70 Brilliant Harry Potter Quotes

Harry Potter captured the imaginations of young people in the late ’90s when the first book in the series hit the bookstores in 1997. Adored by millions, the Harry Potter series defined a generation, inspiring readers and movie-goers alike. It is not hard to see why – the series is full of fun, magic, fear, and the eternal battle between dark and light.

J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, created more than entertainment when she penned these books. She taught young people that the world is both frightening and comforting, ugly and beautiful, and we are each responsible for our own light. Anyone who picks up the books or watches the films understands there is a lot to learn from the Harry Potter series.

Harry Potter Quotes

Here are 70 of the most brilliant Harry Potter quotes – including the best ones from the movies and the books. We have grouped them separately.

Harry Potter Movie Quotes

“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.” Albus Dumbledore

“Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.” Hermione Granger

“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” Sirius Black

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“I solemnly swear I am up to no good.” Harry Potter

“It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” Albus Dumbledore

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” Albus Dumbledore

“When in doubt, go to the library.” — Ron Weasley

“Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.” Hermione Granger

“It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” Albus Dumbledore

“Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.” Luna Lovegood

“Dobby is free.” Dobby

“Fame is a fickle friend, Harry. Celebrity is as celebrity does. Remember that.” Gilderoy Lockhart

“I am what I am, an’ I’m not ashamed. ‘Never be ashamed,’ my ol’ dad used ter say, ‘there’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth botherin’ with.’” Rubeus Hagrid

“Don’t let the muggles get you down.” Ron Weasley

Every human life is worth the same and worth saving.” Kingsley Shacklebolt

“It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.” Albus Dumbledore

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” Sirius Black

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” Albus Dumbledore

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Greatness inspires envy; envy engenders spite; spite spawns lies.” Tom Riddle

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“Just because it’s taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn’t mean no one else has spotted I’m a girl!” Hermione Granger

“What’s comin’ will come, and we’ll meet it when it does.” Rubeus Hagrid

“Once again, you show all the sensitivity of a blunt axe.” Nearly Headless Nick

“Working hard is important. But there is something that matters even more, believing in yourself.” Harry Potter

“There were near misses, many of them. We laughed about them afterwards. We were young, thoughtless — carried away with our own cleverness.” Remus Lupin

“And now, Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” Albus Dumbledore

“I mean, it’s sort of exciting, isn’t it, breaking the rules?” Hermione Granger

“You are protected, in short, by your ability to love!” Albus Dumbledore

“That’s what they should teach us here. How girls’ brains work… It would be more useful than divination, anyway…” Ron Weasley

“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Albus Dumbledore

“We must try not to sink beneath our anguish…but battle on.” Albus Dumbledore

“Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress? All of them realize that, one day, amongst their many victims, there is sure to be one who rises against them and strikes back!” Albus Dumbledore

“Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.” Albus Dumbledore

“Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” Ginny Weasley

“It is the quality of one’s convictions that determines success, not the number of followers.” Remus Lupin

“‘The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.'” Albus Dumbledore

“From now on, I don’t care if my tea leaves spell, ‘Die, Ron, die,’ I’m chucking them in the bin where they belong.” Ron Weasley

“We teachers are rather good at magic, you know.” Minerva McGonagall

“The world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters.” Sirius Black

“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.” Albus Dumbledore

“Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.” Arthur Weasley

“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” Albus Dumbledore

“Twitchy little ferret, aren’t you, Malfoy?” Hermione Granger

“But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” Albus Dumbledore

“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love. “ Albus Dumbledore

“Your devotion is nothing more than cowardice. You would not be here if you had anywhere else to go.” Voldemort

Harry Potter Book Quotes

“I DON’T CARE!” Harry yelled at them, snatching up a lunascope and throwing it into the fireplace. “I’VE HAD ENOUGH, I’VE SEEN ENOUGH, I WANT OUT, I WANT IT TO END, I DON’T CARE ANYMORE!””You do care,” said Dumbledore. He had not flinched or made a single move to stop Harry demolishing his office. His expression was calm, almost detached. “You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.”

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“Killing is not so easy as the innocent believe.”

“Harry witnessed Professor McGonagall walking right past Peeves who was determinedly loosening a crystal chandelier and could have sworn he heard her tell the poltergeist out of the corner of her mouth, ‘It unscrews the other way.”

“You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!”

“October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.”

“You will also find that help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.”

“They’re evacuating the younger kids and everyone’s meeting in the Great Hall to get organized. We’re fighting.”

“Rita looked as though she would have liked nothing better than to seize the paper umbrella sticking out of Hermione’s drink and thrust it up her nose.”

“Of course we still want to know you!” Harry said, staring at Hagrid.”You don’t think anything that Skeeter cow – sorry, Professor,” he added quickly, looking at Dumbledore.”I have gone temporarily deaf and haven’t any idea what you said, Harry,” said Dumbledore, twiddling his thumbs and staring at the ceiling.”

“I am not worried, Harry,” said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. “I am with you.”

“And he knew that at that moment, they understood each other perfectly, and when he told her what he was going to do now, she would not say ‘be careful’ or ‘don’t do it’, but she would accept his decision because she would not have expected anything less of him.”

“Scrimgeour: “It’s time you learned some respect!” Harry: “It’s time you earned it.”

“Oh, these people’s minds work in strange ways, Petunia, they’re not like you and me,” said Uncle Vernon, trying to knock in a nail with the piece of fruitcake Aunt Petunia had just brought him.”

“And Death spoke to them —’”“Sorry,” interjected Harry, “but Death spoke to them?”“It’s a fairy tale, Harry!”“Right, sorry. Go on.”

“He read the letter again, but could not take in any more meaning than he had done the first time and was reduced to staring at the handwriting itself. She had made her g’s the same way he did : he searched through the letter for every one of them, and each felt like a friendly little wave glimpsed from behind a veil. The letter was an incredible treasure, proof that Lily Potter had lived, really lived, that her warm hand had once moved across this parchment, tracing ink into these letters, these words, words about him, Harry, her son.”

“Fools who wear their hearts proudly on their sleeves, who cannot control their emotions, who wallow in sad memories and allow themselves to be provoked this easily — weak people, in other words…”

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“Repeat after me, Mr. Black: I do believe in commas. I do, I do.”

“I—I didn’t think—””That,” said Professor McGonagall, “is obvious.”

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“Killing rips the soul apart.”

“The ones that love us never really leave us.”

“Aunt Petunia burst into tears. Hestia Jones gave her an approving look that changed to outrage as Aunt Petunia ran forward and embraced Dudley rather than Harry.’S-so sweet, Dudders…’ she sobbed into his massive chest. ‘S-such a lovely b-boy…s-saying thank you…”But he hadn’t said thank you at all!’ said Hestia indignantly. ‘He only said he didn’t think Harry was a waste of space!”Yeah, but coming from Dudley that’s like “I love you.”

“McLaggen makes Grawp look like a gentleman.”

“You’ll soon find out some wizarding families are much better than others, Potter. You don’t want to go making friends with the wrong sort. I can help you there.”He held out his hand to shake Harry’s, but Harry didn’t take it.“I think I can tell who the wrong sort are for myself, thanks,” he said coolly.”

“Yes, Harry Potter!” said Dobby at once, his great eyes shining with excitement. “And if Dobby does it wrong, Dobby will throw himself off the topmost tower, Harry Potter!”“There won’t be any need for that,” said Harry hastily.”

“Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself most plainly when you need of him. How else could you produce that particular Patronus? Prongs rode again last night.”

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Summary of Harry Potter Quotes

Hogwarts was the school where wizards went to hone their skills, but young readers everywhere learned something when they followed Harry and his friend’s adventures. The series is now known as a cornerstone of young adult literature and is the best-selling book series in history, with more than 500 million copies sold worldwide. These insightful books have been translated into 80 languages, allowing youth everywhere the excitement and joy of Harry Potter.

While there is no such thing as enough Harry Potter quotes, we hope you have enjoyed these. Use them as inspiration to be your best, and to remember that where there is dark, there is light.

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