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Top 10 Harry Potter Quotes

Updated on March 3, 2020

Throughout history, countless writers have given us invaluable pieces of art. Every author gave their best to provide readers with important life lessons. They wrote about everything: love, hate, heartbreak, grief, violence, happiness, life, death. Rarely did we come across the author who included all important topics, but one of them is J.K. Rowling with her Harry Potter series.

People have different opinions about both Rowling and her books. Some adore the series, some highly dislike them. There are ones who claim that Harry Potter is merely a book for children, and the others disagree. Recently, Rowling herself came across people who highly disagree with her personal views of the world, but no one can deny one thing: she gave the world an amazing and inspirational book series, filled with quotes of great value and meaning.

In continuation, there's a list of some of the best quotes found between the pages of the Harry Potter series.

Joanne Kathleen Rowling & Harry Potter
Joanne Kathleen Rowling & Harry Potter


“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”

— Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

We often forget how blessed we are because we’re gifted with the ability to produce words. Words are also a really powerful tool and they carry great strength. They can elevate a human being into the skies, or bury someone alive. Words can save or destroy someone's life, and make wounds that will never heal. In our everyday life, we often forget how much power we have. We use words without thinking about the consequences.

Lucky for us, Albus Dumbledore, the not-always-so-responsible-and-careful Headmaster of Hogwarts, a former transfiguration teacher, is always here to remind Harry and all of us about important things.


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

— Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Let's face it: Rowling gave some of the best quotes in the series to Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore.

As we're growing up, we often forget about the importance of imagination. Choking on a monotonous daily routine and adult tasks, we often lose our inner child, and forget about the spark which kept us alive in some way.

No one should be ashamed of the ability to dream, think outside the box, or fantasize. Thoughts must never be diminished. Because, if they're really inside our heads, they are real somewhere. Real for us.


“The thing about growing up with Fred and George," said Ginny thoughtfully, "is that you sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.”

— Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve is one of the most famous quotes, and probably the best one said by Ginny Weasley. She shared this piece of wisdom with Harry in the Order of the Phoenix when he expressed doubts about being able to talk to his godfather Sirius Black. It was a dark time for Harry James Potter, and Ginny's determination and strength of spirit sure came in handy.

This quote can really make us think. So often happens that we don't pursue something we want because we're convinced we won't succeed. In that case, we're failing and we didn't even try. But only if we try, we acquire the possibility of success.

If we dare to try, who can tell where's the limit? Anything's possible.


“Don't let the muggles get you down.”

— Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

With all his faults and virtues, it's inevitable to admit that Ron Weasley was a great friend to Harry. Often capable to see the brighter and funnier side of life, which is an amazing quality, especially after everything he went through, Ron told this to Harry in the third book. He was talking about the Dursleys, a muggle family that inflicted immense damage to Harry Potter. He told Harry not to worry about those muggles because they don't understand the magic in him.

Nowadays, fans all over the world are using that phrase and its wider meaning. Wherever we go, and whatever we do, people are still going to judge us. They might not understand us, or they might fear us, but they will most definitely judge us. We shouldn't let them control our lives, bind us or mistreat us in any way just because we're different than them, just because we don't fit in their idea of perfection.

We should never let muggles drag us down!


"Don't worry. You're just as sane as I am."

— Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Being unapologetically herself, Luna Lovegood is one of the more eccentric characters in the series and one that Harry kept close his heart. Despite being seen as completely insane or loony, she was extremely perceptive and wise. She was one of a kind. Harry himself said that she had a talent to say difficult and harsh truths.

This quote is a great reminder for people all over the world. It makes us acknowledge that we shouldn't be too quick to judge, because someone might think differently than us and believe in different things, and still be sane. There's more than one truth to the Universe, and just because something is different than what we used to, it doesn't necessarily mean it's also wrong.


“Yes, but the world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters,” said Sirius with a wry smile."

— Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Sirius Black, Harry's godfather, and a best friend of Harry's father James played an important role in Harry Potter's life. He was the closest thing to a father Harry ever had, or at least that's how Harry himself felt about his dear Padfoot.

His quote represents an important theme in a Harry Potter universe: there is good, there is evil, and there's something in between. People are not necessarily only good or only bad. There are certain variations on the subject. This quote can be connected with something Sirius said in the movie Order of the Phoenix.

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.


“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”

— Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Another wisdom J.K. Rowling gave us using Albus Dumbledore. We might like him, dislike him or entirely hate him as a character, but he did have a knack for theatrics and speaking incredible truths. Whether he talked about love, friendship, bravery, death or sorrow, Dumbledore did it with style.


"It’s high time your grandmother learned to be proud of the grandson she’s got, rather than the one she thinks she ought to have."

— Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Minerva McGonagall, Transfiguration teacher and the Head of Gryffindor House, future Headmistress of Hogwarts, was nothing if not impressive. Stern but just, demanding but compassionate, Minerva is a teacher most of us remember having during our education.

Harry heard her say this particular quote to his friend, Neville Longbottom, who had struggled a lot with the expectations of his family. Minerva managed to remind us all, that even if people do not meet all out expectations, they can still be amazing and worthy.

Not everyone needs to fit our ideal of perfection in order to be perfect.


“You think the dead we loved truly ever leave us? You think that we don't recall them more clearly in times of great trouble?”

— Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

In the books, this quote was said to Harry by Albus Dumbledore. They talked a lot about his late father, and how foolish Harry felt because he thought Prongs came back to help his son survive the Dementors attack.

In the movies, there's an equivalent, said by Sirius Black. That quote has inspired countless people facing their losses of loved ones.

The ones who love us never really leave us, you can always find them in here.


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

— Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

This quote is saved for the end, and it's one of the most important ones. It reminds us in our time of need that our ethnicity, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation or personal preferences do not matter, and they should never matter. The only thing that matters is that we're good people, or that we try to be.

It can also be connected with the following quote:

While we may come from different places and speak in different tongues, our hearts beat as one.

Which quote is your favorite? Is there a quote you'd add?

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    • Syeda Sardar Fatima profile image


      4 days ago

      I appreciate your effort! Nice work.

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      Ivana Divac 

      10 days ago from Serbia

      Thank you, everyone, for your kind comments!

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      Jaime Rodríguez 

      2 weeks ago

      You're just as sane as I am!

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      2 weeks ago

      Since I'm an enormous fan of the Harry Potter series, this article makes me so happy!

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      3 weeks ago

      Such a wonderful article!

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      Denise McGill 

      3 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      I think the "words" quote is the most profound in my life. I find it very true that words can hurt or heal. I feel what people say very deeply even though my mother told me repeatedly not to listen to what people say about me.




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