34 Most Inspirational Harry Potter Quotes

In honor of Harry Potter’s 34th birthday, I put together the 34 most influential quotes from the Harry Potter book series, in my opinion. They are in no particular order.

Dumbledore, The Half-Blood Prince
Dumbledore, The Half-Blood Prince

Dumbledore's Best Quotes

It is arguably stated that Dumbledore, headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, is the greatest wizard of our time, and though he is (sadly) a fictional character, he is still one of the wisest men ever invented. Dumbledore has voiced a myriad of inspirational advice, but I only included what I thought were the most inspirational.

  • “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” –The Chamber of Secrets
  • “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” –The Goblet of Fire
  • “The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed.” –The Prisoner of Azkaban
  • “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” –The Sorcerer’s Stone
  • “Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.” –The Sorcerer’s Stone
  • “There are all kinds of courage,” said Dumbledore, smiling. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” –The Sorcerer’s Stone
  • “People find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.” –The Half-Blood Prince
  • “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” –The Goblet of Fire
  • “Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.” –The Goblet of Fire
  • “We cannot choose our fate, but we can choose others. Be careful in knowing that.” –The Order of the Phoenix
  • “It is important,” Dumbledore said, “to fight, and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then could evil be kept at bay, though never quite eradicated.” –The Half-Blood Prince
  • “The truth.” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.” –The Sorcerer’s Stone
  • “Curiosity is not a sin…but we should exercise caution with our curiosity.” –The Goblet of Fire
  • “Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.” –The Goblet of Fire
  • “Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.” –The Goblet of Fire
  • “Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels, but old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.” –The Order of the Phoenix
  • “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?” –The Prisoner of Azkaban
  • “Do not pity the dead, Harry, pity the living, and above all those who live without love.” –The Deathly Hallows
  • “It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.” –The Half-Blood Prince
  • “Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” –The Half-Blood Prince
  • “Ah, music,” he said wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here.” –The Sorcerer’s Stone
  • “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean it is not real?” –The Deathly Hallows
  • “Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both influencing injury, and remedying it.” –The Deathly Hallows
  • BONUS: "Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light." –The Prisoner of Azkaban (from the screenplay, by Steven Kloves)


  • “I am what I am an’ I’m not ashamed. ‘Never be ashamed,’ my ol’ dad used ter say, ‘there’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth bothern’ with.’” –The Goblet of Fire
  • "No good sittin' worryin' abou' it. What's comin' will come, an' we'll meet it when it does." –The Goblet of Fire

Dumbledore, The Half-Blood Prince
Dumbledore, The Half-Blood Prince


  • “You do realize that your sheets are changed, your fires lit, your classrooms cleaned, and your food cooked by a group of magical creatures who are unpaid and enslaved?” —The Goblet of Fire
  • "Excuse me, I don't like people just because they're handsome!" --The Goblet of Fire

Great Quotes from the Rest of the Gang

  • “What you fear most of all is– fear. Very wise.” –Lupin, The Prisoner of Azkaban
  • “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” –Sirius Black, The Goblet of Fire
  • “Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.” –Luna Lovegood, The Order of the Phoenix
  • “Thoughts could leave deeper scars than almost anything else.” –Ron quoting Madam Pomfrey, The Order of the Phoenix
  • “We are all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.” –Kingsley Shacklebolt, The Deathly Hallows
  • “The world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. 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.” –The Order of the Phoenix
  • "Mischief Managed." -- The Prisoner of Azkaban

© 2014 Sckylar Gibby-Brown

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Amy Naylor 2 years ago from England

Great hub! I read Hagrid's quote in his voice, haha. Thanks for sharing.

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sasanka7 2 years ago from Calcutta, India

Nice collection. Waiting for seeing more.

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Dustin K Phillips 2 years ago from Waynesburg, KY

I totally geeked out on these! Love Harry Potter.

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S R Gibby-Brown 2 years ago from Phoenix, AZ Author

Glad you liked it Dustin :)

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Rose 19 months ago

I like the article, but the "We've all got both dark and light inside us..." quote was from Sirius Black, not Dumbledore.

Izzy 10 months ago

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️I love this post! So thankful .please make more. I was born on same day as Daniel Radcliffe . Yay me

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swalia 9 months ago

lovely quotes. Thanks for sharing!

L.B. 4 months ago

Time was never kind enough to allow me to stop and read all the Harry Potter wisdom put out there these past couple of decades,but I am proud to say that buying each Potter publication along the way for my Daughters turned out to be a wise investment not to mention a pretty great part time babysitter.

hpfan 3 months ago

I liked the collection, but the quote "fear of the name..." was actually Hermione not Dumbledore

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S R Gibby-Brown 3 months ago from Phoenix, AZ Author


In the movie Hermione said the quote. Dumbledore said this line in the books, which is what this article is quoting.

Alex potter 2 months ago

@rose that isn't in at all

lapis lazuli 2 months ago

I love HP its my fav seroies my fav book is the 2nd

Paige 2 months ago

"We could've been killed - or worse, expelled."

markus 8 weeks ago

damn this is snazzy! :D

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