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Last Updated on January 3, 2018

15 Inspiring Quotes From The Harry Potter Series

15 Inspiring Quotes From The Harry Potter Series

“The greatest thing Harry Potter has given the world, is the freedom to use our imagination” – Oprah Winfrey.

The Harry Potter books penned by the prolific wordsmith J.K. Rowling are one of the most imaginative, magical and captivating stories ever written.

Hidden in this beautiful series of books are messages of love, friendship, family, courage and many more inspiring life lessons. The books and movies have touched millions of people all over the world. The strong characters have inspired many to take up debates and issues which the book addresses – from libertarianism to feminism to civil rights to raising their voices against power struggles, bigotry, and violence.

J.W. Eagan sensibly said, ‘Never judge a book by its movie.” However, the Harry Potter series is a rare instance of the films complementing the books exceedingly well. Yes, they do not cover all the details, but they do justice to most of the books in the 2-3 hours that is the length of a feature film. The level of detail from art design, to sets, to special effects, to the conviction of the characters portrayed bring alive the enchanting world of Harry Potter. I suspect the close association of the author with the films might have something to do with this.

J.K. Rowling’s sparkling wit, humor and exceptional ability to deliver simple insights with great impact are seen in these several quotes that went on to become extremely popular with fans. Notable among these are those belonging to Albus Dumbledore, who in many ways was her voice in the books.

Here is a pick of some of the best quotes about life lessons relating to different topics:

On coping with loss:

Dumbledore reminds Harry to live in the present moment and not dream of a past gone or a future that could have been.

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” ―  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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    On courage:

    Courage comes in various forms, it’s not just about fighting your enemies like Harry, Ron and Hermione demonstrate, but also about confronting your friends like Neville shows us.

    “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” ― Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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      On death:

      Dumbledore points out to Harry the wisdom of accepting our mortality and not fearing the end but looking upon it as an opportunity for a new beginning.

      “To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” ―  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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        On choices:

        You are a consequence of your choices in life. It doesn’t matter how capable or talented you are, it’s what you do that makes a difference in the world. We are who we choose to become.

        “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” ― Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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          On happiness:

          Happiness is an inside job. It is a conscious choice and lasting happiness emanates from within and is not affected by external circumstances. We all have it within us to find that hope in the midst of despair.

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

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            On character:

            Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you. Treating everyone with kindness is important, as Sirius Black points out.

            “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals” – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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              On making the right decisions:

              When we are faced with problems, it’s only too easy to take the easy way out but this may not always be the right choice.

              “Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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                On being sensitive:

                Empathize with others and put yourself in their shoes to appreciate their point of view.

                “Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.” – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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                  On accepting and understanding ourselves:

                  We have all experience positive and negative thoughts, emotions, and sensations. But we have a choice not to be swayed by them, through making independent decisions on how to act appropriately.

                  “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.” – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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                    On being human and recognizing the power of pain:

                    If we didn’t have problems, we wouldn’t appreciate the good things in life. Pain, loss, and failure is inevitable in life and brings perspective, clarity and is a catalyst for positive change, should you allow it to be.

                    “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.
” – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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                      On karma:

                      Everything will work out eventually and for the best, even if it’s not in the way we expected it.

                      “Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.” – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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                        On the fear of death:

                        It is the lack of knowledge and experience that makes us fear death and darkness, just like a child may fear the shadows but as she grows and understands more, she becomes fearless.

                        “It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.
” – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

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                          On reality and the mind:

                          Reality is but an illusion. Everything we experience in the world is a reflection of our mind. So our perception is colored by our internal makeup which is why different people see the same things, differently. This is J.K. Rowling’s favorite quote from the series.

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

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                            On using words wisely:

                            Words can hurt or heal so choose yours carefully. Think before you speak.

                            “Words are in my not-so-humble opinion, the most inexhaustible form of magic we have, capable both of inflicting injury and remedying it.” ― Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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                              On love:

                              True love is unconditional and eternal.

                              “After all this time?”
                              “Always,” said Snape.” ― Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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                                The End of an Epic!

                                This quote is not from the series and was spoken by JK Rowling at the premiere of the last film. It was the perfect way to bid a fond farewell to Potter fans who mourned the end of their childhood with the end of the series; as many of us grew up with this books and movies. However, they will stay with us forever.

                                “No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” ― J.K. Rowling

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                                  So, what is your favorite Harry Potter quote?

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                                  7 Signs of an Unhappy Relationship That Makes You Feel Stuck

                                  7 Signs of an Unhappy Relationship That Makes You Feel Stuck

                                  Relationships are complicated and when you’re unhappy, it can be difficult to tell what’s causing it and what needs to change.

                                  Sometimes it’s as easy as opening up to your partner about your problems, while other times it may be necessary to switch partners or roll solo to get your mind straight.

                                  When you’re in the thick of things, it can be difficult to tell if you’re unhappy in your relationship or just unhappy in general (in which case, a relationship may be just the cure you need).

                                  Here’re signs of an unhappy relationship that is possibly making you feel stuck:

                                  1. You’re depressed about your home life.

                                  No matter what you do in life, you’re going to have good and bad days. Your relationship is no different.

                                  However, no matter what you’re going through at home, you have to feel comfortable in your own home.

                                  If you constantly dread going home because your significant other is there, there’s a problem. Maybe it’s something you already know about, everyone has an argument or just needs some alone time.

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                                  When that yearning to be alone becomes an insatiable obsession over the course of months and years, it’s time to realize you’re not the exception to the rule.

                                  You’re unhappy in your relationship, and you need to take a look in the mirror and do whatever it takes to make yourself smile.

                                  2. You aren’t comfortable being yourself.

                                  Remember all those things you discovered about yourself when you first got together? The way your partner made you feel when you met that made you fall in love with him or her in the first place.

                                  If they don’t make you feel that way anymore, it’s not the end of the world. If your partner makes you uncomfortable about being you, then her or she is only dragging you down. It’s up to you to decide how to handle that.

                                  You need to be comfortable with who you are. This means being comfortable in your skin and with the way you walk, talk, look, breath, move, and all the other things that make you uniquely you.

                                  If the person who supposedly loves you doesn’t make you feel good about yourself, know that you can do better. They’re not even one in a billion.

                                  3. You can’t stop snooping.

                                  Mutual trust is necessary in any relationship. The only way to get that trust is with respect.

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                                  I can find you anywhere online, no matter how private and secure you think you are. The odds of you having a password I can’t crack are slim. If we’ve met in person, I could install a remote key logger on your device without even touching it.

                                  Finding your information online hardly takes a clandestine organization. Any idiot with a Wi-Fi-enabled device can cyberstalk you. I’m just the only idiot in the village admitting it.

                                  So now that we know everyone snoops, it’s time to address your personal habits. Governments snoop because they don’t trust us. If you’re snooping on your partner, it’s because you don’t trust them.

                                  It’s ok to have doubts, and it’s perfectly normal to look into anything that looks weird, but keep in mind that data collection is only half of an investigation.

                                  If you find yourself constantly snooping and questioning everything, clearly there’s a trust issue and the relationship likely needs to end.

                                  4. You’re afraid of commitment.

                                  If you’ve been dating longer than a year and you aren’t engaged, it’s never going to happen.

                                  Commitment is important. People will come up with a million ways to describe why they can’t be committed.

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                                  No matter who you are if you like it, you need to put a ring on it. Find an engagement ring, stick a gemstone in it and marry the person. If you’re not legally able to get married or you don’t believe in it for one reason or another, have a child (or adopt one, however you’re able to) or treat your partner’s family like your own. It’s a huge financial and mental commitment.

                                  If you’re not ready for one or the other after some time, don’t waste anymore of your precious life on the relationship.

                                  Your relationship should be something that propels you forward. If it’s not going anywhere, make it an open relationship and call it what it is—dating multiple people.

                                  5. You imagine a happier life without your partner.

                                  If all you’re doing is imagining a happier life without your partner, it’s a sign that you’re in the wrong relationship. You’re unhappy and you need to get out.

                                  Your partner should be included in your dreams. There’s nothing wrong with wanting a future with someone.

                                  Try to remember what you dreamed of before you got your heart broken by the realities of life, love and the pursuit of human success.

                                  Remember when you would crush on that cute kid in class? You would secretly imagine marrying him or her and going on an adventure—that’s the way life should be.

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                                  If you’re not at least imagining adventures together, then why are you in that relationship?

                                  6. You resent, rather than love your partner.

                                  When a relationship starts to crumble, you begin to resent your partner for all the things you once loved about him or her.

                                  When you’ve reached this point, your partner has reached at least No. 2 on this list. From your partner’s perspective, your unhappiness with them is picked up as bashing them for being who they are.

                                  If you’re both unhappy in the relationship, it’s better if it ends as quickly and painlessly as possible.

                                  7. You chase past feelings.

                                  It’s okay to reminisce about the past, but if all you do is wish things were like they used to be, it’s a sign you’re not on the right path.

                                  You’re unhappy and, at the very least, you need to have an open dialogue about it. This isn’t necessarily a sign that the relationship should end, but it definitely needs a spark.

                                  When you talk to your partner candidly about what it is you’re looking for, you never know how they’ll react. The risk alone is worth it, good or bad.

                                  Final thoughts

                                  If you’re feeling stuck in your current relationship, it’s time to reflect about it with your partner. Don’t ignore these signs of an unhappy relationship as they will slowly go worse and harm both you and your partner in long-term.

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