Bravo to J.K. Rowling for a pretty good speech at Harvard Commencement. To be sure, nothing she said was outside the standard liberal ideological framework; there was nothing tremendously remarkable in her words. But the speech was dignified, smart, and straightforward, without irony or embarrassment, and so much better than some such addresses, with their sycophantic enthusiasm, naivete, and flaccid rhetoric. Even the obligatory words about changing the world were muted. And I was touched at the reminder that the first response of the British to horrific tragedy is to put the kettle on.