When J.K. Rowling wrote her first Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the Gloucestershire born English novelist could hardly have imagined how much worldwide attention her novel, and ensuing series of books, would attract. In June 2008, sales of the books passed the 400 million milestone.
The Harry Potter books have also been turned into blockbuster films with seven screened so far, the eighth and final movie, Deathly Hallows: Part Two, is due to be released in July this year. As of January 30, 2011 – the Harry Potter film franchise has grossed $6.3 billion dollars worldwide and still climbing (source Wiki answers).
Joanne Rowling’s fantasy novels are about adolescent wizard Harry Potter who is a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Along with best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, the three students have to overcome the powers of evil wizard Lord Voldemort, whose goal is to rule the magical world of wizards.
Here’s my list of some of the best Harry Potter quotes and sayings from the adolescent wizard himself, and other characters from the collection of Harry Potter books and movies.
Harry Potter quotes and sayings about life, love and death
“I don’t go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me.” – Harry Potter inThe Prisoner of Azkaban
“My eyes aren’t glistening with the ghosts of my past!” - Harry Potter in the Goblet of Fire
“His priority did not seem to be to teach them what he knew, but rather to impress upon them that nothing, not even….. knowledge, was foolproof.” - Harry Potter in the Order of the Phoenix
“Be brave, Professor. Be brave like my mother… Otherwise, you disgrace her. Otherwise, she died for nothing. Otherwise, the bowl will remain empty… forever.” - Harry Potter in the Half-Blood Prince
“Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.” – Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” – Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
“People find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.” – Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
“Bone of the father, unwillingly given. Flesh of the servant, willingly sacrificed. Blood of the enemy, forcibly taken. The Dark Lord shall rise again.” – Wormtail in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
“Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love.” - Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
“You can exist without your soul, you know, as long as your brain and heart are still working. But you’ll have no sense of self anymore, no memory, no….anything. There’s no chance at all of recovery. You’ll just exist. As an empty shell.” – Remus Lupin in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Alkaban
“I’m going to kill you, Harry Potter. I’m going to destroy you. After tonight, no one will ever again question my powers. After tonight, if they speak of your name, they’ll speak only of how you begged for death, and I, being a merciful lord….. obliged.” - Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
“Oh, my dear boy, we’re not going to punish you for a little thing like that. It was an accident. We don’t send people to Azkaban just for blowing up their aunts.” – Cornelius Fudge in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” - Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and 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 in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
“Yeah, thirteen of us against one bloke who’s not allowed to use magic…we’ve got no chance.” – Fred Weasley in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter Books
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (1998)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1999)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007)
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