60 Magical Harry Potter Quotes

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On 26 June 1997, an unknown Scottish author named Joanne Rowling released her first novel.

Just 500 copies of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone were printed, but it was the beginning of a worldwide phenomenon that would fascinate both children and adults for decades.

What was once a figment of an author’s imagination has become a series of novels, eight box-office hit movies, and a number of major attractions (you can go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in America, Japan, Europe and beyond). It has amassed a cult following of loyal “muggles” (non-magic folk) both online and in real life.

Separately, the novels and the movies have grossed over $7.7 billion each, making J.K. Rowling one of the richest and most successful authors of all time.

From Hogwarts to Hogsmeade, Platform 9 and 3/4 and The Burrow, Rowling has created a world that is wonderful and engaging because it meshes so well with our own.

Whether it’s the thrill of shopping for school supplies in Diagon Alley, boarding the Hogwarts Express, or attending a potions class, Rowling brings us into the world of Harry Potter and makes us feel like we belong.

The trials and lessons faced by Harry Potter and his best friends, challenge us and force us to contemplate the big questions about life, love, friendship, loyalty, and destiny.

So whether your love of Harry Potter comes from reading the books, seeing the movies, or a bit of both, we’ve put together a list of the most magical Harry Potter quotes from each.

Harry Potter Quotes

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

Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.

Hermione Granger

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

Albus Dumbledore

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

Albus Dumbledore

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!

Professor Severus Snape
“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

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

Hermione Granger

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

Albus Dumbledore

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

Albus Dumbledore

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

Albus Dumbledore

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?

Albus Dumbledore
“You want fame, you have to be prepared for a long hard slog.” – Gilderoy Lockhart

It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew — and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents — that there was all the difference in the world.

Harry Potter

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

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

Luna Lovegood
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – Albus Dumbledore

I solemnly swear I am up to no good.

Harry Potter

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

Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.

Ginny Weasley

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

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

I think we’ve outgrown full-time education … Time to test our talents in the real world, d’you reckon?

Fred Weasley

Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.

Kingsley Shacklebolt

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

Albus Dumbledore

‘He must have known I’d run out on you.’ ‘No,’ Harry corrected him. ‘He must’ve always known you’d always want to come back.’

Ron Weasley

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

Albus Dumbledore
“Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.” – Albus Dumbledore

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

We’re all going to keep fighting, Harry. You know that?

Neville Longbottom

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

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

Time will not slow down when something unpleasant lies ahead.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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

Albus Dumbledore

Celebrity is as celebrity does, remember that.

Gilderoy Lockhart

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

Harry Potter

Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies.

Lord Voldemort
“We can’t choose our fate, but we can choose others. Be careful in knowing that.” – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The happiest man on earth would be able to use the Mirror of Erised like a normal mirror, that is, he would look into it and see himself exactly as he is. Does that help.

Albus Dumbledore

Hogwarts is threatened!” shouted Professor McGonagall. “Man the boundaries, protect us, do your duty to our school!

Professor McGonagall

Killing is not so easy as the innocent believe.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

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

Ron Weasley

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

Rubeus Hagrid
“We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” – Albus Dumbledore

Once again, you show all the sensitivity of a blunt axe.

Nearly Headless Nick

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

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

Don’t let the muggles get you down.

Ron Weasley

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

Remus Lupin
“There is no good and evil, there is only power and those too weak to seek it.” – Lord Voldemort

We teachers are rather good at magic, you know.

Minerva McGonagall

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

Albus Dumbledore

You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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

Albus Dumbledore

But from that moment on, Hermione Granger became their friend. Because there are somethings you can’t go through in life and become friends, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
“I’m going to keep going until I succeed — or die. Don’t think I don’t know how this might end. I’ve known it for years.” – Harry Potter

Finally, the truth. Lying with his face pressed into the dusty carpet of the office where he had once thought he was learning the secrets of victory, Harry understood at last that he was not supposed to survive.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I was ripped from my body, I was less than spirit, less than the meanest ghost… But still, I was alive.

Lord Voldemort

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!

Hermione Granger

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

Ron Weasley

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

Sirius Black
“All was well.” – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Bonus Quotes for Fans

While many fans have imagined what it would be like to walk the halls of Hogwarts, for Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, it was a reality that occupied a considerable part of their childhood.

Playing such huge roles undoubtedly changed their lives, in some ways for the better, and others worse.

One thing is for certain, and that is that the profound effect of the Harry Potter series, whether in print or on screen. J.K. Rowling’s creation continues to delight and amaze new fans every day, with fellow authors and actors applauding her stories and the deep emotion they have captured.

I must have read my battered old copies of the Harry Potter novels hundreds of times, and I still get excited, frustrated, nervous, and upset as I read them… even though I know the story so well.

Enjoy these bonus Harry Potter quotes on what it’s like to be in the Wizarding World, Rowling’s mastery, and the legacy of the Harry Potter series!

“JK Rowling created seven horcruxes. She put a part of her soul in every book and her books will live forever.” – Stephen King

No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.

J.K. Rowling

I used to be self-conscious about my height, but then I thought, f—k that, I’m Harry Potter.

Daniel Radcliffe

The line between Ron and me became thinner with each film and I think we became virtually the same person. There’s a lot of me in Ron and moving on was a massive adjustment because it was such a constant part of my life.

Rupert Grint

When I see the images of the first Harry Potter, I immediately think of how ugly my hair was.

Emma Watson
“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” – J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter isn’t real? Oh no! Wait, wait, what do you mean by real? Is this video blog real? Am I real if you can see me and hear me, but only through the internet? Are you real if I can read your comment but I don’t know who you are or what your name is or where you’re from or what you look like or how old you are? I know all of those things about Harry Potter. Maybe Harry Potter’s real and you’re not.

John Green

Harry Potter, to a point, will always define me, but I hope in the same way that Harrison Ford is defined by Star Wars.

Daniel Radcliffe

What is your favorite lesson from the Harry Potter series? Is there a quote that inspires you that’s missing from our list? Share it with us below.

Updated September 1, 2020.

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Natalie Seale

Natalie Seale is a writer, researcher, and editor for keepinspiring.me. She holds an MA, MSc, and PhD in History from the University of Edinburgh, and has started two businesses since 2011. Natalie is an avid reader, a keen traveller, and enjoys cooking and walking with her English Spaniel. Her posts focus on inspiring others to live healthy, happy, and active lives.