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“I sat and thought for four (delayed train) hours, and all the details bubbled up in my brain, and this scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who didn't know he was a wizard became more and more real to me.”
J.K. Rowling
“Albus Dumbledore had gotten to his feet. He was beaming at the students, his arms opened wide, as if nothing could have pleased him more than to see them all there.
"Welcome!" he said. "Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts! Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!"
"Thank you!"
He sat back down. Everybody clapped and cheered. Harry didn't know whether to laugh or not.
“Is he — a bit mad?” he asked Percy uncertainly.
"Mad?" said Percy airily. "He's a genius! Best wizard in the world! But he is a bit mad, yes. Potatoes, Harry?”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
“Voldemort,” said Riddle softly, “is my past, present, and future, Harry Potter. . . .”
He pulled Harry’s wand from his pocket and began to trace it through the air, writing three shimmering words:
TOM MARVOLO RIDDLE
Then he waved the wand once, and the letters of his name rearranged themselves:
I AM LORD VOLDEMORT
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
“You foul, lying, evil little cockroach!”
J.K. Rowling
“Fawkes is a phoenix, Harry. Phoenixes burst into flame when it is time for them to die and are reborn from the ashes.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
“But Dobby shouted, "You shall not harm Harry Potter! ... He got up, face livid, and pulled out his wand, but Dobby raised a long, threatening finger. "You shall go now," he said fiercely, pointing down at Mr. Malfoy. "You shall not touch Harry Potter. You shall go now.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
“Christmas was coming. One morning in mid-December, Hogwarts woke to find itself covered in several feet of snow. The lake froze solid and the Weasley twins were punished for bewitching several snowballs so that they followed Quirrell around, bouncing off the back of his turban.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
“No - no - no!" someone was shouting. "No! Fred! No!"

And Percy was shaking his brother, and Ron was kneeling beside them, and Fred's eyes stared without seeing, the ghost of his last laugh still etched upon his face.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
“Rack your brains, that should only take a couple of seconds.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
“That evening, Dudley paraded around the living room for the family in his brand new uniform...As he looked at Dudley in his new knickerbockers, Uncle Vernon said gruffly that if was the proudest moment of his life. Aunt Petunia burst into tears and said she couldn't believe it was her Ickle Dudleykins, he looked so handsome and grown-up. Harry didn't trust himself to speak. He thought two of his ribs might already have cracked from trying not to laugh.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
tags: humor
“Maybe he murdered Myrtle; that would’ve done everyone a favor. . . .”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
“Prongs rode again last night... You know, Harry, in a way, you did see your father last night... You found him inside yourself.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
“Once again I must ask too much of you, Harry.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
“With another shock of excitement, Harry saw Sirius give James the thumbs-up.
Sirius was lounging in his chair at his ease, tilting it back on two legs. He was very good-looking, his dark hair fell into his eyes with a sort of casual elegance neither James's nor Harry's could ever have achieved, and a girl sitting behind him was eyeing him hopefully, though he didn't seem to have noticed.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
“This is mad,” said Ron. “We’re the only ones left who haven’t got anyone — well, except Neville. Hey — guess who he asked? Hermione!”
What?” said Harry, completely distracted by this startling news.
“Yeah, I know!” said Ron, some of the color coming back into his face as he started to laugh. “He told me after Potions! Said she’s always been really nice, helping him out with work and stuff — but she told him she was already going with someone. Ha! As if! She just didn’t want to go with Neville...I mean, who would?”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
“He chanced a glance at her. She was not tearful; that was one of the many wonderful things about Ginny, she was rarely weepy. He had sometimes thought that having six brothers must have toughened her up.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
“He’s gone, Harry told himself. He’s gone. He had to keep thinking it as he washed and dressed, as though repetition would dull the shock of it. He’s gone and he’s not coming back. And that was the simple truth of it, Harry knew, because their protective enchantments meant that it would be impossible, once they vacated this spot, for Ron to find them again.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
“Yeah,” said Harry. “No more pretending we care what happens when Jupiter and Uranus get too friendly . . .”
“And from now on, I don’t care if my tea leaves spell die, Ron, die — I’m just chucking them in the bin where they belong.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
“I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.”
J.K. Rowling
“You are determined to hate him [Snape], Harry,” said Lupin with a faint smile. “And I understand; with James as your father, with Sirius as your godfather, you have inherited an old prejudice. By all means tell Dumbledore what you have told Arthur and me, but do not expect him to share your view of the matter; do not even expect him to be surprised by what you tell him. It might have been on Dumbledore’s orders that Severus questioned Draco.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”
J.K. Rowling
“Dudley had been accepted at Uncle Vernon's old private school, Smeltings...Harry, on the other hand, was going to Stonewall High, the local public high school. Dudley thought this was very funny. "They stuff people's heads down the toilet the first day at Stonewall," he told Harry. "Want to come upstairs and practice?" "No, thanks," said Harry. "The poor toilet's never had anything as horrible as your head down it - it might be sick." Then he ran, before Dudley could work out what he'd said.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
tags: humor
“Ron's ears turned bright red and he become engrossed in a tuft of grass at his feet, which he prodded with his toe 'he must've known I'd run out on you'.

'No', Harry corrected him, 'He must've known you'd always want to come back”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
“I bet you’re not dangerous at all, are you? Are you, you great ugly brute?”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
“He's a funny man, Dumbledore. I think he sort of wanted to give me a chance. I think he knows more or less everything that goes on here, you know. I reckon he had a pretty good idea we were going to try, and instead of stopping us, he just taught us enough to help. I don't think it was an accident he let me find out how the Mirror worked. It's almost like he thought I had the right to face Voldemort if I could...”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Oh, come and stir my cauldron,
And if you do it right,
I'll boil you up some hot strong love
To keep you warm tonight.

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
“Then he heard a terrible cry that pulled at his insides, that expressed agony of a kind that neither flame nor curse could cause, and he stood up, swaying, more frightened than he had been that day, more frightened, perhaps, than he had been in his whole life...”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
“There,” she said softly. “Now he could be sleeping.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
“There was a horrible smell in the kitchen the next morning when Harry went in for breakfast. It seemed to be coming from a large metal tub in the sink. He went to have a look. The tub was full of what looked like dirty rags swimming in gray water.
"What's this?" he asked Aunt Petunia.
"Your new school uniform," she said.
Harry looked in the bowl again.
"Oh," he said, "I didn't realize it had to be so wet.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
tags: humor
“Personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a checklist of acquisition. Your qualifications are not your life.”
J.K. Rowling


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