JK ROWLING has delighted fans by picking her favourite quote from the Harry Potter series.
The author, who wrote 1,084,170 words in the seven-book series selected just 20 words from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
She chose the line, from page 723 of the first edition: “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean it is not real?”
Rowling, who was responding to a question from a fan on Twitter, caused delight on social media with her choice.
One user, who goes by the name ‘Angel’ said: “I just burst into tears because that’s my favourite too.”
Another person, who has a picture of character Hermione Granger as their profile, added: “This one beautiful quote has such a strong meaning even if it only has a few words.”
‘Yuri’ said: “Thank you for never letting the magic of Harry Potter die.”
The line is spoken Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore while having a chat with Harry in the ‘spiritual’ world.
The line is a favourite with many fans of the books, for whom Harry Potter is no less real for being inside their heads.
At least one fan has posed on social media with the words tattooed on their ribcage.
Yesterday, one Twitter user, called ‘Emerald’, told Rowling: “I was thinking of this quote five minutes ago when I was pondering how much I hate realists.”
‘Miss Tati’ added: “That’s my favourite too. #ItsRealForUs”
Rowling picked out the quote during a rare, impromptu question and answer session on Twitter.
Asked by Benjamin Roffman whether the Jewish religion was represented in the series, she replied: “Anthony Goldstein, Ravenclaw, Jewish Wizard.”
The author then went on to outline that every faith and belief system was represented in Harry Potter other than Wiccans – a modern, pagan witchcraft religion.
One user, Anna Blackwell, also asked what advice she would give to her former self.
Rowling replied: “It will get better. Also, those baggy red dungarees are a horrible look on you.”
The novelist has been active with Potter-related news in recent months, tweeting riddles and releasing new writing on the Pottermore website.
The Harry Potter books have sold more than 450 million copies worldwide, and have been made into films that made £4.7 billion at the box office.