It’s no secret that Harry Potter is a truly magical text on a literal level. As I’ve reread the series years after my initial reading, I’ve found the words of each chapter to be impactful and applicable to my own life. Below are nine quotes that stuck with me during this last reading and remain relevant in my own life.
“It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” -Albus Dumbledore
A well-known quote for good reason, Dumbledore does well to remind us, not only Harry, to stay grounded. Living in dreams of the past do nothing but hold us down. It is a great gift to be able to dream, but only if they motivate us to act.
“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” – Albus Dumbledore
Our friends are a beacon of support and love, but it’s not always sunshine and daisies. There are times when our friends hurt our feelings, whether intentionally or inadvertently, and it takes a bit more courage to stick up for ourselves.
“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good lookout how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” -Sirius Black
Even though we didn’t know Sirius for long, he dished out his fair share of wisdom to readers. This quote in particular serves as a reminder to look at the holistic picture of someone’s personality, not just how they act around or treat you.
“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.” – Sirius Black
I told you, he dishes out some ‘Sirius’ wisdom (pun intended). This quote doesn’t need much explanation other than a reinforcement every now and again.
“…Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” -Ginny Weasley
This quote is part of a longer piece of text in which Ginny discusses what it’s like being a sibling to Fred and George. When it comes to real-life application, it makes the common phrase “anything’s possible” seem actionable. All it takes is nerve.
“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” – Albus Dumbledore
This is my favorite quote from the entire series. I am a passionate advocate for being intentional with our word choice and this quote embodies why I feel so strongly about it. Words are magical.
“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.” – Albus Dumbledore
Given the tumultuous social climate we have in the US, I think this quote is more relevant now than anytime prior. Our different habits, customs and languages are irrelevant as long as we share goals and remain open-minded and, as Dumbledore put it, open-hearted.
“No good sittin’ worryin’ abou’ it. What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.” – Hagrid
A humble reminder to not wait for the sky to fall if the sky looks a little cloudy and gray. As a self-proclaimed ‘worrier,’ I struggle with worrying about situations that are completely out of my control. I love that Hagrid is the one to remind us to keep going about our business and moving forward when things seem uncertain. There’s no sense in worrying for something that may not even happen.
“And now, Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” – Albus Dumbledore
Adventure is tempting, isn’t it? It tempts us to push our limits, step outside of our comfort zones and try something that may or may not end well. Isn’t that exhilarating?