40 Harry Potter Quotes on Life, Love, and Hope

Dumbledore doesn't have all the words of wisdom.

40 Harry Potter Quotes on Life, Love, and Hope
40 Harry Potter Quotes on Life, Love, and Hope

Whether you’ve got hosted Harry Potter film marathons more times than you can count, or have learn every of the seven books on multiple event, Potterheads know there are some classic lines that may always stay with you. After all, some of the most inspirational quotes on the market come from Albus Dumbledore himself (well, technically J.Ok. Rowling). And of course we’ve funny one-liners from the movies, words on friendship, love, and hope, delivered to you by our Golden Trio, and Hermione’s unforgettable quips. Learn on for the best of the best Harry Potter quotes.

Hagrid on being yourself

“I am what I am, an’ I’m not ashamed,” says the half-giant in The Goblet of Fire.

The Marauders and their Map

In The Prisoner of Azkaban, it’s revealed that The Marauders (Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, James Potter, and Peter Pettigrew) created the phrase “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good,” to activate The Marauder’s Map.

Lupin on success

“It is the quality of one’s convictions that determines success, not the number of followers,” Remus Lupin said to Kingsley Shacklebolt before the Battle of Hogwarts in The Deathly Hallows.

Dumbledore on living your life

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live,” Dumbledore tell Harry in chapter 12 of The Sorcerer’s Stone after the young wizard sees his late parents in the Mirror of the Erised.

Kingsley Shacklebolt on the value of life

“We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving,” Kingsley Shacklebolt says in chapter 22 of The Deathly Hallows.

Dumbledore on accepting differences

“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open,” he says to student in the Great Hall in chapter 37 of The Goblet of Fire.

Hagrid reveals the truth to Harry Potter

“Yer a wizard Harry.” With these words from Hagrid, Harry’s world (and ours) officially changed forever, as he was introduced to the magical world in The Sorcerer’s Stone.

Luna Lovegood on loss

Evanna Lynch’s Luna Lovegood says this to Harry in The Order of the Phoenix film. “Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.”

Dumbledore on the power of neglect

in chapter 37 of The Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore says, “Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.”

Dumbledore on reality

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean it is not real?” Rowling has admitted that this Dumbledore line from The Deathly Hallows is her favorite Harry Potter quote of all time.

J.K. Rowling on the Golden Trio’s friendship

In The Sorcerer’s Stone, Rowling writes of Harry, Ron, and Hermione: “There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”

Dumbledore on death

“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure,” Dumbledore said in The Sorcerer’s Stone.

Dumbledore on sticking up for yourself

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends,” he tells Harry in The Sorcerer’s Stone.

Dumbledore on circumstance

He says in chapter 36 of The Goblet of Fire, “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”

Severus Snape’s redeeming quote

Though many thought Snape was the enemy for the majority of the series, in The Deathly Hallows we learned that he’d been helping Harry all along. As he’d “always” loved the boy’s mother, Lily. That one word turned him into a hero, and is the quote that’s most renowned amongst Potterheads.

The ending of the book series

Potterheads will recognize this as the very last sentence written in the seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:”All was well.”

Hermione on the power of labels

“Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself,” Watson’s Hermione says in The Chamber of Secrets film. But fun fact? Dumbledore actually says this quote instead in the book version.

Hermione on Ron’s sensitivity

“Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have,” Hermione says to Ron in The Order of the Phoenix’s chapter 21.

Ron on the library

“When in doubt, go to the library.” This uncharacteristically bookish quote from Ron in The Chamber of Secrets was inspired by Hermione.

Dumbledore on the unknown

“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more,” Albus Dumbledore says to Harry in The Half-Blood Prince’s chapter 26, “The Cave.”

Dumbledore on light and joy

In the film The Prisoner of Azkaban, Dumbledore addresses the Hogwarts students in the great hall and says, “But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Hermione on friendship

In chapter 16 of The Sorcerer’s Stone, Hermione says to Harry: “Books! And cleverness! There are more important things—friendship and bravery.”

Ron Weasley on staying positive

With words of encouragement to Harry, Ron says, “Don’t let the muggles get you down,” in chapter 1 of The Prisoner of Azkaban.

Hermione Granger’s most famous quote

“It’s leviOsa, not levioSA!” is one of Hermione Granger’s most well-known quotes from the movie franchise, when she corrects Ron Weasley’s mispronunciation of the “Wingardium Leviosa” spell in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

The Marauder’s magical words

In The Prisoner of Azkaban, we learn that The Marauders invented the magical phrase, “Mischief managed!” to deactivate their Marauder’s Map.

Sirius on good vs. evil

In the fifth film, The Order of the Phoenix, Gary Oldman’s Sirius Black says: “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.”

J.K Rowling on time

In The Goblet of Fire, Rowling writes “Time will not slow down when something unpleasant lies ahead,” as the narrator.

Dumbledore on the power of words

While not a quote from the books, Michael Gambon’s Dumbledore says this to Harry in Deathly Hallows: Part 2:”Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”

Hermione on rebelling

Emma Watson’s Hermione says, “I mean, it’s sort of exciting, isn’t it, breaking the rules?” in the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix film, while hatching a plan with the gang in Dumbledore’s Army.

Dumbledore on death and love

“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love,” Dumbledore says in chapter 35 of The Deathly Hallows when looking at the remains of Voldemort’s soul.

Dumbledore on unity

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” One of Dumbledore’s most famous quotes comes from chapter 37 of The Goblet of Fire.

Ron on Hermione’s intelligence

“You’re a little scary sometimes, you know that? Brilliant, but scary,” Ron says to Hermione in the Sorcerer’s Stone film.

Dumbledore on grief

“Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it,” Dumbledore says in The Goblet of Fire.

Dumbledore on the value of the truth

“The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution,” he says in The Sorcerer’s Stone.

Hermione…being Hermione

One of her most memorable quotes comes from the first film, The Sorcerer’s Stone: “I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed—or worse, expelled. Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to bed.”

Dumbledore on adventure

“And now, Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure,” the ancient wizard says in chapter 3 of The Half-Blood Prince.

Sirius Black on character

“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 said in The Goblet of Fire.

Molly Weasley to Bellatrix Lestrange

“Not my daughter you bitch!” This beloved Molly Weasley quote appears in both The Deathly Hallows film and book when Bellatrix attempts to kill Ginny.

Dumbledore on making hard decisions

In chapter 18 of The Chamber of Secrets, Dumbledore says, “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

Hermione quoting Dumbledore on forgiveness

When speaking to Ron, Hermione recalls the professor’s words of forgiveness in The Half-Blood Prince: “Dumbledore says people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.”

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