J. K. Rowling Quotes

100+ of the best book quotes from J. K. Rowling
  1. #1
    “Books! And cleverness! There are more important things! — Friendship! And Bravery!”
  2. #2
    “Do not pity the dead, Harry, pity the living, and above all those who live without love.”
  3. #3
    “It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”
  4. #4
    “Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both influencing injury, and remedying it.”
  5. #5
    “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.”
  6. #6
    ″‘You fool,’ said Lupin softly. ‘Is a schoolboy grudge worth putting an innocent man back inside Azkaban?‘”
  7. #7
    “Beds empty! No note! Car gone-could have crashed-out of my mind with worry-did you care?”
  8. #8
    “Why had nobody ever told him? Dumbledore, Hagrid, Mr. Weasley, Cornelius Fudge... why hadn’t anyone ever mentioned the fact that Harry’s parents died because their best friend had betrayed them?”
  9. #9
    “See why I’ve got to go back? I don’t belong here. I belong in your world, at Hogwarts.”
  10. #10
    “Albus Dumbledore is the greatest sorcerer in the world.”
  11. #11
    “Harry’s mind was buzzing. He was going to leave the Dursleys. He was going to live with Sirius Black, his parents’ best friend... He felt dazed...”
  12. #12
    “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
  13. #13
    “The truth. Tell them Hogwarts is no longer safe. It is as we feared, Minerva. The Chamber of Secrets has indeed been opened again.”
  14. #14
    “Enemies of the Heir, beware! You’ll be next, Mudbloods!”
  15. #15
    “He’ll never be gone. Not as long as those who remain are loyal to him.”
  16. #16
    “Why spiders? Why couldn’t it be ‘follow the butterflies.‘”
  17. #17
    “Your parents were meddlesome fools too. Mark my words, Potter. One day soon you are going to meet the same sticky end.”
  18. #18
    “When the Dementors approached him, he heard the last moments of his mother’s life, her attempts to protect him, Harry, from Lord Voldemort, and Voldemort’s laughter before he murdered her...”
  19. #19
    “I gotta tell yeh, I thought you two’d value yer friend more’n broomsticks or rats. That’s all.”
  20. #20
    “I’m not doing this for you. I’m doing it because – I don’t reckon my dad would’ve wanted them to become killers – just for you.”
  1. #21
    ″‘You can speak Parseltongue, Harry,’ said Dumbledore calmly, ‘because Lord Voldemort-who is the last remaining ancestor of Salazar Slytherin- can speak Parseltongue.‘”
  2. #22
    “He knew he was being stupid, knew that the Nimbus was beyond repair, but Harry couldn’t help it; he felt as though he’d lost one of his best friends.”
  3. #23
    “And you must be Miss Granger. Yes, Draco’s told me all about you. And your parents. Muggles, aren’t they? Let me see. Red hair...vacant expressions...tatty second hand must be the Weasleys.”
  4. #24
    “You’ve lost me my servant, boy!”
  5. #25
    “It means “dirty blood.” Mudblood’s a foul name for someone who’s Muggle-born. Someone with non-magic parents. Someone like me. It’s not a term one usually hears in civilized conversation.”
  6. #26
    ″‘What we need,’ said Dumbledore slowly, and his light blue eyes moved from Harry to Hermione, ‘is more time.‘”
  7. #27
    “You know Harry, in a way you did see your father last night... You found him inside yourself.”
  8. #28
    “Magical beasts are terrorizing No-Majs, when No-Majs are afraid, they attack. Contain this, or it’ll mean war.”
  9. #29
    “believed to have originated in northern Europe. Humans turn into werewolves only when bitten. There is no known cure, though recent”
  10. #30
    “I don’t think I’m dreaming... I ain’t got the brains to make this up.”
  11. #31
    “I love house elves. My uncle is a house elf.”
  12. #32
    “I refuse to bow down any longer.”
  13. #33
    “I wish I was a wizard.”
  14. #34
    “Worrying means you suffer twice”
  15. #35
    “A thin, pale-grey serpent with glowing red eyes, it will rise from the embers of an unsupervised fire and slither away into the shadows of the dwelling in which it finds itself, leaving an ashy trail behind it.”
  16. #36
    “Hey! Mr. English Guy! I think your egg is hatching.”
  17. #37
    “My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice.”
  18. #38
    “We’ve lived in the shadows for too long.”
  19. #39
    “I’m the only one like me.”
  20. #40
    “Imperfect understanding is often more dangerous than ignorance.”
  1. #41
    “People change after a while, and they’re no longer who you once knew”
  2. #42
    “I ask all of you, who does this protect? Us or them?”
  3. #43
    “The unicorn’s horn, blood and hair all have highly magical properties.”
  4. #45
    “I would like to take this opportunity to reassure Muggle purchasers that the amusing creatures described hereafter are fictional and cannot hurt you. To wizards, I say merely: Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus.”
  5. #46
    “New York is considerably more interesting than I expected.”
  6. #47
    “Will we die, just a little?”
  7. #48
    “His priority did not seem to be to teach them what he knew, but rather to impress upon them that nothing, not even centaurs’ knowledge, was foolproof.”
  8. #49
    “One person can’t feel all that at once, they’d explode.”
  9. #50
    “Dobby does it all himself, sir, but Dobby does not mind, for he always hopes to meet Harry Potter and tonight, sir, he has got his wish!”
  10. #51
    “We can’t choose our fate, but we can choose others. Be careful in knowing that.”
  11. #52
    “It would be quite nice if you stopped jumping down out throats, Harry, because in case you haven’t noticed, Ron and I are on your side.”
  12. #53
    “Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.”
  13. #54
    “Harry, suffering like this proves you are still a man! This pain is part of being human … the fact that you can feel pain like this is your greatest strength.”
  14. #55
    “Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels, but old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.”
  15. #56
    “Well, it may have escaped your notice, but life isn’t fair.”
  16. #57
    “We must try not to sink beneath our anguish, Harry, but battle on.”
  17. #58
    “I am the Chosen One. I have to kill him. I need that memory.”
  18. #59
    “Or perhaps, to confess that you yourself are worried and frightened? You need your friends, Harry. As you so rightly said, Sirius would not have wanted you to shut yourself away.”
  19. #60
    “Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies.”
  1. #61
    The Dark Arts are many, varied, ever-changing, and eternal. Fighting them is like fighting a many-headed monster, which, each time a neck is severed, sprouts a head even fiercer and cleverer than before. You are fighting that which is unfixed, mutating, indestructible.
  2. #62
    “A warmth was spreading through him that had nothing to do with the sunlight; a tight obstruction in his chest seemed to be dissolving. He knew that Ron and Hermione were more shocked than they were letting on, but the mere fact that they were still there on either side of him, speaking bracing words of comfort, not shrinking from him as though he were contaminated or dangerous, was worth more than he could ever tell them.”
  3. #63
    Tut, tut — fame clearly isn’t everything.
  4. #64
    ″‘You are protected, in short, by your ability to love!’ said Dumbledore loudly. ‘The only protection that can possibly work against the lure of power like Voldemort’s!‘”
  5. #65
    Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
    “After all this time?”
    “Always,” said Snape.”
  6. #66
    “That is just as well, Potter,” said Snape coldly, “because you are neither special nor important, and it is not up to you to find out what the Dark Lord is saying to his Death Eaters.” “No — that’s your job, isn’t it?” Harry shot at him. He had not meant to say it; it had burst out of him in temper. For a long moment they stared at each other, Harry convinced he had gone too far. But there was a curious, almost satisfied expression on Snape’s face when he answered. “Yes, Potter,” he said, his eyes glinting. “That is my job.”
  7. #67
    “You are here to learn the subtle science and exact art of potion-making. As there is little foolish wand-waving here, many of you will hardly believe this is magic. I don’t expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses. . . I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death — if you aren’t as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach.”
  8. #68
    “Albus Severus,” Harry said quietly, so that nobody but Ginny could hear, and she was tactful enough to pretend to be waving to Rose, who was now on the train, “you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew.”
  9. #69
    “But nothing I have seen in the world has supported your pronouncements that love is more powerful than my kind of magic, Dumbledore.”
  10. #70
    “Then you will find yourself easy prey for the Dark Lord! Fools who wear their hearts proudly on their sleeves, who cannot control their emotions, who wallow in sad memories and allow themselves to be provoked this easily — weak people, in other words — they stand no chance against his powers! He will penetrate your mind with absurd ease, Potter!”
  11. #71
    Mr. Moony presents his compliments to Professor Snape, and begs him to keep his abnormally large nose out of other people’s business.
    Mr. Prongs agrees with Mr. Moony, and would like to add that Professor Snape is an ugly git.
    Mr. Padfoot would like to register his astonishment that an idiot like that ever became a professor.
    Mr. Wormtail bids Professor Snape good day, and advises him to wash his hair, the slimeball.
  12. #72
    Yes, it is easy to see that nearly six years of magical education have not been wasted on you, Potter. Ghosts are transparent.
  13. #73
    “Ah, yes,” he said softly, “Harry Potter. Our new — celebrity.”
  14. #74
    “That is the second time you have spoken out of turn, Miss Granger,” said Snape coolly. “Five more points from Gryffindor for being an insufferable know-it-all.”
    Hermione went very red, put down her hand, and stared at the floor with her eyes full of tears. It was a mark of how much the class loathed Snape that they were all glaring at him, because every one of them had called Hermione a know-it-all at least once, and Ron, who told Hermione she was a know-it-all at least twice a week, said loudly, “You asked us a question and she knows the answer! Why ask if you don’t want to be told?”
  15. #75
    “I mean, it’s sort of exciting isn’t it? Breaking the rules.”
  16. #76
    “Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.”
  17. #77
    “I’m hoping to do some good in the world!”
  18. #78
    “I mean, you could claim that anything’s real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody’s proved it doesn’t exist!”
  19. #79
    “Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have!”
  20. #80
    “Next time there’s a ball, ask me before someone else does, and not as a last resort!”
  1. #81
    “Just because it’s taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn’t mean no one else has spotted I’m a girl!”
  2. #82
    “Actually I’m highly logical which allows me to look past extraneous detail and perceive clearly that which others overlook.”
  3. #83
    “You know, the Egyptians used to worship cats.”
  4. #84
    “I checked this out weeks ago for a bit of light reading.”
  5. #85
    “Very well spotted.”
  6. #86
    “No, Harry. Even in the wizarding world, hearing voices isn’t a good sign.”
  7. #87
    “Nobody’s ever asked me to a party before, as a friend!”
  8. #88
    “Now if you two don’t mind, I’m going to bed before either of you come up with another clever idea to get us killed - or worse, expelled.”
  9. #89
    “Are you sure that’s a real spell? Well, it’s not very good, is it?”
  10. #90
    “Are you planning to follow a career in Magical Law, Miss Granger?” asked Scrimgeour.
    “No, I’m not,” retorted Hermione. “I’m hoping to do some good in the world!”
  11. #91
    “What’s got your wand in a knot?”
  12. #92
    “Stop, stop, stop! You’re going to take someone’s eye out. Besides, you’re saying it wrong. It’s leviosa, not leviosar!”
    J. K. Rowling
  13. #93
    “Always the tone of surprise.”
  14. #94
    “Honestly, don’t you two read?”
  15. #95
    “Ooh, you look much tastier than Crabbe and Goyle, Harry” said Hermione, before catching sight of Ron’s raised eyebrows, blushing slightly and saying “oh you know what I mean - Goyle’s Potion looked like bogies.”
  16. #96
    “Did you see me disarm Hermione, Harry?”
    “Only once” said Hermione stung. “I got you loads more then you got me—”
    “I did not only get you once, I got you at least three times—”
    “Well if you’re counting the one where you tripped over your own feet and knocked the wand out of my hand—”
  17. #97
    “I’ll fix it up with Mum and Dad, then I’ll call you. I know how to use a fellytone now—”
    “A telephone, Ron,” said Hermione. “Honestly, you should take Muggle Studies next year...”
  18. #98
    “But from that moment on, Hermione Granger became their friend. Because there are somethings you can’t go through in life and become friends, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”
  19. #99
    “Shh! Listen! Someone’s coming! I think — I think it might be us!”
  20. #100
    “Sometimes friendship means not having to say anything. Thank yous and apologies can sometimes get lost, but that doesn’t mean they’re unexpressed,”
    J. K. Rowling
  1. #101
    “Ultimately, she had a bigger heart than she had a brain, and that’s saying something for Hermione.”
    J. K. Rowling
  2. #102
    “You’re the cleverest witch I’ve ever met Hermione.”
  3. #103
    “At least no one on the Gryffindor team had to buy their way in, They got in on pure talent.”
  4. #104
    “Oh I see, so basically, you’re going to take the best-looking girl who’ll have you, even if she’s completely horrible?”
    J. K. Rowling
  5. #105
    “Oh for heaven’s sake! Listen to me, all of you! You’ve got just as much right as wizards to be unhappy! You’ve got the right to wages and holidays and proper clothes, you don’t have to do everything you’re told — look at Dobby!”
  6. #106
    “But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
  7. #107
    “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
  8. #108
    “It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
  9. #109
    “To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”
  10. #110
    “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”
  11. #111
    “Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.”
  12. #112
    “Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”
  13. #113
    “Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.”
  14. #114
    “You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”
  15. #115
    “Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.”
  16. #116
    “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”
  17. #117
    “Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.”
  18. #118
    “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?”
  19. #119
    “Perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it.”
  20. #120
    “It is my belief…that the truth is generally preferable to lies.”

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  1. #121
    “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
  2. #122
    “You’re a little scary sometimes, you know that? Brilliant ... but scary,”
  3. #123
    “Yer a wizard Harry.”
  4. #124
    “Dobby is free.”
  5. #125
    “I solemnly swear I am up to no good.”
  6. #126
    “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
  7. #127
    “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 botherin’ with.‘”
  8. #128
    “I think we’ve outgrown full-time education ... Time to test our talents in the real world, d’you reckon?”
  9. #129
    “And now, Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”
  10. #130
    “‘He must have known I’d run out on you.’ ‘No,’ Harry corrected him. ‘He must’ve always known you’d always want to come back.’”
  11. #131
    ‘No, Harry, you listen,’ said Hermione. ‘We’re coming with you. That was decided months ago — years, really.‘”
  12. #132
    “I’ve always wanted to use that spell.”
  13. #133
    “No good sittin’ worryin’ abou’ it. What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.”
  14. #134
    “There is no need to call me ‘sir’, Professor.”
  15. #135
    “The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed.”
  16. #136
    “Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”
  17. #137
    “It is important to fight and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then can evil be kept at bay though never quite eradicated.”
  18. #138
    “The truth… It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”
  19. #139
    “The best of us sometimes eat our words.”
  20. #140
    “Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress? All of them realize that, one day, amongst their many victims, there is sure to be one that rises against them and strikes back!”
  1. #141
    “One can never have enough socks.”
  2. #142
    “Curiosity is not a sin.... But we should exercise caution with our curiosity... yes, indeed.”
  3. #143
    “I sometimes find, and I am sure you know the feeling, that I simply have too many thoughts and memories crammed into my mind.”
  4. #144
    “Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.”
  5. #145
    “Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”
  6. #146
    “What happened down in the dungeons between you and Professor Quirrell is a complete secret, so, naturally the whole school knows.”
  7. #147
    “But Dumbledore says he doesn’t care what they do as long as they don’t take him off the Chocolate Frog cards.”
  8. #148
    “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
  9. #149
    “You know, Minister, I disagree with Dumbledore on many counts...but you cannot deny he’s got style...”
  10. #150
    “The idea of a teenage Dumbledore was simply odd, like trying to imagine a stupid Hermione or a friendly Blast-Ended Skrewt.”
  11. #151
    “Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts! Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!”
  12. #152
    “For future reference, Harry, it is raspberry...although of course, if I were a Death Eater, I would have been sure to research my own jam preferences before impersonating myself.”
  13. #153
    “It’s lucky it’s dark. I haven’t blushed so much since Madam Pomfrey told me she liked my new earmuffs.”
  14. #154
    It was as Harry suspected. Everyone here seemed to have been invited because they were connected to somebody well-known or influential – everyone except Ginny.
  15. #155
    “You will also find that help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.”
  16. #156
    “Her son lives. He has her eyes, precisely her eyes. You remember the shape and color of Lily Evans’s eyes, I am sure?”
    “DON’T!” bellowed Snape. “Gone… dead…”
    “Is this remorse, Severus?”
    “I wish… I wish I were dead…”
    “And what use would that be to anyone?” said Dumbledore coldly.
  17. #157
    There was a long pause, and slowly Snape regained control of himself, mastered his own breathing. At last he said, ‘Very well. Very well. But never – never tell, Dumbledore! This must be between us! Swear it! I cannot bear… especially Potter’s son… I want your word!’
    ‘My word, Severus, that I shall never reveal the best of you?’ Dumbledore sighed, looking down into Snape’s ferocious, anguished face. ‘If you insist …’
  18. #158
    I have spied for you and lied for you, put myself in mortal danger for you. Everything was supposed to be to keep Lily Potter’s son safe. Now you tell me you have been raising him like a pig for slaughter —
  19. #159
    The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure.
  20. #160
    “Kill me then,” panted Harry, who felt no fear at all, but only rage and contempt. “Kill me like you killed him, you coward —”
  21. #161
    “Would you like me to do it now?” asked Snape, his voice heavy with irony. “Or would you like a few moments to compose an epitaph?”
  22. #162
    “But somebody else had spoken Snape’s name, quite softly.
    “Severus . . .”
    The sound frightened Harry beyond anything he had experienced all evening. For the first time, Dumbledore was pleading.
    Snape gazed for a moment at Dumbledore, and there was revulsion and hatred etched in the harsh lines of his face.
    “Severus . . . please . . .”
    Snape raised his wand and pointed it directly at Dumbledore.
    “Avada Kedavra!”
    A jet of green light shot from the end of Snape’s wand and hit Dumbledore squarely in the chest. Harry’s scream of horror never left him; silent and unmoving, he was forced to watch as Dumbledore was blasted into the air. For a split second, he seemed to hang suspended beneath the shining skull, and then he fell slowly backward, like a great rag doll, over the battlements and out of sight.”

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