19 Harry Potter Quotes That Will Give You All The Feels

J.K. Rowling’s words have been immortalized through films and amusement parks, inscribed in permanent ink on shoulders, and have even saved the lives of many struggling with depression, sickness, or mental illness.

Still, there are a number of quotes from the series that gave me pause, made my voice catch, or brought tears to my eyes that haven’t yet been recognized on Pinterest or memorialized on the skins of thousands. This inspired me to read all seven books again over the course of a few days to locate them, coming out the other side bedraggled, unshowered, and, as always, overcome with awe.

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*Warning: spoilers, of course, ahead.


When Harry’s legacy began before he could ever begin to grasp it:

“He couldn’t know that at this very moment, people meeting in secret all over the country were holding up their glasses and saying in hushed voices: ‘To Harry Potter—the boy who lived!’”

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When Harry had nothing from his childhood to hold him back:

“Harry felt a great leap of excitement. He didn’t know what he was going to—but it had to be better than what he was leaving behind.”

When Ron and Harry finally warmed to Hermione:

“There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”

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When Hagrid gifted Harry with a scrapbook of his parents:

“Harry couldn’t speak, but Hagrid understood.”

When Harry had never had a real family before:

“What Harry found most unusual about life at Ron’s, however, wasn’t the talking mirror or the clanking ghoul: it was the fact that everybody there seemed to like him.”

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And again, after he saw Cedric murdered:

“’Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.’”

When Dumbledore taught Harry more than a few lessons:

“’You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!’”

When the Sorting Hat questioned its job:

“’But this year I’ll go further,

Listen closely to my song:

Though condemned I am to split you

Still I worry that it’s wrong.’”

When Hermione reminded Harry she had always had his back:

“‘I told her to keep her big fat mouth shut about you, actually. And it would be quite nice if you stopped jumping down Ron’s and my throats, Harry, because if you haven’t noticed, we’re on your side.’”

When Sirius was more than a godfather to Harry:

“‘Yes, but the world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters.’”

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When Ginny learned something from her brothers:

“‘The thing about growing up with Fred and George is you start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.’”

When Dumbledore understood Harry all too well:

“‘You do care,’ said Dumbledore…’You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.’”

And when Dumbledore felt safe with him:

“‘I am not worried, Harry,’ said Dumbledore…’I am with you.’”

When Dumbledore tried to comfort Harry:

“’You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us?’”

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When Fleur couldn’t have cared less about her fiancee’s scars:

“‘What do I care how he looks? I am good-looking enough for both of us, I theenk! All these scars show is zat my husband is brave!'”

When Hermione and Ron were unwavering in their loyalty:

“‘We’re coming with you. That was decided months ago—years, really.'”

When Harry refused to let Lupin accompany him on his quest:

“‘Parents,’ said Harry, ‘shouldn’t leave their kids unless—unless they’ve got to.'”

When Harry saw his mother as he walked towards his own death:

“He could not speak. His eyes feasted on her, and he thought that he would like to stand and look at her forever, and that would be enough.”

And, finally, at the end, when it was finally over:

“All around the walls, the headmasters and headmistresses of Hogwarts were giving him a standing ovation.”

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