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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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    7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

    7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

    Recruiters might hold thousands of interviews in their careers and a lot of them are reporting the same thing—that most candidates play it safe with the questions they ask, or have no questions to ask in a job interview at all.

    For job applicants, this approach is crazy! This is a job that you’re going to dedicate a lot of hours to and that might have a huge impact on your future career. Don’t throw away the chance to figure out if the position is perfect for you.

    Here are 7 killer questions to ask in a job interview that will both impress your counterpart and give you some really useful insights into whether this job will be a dream … or a nightmare.

    1. What are some challenges I might come up against this role?

    A lesser candidate might ask, “what does a typical day look like in this role?” While this is a perfectly reasonable question to ask in an interview, focusing on potential challenges takes you much further because it indicates that you already are visualizing yourself in the role.

    It’s impressive because it shows that you are not afraid of challenges, and you are prepared to strategize a game plan upfront to make sure you succeed if you get the job.

    It can also open up a conversation about how you’ve solved problems in the past which can be a reassuring exercise for both you and the hiring manager.

    How it helps you:

    If you ask the interviewer to describe a typical day, you may get a vibrant picture of all the lovely things you’ll get to do in this job and all the lovely people you’ll get to do them with.

    Asking about potential roadblocks means you hear the other side of the story—dysfunctional teams, internal politics, difficult clients, bootstrap budgets and so on. This can help you decide if you’re up for the challenge or whether, for the sake of your sanity, you should respectfully decline the job offer.

    2. What are the qualities of really successful people in this role?

    Employers don’t want to hire someone who goes through the motions; they want to hire someone who will excel.

    Asking this question shows that you care about success, too. How could they not hire you with a dragon-slayer attitude like that?

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    How it helps you:

    Interviewers hire people who are great people to work with, but the definition of “great people” differs from person to person.

    Does this company hire and promote people with a specific attitude, approach, worth ethic or communication style? Are the most successful people in this role strong extroverts who love to talk and socialize when you are studious and reserved? Does the company reward those who work insane hours when you’re happiest in a more relaxed environment?

    If so, then this may not be the right match for you.

    Whatever the answer is, you can decide whether you have what it takes for the manager to be happy with your performance in this role. And if the interviewer has no idea what success looks like for this position, this is a sign to proceed with extreme caution.

    3. From the research I did on your company, I noticed the culture really supports XYZ. Can you tell me more about that element of the culture and how it impacts this job role?

    Of course, you could just ask “what is the culture like here? ” but then you would miss a great opportunity to show that you’ve done your research!

    Interviewers give BIG bonus point to those who read up and pay attention, and you’ve just pointed out that (a) you’re diligent in your research (b) you care about the company culture and (c) you’re committed to finding a great cultural fit.

    How it helps you:

    This question is so useful because it lets you pick an element of the culture that you really care about and that will have the most impact on whether you are happy with the organization.

    For example, if training and development is important to you, then you need to know what’s on offer so you don’t end up in a dead-end job with no learning opportunities.

    Companies often talk a good talk, and their press releases may be full of shiny CSR initiatives and all the headline-grabbing diversity programs they’re putting in place. This is your opportunity to look under the hood and see if the company lives its values on the ground.

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    A company that says it is committed to doing the right thing by customers should not judge success by the number of up-sells an employee makes, for instance. Look for consistency, so you aren’t in for a culture shock after you start.

    4. What is the promotion path for this role, and how would my performance on that path be measured?

    To be clear, you are not asking when you will get promoted. Don’t go there—it’s presumptuous, and it indicates that you think you are better than the role you have applied for.

    A career-minded candidate, on the other hand, usually has a plan that she’s working towards. This question shows you have a great drive toward growth and advancement and an intention to stick with the company beyond your current state.

    How it helps you:

    One word: hierarchy.

    All organizations have levels of work and authority—executives, upper managers, line managers, the workforce, and so on. Understanding the hierarchical structure gives you power, because you can decide if you can work within it and are capable of climbing through its ranks, or whether it will be endlessly frustrating to you.

    In a traditional pyramid hierarchy, for example, the people at the bottom tend to have very little autonomy to make decisions. This gets better as you rise up through the pyramid, but even middle managers have little power to create policy; they are more concerned with enforcing the rules the top leaders make.

    If having a high degree of autonomy and accountability is important to you, you may do better in a flat hierarchy where work teams can design their own way of achieving the corporate goals.

    5. What’s the most important thing the successful candidate could accomplish in their first 3 months/6 months/year?

    Of all the questions to ask in a job interview, this one is impressive because it shows that you identify with and want to be a successful performer, and not just an average one.

    Here, you’re drilling down into what the company needs, and needs quite urgently, proving that you’re all about adding value to the organization and not just about what’s in it for you.

    How it helps you:

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    Most job descriptions come with 8, 10 or 12 different job responsibilities and a lot of them with be boilerplate or responsibilities that someone in HR thinks are associated with this role. This question gives you a better sense of which responsibilities are the most important—and they may not be what initially attracted you to the role.

    If you like the idea of training juniors, for example, but success is judged purely on your sales figures, then is this really the job you thought you were applying for?

    This question will also give you an idea of what kind of learning curve you’re expected to have and whether you’ll get any ramp-up time before getting down to business. If you’re the type of person who likes to jump right in and get things done, for instance, you may not be thrilled to hear that you’re going to spend the first three months shadowing a peer.

    6. What do you like about working here?

    This simple question is all about building rapport with the interviewer. People like to talk about themselves, and the interviewer will be flattered that you’re interested in her opinions.

    Hopefully, you’ll find some great connection points that the two of you share. What similar things drive you head into the office each day? How will you fit into the culture?

    How it helps you:

    You can learn a lot from this question. Someone who genuinely enjoys his job will be able to list several things they like, and their answers will sound passionate and sincere. If not….well, you might consider that a red flag.

    Since you potentially can learn a lot about the company culture from this question, it’s a good idea to figure out upfront what’s important to you. Maybe you’re looking for a hands-off boss who values independent thought and creativity? Maybe you work better in environments that move at a rapid, exciting pace?

    Whatever’s important to you, listen carefully and see if you can find any common ground.

    7. Based on this interview, do you have any questions or concerns about my qualifications for the role?

    What a great closing question to ask in a job interview! It shows that you’re not afraid of feedback—in fact, you are inviting it. Not being able to take criticism is a red flag for employers, who need to know that you’ll act on any “coaching moments” with a good heart.

    As a bonus, asking this question shows that you are really interested in the position and wish to clear up anything that may be holding the company back from hiring you.

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    How it helps you:

    What a devious beast this question is! On the surface, it looks straightforward, but it’s actually giving you four key pieces of information.

    First, is the manager capable of giving you feedback when put on the spot like this? Some managers are scared of giving feedback, or don’t think it’s important enough to bother outside of a formal performance appraisal. Do you want to work for a boss like that? How will you improve if no one is telling you what you did wrong?

    Second, can the manager give feedback in a constructive way without being too pillowy or too confrontational? It’s unfair to expect the interviewer to have figured out your preferred way of receiving feedback in the space of an interview, but if she come back with a machine-gun fire of shortcomings or one of those corporate feedback “sandwiches” (the doozy slipped between two slices of compliment), then you need to ask yourself, can you work with someone who gives feedback like that?

    Third, you get to learn the things the hiring manager is concerned about before you leave the interview. This gives you the chance to make a final, tailored sales pitch so you can convince the interviewer that she should not be worried about those things.

    Fourth, you get to learn the things the hiring manager is concerned about period. If turnover is keeping him up at night, then your frequent job hopping might get a lot of additional scrutiny. If he’s facing some issues with conflict or communication, then he might raise concerns regarding your performance in this area.

    Listen carefully: the concerns that are being raised about you might actually be a proxy for problems in the wider organization.

    Making Your Interview Work for You

    Interviews are a two-way street. While it is important to differentiate yourself from every other candidate, understand that convincing the interviewer you’re the right person for the role goes hand-in-hand with figuring out if the job is the right fit for you.

    Would you feel happy in a work environment where the people, priorities, culture and management style were completely at odds with the way you work? Didn’t think so!

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