The Harry Potter books (And movies) are packed with moving speeches and inspirational dialogue. And although the author, J.K. Rowling, announced that with the release of The Cursed Child play that she was ‘done’ with Harry Potter — the characters live on in every readers heart, and their words and actions are repeatedly played on televisions and in cinemas worldwide — J.K. Rowling may be done with Harry Potter but the rest of the world has hardly even started!
For all these reasons, many inspirational quotes have become iconic, and have taken a life of their own — applied as they are to various situations and circumstances which, through their usage, give them an even greater life above and beyond Hogwarts and the Harry Potterverse.
From the wise words of Albus Dumbledore to the pragmatic deliberations of Hagrid to the musings of Luna Lovegood, here are 20 of the best, and most magical quotes, from everyone’s favorite headmaster — Albus Dumbledore.
The 20 Best Albus Dumbledore Quotes
“Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.” – Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
“You are blinded (…) by the love of the office you hold, Cornelius! You place too much importance, and you always have done, 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!” – Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” – Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
When Dumbledore discovers Harry camped out in front of the Mirror of Erised — the reflection of which is of the observer’s deepest desire — Dumbledore he reminds Harry to live in the present and not waste his life wishing for what might have been.
“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 (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
After Dumbledore awards Harry, Ron and Hermione 160 points for preventing the theft of the Sorcerer’s Stone, he then gives Neville Longbottom 10 points for standing up to them — the result of their combined totals means Gryffindor wins the House Cup. Neville had stood up for what he thought was right, rather than giving in, which was a character trait that Dumbledore valued — regardless of the circumstances.
“Don’t you see? Voldemort himself created his worst enemy, just as tyrants everywhere do! Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress?” – Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.” – Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
Dumbledore has gathered all the students from Hogwarts, Beauxbatons and Durmstrang — the three schools whcih have just competed in the Triwizard Tournament — for a rousing speech, rallying them for trouble ahead. “Lord Voldemort’s gift for spreading discord and enmity is very great,” he says. “We can fight it only by showing an equally strong bond of friendship and trust…”
“Help will always be given at Hogwarts, Harry, to those who ask for it. I’ve always prized myself on my ability to turn a phrase. Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it. But I would, in this case, amend my original statement to this: “Help would always be given at Hogwarts to those who deserve it.” Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living. And above all, those who live without love.”” – Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean it is not real?” – Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)
When Harry is hit by Voldemort’s killing curse (and the piece of Voldemort’s soul inside him is destroyed) Harry has an out-of-body experience and finds himself in King’s Cross Station talking to the deceased Dumbledore. When Harry questions his headmaster about their meeting, this is the answer he gets.
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)
Harry is anxious after having emerged from the Chamber of Secrets, and he has begun to recognise similarities between himself and Voldemort, telling Dumbledore the Sorting Hat came close to placing him in Slytherin House. But Dumbledore seeks to reassure Harry, by pointing out that ‘actions speak louder than words’.
“I am not worried, Harry…I am with you.” – Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
As Harry and Dumbledore escape the cave where Dumbledore drank the potion of despair to obtain one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes, Harry reassures Dumbledore and this is his touching response — a particularly significant quote as it is spoken shortly before Dumbledore’s death at the hands of Severus Snape.
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