The final “Harry Potter” novel was published nearly nine years ago, but the magic that was felt through the words of the original series continues to resonate. Throughout the series, many characters said memorable quotes that are applicable to real life. The reason why the quotes are relevant is largely because J.K. Rowling wrote from experience and she, like many of us, has experienced various forms of love, loss and friendship, all of which are major themes in the series. Here are the 10 “Harry Potter” quotes that I consider to be the most relatable.
1. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – Albus Dumbledore, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”
Dumbledore’s quote is my favorite one in the entire series and is one that has resonated with me even though I picked up the books for the first time nearly a decade ago. What his quote means to me is that despite our skills being important factors in what we are capable of accomplishing, we undervalue the defining nature of our choices and how without them, we would be incapable of change or progress.
2. “If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” – Sirius Black, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
I love Black’s quote because it is easy to judge a person by how he treats those on the same level as him or herself. It is not unusual to treat those who share our status in life respectfully. However, we should instead look at how we treat those who we do not stand to gain anything from and acknowledge that they deserve as much respect as anyone else.