The best quotes from the Harry Potter movies and books

Harry potter quotes

The Harry Potter universe are full of magical quotes. Here we present the best quotes! 

Unless you’ve lived under a stone since the 90s, you have a relationship with Harry Potter in one way or another. Since you’re reading this, I suspect the relationship is strong.  

If that’s the case you’ve arrived at the right place. 

A lot of great quotes have been written and said in these books and movies. Some of the quotes carry wisdom you can bring into your own real life, while other quotes are simply amusing. 

Let’s go down memory lane and once again experience some of the memorable things that Harry Potter and his friends (and enemies) have said. 

Oh, and by the way – please share your favorite quote in the comment section at the end of this article. 

Albus Dumbledore

«Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.»

«Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?»

«I cared more for your happiness than your knowing the truth, more for your peace of mind than my plan, more for your life than the lives that might be lost if the plan failed.»

«Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves it’s own mark. To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.»

«Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.»

«It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.»

«We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.»

«It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.»

«Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.»

«It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.»

«Sadly, accidental rudeness occurs alarmingly often. Best to say nothing at all, my dear man.»

«To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.»

«It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.»

«It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.»

«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!»

«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.»

«We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.»

«The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.»

«Curiosity is not a sin. But we should exercise caution with our curiosity.»

«Harry, suffering like this proves you are still a man! This pain is part of being human.»

«Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.»

«You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble?»

«Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.»

«Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both influencing injury, and remedying it.»

«For in dreams we enter a world that is entirely our own.»

«And now, Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.»

«I am not worried, Harry…I am with you.»

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

Sirius Black

«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.»

«The ones that love us never really leave us. You can always find them in here.»

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

«The world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters.»

Harry Potter

«There’s no need to call me ‘sir,’ Professor.»

«I solemnly swear I am up to no good.»

«Parents shouldn’t leave their kids unless —unless they’ve got to.»

Hermione Granger

«Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.»

«Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.»

«I mean, you could claim that anything’s real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody’s proved it doesn’t exist!»

«Books! And cleverness! There are more important things – friendship and bravery and – oh Harry – be careful!».

«One person can’t feel all that at once, they’d explode.»

«I mean, it’s sort of exciting isn’t it? Breaking the rules.»

«I’m hoping to do some good in the world!»

«Next time there’s a ball, ask me before someone else does, and not as a last resort!»

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

«Actually I’m highly logical which allows me to look past extraneous detail and perceive clearly that which others overlook.»

«You know, the Egyptians used to worship cats.»

«No, Harry. Even in the wizarding world, hearing voices isn’t a good sign.»

«Now if you two don’t mind, I’m going to bed before either of you come up with another clever idea to get us killed - or worse, expelled.»

«Are you sure that’s a real spell? Well, it’s not very good, is it?»

«Stop, stop, stop! You’re going to take someone’s eye out. Besides, you’re saying it wrong. It’s leviosa, not leviosar!»

«Honestly, don’t you two read?»

«Run like you have to get to the library.»

«Shh! Listen! Someone’s coming! I think — I think it might be us!»

«Sometimes friendship means not having to say anything. Thank yous and apologies can sometimes get lost, but that doesn’t mean they’re unexpressed»

Ron Weasley

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

«Don’t let the muggles get you down.»

«How can I have hung round you for five years and not think girls are clever?»

«She needs to sort out her priorities.»

«Oh, i'm so glad we know what it's called, that's a great help.»

«Why spiders? why couldn't it be 'follow the butterflies?»

«I hate being poor.»

«And that's the second time we've saved your life tonight, you two-faced bastar.»

«You're a little scary sometimes, you know that? Brilliant... but scary.»

«Kill us faster!? Oh, now I can relax!»

«If we die for them, Harry, I'm gonna kill you!»

«It's not much, but it's home.»

«I wasn't looking at its feet! I was a bit preoccupied with its heads. Or maybe you didn't notice? There were three!»

«She's gone mental, Hermione has. I mean, not that she wasn't always mental, but now it's out in the open for everyone to see!»

«You asked us a question and she knows the answer! Why ask if you don't want to be told?»

«A cat? Is that what they told you? It looks more like a pig with hair if you ask me.»

«Blimey, Harry. You've slayed dragons. If you can't get a date, who can?»

«I'm warning you, Hermione! Keep that bloody beast of yours away from Scabbers or I'll turn it into a tea cosy!»

«This is mad! At this rate, we'll be the only ones in our year without dates! Well, us and Neville.»

«Its beautiful isn't it? The moon.»

Professor Severus Snape

«There will be no foolish wand-waving or silly incantations in this class. As such, I don’t expect many of you to appreciate the subtle science and exact art that is potion-making. However, for those select few who possess the predisposition, I can teach you how to bewitch the mind and ensnare the senses. I can tell you how to bottle fame, brew glory, and even put a stopper in death. Then again, maybe some of you have come to Hogwarts in possession of abilities so formidable that you feel confident enough to not pay attention!»

«That is the second time you have spoken out of turn, Miss Granger . . . Five more points from Gryffindor for being an insufferable know-it-all.»

«You don’t want me as your enemy, Quirrell.»

«I have spied for you and lied for you, put myself in mortal danger for you. Everything was supposed to be to keep Lily Potter’s son safe. Now you tell me you have been raising him like a pig for slaughter»

«Would you like me to do it now? . . . Or would you like a few moments to compose an epitaph?»

«Tut, tut — fame clearly isn’t everything.»

«How extraordinarily like your father you are, Potter... he too was exceedingly arrogant.»

«You dare use my own spells against me, Potter? It was I who invented them — I, the Half-Blood Prince!»

«I do not take cheek from anyone, Potter... not even ‘The Chosen One".»

«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 — they stand no chance against his powers!»

«Vengeance is very sweet. How I hoped I would be the one to catch you...»

«Oh, very good. Yes, it is easy to see that nearly six years of magical education have not been wasted on you, Potter. Ghosts are transparent.»

«It’s real for us. Not for her.»

«The mind is a complex and many-layered thing, Potter... or at least, most minds are...»

«You see what you expect to see.»

«Are you incapable of restraining yourself, or do you take pride in being an insufferable Know-It-All?»

«Well, it may have escaped your notice, but life isn’t fair.»

«I have deceived one of the greatest wizards of all time.»

«Look at me…. You have your mother’s eyes.»

«So when the time comes…. The boy must die?»

«Has it ever crossed your brilliant mind that I don’t want to do this anymore?»

«Turn to page 394.»

«And if I ever hear you criticise the way I teach a class again, you will be sorry indeed.»

«The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure.»

«How grand it must be...To be the chosen one.»

«Have you ever considered that you ask too much, that you take too much for granted?»

Luna Lovegood

«Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.»

«All my shoes somehow magically disappeared. But I'm not concerned. They'll show up sometime - even when you least expect it.»

«Being different isn't a bad thing. I means that you are brave enough to be yourself.»

«You're just as sane as I am.»

«Wit beyond measure is a man's greatest treasure.»

«Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.»

Rubeus Hagrid

«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.»

«What’s comin’ will come, and we’ll meet it when it does.»

There's a storm coming, Harry, we'd all best be ready when she does».

«Don't you think on it Hermione, don't you think on it for one minute.»

«Don't pull out any of his feathers».

«Look! he knows his mummy! Hello, Norbert!»

«Not all wizards are good».

«I should not have said that».

«Never insult Albus Dumbledore in front of me».

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