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30 Memorable Quotes From The Harry Potter Movies

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30 Memorable Quotes From The Harry Potter Movies

Who hasn’t been influenced somehow by Harry Potter?

All Harry Potter books are amazing. They take you to a wondrous and magical world that you wish really existed. Everything about the books (and movies) is enchanting. Many characters are close to Potter fans’ hearts — Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Dumbledore (to name a few). Have you ever realized that the best quotes from our favorite Harry Potter characters are also chock-full of wisdom?

Here are some memorable quotes from the Harry Potter series that incidentally also teach valuable life lessons. Enjoy!

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    1. What Sirius tells Harry is profound.

    “We’ve all got both light and darkness inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” — Sirius Black, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    2. This quote is too powerful.

    “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, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    3. Dumbledore says the most perceptive things.

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    “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” —Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    4. Who can honestly disagree with this?

    “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    5. Here’s some more words of truth.

    “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

    6. Harry, the greatest wizard in all of history, says it straight.

    “Every great wizard in history has started out as nothing more than what we are now, students. If they can do it, why not us?” — Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    7. Tom Riddle also says clever things.

    “Greatness inspires envy; envy engenders spite; spite spawns lies.” — Tom Riddle, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    8. How about this gem by Dumbledore.

    “Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.” — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    9. This is so true!

    “Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.” — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    10. Who can forget this exchange between Dumbledore and Harry?

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    “Of course it is happening inside your head… but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    11. Luna’s mum was wise.

    “Anyway, my mum always said things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.” — Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    12. Harry saying what matters.

    “Working hard is important. But there is something that matters even more, believing in yourself.” — Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    13. Dumbledore!

    “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

    14. What about time?

    “Time will not slow down when something unpleasant lies ahead.” — Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    15. Everybody take heed.

    “When in doubt, go to the library.” — Ron Weasley, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    16. Dumbledore on love.

    “You are protected, in short, by your ability to love!” — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

    17. Hagrid always was the warmest, but this was extra special.

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    “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.” — Rubeus Hagrid, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    18. This old man, Dumbledore, is so wise. Here’s another inspiring quote.

    “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    19. Good advice indeed.

    “We must try not to sink beneath our anguish…but battle on.” — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince

    20. Who wouldn’t want to know how a girl’s brain works?

    “That’s what they should teach us here. How girls’ brains work. It would be more useful than divination anyway.” — Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    21. No one could say it better!

    “Which only goes to show that the best of us must sometimes eat our words.” — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    22. So true.

    “The ones that love us never really leave us. You can always find them.” — Sirius Black, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    23. You’ve got to agree with the good professor.

    “It is the quality of one’s convictions that determines success, not the number of followers.” — Remus Lupin, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    24. Well said, Hagrid.

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    “What’s comin’ will come and we’ll meet it when it does.” — Rubeus Hagrid, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    25. And what about happiness, Dumbledore?

    “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    26. Dumbledore has style.

    “You know, Minister, I disagree with Dumbledore on many counts but you cannot deny he’s got style.” — Phineas Nigellus, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    27. Fred and George. Enough said.

    “Wow, we’re identical!” — Fred and George Weasley, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    28. Dumbledore is wise.

    “The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”  — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

    29. Dumbledore – always the one to make a point.

    “Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.” — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    30. This one is a personal favorite! It’s so profound and poetic.

    “Wit beyond measure is a man’s greatest treasure.” — Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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    How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

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    How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

    You’re standing behind the curtain, just about to make your way on stage to face the many faces half-shrouded in darkness in front of you. As you move towards the spotlight, your body starts to feel heavier with each step. A familiar thump echoes throughout your body – your heartbeat has gone off the charts.

    Don’t worry, you’re not the only one with glossophobia(also known as speech anxiety or the fear of speaking to large crowds). Sometimes, the anxiety happens long before you even stand on stage.

    Your body’s defence mechanism responds by causing a part of your brain to release adrenaline into your blood – the same chemical that gets released as if you were being chased by a lion.

    Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you overcome your fear of public speaking:

    1. Prepare yourself mentally and physically

    According to experts, we’re built to display anxiety and to recognize it in others. If your body and mind are anxious, your audience will notice. Hence, it’s important to prepare yourself before the big show so that you arrive on stage confident, collected and ready.

    “Your outside world is a reflection of your inside world. What goes on in the inside, shows on the outside.” – Bob Proctor

    Exercising lightly before a presentation helps get your blood circulating and sends oxygen to the brain. Mental exercises, on the other hand, can help calm the mind and nerves. Here are some useful ways to calm your racing heart when you start to feel the butterflies in your stomach:

    Warming up

    If you’re nervous, chances are your body will feel the same way. Your body gets tense, your muscles feel tight or you’re breaking in cold sweat. The audience will notice you are nervous.

    If you observe that this is exactly what is happening to you minutes before a speech, do a couple of stretches to loosen and relax your body. It’s better to warm up before every speech as it helps to increase the functional potential of the body as a whole. Not only that, it increases muscle efficiency, improves reaction time and your movements.

    Here are some exercises to loosen up your body before show time:

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    1. Neck and shoulder rolls – This helps relieve upper body muscle tension and pressure as the rolls focus on rotating the head and shoulders, loosening the muscle. Stress and anxiety can make us rigid within this area which can make you feel agitated, especially when standing.
    2. Arm stretches – We often use this part of our muscles during a speech or presentation through our hand gestures and movements. Stretching these muscles can reduce arm fatigue, loosen you up and improve your body language range.
    3. Waist twists – Place your hands on your hips and rotate your waist in a circular motion. This exercise focuses on loosening the abdominal and lower back regions which is essential as it can cause discomfort and pain, further amplifying any anxieties you may experience.

    Stay hydrated

    Ever felt parched seconds before speaking? And then coming up on stage sounding raspy and scratchy in front of the audience? This happens because the adrenaline from stage fright causes your mouth to feel dried out.

    To prevent all that, it’s essential we stay adequately hydrated before a speech. A sip of water will do the trick. However, do drink in moderation so that you won’t need to go to the bathroom constantly.

    Try to avoid sugary beverages and caffeine, since it’s a diuretic – meaning you’ll feel thirstier. It will also amplify your anxiety which prevents you from speaking smoothly.

    Meditate

    Meditation is well-known as a powerful tool to calm the mind. ABC’s Dan Harris, co-anchor of Nightline and Good Morning America weekend and author of the book titled10% Happier , recommends that meditation can help individuals to feel significantly calmer, faster.

    Meditation is like a workout for your mind. It gives you the strength and focus to filter out the negativity and distractions with words of encouragement, confidence and strength.

    Mindfulness meditation, in particular, is a popular method to calm yourself before going up on the big stage. The practice involves sitting comfortably, focusing on your breathing and then bringing your mind’s attention to the present without drifting into concerns about the past or future – which likely includes floundering on stage.

    Here’s a nice example of guided meditation before public speaking:

    2. Focus on your goal

    One thing people with a fear of public speaking have in common is focusing too much on themselves and the possibility of failure.

    Do I look funny? What if I can’t remember what to say? Do I look stupid? Will people listen to me? Does anyone care about what I’m talking about?’

    Instead of thinking this way, shift your attention to your one true purpose – contributing something of value to your audience.

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    Decide on the progress you’d like your audience to make after your presentation. Notice their movements and expressions to adapt your speech to ensure that they are having a good time to leave the room as better people.

    If your own focus isn’t beneficial and what it should be when you’re speaking, then shift it to what does. This is also key to establishing trust during your presentation as the audience can clearly see that you have their interests at heart.[1]

    3. Convert negativity to positivity

    There are two sides constantly battling inside of us – one is filled with strength and courage while the other is doubt and insecurities. Which one will you feed?

    ‘What if I mess up this speech? What if I’m not funny enough? What if I forget what to say?’

    It’s no wonder why many of us are uncomfortable giving a presentation. All we do is bring ourselves down before we got a chance to prove ourselves. This is also known as a self-fulfilling prophecy – a belief that comes true because we are acting as if it already is. If you think you’re incompetent, then it will eventually become true.

    Motivational coaches tout that positive mantras and affirmations tend to boost your confidents for the moments that matter most. Say to yourself: “I’ll ace this speech and I can do it!”

    Take advantage of your adrenaline rush to encourage positive outcome rather than thinking of the negative ‘what ifs’.

    Here’s a video of Psychologist Kelly McGonigal who encourages her audience to turn stress into something positive as well as provide methods on how to cope with it:

    4. Understand your content

    Knowing your content at your fingertips helps reduce your anxiety because there is one less thing to worry about. One way to get there is to practice numerous times before your actual speech.

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    However, memorizing your script word-for-word is not encouraged. You can end up freezing should you forget something. You’ll also risk sounding unnatural and less approachable.

    “No amount of reading or memorizing will make you successful in life. It is the understanding and the application of wise thought that counts.” – Bob Proctor

    Many people unconsciously make the mistake of reading from their slides or memorizing their script word-for-word without understanding their content – a definite way to stress themselves out.

    Understanding your speech flow and content makes it easier for you to convert ideas and concepts into your own words which you can then clearly explain to others in a conversational manner. Designing your slides to include text prompts is also an easy hack to ensure you get to quickly recall your flow when your mind goes blank.[2]

    One way to understand is to memorize the over-arching concepts or ideas in your pitch. It helps you speak more naturally and let your personality shine through. It’s almost like taking your audience on a journey with a few key milestones.

    5. Practice makes perfect

    Like most people, many of us are not naturally attuned to public speaking. Rarely do individuals walk up to a large audience and present flawlessly without any research and preparation.

    In fact, some of the top presenters make it look easy during showtime because they have spent countless hours behind-the-scenes in deep practice. Even great speakers like the late John F. Kennedy would spend months preparing his speech beforehand.

    Public speaking, like any other skill, requires practice – whether it be practicing your speech countless of times in front of a mirror or making notes. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect!

    6. Be authentic

    There’s nothing wrong with feeling stressed before going up to speak in front of an audience.

    Many people fear public speaking because they fear others will judge them for showing their true, vulnerable self. However, vulnerability can sometimes help you come across as more authentic and relatable as a speaker.

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    Drop the pretence of trying to act or speak like someone else and you’ll find that it’s worth the risk. You become more genuine, flexible and spontaneous, which makes it easier to handle unpredictable situations – whether it’s getting tough questions from the crowd or experiencing an unexpected technical difficulty.

    To find out your authentic style of speaking is easy. Just pick a topic or issue you are passionate about and discuss this like you normally would with a close family or friend. It is like having a conversation with someone in a personal one-to-one setting. A great way to do this on stage is to select a random audience member(with a hopefully calming face) and speak to a single person at a time during your speech. You’ll find that it’s easier trying to connect to one person at a time than a whole room.

    With that said, being comfortable enough to be yourself in front of others may take a little time and some experience, depending how comfortable you are with being yourself in front of others. But once you embrace it, stage fright will not be as intimidating as you initially thought.

    Presenters like Barack Obama are a prime example of a genuine and passionate speaker:

    7. Post speech evaluation

    Last but not the least, if you’ve done public speaking and have been scarred from a bad experience, try seeing it as a lesson learned to improve yourself as a speaker.

    Don’t beat yourself up after a presentation

    We are the hardest on ourselves and it’s good to be. But when you finish delivering your speech or presentation, give yourself some recognition and a pat on the back.

    You managed to finish whatever you had to do and did not give up. You did not let your fears and insecurities get to you. Take a little more pride in your work and believe in yourself.

    Improve your next speech

    As mentioned before, practice does make perfect. If you want to improve your public speaking skills, try asking someone to film you during a speech or presentation. Afterwards, watch and observe what you can do to improve yourself next time.

    Here are some questions you can ask yourself after every speech:

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    • How did I do?
    • Are there any areas for improvement?
    • Did I sound or look stressed?
    • Did I stumble on my words? Why?
    • Was I saying “um” too often?
    • How was the flow of the speech?

    Write everything you observed down and keep practicing and improving. In time, you’ll be able to better manage your fears of public speaking and appear more confident when it counts.

    If you want even more tips about public speaking or delivering a great presentation, check out these articles too:

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