J. K. Rowling Quotes

He never seemed to grasp the immense mutability of human nature nor to appreciate that behind every nondescript face lay a wild and unique hinterland like his own.

You've got to appreciate what the worst is. You don't want to find yourself in a situation where you're facing it.

Why had he never appreciated the miracle that he was brain and nerve and bounding heart?

He hurried to car and set off home hoping he was imagining things which he had never hoped before because he didn't approve of imagination.

Those who choose not to empathise enable real monsters. For without ever committing an act of outright evil ourselves we collude with it through our own apathy.

Those who choose not to empathize enable real monsters for without ever committing an act of outright evil ourselves we collude with it through our apathy.

Killing rips the soul apart.

And anyway it's not as though I'll never see Mum again is it?

And anyway life's too short....

Apparently wizards poke their noses in everywhere!

He had fought back with every weapon in his arsenal being alternatively obtuse evasive and pedantic for it was wonderful how you could obscure an emotional issue by appearing to seek precision.

There appears to be something to do with vehicles and movement that stimulates my writing.

Magic has universal appeal. I don't believe in magic in the way that I describe in my books but I'd love it to be real.

Some people do not seem to grasp that I still have to sit down in peace and write the books apparently believing that they pop up like mushrooms without my connivance.

Hello Minister!" bellowed Percy sending a neat jinx straight at Thicknesse who dropped his wand and clawed at the front of his robes apparently in awful discomfort. "Did I mention I'm resigning?

The idea that we could have a child who escapes from the confines of the adult world and goes somewhere where he has power both literally and metaphorically really appealed to me.

He was going to be armed with his wand - which just now felt like nothing more than a narrow strip of wood - against a fifty-foot-high scaly spike-ridden fire-breathing dragon.

I think they thought it was very arrogant of me to write the end of my seven books series when I didn't have a publisher and no-one had heard of me

She should've interviewed Snape said Harry grimly. He'd give her the goods on me any day. Potter has been crossing lines ever since he first arrived at this school

October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived cold as frozen iron with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.

Amazing how much more difficult it was to extend his arm twelve inches and touch her hand than it was to snatch a speeding Snitch from midair ...

I'm not putting them on " said old Archie in indignation. "I like a healthy breeze 'round my privates thanks.

It seemed to take Sirius an age to fall: his body curved in a graceful arc as he sank backwards through the ragged veil hanging from the arch.

Pity you can't attach an extra arm to your [broom] Malfoy. Then it could catch the Snitch for you.

Every time he tried to reconstruct the internal arguments that had led to his decision they sounded feebler to him.

Draco Malfoy is a bad boy!" squeaked Dobby angrily.

They may not look dangerous but if angered [bowtruckles] will gouge out human eyes with their fingers which as you can see are very sharp and not at all desirable near the eyeballs.

Aunt Petunia often said that Dudley looked like a baby angel "? Harry often said that Dudley looked like a pig in a wig.

If ever I expected to come face to face with an angry Christian fundamentalist it wasn't in FAO Schwarz.

We must try not to sink beneath our anguish Harry but battle on.

My word Severus that I shall never reveal the best of you?' Dumbledore sighed looking down into Snape's ferocious anguished face. "?If you insist "¦

The dedication of this book is split seven ways: to Neil to Jessica to David to Kenzie to Di to Anne and to you if you have stuck with Harry until the very end.

Hogwarts was the first and best home he had known. He and Voldemort and Snape the abandoned boys had all found home here.

We shall trespass upon your aunt and uncle's hospitality only a little longer.' You will will you?' Yes ' said Dumbledore simply 'I shall.

Harry I've left a letter telling your aunt and uncle not to worry--" "They won't " said Harry. "That you're safe--" "That'll just depress them." "--and you'll see them next summer." "Do I have to?

Oh these people's minds work in strange ways Petunia they're not like you and me " said Uncle Vernon trying to knock in a nail with the piece of fruitcake Aunt Petunia had just brought him.

Do I look stupid?" snarled Uncle Vernon a bit of fried egg dangling from his bushy mustache.

Dumbledore raised his finger for silence a silence which fell as though he had struck Uncle Vernon dumb.

Andrew hated to see her humiliated and pathetic like this; but he half hated her too for landing herself in it when any idiot could have seen...

Professor Snape was forcing them to research antidotes. They took this one seriously as he had hinted that he might be poisoning one of them before Christmas to see if their antidote worked.

I'm opposed to fundamentalism in any form.

Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.

You sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.

The thing about growing up with Fred and George " said Ginny thoughtfully "is that you sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.

I'm not writing to make anyone's children feel safe.

I did not set out to convert anyone to Christianity.

Abundance is the quality of life you live and quality of life you give to others.

Your great puddin' of a son don' need fattin' anymore Dursley don't worry

Secretly we're all a little more absurd than we make ourselves out to be.

I'll join you when Hell freezes over " said NevilleDumbledore's Army!" he shouted and there was an answering cheer from the crowd whom Voldemort's Silencing Charms seemed unable to hold.

I always advise children who ask me for tips on being a writer to read as much as they possibly can. Jane Austen gave a young friend the same advice so I'm in good company there.

I imagined being a famous writer would be like being like Jane Austen.

Why dear boy we don't send wizards to Azkaban just for blowing up their aunts.

In truth I never consider the audience for whom I'm writing. I just write what I want to write.

I am the freest author in the world.

Failure gave me an inner security that I had never attained by passing examinations.

He had been so busy getting away from the library he hadn't paid attention to where he was going.

Authority figures always attract trouble

And the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss.

Without cunning there is no innovation. Without ambition there is no accomplishment.

According to Madam Pomfrey thoughts could leave deeper scars than almost anything else.

According to Nietzche " said a sharp new voice making them all jump "philosophy is the biography of the philosopher.

There are plenty of eyewitness accounts just because you're so narrow-minded you need to have everything shoved under your nose before you-

I think Mum's got a second cousin who's an accountant but we never talk about him.

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

Their reward for enduring the awful experience was the right to tell people about it.

Failure is not fun. It can be awful. But living so cautiously that you never fail is worse.

Yet sadly accidental rudeness occurs alarmingly often. Best to say nothing at all my dear man.

I don't mean to be rude"?" he began in a tone that threatened rudeness in every syllable. "Yet sadly accidental rudeness occurs alarmingly often " Dumbledore finished the sentence gravely.

The Prophet is bound to report the truth occasionally ' said Dumbledore 'if only accidentally.

You sometimes have to join forces with those you'd rather avoid.

I expect what you're not aware of would fill several books Dursely.

You are the true master of death because the true master does not seek to run away from Death.

Failure means a stripping away of the inessential.

Personally I'd have welcomed a dementor attack. A deadly struggle for my soul would have broken the monotony nicely.

I thought it sounded a bit like Percy singing... maybe you've got to attack him while he's in the shower Harry.

Fawkes is a phoenix Harry. Phoenixes burst into flame when it is time for them to die and are reborn from the ashes.

Sometimes if she simply remained quiet and let the inadequacy of his excuses reverberate on the air he became ashamed and backtracked.

Never be ashamed! There's some who'll hold it against you but they're not worth bothering with.

A tiny little wooden man [was] slowly ascending the steps to a real set of gallows both perched on a box that read: Reusable Hangman "? Spell It Or He'll Swing!

Luck can only get you so far.

Knocking the shrieking goblins aside like skittles

Howard and Shirley were clothed always in an invisible layer of decorum that they never laid aside.

Help only comes to those who ask for it.

Understanding is the first step to acceptance and only with acceptance can there be recovery.

Well wouldn't it have been easier if she'd just asked me whether I liked her better than you?" "Girls don't often ask questions like that " said Hermione. "Well they should!" said Harry forcefully.

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

It was strange how your brain could know what your heart refused to accept.

Does it hurt?" The childish question had escaped Harry's lips before he could stop it. "Dying? Not at all " said Sirius. "Quicker and easier than falling asleep.

Professor Kettleburn our Care of Magical Creatures teacher retired at the end of last year in order to enjoy more time with his remaining limbs.

Yeah well food's one of the five exceptions to Gamp's Law of Elemental Transfigurations " said Ron to general astonishment.

It is not about striving for immortality but about accepting mortality.

Jane Austen is the pinnacle to which all other authors aspire.

I was hoping that Neville would assist me with the first stage of the operation " he said "and I am sure he will perform it admirably.

The spells are made up. I have met people who assure me very seriously that they are trying to do them and I can assure them just as seriously that they don't work.

You look in excellent health to me Potter so you will excuse me if I don't let you off homework today. I assure you that if you do die you need not hand it in.

I think you could ask 10 English people the same question about class and get a very different answer.

I've been asked this question so many times do you feel you need to write a book for adults? No I don't need to write a book for adults.

There are those who'll turn innocent occasions to their advantage.

Death is just life's next big adventure.

To the well-organized mind death is but the next great adventure.

Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress adventure.

Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.

Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.

I knew Ginny was lying about that tattoo.

The mistake ninety-nine percent of humanity made as far as Fats could see was being ashamed of what they were; lying about it trying to be somebody else.

Always the innocent are the first victims so it has been for ages past so it is now.

I just wish I'd asked you sooner. We could've had ages . . . months . . . years maybe. . . .

Dumbledore watched her fly away and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape and his eyes were full of tears.After all this time?Always said Snape.

It was not after all so easy to die.

After all this time?""Always...

The Ministry places a rather higher value on my life than yours I'm afraid.

Promise me you'll look after yourself "¦ stay out of trouble "¦' "?I always do Mrs Weasley ' said Harry. "?I like a quiet life you know me.

Once again I must ask too much of you Harry.

Once again you show all the sensitivity of a blunt axe.

Time is making fools of us again.

Lord Voldermort Has Risen Again.

Personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a checklist of acquisition. Your qualifications are not your life.

She was actively frightened of imparting confidences because she feared that they might betray the world of oddness that lived inside her

Anything is possible if you've got enough nerve.

You are protected in short by your ability to love!

Achievable goals are the first step to self improvement.

He accused me of being Dumbledore's man through and through.""How very rude of him.""I told him I was.

Life is not a check-list of acquisition or achievement.

I think it's difficult to be honest about certain aspects of my work without acknowledging that I have experienced or felt or questioned certain of the themes in the books.

P.S. I enjoy acid pops.

I will be sharing additional information I've been hoarding for years about the world of Harry Potter

Kreacher said nothing " said the elf with a second bow to George adding in a clear undertone "and there's its twin unnatural little beasts they are.

but the idea of the Dark Lord in possesion of the Deathstick is I must admit formidable.

Daddy look "? one of the gnomes actually bit me!

They run off eckeltricity do they?" he said knowledgeably. "Ah yes I can see the plugs. I collect plugs " he added to Uncle Vernon. "And batteries. Got a large collection of batteries.

Every hour that passed added to her grief because it bore her further away from the living man and because it was a tiny foretaste of the eternity she would have to spend without him.

I'm happy to talk in general themes but when we get down to specifics about my family for me that's always been off-limits.

I always felt an outsider.

Always the tone of surpise.

Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw if you've a ready mind Where those of wit and learning Will always find their kind.

And that boys " yelled Mr. Weasley over the tumult of the crowd below "is why you should never go for looks alone!

I don't think there's any harm at all in allowing a kid to fantasize. In fact I think to stop people from fantasizing is a very destructive thing indeed.

And it's Gryfindor in possession again as Johnson takes the Quaffle"? Flint alongside her "?poke him in the eye Angelina "?it was a joke professor it was a joke...

Friday was an important day for Harry and Ron. They finally managed to find their way down to the Great Hall without getting lost once.

It is impossible to manufacture or imitate love.

You lose your individuality a huge amount when you have no money and I certainly had that experience.

I like to get in among a set of people and get to know them very well.

I believe your friends Misters Fred and George Weasley were responsible for trying to send you a toilet seat. No doubt they thought it would amuse you.

Merlin's pants!" shrieked Hermione jumping up and running from the room. "Merlin's pants?" repeated Ron looking amused. "She must be really upset.

I imagine them very clearly and then attempt to describe what I can see. Sometimes I draw them for my own amusement! (talking about her characters and scenes)

The inner eye does not see upon command.

Stop stop stop you're going to poke someone's eye out!

You need your Inner Eye tested if you ask me.

I knew no one who'd ever been in the public eye.

I don't think about who the audience is for my books.

Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.

There is plenty of ambitious competition and hypocrisy in the middle class which makes it a rather fertile environment for a writer.

I love being a writer. I am very lucky my life's ambition turned out to be just as much fun as I thought it would be.

In the end love wins. It does win. We know it wins. When a person dies love isn't turned off like a faucet. It is an amazingly resilient part of us.

Don't talk to me." "Why not?" "Because I want to fix that in my memory for ever. Draco Malfoy the amazing bouncing ferret...

I think it's alarming that people believe that success enables one to forget how life felt before. As if one could simply exchange one's values.

We do stigmatise teens a lot and see them as scary and alien.

Contemplating the task ahead would not make it easier or the water warmer.

Time will not slow down when something unpleasant lies ahead.

Ah music. A magic beyond all we do here!

Ah well people can be stupid abou' their pets " said Hagrid wisely.

Ah well... wand still in your jeans? Both buttocks still on? Okay let's go.

Ah music " he said wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here!

Ah go boil yer heads both of yeh" said Hagrid. "Harry "? yer a wizard.

Ah music " he said wiping his eyes. "A magic far beyond all we do here! And now bedtime. Off you trot!

He might have crawled up into the airing cupboard and died but I mustn't get my hopes up.

The long game was ended the Snitch had been caught it was time to leave the air..

Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.

Warrington's aim's so pathetic I'd be more worried if he was aiming for the person next to me.

Harry was just thinking that all he needed was for Dumbledore's pet bird to die while he was all alone in the office with it when the bird burst into flames.

Anyone can speak Troll. All you have to do is point and grunt.

I definitely know that love is the most powerful thing of all.

The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.

If all goes well you will be able to save more than one innocent life tonight.

I was just sitting on the train just staring out the window at some cows. It was not the most inspiring subject. When all of a sudden the idea of Harry just appeared in my mind's eye.

But who could bear to know which stars were already dead she thought blinking up at the night sky; could anybody stand to know that they all were?

This is night Diddykins. That's what we call it when it goes all dark like this.

You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.

I won't blast people out of my way just because they're there' said Harry. 'That's Voldemort's job.

The idea of a teenage Dumbledore was simply odd like trying to imagine a stupid Hermione or a friendly Blast-Ended Skrewt.

There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel responsibility lies with you.

There is no point in apportioning blame. What is done is done.

His eyes are as green as a fresh pickled toad His hair is as dark as a blackboard. I wish he was mine he's really divine The hero who conquered the Dark Lord.

Sometimes ideas just come to me. Other times I have to sweat and almost bleed to make ideas come. It's a mysterious process but I hope I never find out exactly how it works.

It seemed impossible that there could be people in the world who still desired food who laughed who neither knew nor cared that Sirius Black was gone forever.

I am not trying to influence anyone into black magic. That is the very last thing I'd want to do.

Where's the fun without a bit of risk?

You'd think a bit of kissing would cheer her up.

Birth and death: there was the same consciousness of heightened existence and of her own elevated importance

Professor " Harry gasped. "Your bird "? I couldn't do anything "? he just caught fire "?

I think that emotionally I've probably felt a little bit more balanced when I started writing again.

Nasty temper he's got that Sirius Black.

Well I can certainly see why we're trying to keep them alive. Who wouldn't want pets that can burn sting and bite all at once?

Whatever happens to your body your soul will survive untouched...

Training for the ballet Potter?" yelled Malfoy.

And tears came before he could stop them boiling hot then instantly freezing on his face and what was the point in wiping them off? Or pretending? He let them fall.

Hermione turned and beamed at Harry; her eyes too were full of tears. "?"¦then I declare you bonded for life.

Voldemort's fury at the fall of his last best lieutenant exploded with the force of a bomb.

Yeah she shows signs of life if you do this " said Ron and with his tongue he made soft clip-flopping noises. Umbridge sat bolt upright looking wildly around.

Some of her self-hatred had oozed out with the blood.

Wild!" Ron said twiddling the replay knob on the side. "I can make that old bloke down there pick his nose again... and again... and again...

Wands are only as powerful as the wizards who use them. Some wizards just like to boast that theirs are bigger and better than other people's.

The sky outside the window was changing rapidly from deep velvety blue to cold steely gray and then slowly to pink shot with gold.

You'd better hurry up they'll be waiting for 'the Chosen Captain' "? 'The Boy Who Scored'"? whatever they call you these days.

Then you should have died! Died rather than betray your friends as we would have done for you!

I bet you're not dangerous at all are you? Are you you great ugly brute?

Then she was kissing him as she had never kissed him before...and it was blissful oblivion better than firewhisky; she was the only real thing in the world.

Don't put your wand there boy! ... Better wizards than you have lost buttocks you know!

If you made a better rat than a human it's not much to boast about Peter.

Rita looked as though she would have liked nothing better than to seize the paper umbrella sticking out of Hermione's drink and thrust it up her nose.

Fred and George turned to each other and said together "Wow we're identical!" "I dunno though I think I'm still better looking " said Fred examining his reflection in the kettle.

It's best to know what the enemy are saying.

Whatever money you might have self-worth really lies in finding out what you do best.

The stories we love best do live in us forever.

I have been careless and so have been thwarted by luck and chance those wreckers of all but the best laid plans.

I don't know who Maxime thinks she's kidding. If Hagrid's half-giant she definitely is. Big bones... the only thing that's got bigger bones than her is a dinosaur.

Bigotry is probably the thing I detest most.

Gotta bone ter pick with yeh. I've heard you've bin givin' out signed photos. How come I haven't got one?

From now on I don't care if my tea leaves spell 'Die Ron Die ' I'm chucking them in the bin where they belong.

The success of Harry Potter has given me lots of freedom. I can pay my bills and I don't have to prove anything to anyone anymore.

I'm not a billionaire what a tragedy.

I've got plenty of money more money than I ever dreamed I would have. But I am not a billionaire.

Bill don't look at me "? I'm 'ideous.

The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

Wit beyond measure is a man's greatest treasure.

Enemies of the Heir beware! You'll be next Mudbloods!

The Chamber Of Secrets had been opened. Enemies of the heir beware.

We have to choose between what is right and what is easy.

Er-my-nee " Ron croaked unexpectedly from between them.

And what in the name of Merlin's most baggy Y Fronts was that about?

This was their first encounter with the fact that a full stomach meant good spirits; an empty one bickering and gloom.

What's the worst that could happen? Everyone turned me down; big deal.

I had an old typewriter and a big idea.

If she could have done one thing to make absolutely sure that every single person in this school will read your interview it was banning it!

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!

I tell you that dragon's the most horrible animal I've ever met but the way Hagrid goes on about it you'd think it was a fluffy little bunny rabbit.

George: "I can't see anyone trying to bump off a quidditch team." Fred: "Wood might've done the Slytherins if he could've got away with it.

Dementors caused a person to relive the worst moments of their life. What would spoiled pampered bullying Dudley have been forced to hear?

Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.

Let's see . . . ah yes this is nice and cozy." It was a broom cupboard.

HARRY THIS IS NO TIME TO BE A GENTLEMAN!" Wood roared as Harry swerved to avoid collision. "KNOCK HER OFF HER BROOM IF YOU HAVE TO!

Time is Galleons little brother.

When you were straight evil thoughts and memories came pouring up out of the darkness inside you; buzzing black flies clinging to the insides of your skull.

Ron: Why spiders? Why couldn't it be "follow the butterflies?

Well you seemed too busy to call him a prat and I thought someone should.

By all means continue destroying my possessions. I daresay I have too many.

He was slumped in the back gazing out of the window as though his parents were two people who had picked him up hitchhiking connected to him merely by chance and proximity.

We touch other people's lives simply by existing.

You are omniscient as ever Dumbledore." "Oh no merely friendly with the local barmen.

Harry had the impression that even the barman was listening in. He was wiping the same glass with the filthy rag; it was becoming steadily dirtier.

The barman sidled toward them out of a back room. He was a grump-looking old man with a great deal of a long gray hair and a beard. He was tall and thin and looked vaguely familiar to Harry.

I've laid my friends bare.

Yeah you can have a word " said Harry savagely. "Good-bye.

How come the Muggles don't hear the bus?" said Harry. "Them!" said Stan contemptuously. "Don' listen properly do they? Don' look properly either. Never notice nuffink they don'.

Harry found the [tea]... seemed to burn away a little of the fear fluttering in his chest.

No there is literally nothing on the business side that I wouldn't sacrifice in a heartbeat to have an extra couple of hours' writing. Nothing.

The consequences of our actions are always so complicated so diverse that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed.

Rock bottom can be a solid foundation from which you can rebuild your life on.

I can teach you how to bewitch the mind and ensnare the senses. I can tell you how to bottle fame brew glory and even put a stopper in death.

I can teach you how to bottle fame brew glory even put a stopper on death.

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.

All's fair in love and war " said Ron brightly "and this is a bit of both.

What do I care how 'e looks? I am good-looking enough for both of us I theenk! All these scars show is zat my husband is brave!

Hogwarts is threatened!" shouted Professor McGonagall. "Man the boundaries protect us do your duty to our school!

Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways.

Sword? Haven't got a sword. That boy has though. He'll lend you one.

Parry Otter the Chosen Boy Who "? well "? something of that sort..

To Harry Potter "? the boy who lived!

But Colin's only understanding of love was of limitless loyalty boundless tolerance:

The internet has been a boon and a curse for teenagers.

Books can be misleading

I would always want printed books.

If it's a good book anyone will read it. I'm totally unashamed about still reading things I loved in my childhood.

Many parts of my life are perfectly ordinary if that's what you mean. One could even call it boring but that's what I like about it.

She can't keep writing about what a tragic little hero I am it'll get boring.

Everything that fails brings you closer to what works.

Time to sit down " Fred told Harry "Or we're going to get run over by the bride.

Witness for the defense Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore.

You'd think I walk around with my eyes shut banging off the walls.

He sounds exactly like Moody " said Harry quietly tucking the letter away again inside his robes. "'Constant vigilance!' You'd think I walk around with my eyes shut banging off the walls....

To hurt is as human as to breathe.

There was a brief silence in which the distant echo of Hagrid smashing down a wooden front door seemed to reverberate through the intervening years.

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

That's what they should teach us here. How girls' brains work... It would be more useful than divination anyway...

So that's little Scorpious. Make sure you beat him in every test Rosie. Thank god you've inherited your mother's brains.

Brains like that you could be a Death Eater son.

Rack your brains that should only take a couple of seconds.

My brain surprises even me sometimes.

Writing and cafes are strongly linked in my brain.

Braggarts and rogues dogs and scoundrels drive them out Harry Potter see them off!

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

It has certainly never been news to me that a brave and brilliant man could love other men.

Dawn was breaking over the horizon shell pink and faintly gold...

You should write a book " Ron told Hermione as he cut up his potatoes "translating mad things girls do so boys can understand them.

I'm not a natural joiner.

You might belong in Hufflepuff Where they are just and loyal Those patient Hufflepuffs are true And unafraid of toil.

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.

The idea of Dumbledore's corpse frightened Harry much less than the possibility that he might have misunderstood the living Dumbledore's intentions.

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.

Imperfect understanding is often more dangerous than ignorance.

It frightened people when you were honest; it shocked them.

I am very frustrated by fear of imagination I don't think that's healthy.

Strange how short-sighted being invisible can make you.

I don't need a cloak to become invisible.

Are "? you "? insane?" said Hermione in a hushed voice. 'I don't think so ' said Harry shrugging.

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

Dudley thought for a moment. It looked like hard work.

I will if you go out with me Evans

You're a wizard Harry.

He sobbed in desperation at the burden of fear he carried with him every day of his life.

It was only when he was back in bed that it struck Harry that Dumbledore might not have been quite truthful. But then it had been a quite personal question.

How thick can you get?

Oh he knows how to play little bitty baby Potter.

Merlin's beard what is Xenophilius Lovegood wearing? He looks like an omelet.

Honestly if you were any slower you'd be going backward.

There are always loose ends in real life.

I am proud of having done what I've done. Very proud.

You are nearly there " said James. "Very close. We are...so proud of you.

There's a time and a place for getting a smart mouth.

A good first impression can work wonders

You are "? truly your father's son Harry. . . .

It was important Dumbledore said to fight and fight again and keep fighting for only then could evil be kept at bay though never quite eradicated. . . .

Honestly woman you call yourself our mother?

Her voice was now so shrill only bats would be able to hear it soon but she had reached a level of indignation that rendered her temporarily speechless..

We did it we bashed them wee Potter's the one and Voldy's gone moldy so now let's have fun!

Bless my soul " whispered the old bartender "Harry Potter . . . what an honor.

Stone dead " said Howard as though there were degrees of deadness and the kind that Barry Fairbrother had contracted was particularly sordid.

Whether you come back by page or by the big screen Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.

Of all the subjects on this planet I think my parents would have been hard put to name one less useful than Greek mythology to securing the keys to an executive bathroom.

Yes Severus does seem the type doesn't he? So useful to have him swooping around like an overgrown bat.

Yeah size is no guarantee of power " said George. "Look at Ginny." "What d'you mean?" said Harry. "You've never been on the receiving end of one of her Bat-Bogey Hexes have you?

I always have a basic plot outline but I like to leave some things to be decided while I write.

I am a wizard not a baboon brandishing a stick.

Professor Flitwick had dried himself off and set Seamus lines ("I am a wizard not a baboon brandishing a stick")

Choose what to believe. He wanted the truth. Why was everybody so determined that he should not get it.

I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed. Never. What's to be ashamed of? I went through a really rough time and I am quite proud that I got out of that.

The Hallows the Hallows. A desperate man's dream!

Nothing more or less than the deepest most desperate desire of our hearts.

If I wasn't a writer I would be depressed.

I love a good Dorothy L. Sayers.

Extraordinary imagination especially in a witch world. Also friendship.

The best way to get children excited about reading is to read to them from the beginning of their lives.

Whoops - My wand is a little over excited!

Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end if not always in the way we expect.

Where do vanished objects go?" "Into nonbeing which is to say everything " replied Professor McGonagall. "Nicely phrased " replied the eagle door knocker and the door swung open.

We can't choose our fate but we can choose others. Be careful in knowing that.

Gryffindor where dwell the brave at heart!

Harry you wonderful boy you brave brave man.

You said to us once before " said Hermione quietly "that there was time to turn back if we wanted to. We've had time haven't we?

Her grief was so big and wild it terrified her like an evil beast that had erupted from under the floorboards.

Being fed and having a soft bed and other people being in charge seemed the most wonderful prospect in the world at that moment.

Vot is the point of being an international Quidditch player if all the good-looking girls are taken?

He felt even angrier that Dumbledore was showing signs of weakness. He had no business being weak when Harry wanted to rage and storm at him.

There you go Harry!" Ron shouted over the noise. "You weren't being thick after all "? you were showing moral fiber!

Aaah ... when two Neptunes appear in the sky it is a sure sign that a midget in glasses is being born Harry...

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

Depression isn't just being a bit sad. It's feeling nothing. It's not wanting to be alive anymore.

Krystal's slow passage up the school had resembled the passage of a goat through the body of a boa constrictor being highly visible and uncomfortable for both parties concerned.

A Horcrux is the complete opposite of a human being.

I think I've really exhausted the magical. It was a lot of fun but I've put it behind me for the time being.

Poverty is a lot like childbirth - you know it is going to hurt before it happens but you'll never know how much until you experience it.

Is 'fat' really the worst thing a human being can be? Is 'fat' worse than 'vindictive' 'jealous' 'shallow' 'vain' 'boring' or 'cruel'? Not to me.

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.

Pagford which by night was no more than a cluster of twinkling lights in a dark hollow far below was emerging into chilly sunlight.

Beside him making scarcely a sound walked James Sirius Lupin and Lily and their presence was his courage and the reason he was able to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

there is plenty to be learned even from a bad teacher: what not to do how not to be

Both could feel the relationship crumbling to pieces beneath the weight of everything that Gavin refused to say.

... you could claim that anything's real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody's proved it doesn't exist!

I mean you could claim that anything's real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody's proved it doesn't exist!

I don't believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.

I don't believe in magic either.

I really don't believe in magic.

I don't believe in magic.

Well [bad] times like that bring out the best in some people and the worst in others.

I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book

It is my belief... that the truth is generally preferable to lies.

It is perfectly possible to live a very moral life without a belief in God and I think it's perfectly possible to live a life peppered with ill-doing and believe in God.

I'll be in my bedroom making no noise and pretending I'm not there.

Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.

And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.

She had a way of seeing the beauty in others even and perhaps most especially when that person couldn't see it in themselves.


Seven years after becoming a lone parent I feel qualified to look anyone in the eye and say that people bringing up children single-handedly deserve not condemnation but congratulation.

Beauty is geometry.

Oh you is a bad elf Dobby!

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

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

It is one of the most hauntingly beautiful places in the world the history is fascinating the men are handsome and the whisky is delicious. But don't eat the macaroni pies.

Raindrops the size of bullets thundered on the castle windows for days on end; the lake rose the flower beds turned into muddy streams and Hagrid's pumpkins swelled to the size of garden sheds.

Sometimes you remind me a lot of James. He called it my 'furry little problem' in company. Many people were under the impression that I owned a badly behaved rabbit.

My Head of House said I lacked certain necessary qualities...like the ability to behave myself.

Ron's indignation on his behalf was worth about a hundred points to him.

In fact you couldn't give me anything to make me go back to being a teenager. Never. No I hated it.

It is my baby and if I want to bring it out to play again I will.

I want to fall in love with something in the way I fell in love with the idea of Harry before I write anything else.

For future reference Harry it is raspberry...although of course if I were a Death Eater I would have been sure to research my own jam preferences before impersonating myself.

Which came first the phoenix or the flame?" "...I think the answer is that a circle has no beginning." "Well reasoned.

No " said Hermione shortlyHave either of you seen my copy of Numerology and Gramatica?""Oh yeah I borrowed it for a bit of bedtime reading " said Ron but very quietly.

I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp.

Like the fact that the person Sirius cared for the most about in the world was you " said Dumbledore quietly.

Are you planning to follow a career in Magical Law Miss Granger?" asked Scrimgeour. "No I'm not " retorted Hermione. "I'm hoping to do some good in the world!

Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.

I never know " Harry called to Hagrid over the noise of the cart "What's the difference between a stalagmite and a stalactite?" "Stalagmite's got an 'm' in it " said Hagrid.

It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all in which case you have failed by default.

The world had ended so why had the battle not ceased the castle fallen silent in horror and every combatant laid down their arms?

Whatever the reviewers feel about 'The Casual Vacancy' it is what I wanted it to be and you can't say fairer than that as a writer.

Don't call me Nymphadora Remus.

She was half running away from the hall and she knew that she had done something cataclysmic and she wanted nothing more than to be swallowed up by the darkness and to disappear forever.

From here on in Harry I may be as woefully wrong as Humphrey Belcher who believed the time was ripe for a cheese cauldron.

Magic causes as much trouble as it cures.

Deliberately causing mayhem in Snape's Potions class was about as safe as poking a sleeping dragon in the eye.

Curiosity is not a sin.... But we should exercise caution with our curiosity... yes indeed.

Be ruthless about protecting writing days i.e. do not cave in to endless requests to have "essential" and "long overdue" meetings on those days.

Don't be sorry my dear sir for nothing could upset me today! Rejoice for You-Know-Who is gone at last! Even muggles like yourself should be celebrating this happy happy day.

Celebrity is as celebrity does.

Fame is a fickle friend Harry. Celebrity is as celebrity does. Remember that.

Never " said Hagrid irritably "try an' get a straight answer out of a centaur. Ruddy stargazers. Not interested in anythin' closer'n the moon.

The thing about fantasy - there are certain things you just don't do in fantasy.

If you're holding out for universal popularity I'm afraid you will be in this cabin for a very long time.

The Forbidden Forest looked as though it had been enchanted each tree smattered with silver and Hagrid's cabin looked like an iced cake.

Oh get out of the way Percy " said Fred. "Harry's in a hurry." "Yeah he's off to the Chamber of Secrets for a cup of tea with his fanged servant " said George chortling.

I will not calm down!

How's Norbert doin'?" Norbert?" Charlie laughed. "The Norwegian Ridgeback? We call her Norberta now." Wha"?Norbert's a girl?

Warlock D. J. Prod of Didsbury says:"My wife used to sneer at my feeble charms but one month into your fabulous Kwikspell course and I succeeded in turning her into a yak!Thank you Kwikspell!

But I was willing to embrace mortal life again before chasing immortality.

THIRTY"?ZERO! TAKE THAT YOU DIRTY CHEATING "?" "Jordan if you can't commentate in an unbiased way "? !" "I'm telling it like it is Professor!

Which came first the phoenix or the flame?

They don't need walls and water to keep the prisoners in not when they're trapped inside their own heads incapable of a single cheerful thought. Most go mad within weeks - Lupin

Chess was the only thing Hermione ever lost at something Harry and Ron thought was very good for her.

That's chess!" snapped Ron. "You've got to make some sacrifices!

I don't read 'chick lit ' fantasy or science fiction but I'll give any book a chance if it's lying there and I've got half an hour to kill.

Harry... take my body back will you? Take my body back to my parents...

You're not supposed to dislike your own child. You were supposed to like them no matter what even if they were not what you wanted.

If you are writing children's books you need to be a ruthless killer.

I think the Harry books are actually very moral but some people just object to witchcraft being mentioned in a children's book.

Every writer must have a chip of ice in his heart.

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.

It's our choices more than anything that show who we really are.

So light a fire!" Harry choked. "Yes...of course...but there's no wood!" ... "HAVE YOU GONE MAD!" Ron bellowed. "ARE YOU A WITCH OR NOT!

I love inventing names but I also collect unusual names so that I can look through my notebook and choose one that suits a new character.

Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right. -Albus Dumbledore

The wand chooses the wizard.

Humans have a knack for choosing precisely the things that are worst for them.

Choice was dangerous: you had to forgo all other possibilities when you chose.

Harry just go down to the lake tomorrow right stick your head in yell at the merpeople to give back whatever they've nicked and see if they chuck it out. Best you can do mate.

Cinderella? Snow White? What's that? An illness?

The world is my oyster. I can do whatever I like.

No witch has ever claimed to own the Elder Wand. Make of that what you will.

Oh of course " said Ron clapping a hand to his forehead. "I forgot we'll be hunting down Voldemort in a mobile library.

I'm not anti-middle-class in the slightest. Look at me! I am very pro people putting time and money and effort into trying to improve the world.

He's a werewolf! That's why he's been missing classes!

The middle class is so funny it's the class I know best and it's the class where you find the most pretension so that's what makes the middle classes so funny.

Ministry of Magic (M.O.M) Classification. xxxxx Known wizard killer / impossible to train or domesticate / or anything Hagrid likes

Tut tut "? fame clearly isn't everything.

Clever as I am I remain just as big a fool as anyone else.

You can't live without failing at something unless you love so cautiously you might as well have nit lived at all in which case you fail be default.

Death's got an Invisibility Cloak?" Harry interrupted again. "So he can sneak up on people " said Ron. "Sometimes he gets bored of running at them flapping his arms and shrieking...

Harry we saw Uranus up close!" said Ron still giggling feebly. "Get it Harry? We saw Uranus "? ha ha ha "?

In the end it mattered not that you could not close your mind. It was your heart that saved you.

If Harry Potter taught us anything it's that no one should have to live in the closet

For in dreams we enter a world that is entirely our own. Let them swim in the deepest ocean or glide over the highest cloud.

The hippogriff took off into the air. . . . He and his rider became smaller and smaller as Harry gazed after them . . . then a cloud drifted across the moon. . . . They were gone.

A Dream is where a boy can swim in the deepest oceans and fly over the highest clouds.

Well better expelled and able to defend yourselves than sitting safely in school without a clue " said Sirius.

You foul lying evil little cockroach!

One can never have enough socks " said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.

Life for Colin was one long brace against pain and disappointment and everybody apart from his wife was an enemy until proven otherwise.

Death obsesses me yes it does. I can't really understand why it doesn't obsess everyone - I think it does really I'm just a little more out about it.

Everything was curved to fit the walls: the stove the sink and the cupboards and all of it had been painted with flowers insects and birds in bright primary colours.

Once again you've put your keen and penetrating mind to the task and as usual come to the wrong conclusion!

I say there are spots that don't come off.... Spots that never come off d'you know what I mean?

Aha! What villains are these that trespass upon my private lands! Come to scorn at my fall perchance? Draw you knaves you dogs!

The ministry has fallen. Scrimgeour is dead. They are coming.

Yeah but coming from Dudley that's like "I love you.

Shh! Listen! Someone's coming! I think "? I think it might be us!

Just then Neville caused a slight diversion by turning into a large canary.

Sukhvinder wished that she could be more like Krystal: funny and tough; impossible to intimidate; always coming out fighting.

As is a tale so is life: not how long it is but how good it is is what matters. I wish you all very good lives.

Mr. Weasley was unavailable for comment although his wife told reporters to clear off or she'd set the family ghoul on them.

She seemed to think that one of the perks of marriage was that it gave you rights of comment and intrusion over single people's love lives.

I want to commit the murder I was imprisoned for.

I feel 80% of my life is completely normal.

The mind is a complex and many-layered thing Potteror at least most minds are

The mind is a complex and many-layered thing Potter... or at least most minds are...

There was no press involvement there was no pressure. Life was very pure and it became more complicated.

Madam Pince our librarian tells me that it is 'pawed about dribbled on and generally maltreated' nearly everyday - a high compliment for any book.

Would you like me to [kill you] now?" asked Snape his voice heavy with irony. "Or would you like a few moments to compose an epitaph?

I'll be writing until I can't write anymore. It's a compulsion with me. I love writing.

Writing for me is a kind of compulsion so I don't think anyone could have made me do it or prevented me from doing it.

Bisogna chiamare le cose con il loro nome la paura del nome non fa altro che aumentare la paura della cosa stessa

Professor McGonagall: "Why don't you confer with Mr. Finnigan? As I recall he has a particular proclivity for pyrotechnics.

Because to confide a part of your soul to something that can think and move for itself is obviously a very risky business.

Trust me " he said. "I know what I'm doing... or at least" -- he strolled confidently to the door -- "Felix does.

He can run faster than Severus Snape confronted with shampoo.

Voldemort is playing a very clever game. Declaring himself might have provoked open rebellion. Remaining masked has created confusion uncertainty and fear.

If there is a connection between Harry Potter and my new novel it's my interest in characters.

You don't know what I'm capable of you don't know what I've done!

Wherever Harry went inside the tiny cottage or its garden he could hear the constant ebb and flow of the sea like the breathing of some great slumbering creature.

Why are you worrying about YOU-KNOW-WHO when you should be worrying about YOU-NO-POO? The constipation sensation that's gripping the nation!