The best Harry Potter quotes: from sarcastic Snape to comedy Ron

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Think you know all the films by heart and have memorized the best Harry Potter quotes? We have put together a guide on all the best quotes from all eight Harry Potter films and J.K Rowling's amazing books... but how many can you remember? 

From hilarious one-liners from Ron (Rupert Grint) to Hermione's (Emma Watson) funny quips, Harry's (Daniel Radcliffe) straight-talking, and serious words of wisdom by Dumbledore. Plus some magical put-downs by Professor Snape (Alan Rickman), here are all the best lines from Harry Potter...

The best comedy Ron quotes 

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"Hearing voices no one else can hear isn't a good sign, even in the wizarding world."

"Lockhart’ll sign anything if it stands still long enough."

"Why spiders? Why couldn't it have been follow the butterflies?"

“I forgot we’ll be hunting down Voldemort in a mobile library.”

“Percy wouldn’t recognize a joke if it danced naked in front of him wearing Dobby’s tea cozy.”

“Sunshine, daisies, butter mellow, turn this stupid, fat rat yellow.”

"You're a little scary sometimes, you know that? Brilliant... but scary."

"One person can't feel all that at once, they'd explode."

The best Hermione quotes 

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"I hope you're pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed — or worse, expelled. Now if you don't mind, I'm going to bed." 

"Just because it’s taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn’t mean no one else has spotted I'm a girl!" 

"Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn't mean we all have."

"Next time there's a ball, ask me before someone else does, and not as a last resort."

"I mean, it's sort of exciting, isn't it, breaking the rules?" 

"Dumbledore says people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right."

“Twitchy little ferret, aren’t you, Malfoy?”

The best Harry Potter quotes 

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“I don’t want to be rude or anything, but this isn’t a great time for me to have a house-elf in my bedroom.”

“I’ll be in my bedroom, making no noise and pretending I’m not there.”

“I’d never have believed this. The man who taught me to fight dementors — a coward.”

“I like a quiet life, you know me.”

“Are you insane? Of course I want to leave the Dursleys! Have you got a house? When can I move in?”

“Yeah, Quirrell was a great teacher. There was just that minor drawback of him having Lord Voldemort sticking out of the back of his head!”

“The wand’s more trouble than it’s worth. And quite honestly, I’ve had enough trouble for a lifetime.”

The best wise words from Albus Dumbledore

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"It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends." 

"The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution."

"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."

"But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."

"You think the dead we loved truly ever leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly in times of great trouble?"

"It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be."

The very best Hagrid-isms

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"Yer a wizard Harry." 

"I am what I am, an' I'm not ashamed. 'Never be ashamed,' my ol' dad used ter say, 'there's some who'll hold it against you, but they're not worth botherin' with.'" 

“No good sittin’ worryin’ abou’ it. What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.”

"Don't you think on it, Hermione, don't you think on it for one minute." — Hagrid to Hermione after Malfoy calls her a Mudblood. 

Snape being funny (yes, he can be very!)

"Tut, tut — fame clearly isn’t everything."

"Yes, it is easy to see that nearly six years of magical education have not been wasted on you, Potter. Ghosts are transparent."

To Umbridge with devilish sarcasm when asked for Veritaserum: "I’m afraid you have used up all my stores interrogating students, the last of it on Miss Chang."

Again to Umbridge: "Unless you wish to poison Potter — and I assure you I would have the greatest sympathy with you if you did — I cannot help you."

The best Malfoy put-downs 

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"Training for the ballet, Potter?"

"Longbottom, if brains were gold, you'd be poorer than Weasley, and that's saying something."

"Honestly, if you were any slower, you’d be going backward."

"Famous Harry Potter," said Malfoy. "Can't even go to a bookshop without making the front page."

"Why are you wearing glasses?" Goyle: "Oh, uh... reading." Draco Malfoy: "Reading? I didn't know you could read."

"You’ll soon find out that some wizarding families are better than others, Potter. You don’t wanna go making friends with the wrong sort. I can help you there."

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.