Harry Potter Quotes to Inspire and Geek Out Over

Harry Potter Quotes

For many, the Harry Potter series is a source of inspiration. There are so many iconic Harry Potter quotes, not only from the original books, but from the movie franchise as well.

Whether you’ve only recently discovered the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or you’ve been a Potterhead since the original book was published in 1997, here are some of the best quotes to remember the series by.

Harry Potter Quotes About Compassion

Harry Potter has a lot of life lessons that inspire you to rise to the occasion and be a better person. Here are some Harry Potter quotes that remind you of those ideals.

Harry Potter Quotes

“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, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

This quote comes from Sirius Black when he’s talking to Harry Potter, Ron Weasely, and Hermione Grander about the way Barty Crouch treats his elf servant. Treating all people with compassion is one of the central themes of the book.

Harry Potter Quotes

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry struggles with his destiny as he finds that he has more and more similarities to Voldemort. Dumbledore assures him choosing to be good defines who you are, not what abilities you have.

Harry Potter Quotes

“We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Funny Harry Potter Quotes

We must admit; almost every hilarious quote in the Harry Potter series comes from Fred and George. Here are a variety of quotes, both from the mischievous twins and other characters as well.

“Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“Is it true that you shouted at Professor Umbridge?”
“Yes.”
“You called her a liar?”
“Yes.”
“You told her He Who Must Not Be Named is back?”
“Yes.”
“Have a biscuit, Potter.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

This is one of the most iconic quotes from the Harry Potter series. It’s so out of character for Professor Minerva McGonagall to applaud disobeying behavior. This quote displays just how much she despises Professor Umbridge.

“Percy wouldn’t notice a joke if it danced naked in front of him wearing one of Dobby’s hats.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“You haven’t got a letter on yours,” George observed. “I suppose she thinks you don’t forget your name. But we’re not stupid-we know we’re called Gred and Forge.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Mrs. Weasley is well known for hand-making sweaters for her kids. Good thing Fred and George don’t need letters on theirs!

“You know, Minister, I disagree with Dumbledore on many counts…but you cannot deny he’s got style…”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“How do you feel, Georgie?” whispered Mrs. Weasley.
George’s fingers groped for the side of his head.
“Saintlike,” he murmured.
“What’s wrong with him?” croaked Fred, looking terrified. “Is his mind affected?”
“Saintlike,” repeated George, opening his eyes and looking up at his brother. “You see…I’m HOLEY, Fred, geddit?”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Even after losing an ear, George can’t turn off his sense of humor.

“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.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Thanks for the inspiration, Mrs. Weasley!

Harry Potter Quotes About Love

There are many types of love shown in Harry Potter, from romantic to familial, and most importantly, it discusses the power of friendship.

Harry Potter Quotes

“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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“You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly in times of great trouble?”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter Quotes

“Oh, to be young and feel love’s keen sting.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince

Quotes to Inspire You

Many moments of bravery occur in the Harry Potter series. Here are some Harry Potter quotes to remember when you need to feel brave.

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Dumbledore says this in his house cup speech about Neville. Neville tries to stop Harry, Ron, and Hermione, because he doesn’t realize what’s at stake. It’s his bravest act in his life thus far.

“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“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.”
― J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Confidence is key. If you believe you can, you will.

“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, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Best Quotes

Now that we’ve gone category by category, here are some of the greatest Harry Potter quotes of all time.

Harry Potter Quotes

“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter Quotes

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter Quotes

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
― J.K.Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Mischief Managed

Are you a Harry Potter fan? Have you read all the books and watched all the movies dozens of times? Then what quotes did we miss? Tell us in the comments!

And now that we’ve imparted the wisdom of many classic Harry Potter quotes, we can officially say, “Mischief Managed.”

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