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30 Memorable Quotes From The Harry Potter Movies

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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    Last Updated on January 15, 2021

    7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

    7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

    The popular idiomatic saying that “actions speak louder than words” has been around for centuries, but even to this day, most people struggle with at least one area of nonverbal communication. Consequently, many of us aspire to have more confident body language but don’t have the knowledge and tools necessary to change what are largely unconscious behaviors.

    Given that others’ perceptions of our competence and confidence are predominantly influenced by what we do with our faces and bodies, it’s important to develop greater self-awareness and consciously practice better posture, stance, eye contact, facial expressions, hand movements, and other aspects of body language.

    Posture

    First things first: how is your posture? Let’s start with a quick self-assessment of your body.

    • Are your shoulders slumped over or rolled back in an upright posture?
    • When you stand up, do you evenly distribute your weight or lean excessively to one side?
    • Does your natural stance place your feet relatively shoulder-width apart or are your feet and legs close together in a closed-off position?
    • When you sit, does your lower back protrude out in a slumped position or maintain a straight, spine-friendly posture in your seat?

    All of these are important considerations to make when evaluating and improving your posture and stance, which will lead to more confident body language over time. If you routinely struggle with maintaining good posture, consider buying a posture trainer/corrector, consulting a chiropractor or physical therapist, stretching daily, and strengthening both your core and back muscles.

    Facial Expressions

    Are you prone to any of the following in personal or professional settings?

    • Bruxism (tight, clenched jaw or grinding teeth)
    • Frowning and/or furrowing brows
    • Avoiding direct eye contact and/or staring at the ground

    If you answered “yes” to any of these, then let’s start by examining various ways in which you can project confident body language through your facial expressions.

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    1. Understand How Others Perceive Your Facial Expressions

    A December 2020 study by UC Berkeley and Google researchers utilized a deep neural network to analyze facial expressions in six million YouTube clips representing people from over 140 countries. The study found that, despite socio-cultural differences, people around the world tended to use about 70% of the same facial expressions in response to different emotional stimuli and situations.[1]

    The study’s researchers also published a fascinating interactive map to demonstrate how their machine learning technology assessed various facial expressions and determined subtle differences in emotional responses.

    This study highlights the social importance of facial expressions because whether or not we’re consciously aware of them—by gazing into a mirror or your screen on a video conferencing platform—how we present our faces to others can have tremendous impacts on their perceptions of us, our confidence, and our emotional states. This awareness is the essential first step towards

    2. Relax Your Face

    New research on bruxism and facial tension found the stresses and anxieties of Covid-19 lockdowns led to considerable increases in orofacial pain, jaw-clenching, and teeth grinding, particularly among women.[2]

    The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans alone have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ syndrome), and facial tension can lead to other complications such as insomnia, wrinkles, dry skin, and dark, puffy bags under your eyes.[3])

    To avoid these unpleasant outcomes, start practicing progressive muscle relaxation techniques and taking breaks more frequently throughout the day to moderate facial tension.[4] You should also try out some biofeedback techniques to enhance your awareness of involuntary bodily processes like facial tension and achieve more confident body language as a result.[5]

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    3. Improve Your Eye Contact

    Did you know there’s an entire subfield of kinesic communication research dedicated to eye movements and behaviors called oculesics?[6] It refers to various communication behaviors including direct eye contact, averting one’s gaze, pupil dilation/constriction, and even frequency of blinking. All of these qualities can shape how other people perceive you, which means that eye contact is yet another area of nonverbal body language that we should be more mindful of in social interactions.

    The ideal type (direct/indirect) and duration of eye contact depends on a variety of factors, such as cultural setting, differences in power/authority/age between the parties involved, and communication context. Research has shown that differences in the effects of eye contact are particularly prominent when comparing East Asian and Western European/North American cultures.[7]

    To improve your eye contact with others, strive to maintain consistent contact for at least 3 to 4 seconds at a time, consciously consider where you’re looking while listening to someone else, and practice eye contact as much as possible (as strange as this may seem in the beginning, it’s the best way to improve).

    3. Smile More

    There are many benefits to smiling and laughing, and when it comes to working on more confident body language, this is an area that should be fun, low-stakes, and relatively stress-free.

    Smiling is associated with the “happiness chemical” dopamine and the mood-stabilizing hormone, serotonin. Many empirical studies have shown that smiling generally leads to positive outcomes for the person smiling, and further research has shown that smiling can influence listeners’ perceptions of our confidence and trustworthiness as well.

    4. Hand Gestures

    Similar to facial expressions and posture, what you do with your hands while speaking or listening in a conversation can significantly influence others’ perceptions of you in positive or negative ways.

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    It’s undoubtedly challenging to consciously account for all of your nonverbal signals while simultaneously trying to stay engaged with the verbal part of the discussion, but putting in the effort to develop more bodily awareness now will make it much easier to unconsciously project more confident body language later on.

    5. Enhance Your Handshake

    In the article, “An Anthropology of the Handshake,” University of Copenhagen social anthropology professor Bjarke Oxlund assessed the future of handshaking in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic:[8]

    “Handshakes not only vary in function and meaning but do so according to social context, situation and scale. . . a public discussion should ensue on the advantages and disadvantages of holding on to the tradition of shaking hands as the conventional gesture of greeting and leave-taking in a variety of circumstances.”

    It’s too early to determine some of the ways in which Covid-19 has permanently changed our social norms and professional etiquette standards, but it’s reasonable to assume that handshaking may retain its importance in American society even after this pandemic. To practice more confident body language in the meantime, the video on the science of the perfect handshake below explains what you need to know.

    6. Complement Your Verbals With Hand Gestures

    As you know by now, confident communication involves so much more than simply smiling more or sounding like you know what you’re talking about. What you do with your hands can be particularly influential in how others perceive you, whether you’re fidgeting with an object, clenching your fists, hiding your hands in your pockets, or calmly gesturing to emphasize important points you’re discussing.

    Social psychology researchers have found that “iconic gestures”—hand movements that appear to be meaningfully related to the speaker’s verbal content—can have profound impacts on listeners’ information retention. In other words, people are more likely to engage with you and remember more of what you said when you speak with complementary hand gestures instead of just your voice.[9]

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    Further research on hand gestures has shown that even your choice of the left or right hand for gesturing can influence your ability to clearly convey information to listeners, which supports the notion that more confident body language is readily achievable through greater self-awareness and deliberate nonverbal actions.[10]

    Final Takeaways

    Developing better posture, enhancing your facial expressiveness, and practicing hand gestures can vastly improve your communication with other people. At first, it will be challenging to consciously practice nonverbal behaviors that many of us are accustomed to performing daily without thinking about them.

    If you ever feel discouraged, however, remember that there’s no downside to consistently putting in just a little more time and effort to increase your bodily awareness. With the tips and strategies above, you’ll be well on your way to embracing more confident body language and amplifying others’ perceptions of you in no time.

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