„The wizards represent all that the true "muggle" most fears: They are plainly outcasts and comfortable with being so. Nothing is more unnerving to the truly conventional than the unashamed misfit!“

—  Joanne K. Rowling, Salon (31 March 1999)
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britische Schriftstellerin, Autorin der Harry-Potter-Romane 1965

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