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Quotations from
the Harry Potter series
by J.K. Rowling


It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.  ~J.K. Rowling, "The Mirror of Erised," Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 1997, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore


After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.  ~J.K. Rowling, "The Man with Two Faces," Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 1997, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore


As much money and life as you could want!  The two things most human beings would choose above all - the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.  ~J.K. Rowling, "The Man with Two Faces," Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 1997, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore


Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain.  ~J.K. Rowling, "Dobby's Reward," Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 1999, spoken by the character Arthur Weasley


It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.  ~J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 1999, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore


Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.  ~Steven Kloves (screenplay), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 2004, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore


In dreams, we enter a world that's entirely our own.  ~Steven Kloves (screenplay), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 2004, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore


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.  ~J.K. Rowling, "The Hungarian Horntail," Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000


I say there are spots that don't come off.... Spots that never come off, d'you know what I mean?  ~J.K. Rowling, "The Egg and The Eye," Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000, spoken by the character Mad-Eye Moody


Nothing like a nighttime stroll to give you ideas.  ~J.K. Rowling, "The Egg and The Eye," Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000, spoken by the character Mad-Eye Moody


If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.  ~J.K. Rowling, "Padfoot Returns," Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000, spoken by the character Sirius Black; a variation of sayings by Philip Dormer Stanhope, 1748, and Charles Bayard Miliken, 1910


I sometimes find, and I am sure you know the feeling, that I simply have too many thoughts and memories crammed into my mind.... At these times... I use the Pensieve.  One simply siphons the excess thoughts from one's mind, pours them into the basin, and examines them at one's leisure.  ~J.K. Rowling, "The Pensieve," Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore


Curiosity is not a sin.... But we should exercise caution with our curiosity... yes, indeed.  ~J.K. Rowling, "The Pensieve," Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore


Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.  ~J.K. Rowling, "The Parting of the Ways," Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore


You place too much importance... on the so-called purity of blood!  You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!  ~J.K. Rowling, "The Parting of the Ways," Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore


It is my belief... that the truth is generally preferable to lies.  ~J.K. Rowling, "The Beginning," Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore


Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.  ~J.K. Rowling, "The Beginning," Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore


There was no point in worrying yet.... what would come, would come... and he would have to meet it when it did.  ~J.K. Rowling, "The Beginning," Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000


According to Madam Pomfrey, thoughts could leave deeper scarring than almost anything else...  ~J.K. Rowling, "The Second War Begins," Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 2003


No, I think I'll just go down and have some pudding and wait for it all to turn up.... It always does in the end.  ~J.K. Rowling, "The Second War Begins," Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 2003, spoken by the character Luna Lovegood


Time is making fools of us again.  ~J.K. Rowling, "The Secret Riddle," Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, 2005, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore


We must try not to sink beneath our anguish, Harry, but battle on.  ~J.K. Rowling, "A Sluggish Memory," Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, 2005, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore


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.  ~J.K. Rowling, "Horcruxes," Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, 2005


It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.  ~J.K. Rowling, "The Cave," Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, 2005, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore


Dawn seemed to follow midnight with indecent haste.  ~J.K. Rowling, "Magic is Might," Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 2007


Harry found the hot drink as welcome as the firewhisky had been on the night that Mad-Eye had died; it seemed to burn away a little of the fear fluttering in his chest.  ~J.K. Rowling, "The Thief," Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 2007


"That old berk," muttered Aberforth, taking another swig of mead.  "Thought the sun shone out of my brother's every orifice, he did."  ~J.K. Rowling, "The Missing Mirror," Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 2007


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.  ~J.K. Rowling, "King's Cross," Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 2007, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore


Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?  ~J.K. Rowling, "King's Cross," Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 2007, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore



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