Happy Birthday, Harry! Celebrating the Boy Who Lived With the Best Quotes

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Diagon Alley from the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I wish I lived in an apartment above one of the stores!

There are so many things to love about the Harry Potter series that I can’t pick just one to celebrate his with. I think it is fitting to share my favorite quotes on this special day. Inspired by the Muggle Wall at last night’s midnight release of The Cursed Child at B&N, I’ve included what the quote means to me or my reaction to it. It just goes to show how powerful literature can be in one’s life. Enjoy!

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Sirius taught me that my dreams are worth going for, even if there’s not a guarantee that I will succeed.

 

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This one I have to remind myself of constantly. Sometimes you have that one friend that is loyal, true, and always there but dang they have some bite to their words.

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This reminds me that I have to stop worrying about the future and live for now.

 

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Everyone has the ability to change if they want to.

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A little humor to lighten the philosophical mood. This one is always true for me.

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I love this because it almost reminds me of Doctor Sues with the way it rhymes, but it has a very serious undertone.

 

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This applies to every single person’s life as some point. The choice is yours.

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I love this quote because it really makes you think. As a writer, I am inside my head more than I am focusing on the real world.

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Agreed!

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You said it, Sirius. He couldn’t be more right. Nobody is perfect, and nobody is completely evil. There’s a balance we all have to maintain.

 

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I love this quote only because it’s the one I’m not sure if I agree with or not. It keeps me thinking about my beliefs.

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A great motivational quote to push through the writing when the royalties are at their lowest.

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You never know what is going on inside someone else’s head, so don’t pretend like you know. (At least that’s how I take it from a muggle perspective.)

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Hermione not only taught me that reading is sexy and being smart is cool, but also that loyalty is one of the best qualities a person can have.

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I absolutely love this quote from Sirius. Someone who knocks others down to feel superior is not someone I want to have in my life.

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You might be the best at something, but if you make poor choices then none of that matters.

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Very true. I fear the unknown above all, but then I go back to Sirius’s quote about taking risks and all feels right in the world again.

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Hagrid is such a great character. I love this quote because it embodies how I would love to live my life, with no worry for the future. Why worry about what you can’t change?

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This one always makes me think of election time (in our muggle world)

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Ginny started off so quiet and shy and then she really came into her own. When the going got tough, she got tougher.

 

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I love Mr. Weasley’s cooky way of looking at things he does not understand. He’s so curious.

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A bit straightforward and blunt, but you gotta give it to Snape, he knew how to keep his emotions in check through everything. That’s a hard thing to achieve.

 

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This is a fun quote, because it seems so simple. But when you think about it, these words can be awfully useful in dark “emotional” times.

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Luna is brilliant.

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Being a Ravenclaw, this is by far one of my favorite quotes.

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This one always makes me laugh.

 

And two that are funny, although they are not from the book.

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