J. K. Rowling

Born: July 31, 1965

Occupation: Novelist

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I know [Umbridge] by reputation and I'm sure she's no Death Eater-" "She's foul enough to be one..." "Yes, but the world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters.

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

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Great, tell me when you've defeated Voldemort for me, will you?

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Miss Granger, you foolish girl, how could you think of tackling a mountain troll on your own? Five points will be taken from Gryffindor for this,” said Professor McGonagall. “I’m very disappointed...

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

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But I don’t think I’ve ever known such a natural at Potions!” said Slughorn. “Instinctive, you know — like his mother! I’ve only ever taught a few with this kind of ability, I can tell you...

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As our listeners will know, unless they've taken refuge at the bottom of a garden pond or somewhere similar, You-Know-Who's strategy of remaining in the shadows is creating a nice little climate of panic.

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How're we getting to King's Cross tomorrow, Dad?" asked Fred as they dug into a sumptuous pudding. "The Ministry's providing a couple of cars," said Mr. Weasley. Everyone looked up at him. "Why?" said...

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Why were you lurking under our window?" "Yes - yes, good point, Petunia! What were you doing under our windows, boy?" "Listening to the news," said Harry in a resigned voice. His aunt and uncle exchanged...

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So top grade's O for 'Outstanding,'" Hermione was saying, "and then there's A-" "No, E," George corrected her, "E for 'Exceeds Expectations.' And I've always thought Fred and I should've got E in everything,...

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Hermione drew herself to her full height; her eyes were narrowed and her hair seemed to crackle with electricity. "No," she said, her voice quivering with anger, "but I will write to your mother.

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

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Nasty temper he's got, that Sirius Black.

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Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways.

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You can have a very intense relationship with fictional characters because they are in your own head.

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And as she jogged out of sight, they could hear her muttering, "Tentacula. Devil's Snare. And Snargaluff pods. Yes, I'd like to see Death Eaters fighting those.

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You shouldn't have done that.

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Bless my soul,” whispered the old bartender, “Harry Potter . . . what an honor.

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Dumbledore's man through and through, aren't you Potter?" "Yeah I am," said Harry. "Glad we straightened that out.

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We'll be there, Harry," said Ron "What?" "At your Aunt and Uncle's house," said Ron, "And then we'll go with you wherever you're going." "No-" said Harry quickly; he hadn't counted on this, he had meant...

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Ah, Harry, how often this happens, even between the best of friends! Each of us believes that what he has to say is much more important than anything the other might have to contribute!

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

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Don't be silly, Dawlish. I'm sure you are an excellent Auror, I seem to remember you achieved 'Outstanding' in all your N.E.W.T.s, but if you attempt to — er — 'bring me in' by force, I will have to...

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But if it matters to you, you'll be able to choose Gryffindor over Slytherin. The Sorting Hat takes your choice into account." "Really?" "It did for me," said Harry. He had never told any of his children...

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Hagrid. You live in a wooden house!

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Potter! There are hundreds of people thundering through my pub!

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He had grown used to the idea that Dumbledore could solve anything.

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It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they...

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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.

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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.

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

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And they'd [the Death Eaters] love to have me," said Harry sarcastically. "We'd be best pals if they didn't keep trying to do me in.

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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.

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Have to? Of course you have to! But only because of you, Harry, won't rest until Voldemort is finished! Think now, for once, if you have never heard of the prophecy! What would you do?

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Harry, despite your privileged insight into Voldemort’s world (which, incidentally, is a gift any Death Eater would kill to have), you have never been seduced by the Dark Arts, never, even for a second,...

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There is a lot of comedy in magic, and magic going wrong, and also it is a dramatic subject.

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And don’t forget: Elvendork! It’s unisex!

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It’s cruel that I got to spend so much time with James and Lily, and you so little. But know this; the ones that love us never really leave us. And you can always find them in here

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Oh, that,' said Ginny, giggling. 'Well-Percy's got a girlfriend.' Fred dropped a stack of books on George's head. 'What?' 'It's that Ravenclaw prefect, Penelope Clearwater,' said Ginny. 'That's who he...

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I am indebted to the British welfare state; the very one that Mr Cameron would like to replace with charity handouts. When my life hit rock bottom, that safety net, threadbare though it had become under...

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Blimey,” said the other twin. “Are you — ?” “He is,” said the first twin. “Aren’t you?” he added to Harry. “What?” said Harry. “Harry Potter,” chorused the twins. “Oh, him,”...

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Okay, men,” he said. “And women,” said Chaser Angelina Johnson. “And women,” Wood agreed. “This is it.” “The big one,” said Fred Weasley. “The one we’ve all been waiting for,” said...

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

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My brain surprises even me sometimes.

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Whoops - My wand is a little over excited!

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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.

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Don't let the muggles get you down.

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Now, I don’t want any of you youngsters to worry — you’ll still have your Potions master when I’m through with him, never fear!” “Wouldn’t it be good if they finished each other off?” Ron...

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Hagrid howled still more loudly. Harry and Hermione looked at Ron to help them. 'Er-shall I make a cup of tea?' said Ron. Harry stared at him. 'It's what my mum does whenever someone's upset,' Ron muttered,...

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One can never have enough socks

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Urgh — essence of Millicent Bulstrode.

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You can try, but you seem cleverer than Fudge, so I'd have thought you'd have learned from his mistakes. He tried intervening at Hogwarts. You might have noticed he's not Minister anymore, but Dumbledore's...

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You're the one who is weak. You will never know love or friendship. And I feel sorry for you.

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

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Perhaps you have been looking in the wrong places.

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Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs,” sighed George, patting the heading of the map. “We owe them so much.” “Noble men, working tirelessly to help a new generation of law-breakers,” said Fred...

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Gryffindor leads by eighty points to zero, and look at that Firebolt go! Potter’s really putting it through its paces now, see it turn — Chang’s Comet is just no match for it, the Firebolt’s precision-balance...

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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!

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YOU CHEATING SCUM!” Lee Jordan was howling into the megaphone, dancing out of Professor McGonagall’s reach. “YOU FILTHY, CHEATING B —” Professor McGonagall didn’t even bother to tell him off....

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Dobby has no master. Dobby is a free elf!

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The ones that love us never really leave us.

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When he straightened up again, there were six Harry Potters gasping and panting in front of him. Fred and George turned to each other and said together, "Wow -- we're identical!

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Oh, shut up Weatherby.

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

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You are here to learn the subtle science and exact art of potion-making. As there is little foolish wand-waving here, many of you will hardly believe this is magic. I don't expect you will really understand...

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Shut your mouth! You dare speak his name with your unworthy lips, you dare besmirch it with your half-blood's tongue, you dare —

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I have seen your heart, and it is mine.

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I sometimes find, and I am sure you know the feeling, that I simply have too many thoughts and memories crammed into my mind.

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

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Excuse me, are you the imprint of a departed soul?

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He had no memory of ever being hugged like this, as though by a mother. The full weight of everything he had seen that night seemed to fall in upon him as Mrs. Weasley held him to her. His mother's face,...

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Is it true that you shouted at Professor Umbridge?" "Yes." "You called her a liar?" "Yes." "You told her He Who Must Not Be Named is back?" "Yes." "Have a biscuit, Potter.

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Hide them all, then. Keep her – them – safe. Please.' And what will you give me in return, Severus?' In – in return? Anything.

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

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Wow, we're identical!

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

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

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Hermione: You! You foul, loathsome, evil little cocroach! Ron: Hermione, no! He's no worth it.

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When you have that last piece of the jigsaw, everything will, I hope, be clear..." -Albus Dumbledore

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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.

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Where are you heading, if you’ve got the choice?” James lifted an invisible sword. “‘Gryffindor, where dwell the brave at heart!’ Like my dad.” Snape made a small, disparaging noise. James...

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You know, Minister, I disagree with Dumbledore on many counts...but you cannot deny he's got style...

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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.

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Oh, for heaven’s sake, Sirius, Dumbledore said no!” A bearlike black dog had appeared at Harry’s side as Harry clambered over the various trunks cluttering the hall to get to Mrs. Weasley. “Oh...

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Harry was speeding toward the ground when the crowd saw him clap his hand to his mouth as though he was going to be sick-he hit the field on all fours-coughed-and something gold fell into his hand. 'I've...

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Gryffindor, where dwell the brave at heart!

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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.

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When I get married,' said Fred, tugging at the collar of his own robes. 'I won't be bothering with any of this nonsense. You can all wear what you like and I'll put a full body-bind curse on mum until...

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Silence fell between the four of them as they looked up at the sky. There was no sign of movement, the stars stared back, unblinking, indifferent, unobscured by flying friends. Where was Ron? Where were...

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All we do is read the stupid textbook," said Ron.

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What exactly is the function of a rubber duck?

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I'm not going to be murdered," Harry said out loud. "That's the spirit, dear," said his mirror sleepily.

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

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Did you know— then?” asked Harry. “Did I know that I had just met the most dangerous Dark wizard of all time? No.

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

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After all this time?" "Always...

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One of the many things I learned at the end of that Classics corridor down which I ventured at the age of 18, in search of something I could not then define, was this, written by the Greek author Plutarch:...

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Yeah 'ear 'ear," said George, with half a glance at Fred, the corner of whose mouth twitched.

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How do you feel, Georgie?" whispered Mrs. Weasley. George's fingers groped for the side of his head. "Saintlike," he murmured. "What's wrong with him?" croaked Fred, looking terrified. "Is his mind affected?"...

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I was a fool!" Percy roared, so loudly that Lupin nearly dropped his photograph. "I was an idiot, I was a pompous prat, I was a - a -" "Ministry-loving, family-disowning, power-hungry moron," said Fred....

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You know, I don’t get why Fred and George only got three O.W.L.s each,” said Harry, watching as Fred, George, and Lee collected gold from the eager crowd. “They really know their stuff. . . .”...

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Worst that can happen is Hagrid’ll have to get rid of the skrewts. Sorry ... did I say worst? I meant best.

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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.

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Don't, Ginny, we'll send you loads of owls. We'll send you a Hogwarts toilet seat. George! Only joking, Mum.

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You don’t understand — there are things worth dying for!

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You saved Dad's life. If anyone's got the right to eavesdrop on him, it's you.

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Makes a diff'rence, havin' a decent family,' he said. 'Me dad was decent. An' your mum an' dad were decent. If they'd lived, life woulda bin diff'rent, eh?' 'Yeah, I s'pose,' said Harry cautiously. Hagrid...

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Room of Requirement, of course! Surpassed itself, hasn't it? the Carrows were chasing me, and I knew I had just one chance for a hideout: I managed to get through the door and this is what I found! Well,...

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

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Everybody finished the song at different times. At last, only the Weasley twins were left singing along to a very slow funeral march.

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Snape's patronus was a doe,' said Harry, 'the same as my mother's because he loved her for nearly all of his life, from when they were children.

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In dreams, we enter a world that’s entirely our own.

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...he put his foot on one pedal, scooted a few yards and swung his other leg over the saddle. He soared left into the vertiginously sloping hillside road and sped, without touching his brakes ... The hedgerows...

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At least my happiness doesn't depend on Ron's goalkeeping ability.

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One more lesson like that and I might just do a Weasley.

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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.

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There is no shame in what you are feeling, Harry,' said Dumbledore's voice. 'On the contrary... the fact that you can feel pain like this is your greatest strength.

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Parents shouldn't leave their kids unless —unless they've got to.

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Some wounds run too deep for the healing.

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

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Honestly, woman, you call yourself our mother?

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Harry, don't go picking a row with Malfoy, don't forget, he's a prefect now, he could make life difficult for you..." "Wow, I wonder what it'd be like to have a difficult life?" said Harry sarcastically.

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You will never truly know yourself or the strength of your relationships until both have been tested by adversity.

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

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

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You fail by default when you live so cautiously you never fail.

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

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Devil’s Snare, Devil’s Snare . . . what did Professor Sprout say? — it likes the dark and the damp —” “So light a fire!” Harry choked. “Yes — of course — but there’s no wood!” Hermoine...

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

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

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Aunt Petunia burst into tears. Hestia Jones gave her an approving look that changed to outrage as Aunt Petunia ran forward and embraced Dudley rather than Harry. 'S-so sweet, Dudders...' she sobbed into...

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

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Yes, alive,” said Fudge. “That is — I don’t know — is a man alive if he can’t be killed? I don’t really understand it, and Dumbledore won’t explain properly — but anyway, he’s certainly...

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A bag of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans. "You want to be careful with those," Ron warned Harry. "When they say every flavor, they mean every flavor - you know, you get all the ordinary ones like chocolate...

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Well, we were always going to fail that one," said Ron gloomily as they ascended the marble staircase. He had just made Harry feel rather better by telling him how he told the examiner in detail about...

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The opportunity was too perfect to miss. Harry crept silently around behind Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle, bent down, and scooped a large handful of mud out of the path. 'We were just talking about your friend...

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I think they ought to know. You do them a disservice by not confiding something this important to them.” “I didn’t want —” “— to worry or frighten them?” said Dumbledore, surveying Harry...

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

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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!

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When Filch wasn't guarding the scene of the crime, he was skulking red-eyed through the corridors, lunging out at unsuspecting students and trying to put them in detention for things like "breathing loudly"...

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I wasn't paying attention," said Myrtle dramatically. "Peeves upset me so much I came in here and tried to kill myself. Then, of course, I remembered that I'm -- that I'm --" "Already dead," said Ron hopefully....

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Ginny Weasley, who sat next to Colin Creevey in Charms, was distraught, but Harry felt that Fred and George were going the wrong way about cheering her up. They were taking turns covering themselves with...

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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.

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

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There had been no more attacks since those on Justin and Nearly Headless Nick, and Madam Pomfrey was pleased to report that the Mandrakes were becoming moody and secretive, meaning that they were fast...

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

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

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

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Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced. . . . It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling,...

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Whatever house I'm in, I hope she's not in it.

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But some part of him realized, even as he fought to break free from Lupin, that Sirius had never kept him waiting before. . . . Sirius had risked everything, always, to see Harry, to help him. . . . If...

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Why can’t I drink the potion instead?” asked Harry desperately. “Because I am much older, much cleverer, and much less valuable,” said Dumbledore.

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There are always loose ends in real life.

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You know how I think they choose people for Gryffindor team?" said Malfoy loudly a few minutes later, as Snape awarded Hufflepuff another penalty for now reason at all. "It's people they feel sorry for....

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We all know that the people we love are mortal, we all know we’re mortal, we know it’s going to end; you cannot prepare yourself for it.

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Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.

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Ron's eyebrows rose so high that they were in danger of disappearing into his hair.

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I sat and thought for four (delayed train) hours, and all the details bubbled up in my brain, and this scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who didn't know he was a wizard became more and more real...

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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’.

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Right, you've got a crooked sort of cross..." He consulted Unfogging the Future. "That means you're going to have 'trials and suffering' — sorry about that — but there's a thing that could be the sun......

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Angelina, Alicia, and Katie suddenly giggled. "What?" said Wood, frowning at this lighthearted behavior. "He's that tall, good-looking one, isn't he?" said Angelina. "Strong and silent," said Katie, and...

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We let off a Dungbomb in the corridor and it upset him for some reason—" "So he hauled us off to his office and started threatening us with the usual—" "—detention—" "—disembowelment—

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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!

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Even the weather seemed to be celebrating; as June approached, the days became cloudless and sultry, and all anybody felt like doing was strolling onto the grounds and flopping down on the grass with several...

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I must admit, Peter, I have difficulty in understanding why an innocent man would want to spend twelve years as a rat.

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The dementors send their love, Potter!

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Harry moved the tip of his eagle-feather quill down the page, frowning as he looked for something that would help him write his essay, “Witch Burning in the Fourteenth Century Was Completely Pointless...

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Harry, we saw Uranus up close!” said Ron, still giggling feebly. “Get it, Harry? We saw Uranus — ha ha ha —

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

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Harry: "And what if I wave my wand and nothing happens?” Ron: “Throw it away and punch him on the nose.

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Your devotion is nothing more than cowardice. You would not be here if you had anywhere else to go.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Why do they have to move in packs?" Harry asked Ron as a dozen or so girls walked past them, sniggering and staring at Harry. "How're you supposed to get one on their own to ask them?" "Lasso one?" Ron...

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J. K. Rowling

Hagrid, look what I’ve got for relatives!” Harry said furiously. “Look at the Dursleys!” “An excellent point,” said Professor Dumbledore. “My own brother, Aberforth, was prosecuted for practicing...

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter has kindly joined us for my rebirthing party. One might go so far as to call him my guest of honor.

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J. K. Rowling

Voldemort himself created his worst enemy, just as tyrants everywhere do! Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress? All of them realize that, one day, amongst their many victims,...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Scared?" Malfoy muttered, so that Lockhart couldn't hear him. "You wish." said Harry out of the corner of his mouth.

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J. K. Rowling

Karkaroff intends to flee if the Mark burns." "Does he?" said Dumbledore softly, as Fleur Delacour and Roger Davies came giggling in from the grounds. "And are you tempted to join him?" "No," said Snape,...

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J. K. Rowling

Failure, failure is so important, it doesn’t get spoken about enough, we speak about success all the time.

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J. K. Rowling

What's that supposed to be anyway?" said Fred squinting at Dobby's painting. "Looks like a Gibbon with two black eyes!" "It's Harry," said George pointing at the back of the picture. "Says so on the back."...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Snape was looking as though the first person to ask him for a Love Potion would be force-fed poison.

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J. K. Rowling

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?

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Ron, we're supposed to show the first years where to go!" "Oh yeah," said Ron, who had obviously forgotten. "Hey -- hey you lot! Midgets!

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Overload 'em with information an' they'll kill yeh jus' to simplify things.

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J. K. Rowling

Doctors?" said Ron, looking startled. "Those Muggle nutters that cut people up?

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

What was there to be gained by fighting the most evil wizard who has ever existed?" said Black, with a terrible fury in his face. "Only innocent lives, Peter!" "You don't understand!" whined Pettigrew....

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J. K. Rowling

You do not seek to kill me, Dumbledore?” called Voldemort, his scarlet eyes narrowed. “Above such brutality, are you?” “We both know that there are other ways of destroying a man, Tom,” Dumbledore...

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

Taunting Death ... means pitting oneself against a wily enemy who cannot lose.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

The silence was unbearable to him. If the pictures could have reflected the feelings inside him, they would have been screaming in pain.

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J. K. Rowling

Finally, the truth. Lying with his face pressed into the dusty carpet of the office where he had once thought he was learning the secrets of victory, Harry understood at last that he was not supposed to...

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J. K. Rowling

I think that perhaps if I had had to slow down the ideas so that I could capture them on paper I might have stifled some of them.

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J. K. Rowling

But you're dead,' said Harry. 'Oh, yes,' said Dumbledore matter-of-factly. 'Then... am I dead too?' 'Ah,' said Dumbledore, smiling still more broadly. 'That is the question, isn't it? On the whole, dear...

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

And then he greeted Death as an old friend, and went with him gladly, and, equals, they departed this life.

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J. K. Rowling

So then I thought, I'd like you to have something to remember me by, you know, if you ever meet some veela when you're off doing whatever you're doing.' I think dating opportunities are going to be pretty...

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J. K. Rowling

No, it was honest," said Harry. "One of the only honest things you've said to me. You don't care whether I live or die, but you do care that I help you convince everyone you're winning the war against...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

It's the same story with a few crucial additions; the most important one is you.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

The owls are gathering; find out why soon.

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J. K. Rowling

Will there ever be an encyclopedia? Possibly. I would say two things about the encyclopedia: firstly, I’ve always said and I stand by it, whenever I do do a printed encyclopedia I would like all the...

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

So after E, it’s A for ‘Acceptable,’ and that’s the last pass grade, isn’t it?” “Yep,” said Fred, dunking an entire roll in his soup, transferring it to his mouth, and swallowing it whole....

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J. K. Rowling

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!

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J. K. Rowling

This group had a kind of dark glamour within the castle. They were a motley collection; a mixture of the weak seeking protection, the ambitious seeking some shared glory, and the thuggish gravitating toward...

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J. K. Rowling

How d’you spell ‘belligerent’?” said Ron, shaking his quill very hard while staring at his parchment. “It can’t be B — U — M —” “No, it isn’t,” said Hermione. “And ‘augury’...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Do not pity the dead, Harry.

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J. K. Rowling

Harry, guess what?" said Tonks from her perch on top of the washing machine, and she wiggled her left hand at him; a ring glittered there.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

Bill, don’t look at me — I’m ’ideous.

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J. K. Rowling

I knew Ginny was lying about that tattoo.

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J. K. Rowling

Even You-Know-Who can't split himself into seven.

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J. K. Rowling

Some say he died. Codswallop, in my opinion. Dunno if he had enough human left in him to die. Some say he’s still out there, bidin’ his time, like, but I don’ believe it.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Many are whispering that Voldemort must be behind it. However, that is the point: They whisper. They daren’t confide in each other, not knowing whom to trust; they are scared to speak out, in case their...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Brains like that, you could be a Death Eater, son.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

Just — just to be clear,” he said. “You want to leave Tonks at her parents’ house and come away with us?” “She’ll be perfectly safe there, they’ll look after her,” said Lupin. He spoke...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

Don't call me Nymphadora, Remus.

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J. K. Rowling

Well, usually when a person shakes their head,” said McGonagall coldly, “they mean ‘no.’ So unless Miss Edgecombe is using a form of sign language as yet unknown to humans...

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J. K. Rowling

He's only silent because he's too thick to string two words together.

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J. K. Rowling

Well, hello, Peter,” said Lupin pleasantly, as though rats frequently erupted into old school friends around him. “Long time, no see.

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J. K. Rowling

Harry witnessed Professor McGonagall walking right past Peeves who was determinedly loosening a crystal chandelier and could have sworn he heard her tell the poltergeist out of the corner of her mouth...

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J. K. Rowling

No story lives unless someone wants to listen. So thank you, all of you.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

It was as if Snape had started handing out sweets.

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J. K. Rowling

Although people rarely died playing Quidditch, referees had been known to vanish and turn up months later in the Sahara Desert.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

Harry ran upstairs to their dark dormitory. He pulled out the cloak and then his eyes fell on the flute Hagrid had given him for Christmas. He pocketed it to use on Fluffy — he didn’t feel much like...

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J. K. Rowling

Ginny, listen . . . I can’t be involved with you anymore. We’ve got to stop seeing each other. We can’t be together.” “It’s for some stupid, noble reason, isn’t it?

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Of all the trees we could've hit, we had to get one that hits back.

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J. K. Rowling

Muggles have garden gnomes, too, you know," Harry told Ron as they crossed the lawn. "Yeah, I've seen those things they think are gnomes," said Ron, bent double with his head in a peony bush, "like fat...

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J. K. Rowling

Even if I could, I wouldn't. Scars can come in handy. I have one myself above my left knee that is a perfect map of the London Underground.

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J. K. Rowling

And it’s Johnson, Johnson with the Quaffle, what a player that girl is, I’ve been saying it for years but she still won’t go out with me —” “JORDAN!” yelled Professor McGonagall. “Just...

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J. K. Rowling

By the time she had interpreted Harry's dreams at the top of her voice (all of which, even the ones that involved eating porridge, apparently foretold a gruesome and early death), he was feeling much less...

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J. K. Rowling

Xenophilius Lovegood," he said, extending a hand to Harry. "My daughter and I live over the hill, so kind of the Weasleys to invite us. I think you know my Luna?" he added to Ron."Yes" said Ron. "Isn't...

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J. K. Rowling

Utiliza el nombre correcto para las cosas. El miedo a un nombre aumenta el miedo a la cosa que se nombra.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

I have gone temporarily deaf and haven't any idea what you said, Harry.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

I don't think you should be an Auror, Harry," said Luna unexpectedly. Everybody looked at her. "The Aurors are part of the Rotfang Conspiracy, I thought everyone knew that. They're working to bring down...

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J. K. Rowling

I will not calm down!

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J. K. Rowling

Which only goes to show that the best of us must sometimes eat our words,' Dumbledore went on, smiling.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Everything went pitch-black and the next thing I knew, I was being hurled headfirst out of the room!” “And you didn’t see that coming?” said Harry, unable to help himself. “No, I did not, as...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

It’s your one last chance,” said Harry, “it’s all you’ve got left. . . .I’ve seen what you’ll be otherwise. . . . Be a man . . . try . . . Try for some remorse. . . .

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J. K. Rowling

He missed Hogwarts so much it was like having a constant stomachache. He missed the castle, with its secret passageways and ghosts, his classes, … the mail arriving by owl, eating banquets in the Great...

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J. K. Rowling

And now a chill settled over them where they stood, and Harry heard the rasping breath of the dementors that patrolled the outer trees. They would not affect him now. The fact of his own survival burned...

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J. K. Rowling

Are — you — insane?” said Hermione in a hushed voice. 'I don't think so,' said Harry, shrugging.

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J. K. Rowling

Hope springs forever.

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J. K. Rowling

And Harry, with the unerring skill of the Seeker, caught the wand in his free hand as Voldemort fell backward, arms splayed, the slit pupils of the scarlet eyes rolling upward. Tom Riddle hit the floor...

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J. K. Rowling

I have spied for you and lied for you, put myself in mortal danger for you. Everything was supposed to be to keep Lily Potter’s son safe. Now you tell me you have been raising him like a pig for slaughter...

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J. K. Rowling

The hook-nosed teacher looked past Quirrell’s turban straight into Harry’s eyes — and a sharp, hot pain shot across the scar on Harry’s forehead.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us?

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J. K. Rowling

I've got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don't want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I'd rather they were...

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J. K. Rowling

I can't give a Professor love!

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J. K. Rowling

Just because you’re allowed to use magic now you don’t have to whip your wands out for every tiny little thing!

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J. K. Rowling

In March several of the Mandrakes threw a loud and raucous party in greenhouse three. This made Professor Sprout very happy. “The moment they start trying to move into each other’s pots, we’ll know...

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J. K. Rowling

The poor things keep calling in those – those pumbles, I think they're called – you know, the ones who mend pipes and things – " "Plumbers?" " – exactly, yes, but of course they're flummoxed.

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J. K. Rowling

Often, you have to fail as a writer before you write that bestselling novel or ground-breaking memoir. If you're failing as a writer - which it definitely feels like when you're struggling to write regularly...

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J. K. Rowling

To hurt is as human as to breathe.

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J. K. Rowling

They were bullyin' him, Hermione, 'cause he's so small!" said Hagrid. "Small?" said Hermione. "Small?" "Hermione, I couldn't leave him," said Hagrid, tears now trickling down his bruised face into his...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Hey, look — Harry’s got a Weasley sweater, too!” Fred and George were wearing blue sweaters, one with a large yellow F on it, the other a G. “Harry’s is better than ours, though,” said Fred,...

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J. K. Rowling

I kept arguing that 'love is the most important force, love is the most important force.' So I wanted to show him loving. Sometimes it's dramatic: it means you lay down your life. But sometimes it means...

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J. K. Rowling

Snape is vindictive, he's cruel. He's not a big man. But he loves. I like him, but I'd also like to slap him hard.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

I won't say 'never,' but I have no plans to write an eighth book.

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J. K. Rowling

Well I think it is often the case that the biggest bullies take what they know to be their own defects, as they see it, and they put them right on someone else and then they try and destroy the other and...

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J. K. Rowling

I don't take any responsibility for the lunatic fringes of my own religion.

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J. K. Rowling

What I would most like to think they would take away, is what I take away when I read my favorite books. Which is the knowledge that there is always somewhere you can go, that you love, and where you're...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

What's interesting about the wizarding world is when you take physical strength out of the equation, a woman can do magic just as powerfully as a man can do magic. A woman can fight just the same as a...

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J. K. Rowling

I've never wanted to be a witch, but an alchemist, now that's a different matter. To invent this wizard world, I've learned a ridiculous amount about alchemy. Perhaps much of it I'll never use in the books,...

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J. K. Rowling

I think you have a moral responsibility when you've been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently.

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J. K. Rowling

My daughter Jessica said to me recently, who wasn't sorted into Hufflepuff, 'I think we should all want to be Hufflepuffs.' I can only say to you, I would not be disappointed at all to be in Hufflepuff....

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J. K. Rowling

Yeah, I get a death scene, but what does that mean?

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J. K. Rowling

But in some ways I think it's braver to do it like this. And, to an extent, you know what? The worst that can happen is that everyone says, 'Well, that was dreadful, she should have stuck to writing for...

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

Would you like a cough drop Dolores?

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J. K. Rowling

His hand closed automatically around the fake Horcrux but in spite of everything, in spite of the dark and twisting path he saw stretching ahead for himself, in spite of the final meeting with Voldemort...

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J. K. Rowling

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...

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J. K. Rowling

Oh, it can't be a reference to the fact Harry's a great Seeker, that's way too obvious. There must be a secret message from Dumbledore hidden in the icing!

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Children being children, however, the grotesque Hopping Pot had taken hold of their imaginations. The solution was to jettison the pro-Muggle moral but keep the warty cauldron, so by the middle of the...

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J. K. Rowling

Or perhaps in Slytherin, you'll make your real friends. Those cunning folk use any means to achieve their ends.

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J. K. Rowling

The fates have informed me that your examination in June will concern the Orb, and I am anxious to give you sufficient practice. Hermione snorted. "Well honestly... 'the fates have informed her'... Who...

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J. K. Rowling

Because that's what Hermione does,' said Ron, shrugging. 'When in doubt, go to the library.

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J. K. Rowling

You are — truly your father’s son, Harry. . . .

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J. K. Rowling

Be good now, Potty...Weasel King...

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J. K. Rowling

Sure you can manage that broom, Potter?" said a cold, drawling voice. Draco Malfoy had arrived for a closer look, Crabbe and Goyle right behind him. "Yeah, reckon so," said Harry casually. "Got plenty...

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J. K. Rowling

Who's Kreacher?" "The house-elf who lives here," said Ron. "Nutter. Never met one like him." "He is not a nutter," said Hermione. "His life's ambition is to have his head cut off and stuck up on a plaque...

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J. K. Rowling

He chose the boy he thought most likely to be a danger to him," said Dumbledore. And notice this, Harry. He chose, not the pureblood (which, according to his creed, is the only kind of wizard worth being...

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

The exceptions were two men a little ahead of them, standing just outside the Three Broomsticks. One was very tall and thin; squinting through his rain-washed glasses Harry recognized the barman who worked...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Let muggles manage without us!

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J. K. Rowling

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..

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J. K. Rowling

We’re all going to keep fighting, Harry. You know that?

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J. K. Rowling

The only reason to delay at this point was because the immediate prospect was so deeply uninviting.

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J. K. Rowling

She's as nutty as squirrel poo.

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J. K. Rowling

Instead (Harry) contented himself with scrawling a note to Ron: Let's do it tonight.

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J. K. Rowling

It was not, after all, so easy to die.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

Ooh, you look much tastier than Crabbe and Goyle, Harry" said Hermione, before catching sight of Ron's raised eyebrows, blushing slightly and saying "oh you know what I mean - Goyle's Potion looked like...

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J. K. Rowling

That is the second time you have spoken out of turn, Miss Granger,” said Snape coolly. “Five more points from Gryffindor for being an insufferable know-it-all.

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J. K. Rowling

An Unbreakable Vow?" said Ron, looking stunned. "Nah, he can’t have.... Are you sure?" "Yes I’m sure," said Harry. "Why, what does it mean?" "Well, you can’t break an Unbreakable Vow..." "I’d worked...

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J. K. Rowling

The Chasers throw the Quaffle and put it through the hoops to score,” Harry recited. “So — that’s sort of like basketball on broomsticks with six hoops, isn’t it?” “What’s basketball?”...

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J. K. Rowling

Enter, stranger, but take heed Of what awaits the sin of greed, For those who take, but do not earn, Must pay most dearly in their turn. So if you seek beneath our floors A treasure that was never yours,...

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J. K. Rowling

Hogwarts, Hogwarts, Hoggy Warty Hogwarts, Teach us something please, Whether we be old and bald, Or young with scabby knees, Our heads could do with filling With some interesting stuff, For now they're...

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J. K. Rowling

Yes, my tiara sets off the whole thing nicely," said Auntie Muriel in a rather carrying whisper. "But I must say, Ginevra's dress is far too low-cut." Ginny glanced round, grinning, winked at Harry, then...

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J. K. Rowling

Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.

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J. K. Rowling

Tut, tut — fame clearly isn't everything.

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J. K. Rowling

He yearned not to feel... He wished he could rip out his heart, his innards, everything that was screaming inside him...

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J. K. Rowling

Perfection is not necessary to make a real and lasting difference to other people's lives.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Her son lives. He has her eyes, precisely her eyes. You remember the shape and color of Lily Evans's eyes, I am sure?

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J. K. Rowling

Slowly, very slowly, he sat up, and as he did so he felt more alive, and more aware of his own living body than ever before. Why had he never appreciated what a miracle he was, brain and nerve and bounding...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

He lay face down, listening to the silence. He was perfectly alone. Nobody was watching. Nobody else was there. He was not perfectly sure that he was there himself.

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J. K. Rowling

Go on, have a pasty," said Harry, who had never had anything to share before or, indeed, anyone to share it with. It was a nice feeling, sitting there with Ron, eating their way through all Harry's pasties,...

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J. K. Rowling

Someone creeping into his yard in the dead of night? More likely there's a very shell-shocked cat wandering somewhere, covered in potato peelings.

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J. K. Rowling

Everybody finished the song at different times. Dumbledore conducted their last few lines with his wand and when they had finished, he was one of those who clapped loudest. 'Ah music,' he said, wiping...

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J. K. Rowling

We tried to shut him in a pyramid, but Mum spotted us.

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J. K. Rowling

He felt that he was still groping in the dark; he had chosen his path but kept looking back, wondering whether he had misread the signs, whether he should not have taken the other way.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

You see what you expect to see, Severus.

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J. K. Rowling

The Potter books in general are a prolonged argument for tolerance, a prolonged plea for an end to bigotry. And I think it's one of the reasons that some people don't like the books, but I think that's...

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J. K. Rowling

The trouble is, the other side can do magic too, Prime Minister.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

So Dobby stopped us from getting on the train and broke your arm. . . ." He shook his head. "You know what, Harry? If he doesn't stop trying to save your life he's going to kill you.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

You thought I would not weesh to marry him? Or per'aps you hoped?" said Fleur, her nostrils flaring. "What do I care how he looks? I am good-looking enough for both of us, I theenk! All these scars show...

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J. K. Rowling

Can't stay long, Mother," he said. "I'm up front, the prefects have got two compartments to themselves-" "Oh, are you a prefect, Percy?" said one of the twins, with an air of great surprise. "You should...

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J. K. Rowling

Our Headmaster is taking a short break," said Professor McGonagall, pointing at the Snape-shaped hole in the window.

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J. K. Rowling

If you have to ask, you’ll never know. If you know, you need only ask.

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J. K. Rowling

Hagrid looked down at his umbrella and scratched his beard. 'Shouldn'ta lost me temper,' he said ruefully, 'but it didn't work anyway. Meant ter turn him into a pig, but I suppose he was so much like a...

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J. K. Rowling

If only the hat had mentioned a house for people who felt a bit queasy, that would have been the one for him.

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J. K. Rowling

Sport is a very important subject at school, that's why I gave Quidditch such an important place at Hogwarts. I was very bad in sports, so I gave Harry a talent I would really loved to have. Who wouldn't...

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J. K. Rowling

'You all righ'?' he said gruffly. 'Yeah,' said Harry. 'No, yeh're not,' said Hagrid. 'Of course yeh're not. But yeh will be.'

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J. K. Rowling

'It only put me in Gryffindor,' said Harry in a defeated voice, 'because I asked not to go in Slytherin...' 'Exactly' said Dumbledore, beaming once more. 'Which makes you very different from Tom Riddle....

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J. K. Rowling

'It was stupid, thinking it was him, I mean, I knew he was dead' Harry muttered. 'You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don't recall them more clearly than ever in times of...

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J. K. Rowling

Long ago, when Harry had been left alone while the Dursley's went out to enjoy themselves, the hours of solitude had been a rare treat: Pausing only to sneak something tasty from the fridge, he had rushed...

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J. K. Rowling

'-mediocre, arrogant as his father, a determined rule-breaker, delighted to find himself famous, attention-seeking and impertinent -' said Severus. 'You see what you expect to see, Severus.' said Dumbledore.

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J. K. Rowling

'Tell me one last thing,' said Harry. 'Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?' Dumbledore beamed at him, and his voice sounded loud and strong in Harry's ears even though the bright mist...

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J. K. Rowling

I’m not a freak. That’s a horrible thing to say." "That’s where you’re going. A special school for freaks. You and that Snape boy ... weirdos, that’s what you two are..." "You didn’t think...

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J. K. Rowling

I never meant to call you Mudblood, it just-" Lily: "Slipped out? It’s too late. I’ve made excuses for you for years. None of my friends can understand why I even talk to you. You and your precious...

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J. K. Rowling

I’m very busy with schoolwork, of course." "How can she be?" said Ron in horror. "We’re on vacation!

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J. K. Rowling

Harry: This book belongs to Harry Potter. Ron: Shared by Ron Weasley, because his fell apart. Hermione: Why don't you buy a new one then? Ron: Write on your own book, Hermione. Hermione: You bought all...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

You're a wizard, Harry.

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J. K. Rowling

Seventeen, eh!" said Hagrid as he accepted a bucket-sized glass of wine from Fred. "Six years to the day we met, Harry, d’yeh remember it?" "Vaguely," said Harry, grinning up at him. "Didn’t you smash...

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J. K. Rowling

Why are they all staring?" demanded Albus as he and Rose craned around to look at the other students. "Don’t let it worry you," said Ron. "It’s me. I’m extremely famous.

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J. K. Rowling

If someone asked for my recipe for happiness, step one would be finding out what you love most in the world and step two would be finding someone to pay you to do it. I consider myself very lucky indeed...

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J. K. Rowling

Lockhart'll sign anything if it stands still long enough.

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J. K. Rowling

As Harry and Ron rounded the clump of trees behind which Harry had first heard the dragons roar, a witch leapt out from behind them. It was Rita Skeeter. She was wearing acid-green robes today; the Quick-Quotes...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression. It means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

How in the name of Merlin's pants have you managed to get your hands on those Horcrux books?

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J. K. Rowling

And his knowledge remained woefully incomplete, Harry! That which Voldemort does not value, he takes no trouble to comprehend. Of house-elves and children's tales, of love, loyalty, and innocence, Voldemort...

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J. K. Rowling

Somewhere out in the darkness, a phoenix was singing in a way Harry had never heard before: a stricken lament of terrible beauty. And Harry felt, as he had felt about phoenix song before, that the music...

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J. K. Rowling

It was his own grief turned magically to song.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

Christmas was coming. One morning in mid-December, Hogwarts woke to find itself covered in several feet of snow. The lake froze solid and the Weasley twins were punished for bewitching several snowballs...

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J. K. Rowling

Three turns should do it.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Imagine losing fingernails, Harry! That really puts our sufferings into perspective, doesn't it?

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J. K. Rowling

The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

I see a light in the kitchen. Let us not deprive Molly any longer of the chance to deplore how thin you are.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Read as much as you possibly can. Nothing will help you as much as reading.

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J. K. Rowling

Malfoy glanced around. Harry knew he was checking for signs of teachers. Then he looked back at Harry and said in a low voice, "You're dead, Potter." Harry raised his eyebrows. "Funny," he said, "you'd...

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J. K. Rowling

We Slytherins are brave, yes, but not stupid. For instance, given the choice, we will always choose to save our own necks.

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J. K. Rowling

Get off me,” Harry spat, throwing Pettigrew’s hands off him in disgust. “I’m not doing this for you. I’m doing it because — I don’t reckon my dad would’ve wanted them to become killers...

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J. K. Rowling

You’ll soon find out some wizarding families are much better than others, Potter. You don’t want to go making friends with the wrong sort. I can help you there.” He held out his hand to shake Harry’s,...

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J. K. Rowling

How thick can you get?

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

What's most important in a friendship? Tolerance and loyalty.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

I had a dream about a motorcycle," said Harry, remembering suddenly. "It was flying." Uncle Vernon nearly crashed into the car in front. He turned right around in his seat and yelled at Harry, his face...

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J. K. Rowling

If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

I was set free because my greatest fear had been realized, and I still had a daughter who I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt...

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J. K. Rowling

Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression. It meets a thousand petty humiliations and hardships. Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts that is something on which to pride yourself...

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J. K. Rowling

Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.

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J. K. Rowling

Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity,...

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J. K. Rowling

Why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct...

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

The moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

The most important thing is to read as much as you can, like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

I remember the first time I heard a teenager say 'LOL.' Just what? But it means 'laugh.' Why don't you just laugh? What are you doing?

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J. K. Rowling

I sometimes have a tendency to walk on the dark side.

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J. K. Rowling

Death is just life's next big adventure.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

People ask me if there are going to be stories of Harry Potter as an adult. Frankly, if I wanted to, I could keep writing stories until Harry is a senior citizen, but I don't know how many people would...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.

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J. K. Rowling

I really don't believe in magic.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Honestly, I think we should be delighted people still want to read, be it on a Kindle or a Nook or whatever the latest device is.

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J. K. Rowling

However my parents - both of whom came from impoverished backgrounds and neither of whom had been to college, took the view that my overactive imagination was an amusing quirk that would never pay a mortgage...

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J. K. Rowling

I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

The poor are discussed as this homogeneous mash, like porridge. The idea that they might be individuals, and be where they are for very different, diverse reasons, again seems to escape some people.

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J. K. Rowling

I will carry on writing, to be sure. But I don't know if I would want to publish again after Harry Potter.

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J. K. Rowling

I'm opposed to fundamentalism in any form.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

I always felt an outsider.

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J. K. Rowling

There are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other.

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J. K. Rowling

When people are very damaged, they can often meet the world with a kind of defiance.

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J. K. Rowling

I just write what I wanted to write. I write what amuses me. It's totally for myself. I never in my wildest dreams expected this popularity.

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J. K. Rowling

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. The funny thing is that, although writing has been my...

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J. K. Rowling

I pay a lot of tax, and I feel, one of the reasons I stay and pay why I'm not based in Monaco... I think my country helped me.

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J. K. Rowling

I was convinced that the only thing I wanted to do ever - was write novels.

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J. K. Rowling

There was a point where I really felt I had 'penniless divorcee lone parent' tattooed on my head.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

His priority did not seem to be to teach them what he knew, but rather to impress upon them that nothing, not even... knowledge, was foolproof.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

I received free health care.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

The best of us must sometimes eat our words.

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J. K. Rowling

The first story I finished was when I was six years old.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Writing and cafes are strongly linked in my brain.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Every now and then I read a poem that does touch something in me, but I never turn to poetry for solace or pleasure in the way that I throw myself into prose.

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J. K. Rowling

But I was the most unashamed lone parent you were ever going to meet.

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J. K. Rowling

'Harry Potter' gave me back self respect. Harry gave me a job to do that I loved more than anything else.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

I am not a particularly thick-skinned person.

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J. K. Rowling

I am the freest author in the world.

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J. K. Rowling

I did not set out to convert anyone to Christianity.

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J. K. Rowling

I don't need to publish to make a living.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

I just hate meetings.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

I would always want printed books.

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J. K. Rowling

I've been writing my entire life, and I'll always write.

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J. K. Rowling

I've laid my friends bare.

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J. K. Rowling

I've never managed to keep a journal longer than two weeks.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

If you love something - and there are things that I love - you do want more and more and more of it, but that's not the way to produce good work.

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J. K. Rowling

In a novel you have to resist the urge to tell everything.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Some of the furor that surrounded a Harry Potter publication was fun.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

When I was in my teens I had issues with OCD.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

With all of their benefits, and there are many, one of the things I regret about e-books is that they have taken away the necessity of trawling foreign bookshops or the shelves of holiday houses to find...

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J. K. Rowling

I'm interested in that drive, that rush to judgment, that is so prevalent in our society.We all know that pleasurable rush that comes from condemning, and in the short term it's quite a satisfying thing...

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

I do get recognized, but I must say Edinburgh is a fantastic city to live if you're well-known. There is an innate respect for privacy in Edinburgh people, and I also think they're used to seeing me walking...

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J. K. Rowling

I remember every wand I’ve ever sold, Mr. Potter. Every single wand. It so happens that the phoenix whose tail feather is in your wand, gave another feather — just one other. It is very curious indeed...

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J. K. Rowling

Well, I'm sure you'll find someone somewhere who'll have you.

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J. K. Rowling

There,” she said softly. “Now he could be sleeping.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

Only one pair was still battling, apparently unaware of the new arrival. Harry saw Sirius duck Bellatrix's jet of red light: he was laughing at her. 'Come on, you can do better than that!' he yelled, his...

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J. K. Rowling

But as he reached the ground and sprinted towards the dais, Lupin grabbed Harry around the chest, holding him back. There's nothing you can do, Harry -' Get him, save him, he's only just gone through!'...

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J. K. Rowling

He couldn't know that at this very moment, people meeting up in secret all over the country were holding up their glasses and saying in hushed voices: 'To Harry Potter - the boy who lived!

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J. K. Rowling

One of my regrets would be that I will never again have the pleasure of sneaking into a cafe, any cafe I like, sitting down and diving into my world and no one knowing what I am doing and no one bothering...

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J. K. Rowling

Do you mean ter tell me," he growled at the Dursleys, "that this boy—this boy!—knows nothin' abou'—about ANYTHING?" Harry thought this was going a bit far. He had been to school, after all, and his...

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J. K. Rowling

Killing rips the soul apart.

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J. K. Rowling

Yeah,' said Ron. 'Could've been worse. Remember those birds she set on me?' 'I still haven't ruled it out,' came Hermione's muffled voice from beneath her blankets, but Harry saw Ron smiling slightly as...

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

You could be great, you know, it’s all here in your head, and Slytherin will help you on the way to greatness, no doubt about that.

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J. K. Rowling

I've been writing since I was six. It is a compulsion, so I can't really say where the desire came from; I've always had it. My breakthrough with the first book came through persistence, because a lot...

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J. K. Rowling

Yes, it has made me happier. Finishing them has made me happier. Before I wrote the Potter books, I'd never finished a novel. I came close to finishing two.

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J. K. Rowling

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)

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J. K. Rowling

I can write anywhere. I made up the names of the characters on a sick bag while I was on an airplane. I told this to a group of kids and a boy said, "Ah, no, that's disgusting." And I said, "Well, I hadn't...

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J. K. Rowling

During the first five years that I was writing the series, I made plans and wrote small pieces of all the books. I concentrate on one book at a time, though occasionally I will get an idea for a future...

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J. K. Rowling

I write nearly every day. Some days I write for ten or eleven hours. Other days I might only write for three hours. It really depends on how fast the ideas are coming.

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J. K. Rowling

I've only suffered writer's block badly once, and that was during the writing of Chamber of Secrets. I had my first burst of publicity about the first book and it paralysed me. I was scared the second...

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J. K. Rowling

I didn't write with a target audience in mind. What excited me was how much I would enjoy writing about Harry. I never thought about writing for children - children's books chose me. I think if it is a...

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J. K. Rowling

Read a lot. Reading really helps. Read anything you can get your hands on.

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J. K. Rowling

Crackers!” said Dumbledore enthusiastically, offering the end of a large silver noisemaker to Snape, who took it reluctantly.

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J. K. Rowling

Failure means a stripping away of the inessential.

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J. K. Rowling

Oh you is a bad elf, Dobby!

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Once again I must ask too much of you, Harry.

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J. K. Rowling

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...

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J. K. Rowling

Howard was almost as fond of this hall as he was of his own shop. The Brownies used it on Tuesdays, and the Women's Institute on Wednesdays. It had hosted jumble sales and Jubilee celebrations, wedding...

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J. K. Rowling

To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.

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J. K. Rowling

Dawn seemed to follow midnight with indecent haste.

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J. K. Rowling

And sure enough, in seeking to become superhuman this foolhardy young man renders himself inhuman. The heart that he has locked away slowly shrivels and grows hair, symbolising his own descent to beasthood.

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J. K. Rowling

Then he heard a terrible cry that pulled at his insides, that expressed agony of a kind that neither flame nor curse could cause, and he stood up, swaying, more frightened than he had been that day, more...

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J. K. Rowling

And Hermione was struggling to her feet in the wreckage, and three red-headed men were grouped on the ground where the wall had blasted apart. Harry grabbed Hermione's hand as they staggered and stumbled...

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J. K. Rowling

The world had ended, so why had the battle not ceased, the castle fallen silent in horror, and every combatant laid down their arms? Harry's mind was in freefall, spinning out of control, unable to grasp...

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J. K. Rowling

Let me out," Harry said again. "No," Dumbledore repeated. "If you don't - if you keep me in here - if you don't let me-" "By all means continue destroying my possessions," said Dumbledore. "I daresay I...

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J. K. Rowling

Do you—do you think I want to—do you think I give a—I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY!" Harry roared. "You will," said Dumbledore sadly. "Because you are not nearly as mad at me as you ought to be....

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J. K. Rowling

The fame thing is interesting because I never wanted to be famous, and I never dreamt I would be famous. You know, my fantasy of being a famous writer, and again there's a slight disconnect with reality...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

The fame thing is interesting because I never wanted to be famous, and I never dreamt I would be famous.

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J. K. Rowling

But Snape always seemed to hate me so much.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

Gosh, what a gripping story. You must have been simply terrified. Meanwhile we went to Godric's Hollow and, let's think, what happened there, Harry? Oh yes, You-Know-Who's snake turned up, it nearly killed...

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J. K. Rowling

We'll send you a Hogwarts toilet seat!

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J. K. Rowling

He chanced a glance at her. She was not tearful; that was one of the many wonderful things about Ginny, she was rarely weepy. He had sometimes thought that having six brothers must have toughened her up.

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J. K. Rowling

Mad Eye' Moody on the Avada Kedavra curse: "Not nice," he said calmly. "Not pleasant. And there's no counter curse. There's no blocking it. Only one known person has ever survived it, and he's sitting...

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J. K. Rowling

I was thinking the first thing we should do is Expelliarmus, you know, the Disarming Charm. I know it's pretty basic but I've found it really useful -" "Oh please," said Zacharias Smith, rolling his eyes...

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J. K. Rowling

I'm a what?" gasped Harry. "A wizard, o' course," said Hagrid, sitting back down on the sofa, which groaned and sank even lower, "an' a thumpin' good'un I'd say, once yeh've been trained up a bit. With...

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J. K. Rowling

What are you doing with all those books anyway?" Ron asked. Just trying to decide which ones to take with us," said Hermione. When we're looking for the Horcruxes." Oh, of course," said Ron, clapping a...

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J. K. Rowling

Did you like question ten, Moony?" asked Sirius as they emerged into the entrance hall. "Loved it," said Lupin briskly. "Give five signs that identify the werewolf. Excellent question." "D'you think you...

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J. K. Rowling

I feel I owe you another explanation Harry," said Dumbledore hesitantly. "You may, perhaps, wondered why I never chose you as a prefect? I must confess...that I rather thought...you had enough responsibility...

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J. K. Rowling

Your aunt and uncle will be proud, though, won't they?" said Hermione as they got off the train and joined the crowd thronging toward the enchanted barrier. "When they hear what you did this year?" "Proud?"...

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J. K. Rowling

Parry Otter, the Chosen Boy Who — well — something of that sort..

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J. K. Rowling

But Dumbledore says he doesn't care what they do as long as they don't take him off the Chocolate Frog cards.

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J. K. Rowling

You are protected, in short, by your ability to love!

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J. K. Rowling

The Death Eaters can't all be pure-blood, there aren't enough pure-blood wizards left," said Hermione stubbornly. "I expect most of them are half-bloods pretending to be pure. It's only Muggle-borns they...

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J. K. Rowling

Such loyalty is admirable, of course,” said Scrimgeour, who seemed to be restraining his irritation with difficulty, “but Dumbledore is gone, Harry. He’s gone.” “He will only be gone from the...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

My readers have to work with me to create the experience. They have to bring their imaginations to the story. No one sees a book in the same way, no one sees the characters the same way. As a reader you...

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J. K. Rowling

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. . . .

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J. K. Rowling

Lord Voldermort Has Risen Again.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Yeah, we’ll call you,” muttered Ron as the knight disappeared, “If we ever need someone mental.

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J. K. Rowling

Kill me then,' panted Harry, who felt no fear at all, but only rage and contempt. 'Kill me like you killed him, you coward-' DON'T-' screamed Snape, and his face was suddenly demented, inhuman, as though...

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J. K. Rowling

These girls... they're going to kill me, Harry.

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J. K. Rowling

It is important to remember that we all have magic inside us.

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J. K. Rowling

Get up, you useless lump, get up!

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J. K. Rowling

I hope there's pudding!

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

I scared Stephen King.

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J. K. Rowling

He felt his heart pounding fiercely in his chest. How strange that in his dread of death, it pumped all the harder, valiantly keeping him alive. But it would have to stop, and soon. Its beats were numbered....

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J. K. Rowling

Maybe he murdered Myrtle; that would’ve done everyone a favor. . . .

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J. K. Rowling

Jealous?...Of what? I don't want a foul scar right across my head, thanks. I don't think getting your head cut open makes you that special, myself.

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J. K. Rowling

Daddy, look — one of the gnomes actually bit me!

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J. K. Rowling

Killing is not so easy as the innocent believe.

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J. K. Rowling

But people only die in proper duels, you know, with real wizards. The most you and Malfoy’ll be able to do is send sparks at each other. Neither of you knows enough magic to do any real damage. I bet...

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J. K. Rowling

Dumbledore would have been happier than anybody to think that there was a little more love in the world.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Because - oh shut up laughing, you two - because they've just been turned down by girls they asked to the ball!

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J. K. Rowling

What's that?" he snarled, staring at the envelope Harry was still clutching in his hand. "If it's another form for me to sign, you've got another -" "It's not," said Harry cheerfully. "It's a letter from...

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J. K. Rowling

Did you see me disarm Hermione, Harry?" "Only once" said Hermione stung. "I got you loads more then you got me—" "I did not only get you once, I got you at least three times—" "Well if you're counting...

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J. K. Rowling

I am not worried, Harry," said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. "I am with you.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

It’s so difficult to describe depression to someone who’s never been there, because it’s not sadness. I know sadness. Sadness is to cry and to feel. But it’s that cold absence of feeling— that...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

The stories we love best do live in us forever.

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J. K. Rowling

I take my hat off to you — or I would, if I were not afraid of showering you in spiders.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

You think I'm a fool?" demanded Harry. "No, I think you're like James," said Lupin, "who would have regarded it as the height of dishonor to mistrust his friends.

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J. K. Rowling

The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive. You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships,...

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J. K. Rowling

Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure, but the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

So,” sneered Fudge, recovering himself, “you intend to take on Dawlish, Shacklebolt, Dolores, and myself single-handed, do you, Dumbledore?” “Merlin’s beard, no,” said Dumbledore, smiling....

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J. K. Rowling

There you go, Harry!” Ron shouted over the noise. “You weren’t being thick after all — you were showing moral fiber!

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J. K. Rowling

And he knew that at that moment, they understood each other perfectly, and when he told her what he was going to do now, she would not say ‘be careful’ or ‘don’t do it’, but she would accept...

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J. K. Rowling

No, thanks," said Harry. "The toilet's never had anything as horrible as your head down it— it might be sick." Then he ran, before Dudley could work out what he'd said.

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J. K. Rowling

They heard the click of the mail slot and flop of letters on the doormat. "Get the mail, Dudley," said Uncle Vernon from behind his paper. "Make Harry get it." "Get the mail, Harry." "Make Dudley get it."...

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

And without thinking, without planning it, without worrying about the fact that fifty people were watching, Harry kissed her.

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J. K. Rowling

Time is making fools of us again.

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J. K. Rowling

Ginny came in to visit while you were unconscious", he said, after a long pause, and Harry's imagination zoomed into overdrive, rapidly constructing a scene in which Ginny, weeking over his lifeless form,...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Size is no guarantee of power.

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J. K. Rowling

I would rather die than betray his trust." "That's not saying much, seeing as you're already dead," Ron observed. "Once again, you show all the sensitivity of a blunt axe," said Nearly Headless Nick in...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Nothing like a nighttime stroll to give you ideas.

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J. K. Rowling

If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.

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J. K. Rowling

Tell me, how is Lucius Malfoy these days? I expect he's delighted his lapdog's working at Hogwarts, isn't he?" "Speaking of dogs," said Snape softly, "did you know that Lucius Malfoy recognized you last...

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J. K. Rowling

Hand over the prophecy and no one need get hurt," said Malfoy coolly. It was Harry's turn to laugh. "Yeah, right!" he said. "I will give you this - prophecy, is it? And you'll just let us skip off home,...

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J. K. Rowling

Do you know what I think, Potter?' said Snape, very quietly. "I think that you are a liar and a cheat and that you deserve detention with me every Saturday until the end of term. What do you think, Potter?

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J. K. Rowling

Let my girls be Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons.

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J. K. Rowling

Celebrity is as celebrity does.

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J. K. Rowling

Always have a vivid imagination, for you never know when you might need it.

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J. K. Rowling

Don't count your owls before they are delivered.

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Of course not,” said Hermione. “Everything we need is here on this paper.

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J. K. Rowling

He was about to go home, about to return to the place where he had had a family. It was in Godric’s Hollow that, but for Voldemort, he would have grown up and spent every school holiday. He could have...

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J. K. Rowling

I will if you go out with me, Evans

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J. K. Rowling

Harry, Cedric, I suggest you both go up to bed," said Dumbledore, smiling at both of them. "I am sure Gryffindor and Hufflepuff are waiting to celebrate with you, and it would be a shame to deprive them...

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J. K. Rowling

Am I about to discover where you, Ron, and Hermione disappeared to while you were supposed to be in the back room of Fred and George's shop?" How did you...?" Harry, please. You're talking to the man who...

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J. K. Rowling

The fact that you can feel pain like this is your greatest strength

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J. K. Rowling

Print will never die. There's no substitute for the feel of an actual book. I adore physically turning pages, and being able to underline passages and not worrying about dropping them in the bath or running...

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J. K. Rowling

Oh, he knows how to play, little bitty baby Potter.

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J. K. Rowling

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?

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J. K. Rowling

Ron and Hermione were still smirking and Harry felt his temper rise; he wasn’t even sure why he was feeling so angry. “Don’t sit there grinning like you know better than I do, I was there, wasn’t...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

I know how to use a fellytone now.

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J. K. Rowling

You need your Inner Eye tested, if you ask me.

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J. K. Rowling

Severus, please fetch me the strongest truth potion you posess, then go down to the kitchen and bring up the house elf called Winky. Minerva, kindly go down to Hagrids house where you will find a large...

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J. K. Rowling

Professor,” Harry gasped. “Your bird — I couldn’t do anything — he just caught fire —

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J. K. Rowling

I just wondered where you —” Ron broke off, shrugging. “Nothing. I’m going back to bed.” “Just thought you’d come nosing around, did you?” Harry shouted. He knew that Ron had no idea what...

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J. K. Rowling

You think it - wise - to trust Hagrid with something as important as this?" "I would trust Hagrid with my life," said Dumbledore.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

And I must draft an advertisement for the Daily Prophet, too,' he added thoughtfully. 'We'll be needing a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.... Dear me, we do seem to run through them, don't we?

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J. K. Rowling

Young people are so infernally convinced that they are absolutely right about everything.

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J. K. Rowling

Your qualifications, your CV, are not your life, though you will meet many people of my age and older who confuse the two. Life is difficult, and complicated, and beyond anyone's control, and the humility...

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J. K. Rowling

Muggle women wear them, Archie, not the men, they wear these," said the Ministry wizard, and he brandished the pinstriped trousers. "I'm not putting them on," said old Archie in indignation. "I like a...

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J. K. Rowling

Finding out what you’re good at, and doing it to the best of your ability, is the route to self-respect.

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J. K. Rowling

I'm dying!" Malfoy yelled, as the class panicked. "I'm dying, look at me! It's killed me!

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J. K. Rowling

The sooner this wedding's over the happier I'll be." [Ron] "Yeah" said Harry, "then we'll have nothing to do except find Horcruxes....It'll be like a holiday, won't it?

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J. K. Rowling

How’s Norbert doin’?” Norbert?” Charlie laughed. “The Norwegian Ridgeback? We call her Norberta now.” Wha—Norbert’s a girl?

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J. K. Rowling

I'm a writer, and I will write what I want to write.

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J. K. Rowling

He's a funny man, Dumbledore. I think he sort of wanted to give me a chance. I think he knows more or less everything that goes on here, you know. I reckon he had a pretty good idea we were going to try,...

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J. K. Rowling

Here lies Dobby, a free elf.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Power was my weakness and my temptation.

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J. K. Rowling

Decent people are so easy to manipulate, Potter.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

On Harry dug, deeper and deeper into the hard, cold earth, subsuming his grief in sweat, denying the pain in his scar.

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J. K. Rowling

As he followed Bill back to the others a wry though came to him, born no doubt of the wine he had drunk. He seemed set on course to become just as reckless a godfather to Teddy Lupin as Sirius Black had...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

They make a fuss about Hogsmeade, but I assure you, Harry, it's not all it's cracked up to be. All right, the sweetshop's rather good, and Zonko's Joke Shop's frankly dangerous, and yes, the Shrieking...

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J. K. Rowling

Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve. I was determined to try. I was determined to try because, frankly, my life was such a mess at this point, what - what was the worst that could happen? Everyone...

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J. K. Rowling

I had an old typewriter and a big idea.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Which came first, the phoenix or the flame?

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J. K. Rowling

That old berk," muttered Aberforth, taking another swig of mead. "Thought the sun shone out of my brother's every orifice, he did.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

I have met thousands of children now, and not even one time has a child come up to me and said, 'Ms. Rowling, I'm so glad I've read these books because now I want to be a witch.'

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J. K. Rowling

Which way did they go, Peeves?" Filch was saying. "Quick, tell me." "Say 'please.'" "Don't mess with me, Peeves, now where did they go?" "Shan't say nothing if you don't say please," said Peeves in his...

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J. K. Rowling

I DON'T CARE!" Harry yelled at them, snatching up a lunascope and throwing it into the fireplace. "I'VE HAD ENOUGH, I'VE SEEN ENOUGH, I WANT OUT, I WANT IT TO END, I DON'T CARE ANYMORE!

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J. K. Rowling

I find that discussing an idea out loud is often the way to kill it stone dead.

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J. K. Rowling

Remus Lupin was supposed to be on the H.I.V. metaphor. It was someone who had been infected young, who suffered stigma, who had a fear of infecting others, who was terrified he would pass on his condition...

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J. K. Rowling

They see Hermione as someone who is not vulnerable, but I see her as someone who does have quite a lot of vulnerability in her personality.

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J. K. Rowling

Hogwarts is threatened!” shouted Professor McGonagall. “Man the boundaries, protect us, do your duty to our school!

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J. K. Rowling

He was tall, thin, and very old, judging by the silver of his hair and beard, which were both long enough to tuck into his belt. He was wearing long robes, a purple cloak that swept the ground, and high-heeled,...

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J. K. Rowling

A lemon drop. They're a kind of Muggle sweet I'm rather fond of.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

You see, I, unlike you, have been made a prefect, which means that I, unlike you, have the power to hand out punishments.” “Yeah,” said Harry, “but you, unlike me, are a git.

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J. K. Rowling

I'll fix it up with Mum and Dad, then I'll call you. I know how to use a fellytone now—" "A telephone, Ron," said Hermione. "Honestly, you should take Muggle Studies next year...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Children's books aren't textbooks. Their primary purpose isn't supposed to be "Pick this up and it will teach you this." It's not how literature should be. You probably do learn something from every book...

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J. K. Rowling

I love you, Hermione,” said Ron, sinking back, rubbing his eyes wearily. Hermione turned faintly pink, but merely said, “Don’t let Lavender hear you saying that.” “I won’t,” said Ron into...

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J. K. Rowling

When in doubt, go to the library.

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J. K. Rowling

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you'd expect to be involved in anything strange or...

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J. K. Rowling

Magic causes as much trouble as it cures.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.

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J. K. Rowling

I haven’t got the heart to take the mickey out of him, even,” said Fred, looking over at Ron’s crumpled figure. “Mind you . . . when he missed the fourteenth . . .” He made wild motions with...

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J. K. Rowling

Never tickle a sleeping dragon.

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J. K. Rowling

As Ginny and Hermione moved closer to the rest of the family, Harry had a clear view of the bodies lying next to Fred: Remus and Tonks, pale and still and peaceful-looking, apparently asleep beneath the...

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

Yes, Harry Potter!” said Dobby at once, his great eyes shining with excitement. “And if Dobby does it wrong, Dobby will throw himself off the topmost tower, Harry Potter!” “There won’t be any...

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J. K. Rowling

I gave my hero a talent I'd love to have. Who wouldn't want to fly?

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J. K. Rowling

What you fear most of all is —fear. Very wise...

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J. K. Rowling

Daddy's gone mad, hasn't he?

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J. K. Rowling

Play to your strengths." "I haven’t got any," said Harry, before he could stop himself. "Excuse me," growled Moody, "you’ve got strengths if I say you’ve got them. Think now. What are you best at?

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J. K. Rowling

I loved writing for kids, I loved talking to children about what I'd written, I don't want to leave that behind.

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J. K. Rowling

Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress?

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J. K. Rowling

No, I'm fine,' said Harry, wondering why he kept telling people this, and wondering whether he had ever been less fine.

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J. K. Rowling

What must strike any intelligent witch or wizard on studying the so-called history of the Elder Wand is that every man who claims to have owned it has insisted that it is "unbeatable," when the known facts...

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J. K. Rowling

Look . . . at . . . me. . . .

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J. K. Rowling

And Death spoke to them —’” “Sorry,” interjected Harry, “but Death spoke to them?” “It’s a fairy tale, Harry!” “Right, sorry. Go on.

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J. K. Rowling

Well — I was lucky once, wasn't I?” said Harry, pointing at his scar. “I might get lucky again.

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J. K. Rowling

They don't know we're not allowed to use magic at home. I'm going to have a lot of fun with Dudley this summer.

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J. K. Rowling

Death comes for us all in the end.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

You can't give a Dementor the old one-two!

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J. K. Rowling

Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!

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J. K. Rowling

Why would I go looking for someone I know wants to kill me?

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J. K. Rowling

Unlike any other creature on this planet, humans can learn and understand, without having experienced. They can think themselves into other people's places. We do not need magic to change the world, we...

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J. K. Rowling

George,” said Fred, “I think we’ve outgrown full-time education.” “Yeah, I’ve been feeling that way myself,” said George lightly.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

I dreamed I was buying new shoes last night," said Ron. "What d'ya think that's gonna mean?" "Probably that you're going to be eaten by a giant marshmallow or something," said Harry.

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J. K. Rowling

I was supposed to be waiting up here when you got back, only your Phoenix lot got in the way...” “Yes, they do that,” said Dumbledore.

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J. K. Rowling

However,' said Dumbledore, speaking very slowly and clearly so that none of them could miss a word, 'you will find that I will only truly have left this school when none here are loyal to me. You will...

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J. K. Rowling

Voldemort uses people his enemies are close to. He's already used you as bait once, and that was just because you're my best friend's sister. Think how much danger you'll be in if we keep this up. He'll...

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J. K. Rowling

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?

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J. K. Rowling

Dumbledore lowered his hands and surveyed Harry through his half-moon glasses. 'It is time,’ he said, ‘for me to tell you what I should have told you five years ago, Harry. Please sit down. I am going...

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J. K. Rowling

I never expected to be in the papers. I personally never expected to be in the papers. The height of my ambition for these books was, well frankly, to get reviewed. A lot of children's books don't even...

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J. K. Rowling

I believe in hard work and luck, and that the first often leads to the second

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Ron, you know full well Harry and I were brought up by Muggles!” said Hermione. “We didn’t hear stories like that when we were little, we heard ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ and ‘Cinderella’...

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J. K. Rowling

Yes, it's rather funny, really, that next to no-one realized the snake that Harry set free in Philosopher's Stone turned out to be Voldemort's final Horcrux, Nagini

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In many, many ways... Hufflepuff is my favorite house.

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Wow, I wonder what it'd be like to have a difficult life?

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

My parents are muggles, mate. They don't know nothing about no deaths at Hogwarts, because I'm not stupid enough to tell them.

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J. K. Rowling

Enjoying it? I don’t reckon he’d come home if Dad didn’t make him. He’s obsessed. Just don’t get him on the subject of his boss. According to Mr. Crouch…as I was saying to Mr. Crouch… Mr....

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

I never need to find time to read. When people say to me, ‘Oh, yeah, I love reading. I would love to read, but I just don’t have time,’ I’m thinking, ‘How can you not have time?’ I read when...

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J. K. Rowling

Achievable goals are the first step to self improvement.

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

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Another ten points from Gryffindor,” said Snape. “I would expect nothing more sophisticated from you, Ronald Weasley, the boy so solid he cannot Apparate half an inch across a room.

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

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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.

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Don’ you worry, Harry. You’ll learn fast enough. Everyone starts at the beginning at Hogwarts, you’ll be just fine. Just be yerself. I know it’s hard. Yeh’ve been singled out, an’ that’s...

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You can exist without your soul, you know, as long as your brain and heart are still working. But you’ll have no sense of self anymore, no memory, no . . . anything. There’s no chance at all of recovery....

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On the other hand, the Prince had proved a much more effective teacher than Snape so far.

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Dementors are among the foulest creatures that walk this earth. They infest the darkest, filthiest places, they glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around them....

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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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.

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J. K. Rowling

We touch other people's lives simply by existing.

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J. K. Rowling

You don't have sex near unicorns. It's an ironclad rule. It's tacky.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

Be ruthless about protecting writing days....althoug h writing has been my actual job for several years now, I still seem to have to fight for time in which to do it...

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Severus Snape wasn't yours," said Harry. "Snape was Dumbledores, Dumbledores from the moment you started hunting down my mother...

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J. K. Rowling

For some to love you, some must loathe you.

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I think you're working and learning until you die.

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J. K. Rowling

There's the silver lining I'm looking for.

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Imagination is ... the foundation of all invention and innovation.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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Half an hour later, each of them had been given a complicated circular chart, and was attempting to fill in the position of the planets at their moment of birth. It was dull work, requiring much consultation...

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Oh, come off it,” said Ron, striding over to her and whipping her results out of her hand. “Yep— ten ‘Outstandings’ and one ‘Exceeds Expectations’ at Defense Against the Dark Arts.” He...

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Dumbledore paused, and although his voice remained light and calm, and he gave no obvious sign of anger, Harry felt a kind of chill emanating from him and noticed that the Dursleys drew very slightly closer...

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Oh, there you are, Albus,' he said. 'You've been a very long time. Upset stomach?' 'No, I was merely reading the Muggle magazines,' said Dumbledore. 'I do love knitting patterns.

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J. K. Rowling

Be ruthless about protecting writing days.

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

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Love is the strongest power there is.

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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 ...

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J. K. Rowling

Hang on. This Lord Voldything's back you say?... and now he's sending dismembers after you?... I see. Well that settles it, YOU CAN GET OUT OF THIS HOUSE BOY!

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J. K. Rowling

Imperfect understanding is often more dangerous than ignorance.

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J. K. Rowling

You have to kill a lot of trees before you write anything good.

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J. K. Rowling

You are the true master of death, because the true master does not seek to run away from Death. He accepts that be must die, and understands that there are far, far worse things in the living world than...

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J. K. Rowling

To the Dark Lord, I know I will be dead long before you read this but I want you to know that it was I who discovered your secret. I have stolen the real Horcrux and intend to destroy it as soon as I can....

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the fates.

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

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Knocking the shrieking goblins aside like skittles

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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.

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If you choose to use your status and influence to raise your voice on behalf of those who have no voice; if you choose to identify not only with the powerful, but with the powerless; if you retain the...

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J. K. Rowling

Everythin' seems ter happen ter you, doesn' it?

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Hedwig didn't return until the end of the Easter holidays. Percy's letter was enclosed in a package of Easter eggs that Mrs. Weasley had sent. Both Harry's and Ron's were the size of dragon eggs, and full...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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Running at Ron, she flung them around his neck and kissed him full on the mouth. Ron threw away the fangs and broomstick he was holding and responded with such enthusiasm that he lifted Hermione off her...

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J. K. Rowling

I think I'll just go down and have some pudding and wait for it all to turn up - it always does in the end.

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

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J. K. Rowling

Your Wheezy, sir, your Wheezy — Wheezy who is giving Dobby his sweater!

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Ah, go boil yer heads, both of yeh", said Hagrid. “Harry — yer a wizard.

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But this is touching, Severus,” said Dumbledore seriously. “Have you grown to care for the boy, after all?” “For him?” shouted Snape. “Expecto Patronum!” From the tip of his wand burst the...

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J. K. Rowling

I love you, Hermione,” said Ron.

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Neville will play Quidditch for England before Hagrid lets Dumbledore down.

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J. K. Rowling

Call him Voldemort, Harry. Always use the proper name for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.

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J. K. Rowling

Gringotts was the safest place in the world for something you wanted to hide — except perhaps Hogwarts.

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J. K. Rowling

... perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it.

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... there are far, far worse things in the living world than dying.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

That evening, Dudley paraded around the living room for the family in his brand new uniform...As he looked at Dudley in his new knickerbockers, Uncle Vernon said gruffly that if was the proudest moment...

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J. K. Rowling

There was a horrible smell in the kitchen the next morning when Harry went in for breakfast. It seemed to be coming from a large metal tub in the sink. He went to have a look. The tub was full of what...

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J. K. Rowling

Wonder what it’s like to have a peaceful life,” Ron sighed, as evening after evening they struggled through all the extra homework they were getting.

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Fred, you next," the plump woman said. "I'm not Fred, I'm George," said the boy. "Honestly, woman, you call yourself our mother? Can't you tell I'm George?" "Sorry, George, dear." "Only joking, I am Fred,"...

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Professor, why couldn't we just Apparate directly into your old colleague's house?' 'Because it would be quite as rude as kicking down the front door,' said Dumbledore. 'Courtesy dictates that we offer...

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I have no time to explain now. It is a thrilling tale, I wish to do it justice.

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He has never wanted to occupy the throne himself; he prefers the back seat - more room to spread out, you see.

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

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Anyway, members of the Inquisitorial Squad do have the power to dock points so, Granger, I'll have five from you for being rude about our new Headmistress. Macmillan, five for contradicting me. Five because...

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J. K. Rowling

There was a lot more to magic, as Harry quickly found out, than waving your wand and saying a few funny words.

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Let’s see . . . ah, yes, this is nice and cozy.” It was a broom cupboard.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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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!

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I enjoyed the meetings, too. It was like having friends.

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I've never stunned anyone except in our D.A. lessons," said Luna, sounding mildly interested. "That was noisier than I thought it would be.

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

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Mistletoe," said Luna dreamily, pointing at a large clump of white berries placed almost over Harry's head. He jumped out from under it. "Good thinking," said Luna seriously. "It's often infested with...

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Harry was left to ponder in silence the depths to which girls would sink to get revenge.

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You could say sorry," suggested Harry bluntly. "What, and get attacked by another flock of canaries?" muttered Ron. "What did you have to imitate her for?" "She laughed at my mustache!" "So did I, it was...

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J. K. Rowling

Nobody's ever asked me to a party before, as a friend. Is that why you dyed your eyebrow, for the party? Should I do mine too?

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He didn’t know what he was going to — but it had to be better than what he was leaving behind.

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If you’re not in Gryffindor, we’ll disinherit you,” said Ron, “but no pressure.

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Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the...

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J. K. Rowling

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!

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

You seem to be drowning twice," said Hermione. "Oh, am I?" said Ron peering down at his predictions. "I'd better change one of them to getting trampled by a rampaging Hippogriff.

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J. K. Rowling

Don't be stupid, it's a flying house!

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Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.

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Harry is the best hope we have. Trust him.

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What she did have were Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, Drooble's Best Blowing Gum, Chocolate Frogs, Pumpkin Pasties, Cauldron Cakes, Licorice Wands, and a number of other strange things Harry had never...

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J. K. Rowling

We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.

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

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A gigantic tortoise with a jewel-encrusted shell was glittering near the window.

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

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He could tell at once that they carried different sorts of bubble bath mixed with the water though it wasn't bubble bath as Harry had ever experienced. One tap gushed pink and blue bubbles the size of...

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Twilight fell: The sky turned to a light, dusky purple littered with tiny silver stars.

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I had an American journalist say to me, "Is it true you wrote the whole of the first novel on napkins?" I was tempted to say, "On teabags, I used to save them.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

Curious indeed how these things happen. The wand chooses the wizard, remember...I think we must expect great things from you, Mr. Potter... After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things — terrible,...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Witness for the defense, Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore.

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Oh, I'm so glad we know what it's called, that's a great help," snarled Ron, leaning back, trying to stop the plant from curling around his neck.

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All those poor elves I haven’t set free yet, having to stay over during Christmas because there aren’t enough hats!

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You are determined to hate him [Snape], Harry,” said Lupin with a faint smile. “And I understand; with James as your father, with Sirius as your godfather, you have inherited an old prejudice. By all...

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What are we doing here? Has something gone wrong?” “Oh no, Ron,” came Fred’s voice, very sarcastically. “No, this is exactly where we wanted to end up.

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It was a shame, but as Ron said, you couldn't have everything in life..

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

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J. K. Rowling

Only the difference between truth and lies, courage and cowardice.

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Hermione turned and beamed at Harry; her eyes, too, were full of tears. ‘…then I declare you bonded for life.

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She picked up the book and then walked back past him into the tent, but as she did so, she brushed the top of his head lightly with her hand. He closed his eyes at her touch, and hated himself for wishing...

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Hermione was screaming again: the sound went through Harry like physical pain.

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But I got this far, didn’t I?” he said slowly. “They thought I’d die in the attempt, but I’m here . . . and you’re in my power. . . . I’m the one with the wand. . . . you’re at my mercy....

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J. K. Rowling

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

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Where's the fun without a bit of risk?

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

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Giggling should be made illegal.

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He’ll accept anyone at Hogwarts, s’long as they’ve got the talent. Knows people can turn out okay even if their families weren’ . . .well . . . all tha’ respectable.

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Course Dumbledore trusts you,” growled Moody. “He’s a trusting man, isn’t he? Believes in second chances. But me — I say there are spots that don’t come off, Snape. Spots that never come off,...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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A good first impression can work wonders

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Authority figures always attract trouble

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J. K. Rowling

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

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I know what you are known as . . . but to me, you will always be Tom Riddle. It is one of the irritating things about old teachers. I am afraid that they never quite forget their charges’ youthful beginnings.

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J. K. Rowling

Luck can only get you so far.

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J. K. Rowling

There are much more terrible things than physical injury.

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

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

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But you've been too busy saving the Wizarding world. Well ... I can't say I'm surprised. I knew this would happen in the end. I knew you wouldn't be happy unless you were hunting Voldemort. Maybe that's...

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I think writing about the time in Hermione’s life that I write about – growing from childhood into womanhood, literally, I think it brought back to me how very difficult it is.So much is expected...

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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!

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J. K. Rowling

Albus Severus," Harry said quietly, so that nobody but Ginny could hear, and she was tactful enough to pretend to be waving to Rose, who was now on the train, "you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts....

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J. K. Rowling

If anyone wanted ter find out some stuff, all they’d have ter do would be ter follow the spiders. That’d lead ‘em right! That’s all I’m sayin’.

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J. K. Rowling

Books can be misleading

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J. K. Rowling

As much money and life as you could want! The two things most human beings would choose above all - the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Extraordinary imagination, especially in a witch world. Also friendship.

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Harry, you wonderful boy, you brave, brave man.

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What would your head have been doing in Hogsmeade, Potter?" said Snape softly. "Your head is not allowed in Hogsmeade. No part of your body has permission to be in Hogsmeade.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

There's nothing better when something comes and hits you and you think 'YES'!

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J. K. Rowling

It's lucky it's dark. I haven't blushed so much since Madam Pomfrey told me she liked my new earmuffs.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

It unscrews the other way.

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J. K. Rowling

When the Dark Lord takes over, is he going to care how many O.W.L.s or N.E.W.T.s anyone’s got? Of course he isn’t. . . . It’ll be all about the kind of service he received, the level of devotion...

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J. K. Rowling

Ah! Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans! I was unfortunate enough in my youth to come across a vomit-flavored one, and since then I’m afraid I’ve rather lost my liking for them — but I think I’ll...

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J. K. Rowling

Someone's dead," said Malfoy, and his voice seemed to go up an octave as he said it. "One of your people...I don't know who, it was dark...I stepped over the body...I was supposed to be waiting up here...

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J. K. Rowling

I loathe people who say, 'I always read the ending of the book first.' That really irritates me, It's like someone coming to dinner, just opening the fridge and eating pudding, while you're standing there...

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J. K. Rowling

We're all human, aren't we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.

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J. K. Rowling

From this point forth, we shall be leaving the firm foundation of fact and journeying together through the murky marshes of memory into thickets of wildest guesswork.

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But she's ditched Dean!

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OH NO YOU DON’T, LADDIE!” Harry spun around. Professor Moody was limping down the marble staircase. His wand was out and it was pointing right at a pure white ferret, which was shivering on the stone-flagged...

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

Oh well... I'd just been thinking, if you had died, you'd have been welcome to share my toilet.

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J. K. Rowling

It is a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Mr. Moony presents his compliments to Professor Snape, and begs him to keep his abnormally large nose out of other people's business. Mr. Prongs agrees with Mr. Moony, and would like to add that Professor...

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J. K. Rowling

Everyone queue up!' Malfoy roared to the crowd. 'Harry Potter's giving out signed photos!

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

I'm going to keep going until I succeed — or die. Don't think I don't know how this might end. I've known it for years.

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J. K. Rowling

Montague's just been found in a toilet, Sir.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Merlin’s beard, Harry, you made me jump,” said Slughorn, stopping dead in his tracks and looking wary. “How did you get out of the castle?” “I think Filch must’ve forgotten to lock the doors,”...

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He tried to give his wife pleasure in little ways, because he had come to realize, after nearly two decades together, how often he disappointed her in the big things. It was never intentional. They simply...

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J. K. Rowling

You must accept the reality of other people. You think that reality is up for negotiation, that we think it's whatever you say it is. You must accept that we are as real as you are; you must accept that...

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J. K. Rowling

So why in the name of Merlin’s saggy left —” “Don’t talk to your mother like that.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

Would it hurt to die? All those times he had thought it was about to happen and escaped, he had never really thought of the thing itself: his will to live had always been so much stronger than his fear...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

The sky was a cold iron-grey, like the underside of a shield. A sharp breeze lifted the hems of skirts and rattled the leaves on the immature trees; a spiteful, chill wind that sought out your weakest...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

It was so good to be held. If only their relationship could be distilled into simple, wordless gestures of comfort. Why had humans ever learned to talk?

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

Just think how many books I could've sold if Harry had been a bit more creative with his wand." -[On the success of 50 Shades of Grey]

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

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...

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J. K. Rowling

You know, I sometimes think we Sort too soon...

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J. K. Rowling

McLaggen makes Grawp look like a gentleman.

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J. K. Rowling

Hello, Harry!” she said. “Er — my name’s Barny,” said Harry, flummoxed. “Oh, have you changed that too?” she asked brightly. “How did you know — ?” “Oh, just your expression,” she...

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J. K. Rowling

Bidding the wizard farewell, he turned to his daughter, who held up her finger and said, “Daddy, look — one of the gnomes actually bit me!” “How wonderful! Gnome saliva is enormously beneficial!”...

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J. K. Rowling

Your hair is much too long, Ronald, for a moment I thought you were Ginevra.

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J. K. Rowling

Always the tone of surpise.

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J. K. Rowling

Your Great-Aunt Muriel doesn't agree, I just met her upstairs while she was giving Fleur the tiara. "She said 'Oh dear, is this the muggle born?' and then, 'Bad posture, skinny ankles.'" Don't take it...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Why was she always so craven, so apologetic? He had always seen Ruth as separate, good and untainted. As a child, his parents had appeared to him as starkly black and white, the one bad and frightening,...

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J. K. Rowling

He might have been encased in a thick glass bubble, so separate did he feel from his three dining companions. It was a sensation with which he was only too familiar, that of walking in a giant sphere of...

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J. K. Rowling

Cobbled streets and no shops open past six o'clock, a communal life that seemed to revolve around church, and where you could often hear bird song and nothing else: Gaia felt as though she had fallen through...

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J. K. Rowling

If she could have died...if she could have disappeared forever...but the solid surface of things refused to dissolve around her, and her body, her hateful hermaphrodite's body, continued in its stubborn,...

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J. K. Rowling

Gavin saw a grave purely as a marker for the place where a corpse was decomposing; a nasty thought, yet people took it into their heads to visit and bring flowers, as though it might yet recover.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Tessa was convinced that it was a lie, and also that everything she had done in her life, telling herself that it was for the best, had been no more than blind selfishness, generating confusion and mess...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

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?

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J. K. Rowling

Yes, well, principles are sometimes the problem, if you ask me,' said Miles. 'Often what's needed is a bit of common sense.' 'Which is the name people usually give to their prejudices,' rejoined Kay.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

She was on edge, feeling that she might snap or cry at the smallest provocation.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

Studying the young woman’s long thin legs, Tessa wondered how different her life would have been if she had had legs like that. She could not help but suspect that it would have been almost entirely...

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J. K. Rowling

First think of the person who lives in disguise, Who deals in secrets and tells naught but lies. Next, tell me what's always the last thing to mend, The middle of middle and the end of end? And finally...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Things denied, things untold, things hidden and disguised.

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J. K. Rowling

She had a way of moving that moved him as much as music, which was what moved him most of all. Surely the spirit animating that pearless body must be unusual too? Why would nature make a vessel like that,...

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J. K. Rowling

She kept asking herself whether, if he had looked cleaner, she might have been more concerned; whether, on some subliminal level, she had confused his obvious signs of neglect with street-smartness, toughness...

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J. K. Rowling

Where is Wood?" said Harry, suddenly realizing he wasn't there. "Still in the showers," said Fred. "We think he's trying to drown himself.

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J. K. Rowling

Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!

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J. K. Rowling

P.S. I enjoy acid pops.

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J. K. Rowling

Can I have a look at Uranus too, Lavender?

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J. K. Rowling

Harry and Hermione are very platonic friends. But I won't answer for anyone else, nudge-nudge wink-wink!

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J. K. Rowling

She navigated away from the Parish Council message board and dropped into her favorite medical website, where she painstakingly entered the words "brain" and "death" in the search box. The suggestions...

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J. K. Rowling

He gave everything to everybody. Except to me.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

I don't need a cloak to become invisible.

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J. K. Rowling

As the sun fell below the horizon, Sir Luckless emerged from the waters with the glory of his triumph upon him, and flung himself in his rusted armor at the feet of Amata, who was the kindest and most...

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J. K. Rowling

I think it’s the books that you read when you’re young that live with you forever.

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J. K. Rowling

Like a tongue on frozen steel, like flesh in flame —

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J. K. Rowling

Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. Love as powerful as your mother's for you leaves it's own mark. To have been loved so deeply, even though the...

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J. K. Rowling

This exchange marked the beginning of Mr. Malfoy's long campaign to have me removed from my post as headmaster of Hogwarts, and of mine to have him removed from his position as Lord Voldemort's Favorite...

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J. K. Rowling

Krystal flung herself violently off the chair, away from her mother. She was surprised to feel warm liquid flowing down her cheeks, and thought confusedly of blood, but it was tears, only tears, clear...

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J. K. Rowling

It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was...

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J. K. Rowling

Wit beyond measure is a man's greatest treasure.

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J. K. Rowling

Naturally Shirley had known, as they slid stock words and phrases back and forth between them like beads on an abacus, that Howard must be as brimful of ecstasy as she was; but to express these feelings...

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J. K. Rowling

Fred and George turned to each other and said together, “Wow — we’re identical!

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

Dumbledore will only leave from Hogwarts when there are none loyal to him!

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J. K. Rowling

How awful it was, thought Tessa, remembering Fats the toddler, the way tiny ghosts of your living children haunted your heart; they could never know, and would hate it if they did, how their growing was...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Parminder kept her unwept tears locked tightly inside where they seemed to undergo an alchemical transformation, returning to the outer world as lava slides of rage.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

You have to be free to fail in this world.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

I took a wrong turn on the way to the bathroom and found myself in a beautifully proportioned room I had never seen before, containing a really rather magnificent collection of chamberpots. When I went...

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J. K. Rowling

But before he went loopy he was the life and soul of the party," said Fred. "He used to down an entire bottle of firewhiskey, then run onto the dance floor, hoist up his robes, and start pulling bunches...

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J. K. Rowling

Well?" Ron said finally, looking up at Harry. "How was it?" Harry considered it for a moment. "Wet," he said truthfully. Ron made a noise that might have indicated jubilation or disgust, it was hard to...

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J. K. Rowling

Apparently wizards poke their noses in everywhere!

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J. K. Rowling

Would it hurt to die?

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J. K. Rowling

A Wrackspurt . . . They’re invisible. They float in through your ears and make your brain go fuzzy,” she said. “I thought I felt one zooming around in here.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I've met people who don't want to try for fear of failing.

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J. K. Rowling

And what will you give me in return, Severus?’ ‘In – in return?’ Snape gaped at Dumbledore, and Harry expected him to protest, but after a long moment he said, ‘Anything...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

It was as though they had been plunged into a fabulous dream. This, thought Harry, was surely the only way to travel — past swirls and turrets of snowy cloud, in a car full of hot, bright sunlight, with...

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J. K. Rowling

Ah" said Dumbledore gently, "Yes I thought we might hit that little snag!" "Snag?" said Fudge, his voice still vibrating with joy. "I see no snag, Dumbledore!" "Well," said Dumbledore apologetically, "I'm...

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J. K. Rowling

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!

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J. K. Rowling

Oh, HONESTLY, don't you two read?

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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....

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

I cared more about your happiness than your knowing the truth, more for your peace of mind than my plan, more for your life than the lives that might be lost if the plan failed. In other words I acted...

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J. K. Rowling

If he doesn't stop trying to save your life he's going to kill you.

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J. K. Rowling

Neither can live while the other survives, and one of us is about to leave for good...

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J. K. Rowling

Everything had shattered. The fact that it was all still there — the walls and the chairs and the children’s pictures on the walls — meant nothing. Every atom of it had been blasted apart and reconstituted...

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J. K. Rowling

Percy wouldn't notice a joke if it danced naked in front of him wearing one of Dobby's hats.

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J. K. Rowling

Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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?

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J. K. Rowling

Do you remember me telling you we are practicing non-verbal spells, Potter?" "Yes," said Harry stiffly. "Yes, sir." "There's no need to call me "sir" Professor." The words had escaped him before he knew...

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J. K. Rowling

He can run faster than Severus Snape confronted with shampoo.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

It's going to be all right, sir," Harry said over and over again, more worried by Dumbledore's silence than he had been by his weakened voice. "We're nearly there ... I can Apparate us both back ... don't...

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J. K. Rowling

I sometimes find, and I am sure you know the feeling, that I simply have too many thoughts and memories crammed into my mind. “At these times, I use the Pensieve. One simply siphons the excess thoughts...

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J. K. Rowling

Prongs rode again last night... You know, Harry, in a way, you did see your father last night... You found him inside yourself.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

What happened down in the dungeons between you and Professor Quirrell is a complete secret, so, naturally the whole school knows.

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J. K. Rowling

Ron," said Hermione in a dignified voice, "you are the most insensitive wart I have ever had the misfortune to meet.

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

I want to commit the murder I was imprisoned for.

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J. K. Rowling

I don't go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

You're a prefect? Oh Ronnie! That's everyone in the family!" "What are Fred and I? Next door neighbors?

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J. K. Rowling

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?

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

We teachers are rather good at magic, you know.

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J. K. Rowling

And do I look like the kind of man that can be intimidated?" barked Uncle Vernon. "Well..." said Moody, pushing back his bowler hat to reveal his sinisterly revolving eye. Uncle Vernon lept backward in...

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J. K. Rowling

Bad news, Harry. I've just been to see Professor McGonagall about the Firebolt. She – er, got a bit shirty with me. Told me I'd got my priorities wrong. Seemed to think I cared more about winning the...

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J. K. Rowling

I am a wizard, not a baboon brandishing a stick.

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J. K. Rowling

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!

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J. K. Rowling

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?

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

There is no good and evil, there is only power and those too weak to seek it.

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J. K. Rowling

It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.

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J. K. Rowling

Every second he breathed, the smell of the grass, the cool air on his face, was so precious: To think that people had years and years, time to waste, so much time it dragged, and he was clinging to each...

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J. K. Rowling

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 …

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J. K. Rowling

Dudley had reached roughly the size and weight of a young killer whale.

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J. K. Rowling

He dreamed of London and of a life that mattered.

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J. K. Rowling

Er — have the Bludgers ever killed anyone?” Harry asked, hoping he sounded offhand. “Never at Hogwarts. We’ve had a couple of broken jaws but nothing worse than that. You don’t have to worry...

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

No man or woman alive, magical or not, has ever escaped some form of injury, whether physical, mental, or emotional. To hurt is as human as to breathe.

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J. K. Rowling

I AM NOT PAYING FOR SOME CRACKPOT OLD FOOL TO TEACH HIM MAGIC TRICKS!" yelled Uncle Vernon. Hagrid seized his pink umbrella and whirled it over his head "NEVER -" he thundered "- INSULT -ALBUS -DUMBLEDORE...

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J. K. Rowling

Sirius's gaunt face broke out into the first true smile Harry had seen upon it. The difference it made was startling, as though a person ten years younger were shining through the starved mask; for a moment...

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

And this is Nymphadora-" "Don't call me Nymphadora, Remus," said the young witch with a shudder. "It's Tonks." "-Nymphadora Tonks, who prefers to be known by her surname only," finished Lupin. "So would...

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J. K. Rowling

They had reached Lockhart's classroom...'You could've fried an egg on your face" said Ron. 'You'd better hope Creevey doesn't meet Ginny, or they'll be starting a Harry Potter fan club.' 'Shut up,' snapped...

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J. K. Rowling

He knew one thing only, and it was beyond fear or reason: He was not going to die crouching here like a child playing hide-and-seek; he was not going to die kneeling at Voldemort’s feet . . . he was...

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

What are Fred and I? Next door neighbors?

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J. K. Rowling

Holey? You have the the whole world of ear-related humor before you, you go for holey?

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J. K. Rowling

Who was this women?' asked Harry. 'I dunno, some Ministry hag.' Mundungus considered for a moment, brow wrinkled. 'Little women. Bow on top of er' head.' He frowned and then added, 'Looked like a toad.'...

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J. K. Rowling

You can laugh! But people used to believe there were no such things as the Blibbering Humdinger or the Crumple-Horned Snorkack!

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J. K. Rowling

They were the reason that he kept faith with his stars, that reinforced him in his belief that the universe had more in store for him than the mug's game of working for a modest salary until he retired...

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J. K. Rowling

I never thought I'd hear myself say it, but safety first!

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J. K. Rowling

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

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J. K. Rowling

Training for the ballet, Potter?" yelled Malfoy.

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J. K. Rowling

The difficult thing, the glorious thing, was to be who you really were, even if that person was cruel or dangerous, particularly if cruel and dangerous. There was courage in not distinguishing the animal...

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J. K. Rowling

I don't believe in magic.

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J. K. Rowling

You - will - never - touch - our - children - again!' screamed Mrs. Weasley. Bellatrix laughed, the same exhilarated laugh her cousin Sirius had given as he toppled backwards through the veil, and suddenly...

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J. K. Rowling

It sort of floated toward me,” said Ron, illustrating the movement with his free index finger, “right to my chest, and then — it just went straight through. It was here,” he touched a point close...

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J. K. Rowling

You've sort of made up for it tonight,' said Harry. 'Getting the sword. Finishing off the Horcux. Saving my life.' 'That makes me sound a lot cooler than I was,' Ron mumbled. 'Stuff like that always sounds...

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J. K. Rowling

Hermione, will you please —” “Don’t you tell me what to do, Harry Potter!” she screeched. “Don’t you dare! Give it back now! And YOU!” She was pointing at Ron in dire accusation: It was...

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J. K. Rowling

I like a quiet life, you know me.

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J. K. Rowling

Ron's ears turned bright red and he become engrossed in a tuft of grass at his feet, which he prodded with his toe 'he must've known I'd run out on you'. 'No', Harry corrected him, 'He must've known you'd...

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J. K. Rowling

Thing was' he faced them, and Harry was astonished to see that he was grinning, 'they bit of a bit more than they could chew with Gran. Little old witch living alone, they probably think they didn't need...

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J. K. Rowling

He read the letter again, but could not take in any more meaning than he had done the first time and was reduced to staring at the handwriting itself. She had made her g's the same way he did : he searched...

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J. K. Rowling

He’s gone, Harry told himself. He’s gone. He had to keep thinking it as he washed and dressed, as though repetition would dull the shock of it. He’s gone and he’s not coming back. And that was...

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J. K. Rowling

The narrow path had opened up suddenly onto the edge of a great black lake. Perched atop a high mountain on the other side, its windows sparkling in the starry sky, was a vast castle with many turrets...

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J. K. Rowling

Lee Jordan was finding it difficult not to take sides. 'So — after that obvious and disgusting bit of cheating —' 'Jordan!' growled Professor McGonagall. 'I mean after that open and revolting foul...

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J. K. Rowling

That wand’s more trouble than it’s worth,” said Harry. “And quite honestly,” he turned away from the painted portraits, thinking now only of the four-poster bed lying waiting for him in Gryffindor...

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J. K. Rowling

Courtesy dictates that we offer fellow wizards the opportunity of denying us entry.

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J. K. Rowling

Sirius looked slightly disconcerted for a moment, then said, "I'll look for him later, I expect I'll find him upstairs crying his eyes out over my mother's old bloomers or something... Of course, he might...

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J. K. Rowling

I heard from my dear friend Tiberius Ogden, that you can produce a Patronus? For a bonus point...? Harry raised his wand, looked directly at Umbridge, and imagined her being sacked. Expecto Patronum! The...

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J. K. Rowling

Odd words floated back to them over the hundreds of heads. "Nobility of spirit"..."intellectual contribution"..."greatness of heart"...It did not mean very much. It had little to do with Dumbledore as...

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J. K. Rowling

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.

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A Horcrux is the complete opposite of a human being.

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Dobby is a free elf, and Dobby has come to save Harry Potter and his friends!

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

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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.

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That," said Harry, "is a really good question.

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Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies.

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In opening them, he discovered that he had eyes.

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But you're dead," said Harry. "Oh yes," said Dumbledore matter-of-factly. "Then...I'm dead too?" "Ah," said Dumbledore, smiling still more broadly. "That is the question, isn't it? On the whole, dear boy,...

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The realization of what would happen next settled gradually over Harry in the long minutes, like softly falling snow. "I've got to go back, haven't I?" "That is up to you." "I've got a choice?" "Oh yes."...

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Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

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

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

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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.

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You will also find that help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.

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But Dobby shouted, "You shall not harm Harry Potter! ... He got up, face livid, and pulled out his wand, but Dobby raised a long, threatening finger. "You shall go now," he said fiercely, pointing down...

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Karakarof spat onto the ground at Dumbledore's feet. In one swift movement, Hagrid seized the front of Karkaroff's furs, lifted him into the air, and slammed him against a nearby tree.

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At that moment, Harry fully understood for the first time why people said Dumbledore was the only wizard Voldemort had ever feared. The look upon Dumbledore's face as he stared down at the unconscious...

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Neville kicked aside the broken fragments of his own wand as they walked slowly toward the door. "My gran's going do kill be," said Neville thickly, blood spattering from his nose as he spoke, "dat was...

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Directly above them, framed in the doorway from the Brain Room, stood Albus Dumbledore, his wand aloft, his face white and furious. Harry felt a kind of electric charge surge through every particle of...

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

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Dumbledore was on his feet again, pale as any of the surrounding Inferi, but taller than any too, the fire dancing in his eyes; his wand was raised like a torch and from its tip emanated the flames, like...

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No, Harry, you listen," said Hermione. "We're coming with you. That was decided months ago - years, really.

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He did not know or care whether they were wizards or Muggles, friends or foes; all he cared about was that a dark stain was spreading across Dobby's front, and that he had stretched out his thin arms to...

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Potter is mocked by a faculty member for the idea that there is evil in the world from which even children need to learn to defend themselves by the actual practice of doing so rather than familiarity...

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The presence of hundreds of books had finally convinced Hermione that what they were doing was right.

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I've decided to call him Norbert,' said Hagrid, looking at the dragon with misty eyes. 'He really knows me now, watch. Norbert! Norbert! Where's Mummy?' 'He's lost his marbles,' Ron muttered in Harry's...

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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

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I hope that even if you remember not a single word of mine, you remember those of Seneca, another of those old Romans I met when I fled down the Classics corridor, in retreat from career ladders, in search...

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Scrimgeour: "It's time you learned some respect!" Harry: "It's time you earned it.

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There. Maybe if you're lucky, you'll get a scar! That's what you want, isn't it?

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

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Assuming I survive our hunt for the Horcruxes, I’ll find Mum and Dad and lift the enchantment. If I don’t – well, I think I’ve cast a good enough charm to keep them safe and happy. Wendell and...

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To Harry Potter — the boy who lived!

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You foul, lying, evil little cockroach!

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

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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.

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Was it - was she making a real prediction?' Dumbledore looked mildly impressed. 'Do you know, Harry, I think she might have been,' he said thoughtfully. 'Who'd have thought it? That brings her total of...

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On and on they flew, over the countryside parceled out in patches of green and brown, over roads and rivers winding through the landscapes like strips of matte and glossy ribbon.

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Lily and James only made you Secret-Keeper because I suggested it,” Black hissed, so venomously that Pettigrew took a step backward. “I thought it was the perfect plan... a bluff... Voldemort would...

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Harry looked down and saw deep green mountains and lakes, coppery in the sunset.

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And all along the corridor the statues and suits of armor jumped down from their plinths, and from the echoing crashes from the floors above and below, Harry knew that their fellows throughout the castle...

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

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By Gryffindor, the bravest were Prized far beyond the rest; For Ravenclaw, the cleverest Would always be the best; For Hufflepuff, hard workers were Most worthy of admission; And power-hungry Slytherin...

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I knew I could do it all this time,” said Harry, “Because I'd already done it... does that make sense?

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If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love.

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Whenever he was in company he wanted to get away, and whenever he was alone he wanted company.

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It is impossible to manufacture or imitate love.

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Was it love when somebody filled a space in your life that yawned inside you, once they had gone?

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The elf’s eyes found him, and his lips trembled with the effort to form words. ‘Harry... Potter...’ And then with a little shudder the elf became quite still, and his eyes were nothing more than...

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There is no part of me that feels that I represented myself as your children’s babysitter or their teacher. I was always, I think, completely honest. I’m a writer, and I will write what I want to write.

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Parvati positively beamed. Harry could tell that she was feeling guilty for having laughed at Hermione in Transfiguration. He looked around and saw that Hermione was beaming back, if possible even more...

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The wizards represent all that the true 'muggle' most fears: They are plainly outcasts and comfortable with being so. Nothing is more unnerving to the truly conventional than the unashamed misfit!

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You will find that I will only truly have left this school when none here are loyal to me.

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I—I didn't think—" "That," said Professor McGonagall, "is obvious.

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

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

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I seem to remember telling you both that I would have to expel you if you broke any more school rules,” said Dumbledore. Ron opened his mouth in horror. “Which goes to show that the best of us must...

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

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For a split second, Harry thought how absurd it was for Tonks to expect the dummy to hear her talking that quietly through a sheet of glass, when there were buses rumbling along behind her and all the...

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Well, that was a bit stupid of you,” said Ginny angrily, “seeing as you don’t know anyone but me who’s been possessed by You-Know-Who, and I can tell you how it feels.” Harry remained quite still...

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Oh, don’t lie, Harry,” she said impatiently. “Ron and Ginny say you’ve been hiding from everyone since you got back from St. Mungo’s.” “They do, do they?” said Harry, glaring at Ron and...

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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.

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There will be books written about Harry. Every child in the world will know his name.

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Wherever I am, if I've got a book with me, I have a place I can go and be happy

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The fridge had been emptied of all Dudley’s favorite things — fizzy drinks and cakes, chocolate bars and burgers — and filled instead with fruit and vegetables and the sorts of things that Uncle...

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He [Uncle Vernon] held up the envelope in which Mrs. Weasley’s letter had come, and Harry had to fight down a laugh. Every bit of it was covered in stamps except for a square inch on the front, into...

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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?

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Harry, suffering like this proves you are still a man! This pain is part of being human —” “THEN — I — DON’T — WANT — TO — BE — HUMAN!” Harry roared.

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The castle grounds were gleaming in the sunlight as though freshly painted; the cloudless sky smiled at itself in the smoothly sparkling lake, the satin-green lawns rippled occasionally in a gentle breeze:...

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Harry felt winded, as though he had just walked into something heavy. He had last seen those cool gray eyes through slits in a Death Eater’s hood, and last heard that man’s voice jeering in a dark...

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It's just hard," Harry said finally, in a low voice, "to realize he won't write me again

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He didn't realize that love as powerful as your mother's for you leaves its own mark.

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It was on the corner of the street that he noticed the first sign of something peculiar - a cat reading a map.

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Now, it is the view of the Ministry that a theoretical knowledge will be more than sufficient to get you through your examination, which, after all, is what school is all about.

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Oh please," said Zacharias Smith, rolling his eyes and folding his arms. "I don't think Expelliarmus is exactly going to help us against You-Know-Who, do you?" "I've used it against him," Harry said quietly....

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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.

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

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Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.

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Killed?" said Hagrid loudly, staring down at Harry. "Snape killed? What're yeh on abou', Harry?" "Dumbledore," said Harry. "Snape killed... Dumbledore.

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The Hallows, the Hallows. A desperate man’s dream!

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Sirius — it’s me . . . it’s Peter . . . your friend . . . you wouldn’t . . .” Black kicked out and Pettigrew recoiled. “There’s enough filth on my robes without you touching them,” said...

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

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I make mistakes like the next man. In fact, being--forgive me--rather cleverer than most men, my mistakes tend to be correspondingly huger.

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You never get it right, you people, do you? Either we've got Fudge, pretending everything's lovely while people get murdered right under his nose, or we've got you, chucking the wrong people into jail...

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As for the fact that Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle apeared to be going their different ways when they were usually inseparable, these things happened as people got older--Ron and Hermione, Harry reflected...

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Dumbledore had not raised his voice, he did not even sound angry, but Harry would have preferred him to yell; this cold disappointment was worse than anything.

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Bangs and smoke were more often the marks of ineptitude than expertise.

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Shh! Listen! Someone’s coming! I think — I think it might be us!

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

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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.

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But Death was cunning.

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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.

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Interesting theory. Has anyone ever tried sticking a sword in Voldemort? Maybe the Ministry should put some people onto that, instead of wasting their time stripping down Deluminators or covering up breakouts...

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I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.

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There's always room for a story that can transport people to another place.

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When I was quite young my parents never said books were off limits.

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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.

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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.

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You have to resign yourself to the fact that you waste a lot of trees before you write anything you really like, and that's just the way it is. It's like learning an instrument, you've got to be prepared...

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He accused me of being Dumbledore's man through and through." "How very rude of him." "I told him I was." Dumbledore opened his mouth to speak and then closed it again. Fawkes the phoenix let out a low,...

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

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

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

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For instance, this new idea that You-Know-Who can kill with a single glance from his eyes. That’s a basilisk, listeners. One simple test: Check whether the thing that’s glaring at you has got legs....

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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.

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[about his dress robes...] I’m never wearing them," Ron was saying stubbornly. "Never." "Fine," snapped Mrs. Weasley. "Go naked. And, Harry, make sure you get a picture of him. Goodness knows I could...

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The world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters.

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Maybe a man in a million could unite the Hallows, Harry. I was fit only to possess the meanest of them, the least extraordinary. I was fit to own the Elder Wand, and not to boast of it, and not to kill...

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Strange how short-sighted being invisible can make you.

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Probably that you're going to be eaten by a giant marshmallow or something.

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First sign of madness, talking to your own head.

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

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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!

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What do we want to be prefects for?” said George, looking revolted at the very idea. “It’d take all the fun out of life.

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Time is Galleons, little brother.

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

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

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I think the single biggest thing that money gave me-and obviously I came from a place where I was a single mother and it really was hand to mouth at one point. It was literally as poor as you can get in...

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I would be a liar if I said I don't care [about my appearance]; yes, I care. I found it very difficult, when I first became well known, to read criticism about how I look, how messy my hair was, and how...

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You can choose, you can go one of two ways. You can be the person I probably admire more and say 'well I don't care and I'll continue not to bother to brush my hair.' Or you can be a weak-willed person...

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

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Years ago someone wrote [about me]: 'She characterizes Molly Weasley as a mother who is only at home looking after the children.' I was deeply offended, because I until a year before that had also been...

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I believe in free will. Of those that, like us, are in a privileged situation at least. For you, for me: people who are living in western society, people who are not repressed, who are free. We can choose....

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I've no idea where ideas come from and I hope I never find out; it would spoil the excitement for me if it turned out I just have a funny little wrinkle on the surface of my brain which makes me think...

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Part of what makes a language 'alive' is its constant evolution. I would hate to think Britain would ever emulate France, where they actually have a learned faculty whose job it is to attempt to prevent...

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I'm serious, Harry, don't go." But Harry only had one thought in his head, which was to get back in front of the mirror, and Ron wasn't going to stop him. That third night he found his way more quickly...

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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.

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

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Yes, there are parallels. The difference is that I just look at [my son] David and think that he's absolutely perfect, whereas you look at the finished book and you think, 'Oh, damn it, I should have changed...

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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.

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I definitely know that-that love is the most powerful thing of all and I remember thinking that-God, I'm about to make myself cry but, I remember thinking that when 9/11 happened because those last phone...

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When you have seen as much of life as I have, you will not underestimate the power of obsessive love.

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Are you trying to weasel out of showing us any of this stuff?" said Zacharias Smith. "Here's an idea," said Ron loudly, "why don't you shut your mouth?" "Well, we've all turned up to learn from him, and...

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No, nothing,' said Dumbledore, and a great sadness filled his face. 'The time is long gone when I could frighten you with a burning wardrobe and force you to make repayment for your crimes. But I wish...

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

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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.

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

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Well, think back," said Harry. "Have you ever let it slip that you'd like to go out in public with the words 'My Sweetheart' round your neck?

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And anyway, life's too short....

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Look, why don't you go talk to Ron about all this?" Harry asked. "Well, I would, but he's always asleep when I go and see him!" said Lavender fretfully. "Is he?" said Harry, surprised, for he had found...

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I speak now, Harry Potter, directly to you. You have permitted your friends to die for you rather than face me yourself. I shall wait for one hour in the Forbidden Forest. If, at the end of that hour,...

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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.

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This liberating discovery enables me to proceed without any fear that I might inadvertently influence you to abandon promising careers in business, law or politics for the giddy delights of becoming a...

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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.

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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...

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There will always be a easy path and a right path.

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Only one thing mattered: this was not a Horcrux. Dumbledore had weakened himself by drinking that horrible potion for nothing. Harry crumpled the parchment in his hand and his eyes burned with tears as...

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I was ripped from my body, I was less than spirit, less than the meanest ghost . . . but still, I was alive.

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Well, you split your soul, you see, and hide part of it in an object outside the body. Then, even if one’s body is attacked or destroyed, one cannot die, for part of the soul remains earthbound and undamaged....

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As far as informing the headmaster, Harry had no idea where Dumbledore went during the summer holidays. He amused himself for a moment, picturing Dumbledore, with his long silver beard, full-length wizard's...

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Of course we still want to know you!" Harry said, staring at Hagrid. "You don't think anything that Skeeter cow - sorry, Professor," he added quickly, looking at Dumbledore. "I have gone temporarily deaf...

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We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.

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The truth is always easier than a lie or an evasion - easier to deal with and easier to live with.

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Hallows, not Horcruxes.

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

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They’re evacuating the younger kids and everyone’s meeting in the Great Hall to get organized. We’re fighting.

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

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Twitchy little ferret, aren't you, Malfoy?

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I am sorry too," said Lupin. "Sorry I will never know [my son]... but he will know why I died and I hope he will understand I was trying to make a world in which he could live a happier life.

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

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

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I DON'T CARE!" Harry yelled at them, snatching up a lunascope and throwing it into the fireplace. "I'VE HAD ENOUGH, I'VE SEEN ENOUGH, I WANT OUT, I WANT IT TO END, I DON'T CARE ANYMORE!" "You do care,"...

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You haven't got a letter on yours," George observed. "I suppose she thinks you don't forget your name. But we're not stupid-we know we're called Gred and Forge.

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Perhaps just one more, Master Harry, for luck?

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Well, you're expelling us aren't you?" said Ron. "Not today, Mr. Weasley." Snape looked as though Christmas had been canceled.

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Harry looked around; there was Ginny running toward him; she had a hard blazing look in her face as she threw her arms around him. And without thinking, without planning it, without worrying about the...

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Look...at...me..." he whispered. The green eyes found the black, but after a second, something in the depths of the dark pair seemed to vanish, leaving them fixed, blank, and empty. The hand holding Harry...

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NO!” The scream was the more terrible because he had never expected or dreamed that Professor McGonagall could make such a sound.

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The inner eye does not see upon command.

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Facing this stuff, in real life is not like school, in school, if you make a mistake you can just try again tomorrow, but out there...when your a second away from being murdered or watching a friend die...

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What would come, would come...and you would have to meet it, when it did.

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Think your little jokes'll help you on your deathbed?" she jeered. "Jokes? No,no, these are manners," replied Dumbledore.

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Hello, Harry" said George, beaming at him. "We thought we heard your dulcet tones." "You don't want to bottle up your anger like that, Harry, let it all out," said Fred, also beaming. "There might be a...

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Listeners, that brings us to the end of another Potterwatch. We don’t know when it will be possible to broadcast again, but you can be sure we shall be back. Keep twiddling those dials: the next password...

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The last words Albus Dumbledore spoke to the pair of us?' Harry is the best hope we have. Trust him.

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

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Help only comes to those who ask for it.

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He was my mum and dad's best friend. He's a convicted murderer, but he's broken out of wizard prison and he's on the run. He likes to keep in touch with me, though...keep up with my news...check if I'm...

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When we come face-to-face with one down a dark alley, we're going to be having a shufti to see if it's solid, aren't we, we're not going to be asking, 'Excuse me, are you the imprint of a departed soul?

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Harry!" said Fred, elbowing Percy out of the way and bowing deeply. "Simply splendid to see you, old boy-" "Marvelous," said George, pushing Fred aside and seizing Harry's hand in turn. "Absolutely spiffing."...

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Well, I certainly don't," said Percy sanctimoniously. "I shudder to think what the state of my in-tray would be if I was away from work for five days." "Yeah, someone might slip dragon dung in it again,...

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Now, you two – this year, you behave yourselves. If I get one more owl telling me you've – you've blown up a toilet or –" "Blown up a toilet? We've never blown up a toilet." "Great idea though, thanks,...

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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.

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You'll stay with me?' Until the very end,' said James.

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

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Time will not slow down when something unpleasant lies ahead.

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Said Hufflepuff, "I'll teach the lot, And treat them just the same.

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

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

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I don’t expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring...

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

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Once, long ago, Parminder had told Barry the story of Bhai Kanhaiya, the Sikh hero who had administered to the needs of those wounded in combat, whether friend or fo. When asked why he gave aid indiscriminately,...

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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!

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The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure. Thoughts are not etched on the inside of skulls, to be perused by an invader. The mind is a complex and many-layered thing.

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Sounded like a load of waffle to me." "There was some important stuff hidden in the waffle.

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With another shock of excitement, Harry saw Sirius give James the thumbs-up. Sirius was lounging in his chair at his ease, tilting it back on two legs. He was very good-looking, his dark hair fell into...

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He must have known I'd want to leave you." "No, he must have known you would always want to come back.

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Fools who wear their hearts proudly on their sleeves, who cannot control their emotions, who wallow in sad memories and allow themselves to be provoked this easily — weak people, in other words...

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Harry constantly repeated Dumbledore's final words to himself. "I will only truly have left this school when none here are loyal to me. ... Help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it....

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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.

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Yes, Harry, blessed as I am with extraordinary brainpower, I understood everything you told me. I think you might even consider the possibility that I understood more than you did.

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Turn to page three hundred and ninety-four.

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

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Harry - you're a great wizard, you know." "I'm not as good as you," said Harry, very embarrassed, as she let go of him. "Me!" said Hermione. "Books! And cleverness! There are more important things - friendship...

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That's right," said Luna encouragingly, as if they were back in the Room of Requirement and this was simply spell practice for the D.A. "That's right, Harry... come on, think of something happy..." "Something...

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Don't worry. You're just as sane as I am.

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I’ll make Goyle do lines, it’ll kill him, he hates writing,” said Ron happily. He lowered his voice to Goyle’s low grunt and, screwing up his face in a look of pained concentration, mimed writing...

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On her daughter, Jessica: Kids at her school will sidle up to me and say, Does Jessica know what happens in book 4? Does Jessica know the title of book 4? And I keep saying, No! There is no point kidnapping...

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A chilly breeze that seemed to emanate from the heart of the forest lifted the hair at Harry's brow. He knew that they would not tell him to go, that it would have to be his decision. "You'll stay with...

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

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