Harry Potter Quotes

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Looking for the best Harry Potter Quotes that will inspire your little ones? Little wizards and witches need some magical-food for thought too! We have all the funniest, most touching, and downright iconic quotes from the legendary Harry Potter series. Afterall, words can be the source of magic too.


Looking for the best Harry Potter Quotes that will inspire your little ones? Little wizards and witches need some magical-food for thought too! We have all the funniest, most touching, and downright iconic quotes from the legendary Harry Potter series. Afterall, words can be the source of magic too.

JK Rowling created Harry Potter in 1997. She wrote seven novels and two short stories before she finished writing the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The series was adapted into eight films, starting with the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 2001.

Harry Potter is a complex character whose story begins as a young boy, curious about the new & unknown wizarding world around him. As Harry grows up, he faces new and terrifying obstacles he must tackle along the way. He learns to overcome all of his darkest fears and eventually becomes a hero. The people he meets in his life alongside his experiences, teach him valuable lessons about life, love, friendship, loyalty, courage, and self-confidence.

Through Harry’s journey into adulthood, he is given many nuggets of wisdom about the wild & winding nature of life. Whether that be from Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, Albus Dumbledore, Rubeus Hagrid or Sirius Black, each character helped shape Harry into the hero he was destined to become.

So, without further ado, let’s get into all the best Harry Potter Quotes

Albus Dumbledore

Dumbledore is the protector and mentor for Harry Potter. He is wise, intelligent, gentle and influences Harry to follow his own instincts. He also encourages Harry to trust his own character.

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Here are some of Dumbledore's most inspirational quotes...

  • “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live”
  • “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends”
  • It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities”
  • “Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”
  • It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it.
  • “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 that rises against them and strikes back!”
  • “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”

Hermione Granger

Hermione is a hard-working, intelligent, self-assured and a fiercely loyal friend to Harry & Ron. Her role in the novel often left her steering the boys in the right direction, with a hefty book in hand and lots of brain power. She is the rational force within the trio who often comes out with a few funny and insightful quotes.

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Here are some of Hermione's wittiest quotes in the novel...

  • “It’s leviOsa, not levioSA!”
  • “Fear Of A Name Only Increases Fear Of The Thing Itself”
  • ‘Luck Can Only Get You So Far’
  • “It’s kind of exciting, breaking all the rules. Isn’t it?”
  • “Books! And Cleverness! There Are More Important Things. Friendship And Bravery”
  • “Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.”
  • “No, Harry, you listen,” said Hermione. “We’re coming with you. That was decided months ago – years, really.”
  • “Don’t you tell me what to do, Harry Potter!”
  • “Just because it’s taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn’t mean no one else has spotted I’m a girl!”

Ronald Weasley

Ron is by far the dopiest character in the golden trio however, he is a lot more than just ‘the funny one’. He is always the first to join Harry in his dangerous quests. He is brave, intensely loyal and aside from his occasional bouts of jealousy, he knows right from wrong. His light-hearted nature often comes in handy as the trio face some of the darkest moments in the series. Ron is a true friend and a great sidekick to Harry.

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Here are some of Ron's most profound and funny quotes...

  • “We’re with you whatever happens.”
  • “Why are they all staring?” demanded Albus as he and Rose craned around to look at the other students.
    “Don’t let it worry you,” said Ron. “It’s me. I’m extremely famous.”
  • “Poisonous toadstools don’t change their spots.”
  • “If you want to kill Harry, you’ll have to kill us too!”
  • “Why Spiders? Why Couldn’t It Be ‘Follow The Butterflies?”
  • “I love you, Hermione,” said Ron, sinking back, rubbing his eyes wearily.
    Hermione turned faintly pink, but merely said, “Don’t let Lavender hear you saying that.”
    “I won’t,” said Ron into his hands. “Or maybe I will . . . then she’ll ditch me . . .”
  • “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.”

Sirius Black

Sirius’ character is a complex and fascinating one. After being falsely imprisoned in Azkaban for 12 years for the murder of Harry’s parents, Sirius has a unique and impactful relationship with Harry. His warm and knowledgeable nature plays into a father role which helps shape Harry’s character into becoming the deeply feeling and rational protagonist that he is. Sirius is brave, caring, selfless and he is determined to always look forward and keep going despite the past. He has many wonderful and touching quotes throughout the novels, so let’s jump into them…

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Here are some of Sirius' best quotes in the novel...

  • “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
  • “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 who love us never really leave us, you can always find them in here.”
  • “What’s life without a little risk?”
  • “Bad Times Like That Bring Out The Best In Some People And The Worst In Others.”

Rubeus Hagrid

Hagrid is iconic to a T! He holds many of the most memorable, funny and simple quotes that are regularly repeated and used in memes across the world. His character is the epitome of the BFG (big friendly giant). He’s in touch with nature and all creatures great and small, from Buckbeak to Hippogriffs! Hagrid is a great advocate for “never judge a book by its cover”. He is a truly heartwarming soul and served as a great teacher to Harry as he helped him become the thoughtful individual he is today.

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Here are some of Hagrid's most heart-warming quotes in the novel...

  • “You’re a wizard Harry”
  • “Not all wizards are good”
  • “Never insult Dumbledore in front of me”
  • “Don’t you think it on Hermione. Don’t you think on it for one minute.”
  • “What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.”
  • “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.”
  • “I’ve decided to call him Norbert,’ said Hagrid, looking at the dragon with misty eyes. “He really knows me now, watch. Norbert! Norbert! Where’s Mummy?”
  • “Neville will play Quidditch for England before Hagrid lets Dumbledore down.”

Harry Potter

The central qualities to Harry Potter are bravery, determination and self sacrifice. He battles on through every low point in the novel, always looking forward and listening to those around him for advice. Harry transforms from a meek boy who has always felt alone in the world, to a courageous hero, with the help of his trusted friends and teachers. You can never take your role as the ‘chosen one’ lightly, but Harry finds the time add a little sarcasm and humour here, there and everywhere too!

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Here are some of Harry's best quotes in the novel...

  • “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.”
  • ’An Unbreakable Vow?’ said Ron, looking stunned. ‘Nah, he can’t have…. Are you sure?’
    ‘Yes I’m sure,’ said Harry. ‘Why, what does it mean?’
    ‘Well, you can’t break an Unbreakable Vow…’
    ‘I’d worked that much out for myself, funnily enough.”
  • “He must have known I’d want to leave you.”
    “No, he must have known you would always want to come back.” (Harry & Ron)
  • “You’ll stay with me?’
    Until the very end,’ said James.”
  • “Expecto Patronum”

There are many whacky & wonderful characters crafted from J.K Rowling’s imagination that illuminate the novel who we we haven’t yet mentioned. As there are so many great moments to choose from, we’ve settled some terrific honourable mentions.


Here are some other notable quotes from other cracking characters in Harry Potter...

  • “The mind is a complex and many-layered thing, Potter… or at least, most minds are…” – Severus Snape
  • “My mum always said things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end. If not always in the ways we expect”. – Luna Lovegood
  • “Which came first, the phoenix or the flame?”
    “…I think the answer is that a circle has no beginning.”
    “Well reasoned.” – Luna Lovegood
  • “Offend Dobby!” choked the elf. “Dobby has never been asked to sit down by a wizard — like an equal —” – Dobby
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