, 2010[129][370]

‘Rock-bottom wasn’t fun – at all. I’m not going to romanticise rock-bottom, but it was liberating.’

—Joanne Murray, 2010[129][370]

(Isn’t saying rock-bottom was ‘liberating’ the definition of ‘romanticising’ rock-bottom? Or do you not equate liberty and freedom with happiness or positive feelings or emotions?)

‘Well, I mean, you could tie my hands to my sides, I suppose, but I have to write. For my own mental health.’

—Joanne Murray, 2010[129][370]

‘…Far from sympathetic, JK Rowling is a vicious Jew-hater who holds only one side’s feet to the fire: those of the victims.

—Varda Meyers Epstein/The Jewish Press newspaper[386]

‘So… is Rowling naive or actually a bit of a Death Eater herself?’

—Rabbi YY Rubinstein[387]

‘Rowling reveals her darkest loathing for the Jewish State, or at least the majority of its citizens…’

—The Jewish Press newspaper[388]

‘The Harry Potter Author Compares Israel to her Most Harrowing Characters’

—JPN[388]

‘Rowling wants to encourage Jew-hating Jewish Israelis who damn their own people and ignore their suffering…’

—Varda Meyers Epstein/The Jewish Press newspaper[386]

‘And I had this moment where I suddenly thought – It was like another voice speaking to me and the voice said “the difficult thing is going to get published.”’

—Joanne Murray, 2010[129][370]

‘That was the one thing in my life. I felt “I can tell a story.”’

—Joanne Murray, 2010[129][370]

‘I don’t have a middle name. So I took my favourite grandmother’s name, Kathleen.’

—Joanne Murray, 2010[129][370]

(It is incredibly uncouth and mean to favour one grandmother over another. What a terrible thing to say. Didn’t you also call a grandfather a liar and fantasist? You strike me as being a person consumed by hate)

‘I just wrote what I wanted to write and things got darker and darker and darker…’

—Joanne Murray, 2011[129][145][146]

‘I really went where my pen took me, bad though it may sound to some people, I never really considered my readership in that way, I just wrote what I wanted to write.’

—Joanne Murray, 2011[129][145][146]

(Joanne, what you wanted to write was child abuse?)

No writer is gonna tell you differently.’

—Joanne Murray, 2017[342]

(Gaslighting)

‘I know, genuinely, I know full well, I have limited time left on this Earth.’

—Joanne Murray, 2017[342]

‘I, for obvious reasons, had power of veto over everything.’

—Joanne Murray, 2017[342]

‘I think that’s been my whole life, actually! (LAUGH) I don’t think there was ever a point where I felt wholly in control.’

—Joanne Murray, 2017[342]

‘I think I personally feel quite liberated right now. I like doing things that scare me.’

—Joanne Murray, 2017[342]

‘Well, with the Robert Galbraith books, I wanted to go back to the beginning, and I had an idea for a series, having said I’d never do another series. So, that was a filthy lie.’

—Joanne Murray, 2017[342]

(A moment of honesty)

Joanne on her grandfather. (He was) ‘a complete fantasist.’ ‘He would tell outrageous lies to everyone,’ Rowling said. ‘I think maybe that’s where I got my imagination.’

—Joanne Murray, 1999[187]

(This is very interesting)

‘I don’t want to give anyone nightmares.’

—Joanne Murray, 1999[187]

‘I positively think they are moral books.’

—Joanne Murray, 1999[187], on the Harry Potter series of books.

‘At that age (11) I was irritating. I stood out.’

—Joanne Murray, 1999[187]

‘I’m not an organized person.’

—Joanne Murray, 1999[187]

‘If we cannot acknowledge and embrace the fact that WE ALL have a certain degree of DARKNESS within us, some more than others perhaps, and “bring it into the light” and examine it and talk about it, it’s part of the “human condition”, then, I think, we will be living in quite a dangerous climate.’

—Joanne Murray, 2011[129]

‘I also recognise a lot of Harry in me. A part of Harry’s anger is my own, just like his frustration. He particularly has that in book five. The darkest book of the series.’

—Joanne Murray, 2007[188]

‘I love red hair. But my hair isn’t naturally red. I’m actually not really sure what my real colour is. It’s something undecided, very boring and very uninteresting.’

—Joanne Murray, 2007[188]

(Is it brown or grey, Jo? Please be honest. You’re ‘not sure’ of your hair colour but are responsible for the welfare of children? In this picture, it seems brown.[192] Why the deliberate deception? Your natural hair colour is the same as your sister’s and mother’s, you either talk without thinking or are just cruel—how many millions of children who read your books have brown hair? Is their hair boring and ‘uninteresting’ as well? Unbelievable!)

‘The last film is my favourite. Because the filmmakers really succeeded in capturing the dark aspects of the book.’

—Joanne Murray, 2007[188]

‘I had the feeling that everything was going wrong, where I was angry at everyone, felt powerless and I couldn’t stand that I wasn’t in control of the situation.’

—Joanne Murray, 2007[188]

‘The reason I rarely give them (interviews) is because I actually have not that much to say.’

—Joanne Murray, 2007[188]

(As of today, February 2019, Joanne has tweeted 12,000 times. She has a LOT to say, this quote includes an obvious lie.)

‘I think I strive for the same wisdom as Dumbledore.’

—Joanne Murray, 2007[188]

‘There are many things in the catholic faith I do not agree with.’

—Joanne Murray, 2007[188]

‘I lead an intensely spiritual life!’

—Joanne Murray, 2007[188]

‘When I went to university, I became more critical. I got more annoyed with the smugness of religious people.’

—Joanne Murray, 2007[188]

‘My husband is also raised protestant, but he comes from a very strict Scottish group. One where they couldn’t sing and talk.’

—Joanne Murray, 2007[188]


No, no.
(I was not raised in a perfect family) That wasn’t like that at all. I think I longed for it my whole life, that I always wanted such a family. Now I finally have one.’

—Joanne Murray, 2007[188]

No, I don’t see him (Joanne’s father) that much.

I see my sister a lot more, even though she’s still angry with me for killing Dobby. She always said she would never forgive me if I killed Dobby or Hagrid … Ron’s father was actually going to die in book five…’

—Joanne Murray, 2007[188]

‘I felt that Arthur Weasley was the greatest father figure in the books. I couldn’t let Arthur die, I just couldn’t do it. He is the father everyone would wish for. Yes, me too.’

—Joanne Murray, 2007[188]

(Surely Joanne knows how hurtful these words must be to her father?)

‘Even I had to make choices.’

—Joanne Murray, 2007[188]

(EVEN you, Jo? Even? Listen to yourself!)

‘I sometimes have a tendency to walk on the dark side.’

—Joanne Murray, 2012[189]

‘I came from a difficult family.’

—Joanne Murray, 2012[189]

‘On my 50th — the theme of my 50th birthday, which I held at Halloween, even though that’s not really my birthday, was come as your own private nightmare. And I went as a lost manuscript. And I wrote over a dress most of that book. So that book, I don’t know whether it will ever be published, but it’s actually hanging in a wardrobe currently.’

—Joanne Murray, 2017[193]

(This is bizarre, even for Joanne. I wonder if her friends/family would pander to her wants and weird requests if she were a pauper. I doubt it. This is not quirky or kitsch, it is akin (in my view) to a spoilt child wanting and demanding everything; the guests should have told her to grow up or to get help for her issues, not pander to this mania. This is self-indulgence in the extreme and her guests were but humouring her. A final thought, you previously (to this statement) said that your children dying was your greatest fear/nightmare … so were you telling the truth then or are you telling the truth now?)

‘If I, who can afford the very best lawyers…’

—Joanne Murray, 2012[194]

‘…people have been asked to relive extremely painful episodes on the stand in front of millions.’

—Joanne Murray, 2012, on her participation in the Leveson Inquiry[194]

(Jo, you smiled and joked and laughed throughout proceedings. You wasted everyone’s time, it was never about you.)

‘There are two books whose final lines make me cry without fail, irrespective of how many times I read them, and one is Lolita. There is so much I could say about this book.

‘There just isn’t enough time to discuss how a plot that could have been the most worthless pornography becomes, in Nabakov’s hands, a great and tragic love story, and I could exhaust my reservoir of superlatives trying to describe the quality of the writing.’

—Joanne Murray, 2000[203]