Albus Dumbledore Quotes

Quotes tagged as "albus-dumbledore" (showing 1-30 of 46)
J.K. Rowling
“You will find that I will only truly have left this school when none here are loyal to me.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

J.K. Rowling
“The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Jack Thorne
“DUMBLEDORE: Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.”
Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two

J.K. Rowling
“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!”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

J.K. Rowling
“Of course we still want to know you!" Harry said, staring at Hagrid.
"You don't think anything that Skeeter cow - sorry, Professor," he added quickly, looking at Dumbledore.
"I have gone temporarily deaf and haven't any idea what you said, Harry," said Dumbledore, twiddling his thumbs and staring at the ceiling.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Jack Thorne
“We cannot protect the young from harm. Pain must and will come.”
Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two

J.K. Rowling
“Clever as I am, I remain just as big a fool as anyone else.”
J.K. Rowling, The Tales of Beedle the Bard

J.K. Rowling
“In dreams, we enter a world that’s entirely our own.”
J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling
“The — the prophecy . . . the prediction . . . Trelawney . . .”
“Ah, yes. How much did you relay to Lord Voldemort?”
“Everything — everything I heard! That is why — it is for that reason — he thinks it means Lily Evans!”
“The prophecy did not refer to a woman. It spoke of a boy born at the end of July —”
“You know what I mean! He thinks it means her son, he is going to hunt her down — kill them all —”
“If she means so much to you, surely Lord Voldemort will spare her? Could you not ask for mercy for the mother, in exchange for the son?”
“I have — I have asked him —”
“You disgust me.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

J.K. Rowling
“I don't need a cloak to become invisible.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

J.K. Rowling
“Do you see, Harry? Do you see the flaw in my brilliant plan now? I had fallen into the trap I had foreseen, that I had told myself I could avoid, that I must avoid.”

“I don’t —”

“I cared about you too much,” said Dumbledore simply. “I cared more for your happiness than your knowing the truth, more for your peace of mind than my plan, more for your life than the lives that might be lost if the plan failed. In other words, I acted exactly as Voldemort expects we fools who love to act.

“Is there a defense? I defy anyone who has watched you as I have — and I have watched you more closely than you can have imagined — not to want to save you more pain than you had already suffered. What did I care if numbers of nameless and faceless people and creatures were slaughtered in the vague future, if in the here and now you were alive, and well, and happy? I never dreamed that I would have such a person on my hands.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

J.K. Rowling
“I take my hat off to you — or I would, if I were not afraid of showering you in spiders.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

J.K. Rowling
“As far as informing the headmaster, Harry had no idea where Dumbledore went during the summer holidays. He amused himself for a moment, picturing Dumbledore, with his long silver beard, full-length wizard's robes, and pointed hat, stretched out on a beach somewhere, rubbing suntan lotion onto his long crooked nose.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Jack Thorne
“DUMBLEDORE: Those that we love never truly leave us, Harry. There are things that death cannot touch. Paint . . . and memory . . . and love.”
Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two

J.K. Rowling
“Never try to understand the students. They hate it. They would much rather be tragically misunderstood, wallow in self-pity, stew in their own —”

“That’s enough, Phineas,” said Dumbledore.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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

J.K. Rowling
“Maybe a man in a million could unite the Hallows, Harry. I was fit only to possess the meanest of them, the least extraordinary. I was fit to own the Elder Wand, and not to boast of it, and not to kill with it. I was permitted to tame and to use it, because I took it, not for gain, but to save others from it.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Jack Thorne
“DUMBLEDORE: You ask me, of all people, how to protect a boy in terrible danger? We cannot protect the young from harm. Pain must and will come.

HARRY: So I’m supposed to stand and watch?

DUMBLEDORE: No. You’re supposed to teach him how to meet life.”
Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two

J.K. Rowling
“I would assume that you were going to offer me refreshment, but the evidence so far suggests that that would be optimistic to the point of foolishness.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

J.K. Rowling
“Mysterious thing, Time. Powerful, and when meddled with, dangerous.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

J.K. Rowling
“This exchange marked the beginning of Mr. Malfoy's long campaign to have me removed from my post as headmaster of Hogwarts, and of mine to have him removed from his position as Lord Voldemort's Favorite Death Eater. My response prompted several further letters from Mr. Malfoy, but as they consisted mainly of opprobrious remarks on my sanity, parentage, and hygiene, their relevance to this commentary is remote.”
J.K. Rowling, The Tales of Beedle the Bard

J.K. Rowling
“Dumbledore paused, and although his voice remained light and calm, and he gave no obvious sign of anger, Harry felt a kind of chill emanating from him and noticed that the Dursleys drew very slightly closer together.
“You did not do as I asked. You have never treated Harry as a son. He has known nothing but neglect and often cruelty at your hands. The best that can be said is that he has at least escaped the appalling damage you have inflicted upon the unfortunate boy sitting between you.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

J.K. Rowling
“Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.”
J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling
“Like a tongue on frozen steel, like flesh in flame —”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Jack Thorne
“DUMBLEDORE: [...] To suffer is as human as to breathe.

HARRY: You said that to me once before.

DUMBLEDORE: It is all I have to offer you tonight.”
Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two

J.K. Rowling
“Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young...”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Jack Thorne
“DUMBLEDORE: No. I was protecting you. I did not want to hurt you . . .
DUMBLEDORE attempts to reach out of the portrait — but he can’t. He begins to cry but tries to hide it.
But I had to meet you in the end . . . eleven years old, and you were so brave. So good. You walked uncomplainingly along the path that had been laid at your feet. Of course I loved you . . . and I knew that it would happen all over again . . . that where I loved, I would cause irreparable damage. I am no fit person to love . . . I have never loved without causing harm.

A beat.

HARRY: You would have hurt me less if you had told me this then.

DUMBLEDORE (openly weeping now): I was blind. That is what love does. I couldn’t see that you needed to hear that this closed-up, tricky, dangerous old man . . . loved you.
A pause. The two men are overcome with emotion.

HARRY: It isn’t true that I never complained.

DUMBLEDORE: Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.”
Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two

J.K. Rowling
“The Ministry of Magic does not wish me to tell you this. It is possible that some of your parents will be horrified that I have done so – either because they will not believe that Lord Voldemort has returned, or because they think I should not tell you so, young as you are. It is my belief, however, that the truth is generally preferable to lies, and that any attempt to pretend that Cedric died as the result of an accident, or some sort of blunder of his own, is an insult to his memory.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

J.K. Rowling
“Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. He didn't realize that love as powerful as your mother's for you leaves its own mark. Not a scar, no visible sign... to have been loved so deeply, even thought the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever. It is in your very skin. Quirrell, full of hatred, greed, and ambition, sharing his soul with Voldemort, could not touch you for this reason. It was agony to touch a person marked by something so good.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

J.K. Rowling
“You see, only one who wanted to find the stone - find it, but not use it - would be able to get it, otherwise they'd just see themselves making gold or drinking Elixir of Life.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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