When I decided I wanted to write about my favorite quotes from the entire Harry Potter series, I guess I’d forgotten just how many of them there are. So instead of giving you a massive novel to read all at once, this little trip down memory lane harkens back to the first half of the saga.
JK Rowling is annoyingly prolific, and has come out with dozens (if not hundreds) of gems in her thousands of pages of writing. Lovelyish’s Harry Potter Week would be incomplete without a tribute to the lines that made us laugh, the lines that made us cry, and the lines that made us think.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (from Amazon)
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” -Albus Dumbledore
“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
“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” -Albus Dumbledore
“Now, you two – this year, you behave yourselves. If I get one more owl telling me you’ve – you’ve blown up a toilet or –”
“Blown up a toilet? We’ve never blown up a toilet.”
“Great idea though, thanks, Mum.” -Fred and George Weasley
“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.” -Hermione Granger
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ($10.99 from Amazon)
“Pass the frying pan.”
“You’ve forgotten the magic word,” said Harry irritably.
The effect of this simple sentence on the rest of the family was incredible: Dudley gasped and fell off his chair with a crash that shook the whole kitchen; Mrs. Dursley gave a small scream and clapped her hands to her mouth; Mr. Dursley jumped to his feet, veins throbbing in his temples.
“Excuse me?” said Ron sharply. “What d’you mean, a bit of whoever we’re changing into? I’m drinking nothing with Crabbe’s toenails in it – “
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” -Albus Dumbledore
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ($10.99 from Amazon)
“You look in excellent health to me, Potter, so you will excuse me if I don’t let you off homework today. I assure you that if you die, you need not hand it in.” – Professor McGonagall
“Right, you’ve got a crooked sort of cross. That means you’re going to have ‘trials and suffering’… sorry about that… but there’s a thing that could be the sun — hang on — that means ‘great happiness’ — so you’re going to suffer but be very happy about it…” -Harry Potter
“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? Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself most plainly when you have need of him. How else could you produce that particular Patronus? Prongs rode again last night.” -Albus Dumbledore
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ($12.99 from Amazon)
“You will have your reward, Wormtail. I will allow you to perform an essential task for me, one that many of my followers would give their right hands to perform…” -Voldemort
It’s a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.
“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
“You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!”-Albus Dumbledore
Stay tuned for part two, books 5-7, coming soon!
Lovelies, what are your favorite quotes from these books?