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What's the Most Unforgettable Harry Potter Quote in History?

The entire Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling is loaded with heartwarming speeches and dialogues that have touched every other Potterhead out there. Admit it. You’ve been reciting these lines for years now, have you not? 

From the seemingly wise words of Professor Dumbledore to the subtle quips from Luna Lovegood, we’ve accio’d the most magical quotes to inspire you. 

Check out the best Harry Potter quotes below. 

Top 15 Moving & Encouraging Quotes from the Harry Potter Series

1. "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live"

Who Said It:Albus Dumbledore

Book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Albus Dumbledore

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, you’ll find the Mirror of Erised, which shows anyone their heart’s deepest desire. Upon catching Harry Potter looking intensely into the mirror, Professor Albus Dumbledore tells Harry that he will have to move the mirror and warns him not to go searching for it again.

The Hogwarts headmaster pointed out that dwelling in the past or what could have been will sidetrack you from living in the present. 

2. “Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”

Who Said It: Albus Dumbledore

Book: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The great Albus Dumbledore left the Dursleys dumbfounded after informing them that all this time, he’s placed a magical protection spell on their house while Harry lived there. The Professor then ushers Harry out of the house and tells him that it’s time to begin a new adventure as they journey back to Hogwarts. 


3. "It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends"

Who Said It: Albus Dumbledore

Book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

After granting points to Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger for their valuable contributions in stopping the theft of the Sorcerer’s Stone, Professor Dumbledore awards Neville Longbottom 10 points for standing up to his friends. We consider this among the best Harry Potter quotes of all time. 

4. "Time will not slow down when something unpleasant lies ahead."

Who Said It: Harry Potter

Book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter

After the school year and the Triwizard Tournament ends, Harry had to say goodbye to his friends and go back to the Dursleys and the Muggle world. As much as he dreads leaving the train station, there was nothing much he can do about it. 

5. "If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals"

Who Said It: Sirius Black

Book:Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Sirius Black explains Barty Crouch’s distaste and abusive treatment of Winky, his house-elf. Apparently, Crouch disfavors someone he considers lower than himself, and according to Sirius, that’s how you gauge a man’s value and integrity. 

6. "I'll just go down and have some pudding and wait for it all to turn up ... It always does in the end."

Who Said It: Luna Lovegood

Book: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

During their fifth year at Hogwarts, Luna’s things got lost (or stolen), and Harry catches her rummaging through her possessions. Harry offered to help, but Luna dismissed his offer, saying that material possessions are worthless and would likely turn up in the end anyway. 

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

Who Said It:Albus Dumbledore

Book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Professor Dumbledore gathered the students from all three schools - Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang - right after Cedric Diggory’s death during the last task of the Triwizard Tournament and after learning that Lord Voldemort had returned. He implored them to help one another despite their differences. 

8. “Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.”

Who Said It: Albus Dumbledore

Book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry was left exhausted, terrified, and traumatized right after the fatal turn of events at the Triwizard Tournament. Dumbledore was posed to interview him about what really transpired, but Sirius Black interjected, declaring that Harry needs rest. Dumbledore completely disagreed and told Harry that he needs to face his fear head-on. 

9. "Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect"

Who Said It: Luna Lovegood

Movie: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Luna Lovegood

This one is from the movie, not the book, but the phrase just stuck with us for the longest time. Harry was distraught and heartbroken when Bellatrix Lestrange killed Harry’s godfather, Sirius Black. However, Luna comforted him and told him these very words. 

10. "I am not worried, Harry...I am with you"

Who Said It:Albus Dumbledore

Book: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Dumbledore was severely weakened after quite a bit of running around with Harry as they tried to look for Voldemort’s Horcruxes. On one occasion, Harry asked the Headmaster to stay calm. Dumbledore responded that he was not worried so long as Harry’s beside him.  

11. "Always"

Who Said It: Severus Snape

Book:Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

While it’s just one word, hearing it brings back a rollercoaster of emotions as we all envision what Harry could have felt while peeking into Snape's Pensieve. As one of the most iconic Harry Potter quotes, it was uttered by Snape to Albus Dumbledore, proving his unconditional love for Lily, Harry’s mother. 

12. "Working hard is important. But there is something that matters even more, believing in yourself."

Who Said It:Harry Potter

Book: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry had to pep talk Dumbledore’s Army as some of the students were getting disheartened. True indeed, every great wizard was once a student, which means they started as nothing more than what Harry and the rest of the students were. 

13.  “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”

Who Said It: Albus Dumbledore

Book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic, continues to defend the Malfoy family and other old Wizarding families for their involvement with the Death Eaters. Dumbledore reckons that despite the integrity of a family in the past,  a person’s hunger for wealth and power will certainly influence one’s choices.    

14. “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.”

Who Said It: Sirius Black

Book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Sirius Black

This is one of those Harry Potter quotes that speak the truth about life, in general. That in some way, there’s part good and part bad within us. It’s just a matter of choosing what we want to act on. 

15. “Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”

Who Said It: Kingsley Shacklebolt

Book:Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

This is one of the most inspiring Harry Potter quotes we found. Yes, we are all created the same - whether you’re a Muggle (human) or a wizard - your life is worth something, worth saving. 

Reliving Our Favorite Harry Potter Quotes

Apart from the thrill of watching every Quidditch game, boarding the Hogwarts Express, or shopping for supplies in Diagon Alley, reading J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series made us feel like we’re part of the Potterverse. 

The trials that Harry, Ron, and Hermione had to go through taught us life lessons on love, loyalty, and friendship. 

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