Famous Dumbledore quotes (149+)

Dumbledore quotes

Dumbledore: “He wore half-moon glasses, had a long, crooked nose, and flowing silver hair, beard, and mustache.

For all the Harry Potter fans, we collected the most famous Dumbledore quotes, meant to inspire and bring some magic in your lives. 

Famous Dumbledore quotes (149+)

Who was Dumbledore?

Albus Dumbledore was the Headmaster of Hogwarts for close to forty years, a time period that encompassed both of Voldemort’s attempts to take over the Wizarding world.

Considered to be the most powerful wizard of his time, Dumbledore was awarded the Order of Merlin, First Class, and was the Supreme Mugwump of the International Confederation of Wizards as well as the Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot.

Although in his later years Albus Dumbledore was known as much for his eccentricity, gentle humor and unfailing kindness as his magical abilities, he was deeply ashamed of some of the things he did — and thought — in his youth.

He learned the hard way about the seductiveness of power, and its costs, and spent the rest of his life trying to understand and contain the darker impulses in Wizarding society.

Instead of conquering the world, Albus avoided politics and concentrated on scholarship, discovering the twelve uses of dragon’s blood, and exploring alchemy with Nicholas Flamel.

A few years after leaving Hogwarts, he became a professor there where he taught Transfiguration.

In 1938, Tom Riddle was admitted to Hogwarts.

While others were impressed with his brilliance, Dumbledore began to be disturbed by Tom’s fascination with power and cruelty toward others. 

During his last year of life, Dumbledore showed Harry how to hunt for Horcruxes, and left clues about the Deathly Hallows for Harry and his friends to work out for themselves.

He knew Harry well enough by then to be sure that – unlike himself – Harry would not be tempted by the Hallows for long.

Dumbledore was killed by Severus Snape in June of 1997 and buried in a white marble tomb on the grounds of Hogwarts.

The Harry Potter series 

It starts with Dumbledore, Professor McGonagall and Rubeus Hagrid leaving a baby boy, with a tuft of jet-black hair and a curiously shaped wound on his brow, on the doorstep of number four, Privet Drive.

They might have thought that his aunt and uncle would look after him kindly. But ten years later, Harry Potter sleeps in a cupboard under the stairs, and the Dursleys – Vernon, Petunia and their son Dudley – don’t exactly treat him like one of the family.

Especially as it becomes clear quite how different from them he is.

As his eleventh birthday arrives, the time comes for Harry Potter to discover the truth about his magical beginnings – and embark on the enthralling, unmissable adventure that will lead him to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, his true friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, powerful secrets and a destiny he cannot avoid …

5 Dumbledore quotes

1.   “To the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

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

3.   “The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with caution.”

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

5.   “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.”

15 Dumbledore quotes

1.   While we may come from different places and speak in different tongues, our hearts beat as one.

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

3.   You place too much importance… on the so-called purity of blood! You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!

4.   If your determination to shut your eyes will carry you so far, Cornelius, then we have reached a parting of the ways. You must act as you see fit and I must act as I see fit.

5.   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 path of Lord Voldemort.

6.   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 from one’s mind, pours them into the basin, and examines them at one’s leisure.

7.   Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

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

9.   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.

10.             The best of us sometimes eat our words.

11.             I will only have truly left the school when none here are loyal to me.

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

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

14.             Fear of a name increases fear of a thing itself.

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

20 Dumbledore quotes

1 Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.

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

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

4 It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness. Nothing more.

5 People find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.

6 And now, Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.

7 He [Voldemort] never paused to understand the incomparable power of a soul that is untarnished and whole.

8 It is important to fight and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then can evil be kept at bay though never quite eradicated.

9 Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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

11 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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12 It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it.

13 Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.

14 Youth can not know how age thinks and feels, but old men are guilty if they forget what it is to be young.

15 This pain is part of being human . . . the fact that you can feel pain like this is your greatest strength.

16 There is a room in the Department of Mysteries,… that is kept locked at all times. It contains a force that is at once more wonderful and more terrible than death, than human intelligence, than forces of nature. It is also, perhaps, the most mysterious of the many subjects for study that resides there. It is the power held within that room that you possess in such quantities and which Voldemort has not at all. That power took you to save Sirius tonight. That power saved you from possession by Voldemort, because he could not bear to reside in a body so full for the force he detests. In the end, it mattered not that you could close your mind. It was your heart that saved you.

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

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

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

20 Curiosity is not a sin…. But we should exercise caution with our curiosity.

25 Dumbledore quotes

1. “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 his eyes. ‘A magic beyond all we do here!”

2. “Don’t count your owls before they are delivered.”

3. “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?”

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

5. . “Minerva, kindly go to Hagrid’s house, where you will find a large black dog sitting in the pumpkin patch. Take the dog to my office, tell him I will be with him shortly, then come back here.”

6. “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 his body – they were saved.”

7. “Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself most plainly when you need of him. How else could you produce that particular Patronus? Prongs rode again last night.”

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

9. “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 behind him Fang began to howl.”

10.“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.”

11. “Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves it’s own mark. To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.”

12. “Hasn’t your experience with the Time-Turner taught you anything, Harry? The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed…”

13. “You ask me, of all people, how to protect a boy in terrible danger? We cannot protect the young from harm. Pain must and will come.”

14. “Yes, Harry, you can love, said Dumbledore, who looked as though he knew perfectly well what Harry had just refrained from saying. Which, given everything that has happened to you, is a great and remarkable thing.”

15. “Humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.”

16. “I can make things move without touching them. I can make animals do what I want them to do, without training them. I can make bad things happen to people who annoy me. I can make them hurt if I want to.”

17. “Strange how nearsighted being invisible can make you” – said Dumbledore.”

18. “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 a vast lasso, encircling them all with warmth.”

19.. “Bed rest and a large steaming mug of hot chocolate. I always find that cheers me up.”

20. “You think it – wise – to trust Hagrid with something as important as this?” “I would trust Hagrid with my life,” said Dumbledore.”

21.   “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!”

22.   “Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.”

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

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

25.    “Killing is not so easy as the innocent believe.”

30 Dumbledore quotes

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

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

3. “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”

4. “You know, Minister, I disagree with Dumbledore on many counts … but you cannot deny he’s got style …”

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

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

7. “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

8. “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”

9. “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.”

10. “Killing is not so easy as the innocent believe.”

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

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

13. “Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.”

14. “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!”

15. “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 …”

16. “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.”

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

18. “You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!”

19. “You will also find that help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.”

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

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

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

23. “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 …”

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

25. “Harry, you wonderful boy, you brave, brave man.”

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

27. “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.”

28. “The fact that you can feel pain like this is your greatest strength.”

29. “Witness for the defense, Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore.”

30. “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?”

Famous Dumbledore quotes (149+)

35 Dumbledore quotes

1. “Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.” – Dumbledore

2. “Do not pity the dead, Harry, pity the living. And above all, those who live without love.” – Dumbledore

3. “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.” – Dumbledore

4. “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Dumbledore

5. “Help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.” – Dumbledore

6. “We cannot protect the young from harm. Pain must and will come.” – Dumbledore

7. “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.” – Dumbledore

8. “It is important to fight and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then can evil be kept at bay though never quite eradicated.” – Dumbledore

9. “It is my belief that the truth is generally preferable to lies.” – Dumbledore

10. “It was your heart that saved you.” – Dumbledore

Memorable Dumbledore quotes

11. “It’s the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.” – Dumbledore

12. “Of course, it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” – Dumbledore

13. “People find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.” – Dumbledore

14. “Perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it.” – Dumbledore

15. “The best of us sometimes eat our words.” – Dumbledore

16. “This pain is part of being human . . . the fact that you can feel pain like this is your greatest strength.” – Dumbledore

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

18. “To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” – Dumbledore

19. “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” – Dumbledore

20. “We must try not to sink beneath our anguish . . . but battle on.” – Dumbledore

21. “We should exercise caution with our curiosity.” – Dumbledore

22. “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Dumbledore

23. “While we may come from different places and speak in different tongues, our hearts beat as one.” – Dumbledore

24. “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.” – Dumbledore

25. “You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.” – Dumbledore

26. “You think the dead we loved truly ever leave us?” – Dumbledore

27. “Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels, but old men are guilty if they forget what it is to be young.” – Dumbledore

28. “Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.” – Dumbledore

29. “Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!” – Dumbledore

30. “And now, Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” – Dumbledore

31. “Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.” – Dumbledore

32. “Don’t count your owls before they are delivered.” – Dumbledore

33. “Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress? All of them realize that, one day, amongst their many victims, there is sure to be one that rises against them and strikes back!” – Dumbledore

34. “I am not worried, Harry. I am with you.” – Dumbledore

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

40 Dumbledore quotes

1. “So, Harry,’ said Dumbledore quietly. “Before you got lost in my thoughts, you wanted to tell me something.’

‘Yes,’ said Harry. ‘Professor – I was in Divination just now, and – er – I fell asleep.’

He hesitated here, wondering if a reprimand was coming, but Dumbledore merely said, ‘Quite understandable. Continue.”

2. “I was afraid that your hot head might dominate your good heart”

3. “Really, Hagrid, if you are holding out for universal popularity, I’m afraid you will be in this cabin for a very long time.”

4. “you see what you expect to see”

5. “Yes, Harry, you can love, said Dumbledore, who looked as though he knew perfectly well what Harry had just refrained from saying. Which, given everything that has happened to you, is a great and remarkable thing.”

6. “Hermione, Harry and Ron still seem to want to know you, judging by the way they were attempting to break down the door.”

7. “Humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them”

8. “An explanation of an old man’s mistakes. For I see now that what I have done, and not done, with regard to you, bears all hallmarks of the failings of age. Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they what it was to be young… and I seem to have forgotten lately…”

9.              “Of course I loved you . . . and I knew that it would happen all over again . . . that where I loved, I would cause irreparable damage. I am no fit person to love . . . I have never loved without causing harm.

10.         “I have gone temporarily deaf and haven’t any idea what you said, Harry,’ said Dumbledore, twiddling his thumbs and staring at the ceiling.”

11.         “You are protected, in short, by your ability to love!” said Dum-bledore loudly. “The only protection that can possibly work against the lure of power like Voldemort’s! In spite of all the temptation you have endured, all the suffering, you remain pure of heart, just as pure as you were at the age of eleven, when you stared into a mir-ror that reflected your heart’s desire, and it showed you only the way to thwart Lord Voldemort, and not immortality or riches. Harry, have you any idea how few wizards could have seen what you saw in that mirror? Voldemort should have known then what he was dealing with, but he did not! But he knows it now. You have flitted into Lord Voldemort’s mind without damage to yourself, but he cannot possess you with-out enduring mortal agony, as he discovered in the Ministry. I do not think he understands why, Harry, but then, he was in such a hurry to mutilate his own soul, he never paused to understand the incomparable power of a soul that is untarnished and whole.”

“But, sir,” said Harry, making valiant efforts not to sound argu-mentative, “it all comes to the same thing, doesn’t it? I’ve got to try and kill him, or —”

“Got to?” said Dumbledore. “Of course you’ve got to! But not because of the prophecy! Because you, yourself, will never rest until you’ve tried! We both know it! Imagine, please, just for a moment,

that you had never heard that prophecy! How would you feel about Voldemort now? Think!”

Harry watched Dumbledore striding up and down in front ol him, and thought. He thought of his mother, his father, and Sinus. He thought of Cedric Diggory. He thought of all the terrible deeds he knew Lord Voldemort had done. A flame seemed to leap inside his chest, searing his throat.

“I’d want him finished,” said Harry quietly. “And I’d want to do it.”

“Of course you would!” cried Dumbledore. “You see, the prophecy does not mean you have to do anything! But the prophecy caused Lord Voldemort to mark you as his equal. … In other words, you are free to choose your way, quite free to turn your back on the prophecy! But Voldemort continues to set store by the prophecy. He will continue to hunt you . . . which makes it certain, really, that —”

“That one of us is going to end up killing the other,” said Harry. “Yes.”

But he understood at last what Dumbledore had been trying to tell him. 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 little to choose between the two ways, but Dumble-dore knew — and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents — that there was all the difference in the world.”

12.         “Ah,’ said Fudge, who looked thoroughly disconcerted. ‘Dumbledore. Yes. You – er – got our – er – message that the time and – er – place of the hearing had been changed, then?’

‘I must have missed it,’ said Dumbledore cheerfully. ‘However, due to a lucky mistake I arrived at the Ministry three hours early, so no harm done.”

13.         “You’ve got to give the door something?’

‘Yes,’ said Dumbledore. ‘Blood, if I am not much mistaken.’

‘Blood?’

‘I said it was crude,’ said Dumbledore, who sounded disdainful, even disappointed, as though Voldemort had fallen short of the standards Dumbledore expected.”

14.         “I can make things move without touching them. I can make animals do what I want them to do, without training them. I can make bad things happen to people who annoy me. I can make them hurt if I want to.”

15.        “Dumbledore’s plan works well in giving Harry protection from the external danger of Voldemort. The plan also gives him an ordinary life. This ordinary life is a protection from the spiritual danger of pride, while being an aid to humility.

Voldemort does not escape this danger. He has contempt for anything that makes him ordinary, such as his name Tom. He wants to be “different, separate, notorious.” Harry, on the other hand, never tries to avoid his name, although the Dursleys think it a “nasty common name.” He interiorises the value of being ordinary. … singularity [is] the vice that is the opposite of accepting one’s ordinariness.”

16.         “”But you believe us.”

“Yes, I do,” said Dumbledore quietly. “But I have no power to make other men see the truth…””

17.         “Yes, Harry, you can love, said Dumbledore, who looked as though he knew perfectly well what Harry had just refrain from saying. Which, given everything that has happened to you, is a great and remarkable thing.”

18.         “Strange how nearsighted being invisible can make you” – said Dumbledore”

19.         “I owe you an explanation of an old man’s mistakes. For I see now that what I have done, and not done, with regard to you, bears all the hallmarks of the failings of age. Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young… and I seem to have forgotten lately…”

20.         “There are much more terrible things than physical injury.”

21.         “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.”

22.         “There is plenty to be learned even from a bad teacher: what not to do, how not to be.”

23.         “Killed?” said Hagrid loudly, staring down at Harry. “Snape killed? What’re yeh on abou’, Harry?”

“Dumbledore,” said Harry. “Snape killed… Dumbledore.”

24.         “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. “But what good were these words? Who exactly were they supposed to ask for help, when everyone was just as confused and scared as they were?”

25.         “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 a vast lasso,

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

27.         “He created his worst enemy, just as tyrants everywhere do!”

28.         “Bed rest and a large steaming mug of hot chocolate. I always find that cheers me up.”

29.  “The Headmaster told Professor Flitwick that this was, indeed, a secret and delicate matter of which he had already been informed, and that he did not think pressing it at this time would help me or anyone. Professor Flitwick started to say something about the Headmaster’s usual plotting going much too far, and I had to interrupt at that point and explain that it had been my own idea and not anything the Headmaster forced me into, so Professor Flitwick spun around and started lecturing me, and the Headmaster interrupted him and said that as the Boy-Who-Lived I was doomed to have weird and dangerous adventures so I was safer if I got into them on purpose instead of waiting for them to happen by accident, and that was when Professor Flitwick threw up his little hands and started shrieking in a high-pitched voice at both of us about how he didn’t care what we were cooking up together, but this wasn’t ever to happen again for as long as I was in Ravenclaw House or he would have me thrown out and I could go to Gryffindor which was where all this Dumbledoring belonged -”

30.   “Delivering a commencement address is a great responsibility; or so I thought until I cast my mind back to my own graduation. The commencement speaker that day was the distinguished British philosopher Baroness Mary Warnock. Reflecting on her speech has helped me enormously in writing this one, because it turns out that I can’t remember a single word she said. This liberating discovery enables me to proceed without any fear that I might inadvertently influence you to abandon promising careers in business, the law or politics for the giddy delights of becoming a gay wizard.”

31.            “You may, perhaps, have wondered why I never chose

you as a prefect? I must cofess…that I rather thought…you had enough

reponsibility to be going on with.” Harry looked up at him and saw a tear

trickling down Dumbledore’s face into his long silver beard.”

32.

           “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.”

33.

           “Love as powerful

as your mother’s for you leaves it’s own mark. To have been loved so deeply,

even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection

forever.”

34.

           “Very astute,

Harry, but the mouth organ was only ever a mouth organ.” – Albus

Dumbledore”

35.

            “Oh, he’s not unbalanced,” said

Dumbledore quietly. “He’s just suffered a severe disappointment.”

36.

           “I have no power to

make other men see the truth, or to overrule the Minister of Magic.”

37.

           “I say to you all,

once again – in the light of Lord Voldemort’s return, we are only as strong as

we are united, as weak as we are divided.”

38.

            “HARRY: “The truth is a beautiful and terrible

thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”

(GINNY looks at him, surprised.)

Dumbledore.

GINNY: A strange thing to say to a child.

HARRY: Not when you believe that child will

have to die to save the world.”

39.

           “Sirius was a

brave, clever, and energetic man, and such men are not usually content to sit

at home in hiding while they believe others to be in danger.”

40. 

         “I shouldn’t have

survived – it was my destiny to die – even Dumbledore thought so – and yet i

lived. I beat Voldemort. All these people – all these people – my parents,

Fred, the Fallen Fifty – and it’s me that gets to live? how is that? All this

damage – and it’s my fault.”

45 Dumbledore quotes

1.  “But he understood at last what Dumbledore had been trying to tell him. 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 little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew — and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents — that there was all the difference in the world.”

2. “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 of this excellent excuse to make a great deal of mess and noise.”

3. “Witness for the defense, Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore.”

4. “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 inappropriate charms on a goat. It was all over the papers, but did Aberforth hide? No, he did not! He held his head high and went about his business as usual! Of course, I’m not entirely sure he can read, so that may not have been bravery. . . .”

5. “Professor Dumbledore. Can I ask you something?”

“Obviously, you’ve just done so,” Dumbledore smiled. “You may ask me one more thing, however.”

“What do you see when you look in the mirror?”

“I? I see myself holding a pair of thick, woolen socks.” Harry stared.

“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.”

It was only when he was back in bed that it struck Harry that Dumbledore might not have been quite truthful. But then, he thought, as he shoved Scabbers off his pillow, it had been quite a personal question.”

6. “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?”

7.              “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 his eyes. ‘A magic beyond all we do here!”

8. “One can never have enough socks”

9. “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 be safe with a nice toffee, don’t you?”

He smiled and popped the golden-brown bean into his mouth.

“Alas! Ear wax!”

10.         “Don’t count your owls before they are delivered.”

11.         “Three turns should do it.”

12.         “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?”

13.         “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 – IN – FRONT – OF – ME!”

14.        “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 form of Mad-Eye moody was more terrible than Harry could have ever imagined. There was no benign smile upon Dumbledore’s face, no twinkle in the eyes behind the spectacles. There was cold fury in every line of the ancient face; a sense of power radiated from Dumbledore as though he were giving off burning heat.”

15.         “But somebody else had spoken Snape’s name, quite softly.

“Severus . . .”

The sound frightened Harry beyond anything he had experienced all evening. For the first time, Dumbledore was pleading.

Snape gazed for a moment at Dumbledore, and there was revulsion and hatred etched in the harsh lines of his face.

“Severus . . . please . . .”

Snape raised his wand and pointed it directly at Dumbledore.

“Avada Kedavra!”

A jet of green light shot from the end of Snape’s wand and hit Dumbledore squarely in the chest. Harry’s scream of horror never left him; silent and unmoving, he was forced to watch as Dumbledore was blasted into the air. For a split second, he seemed to hang suspended beneath the shining skull, and then he fell slowly backward, like a great rag doll, over the battlements and out of sight.”

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

17.         “Minerva, kindly go to Hagrid’s house, where you will find a large black dog sitting in the pumpkin patch. Take the dog to my office, tell him I will be with him shortly, then come back here.”

18.         “You think it – wise – to trust Hagrid with something as important as this?”

“I would trust Hagrid with my life,” said Dumbledore.”

19.         “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 boy, I think not.”

20.         “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 always want to come back”

21.         “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 his body – they were saved.”

22.         “Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself most plainly when you need of him. How else could you produce that particular Patronus? Prongs rode again last night.”

23.         “You know, I sometimes think we Sort too soon…”

24.         “You are omniscient as ever, Dumbledore.”

“Oh, no, merely friendly with the local barmen.”

25.         “I say to you all, once again — in the light of Lord Voldemort’s return, we are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided. Lord Voldemort’s gift for spreading discord and enmity is very great. We can fight it only by showing an equally strong bond of friendship and trust. Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”

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

27.         “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 black dog sitting in the pumpkin patch. Take the dog up to my office, tell him I will be with him shortly, then come back here.”

28.         “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, d’you know what I mean?”

29.         “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 behind him Fang began to howl.”

30.         “Perhaps you have been looking in the wrong places.”

31.         “You may, perhaps, have wondered why I never chose you as a prefect? I must cofess…that I rather thought…you had enough reponsibility to be going on with.” Harry looked up at him and saw a tear trickling down Dumbledore’s face into his long silver beard.”

32.         “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.”

33.         “Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves it’s own mark. To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.”

34.         “Very astute, Harry, but the mouth organ was only ever a mouth organ.” – Albus Dumbledore”

35.         “Oh, he’s not unbalanced,” said Dumbledore quietly. “He’s just suffered a severe disappointment.”

36.         “I have no power to make other men see the truth, or to overrule the Minister of Magic.”

37.         “I say to you all, once again – in the light of Lord Voldemort’s return, we are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”

38.         “HARRY: “The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”

(GINNY looks at him, surprised.)

Dumbledore.

GINNY: A strange thing to say to a child.

HARRY: Not when you believe that child will have to die to save the world.”

39.         “Sirius was a brave, clever, and energetic man, and such men are not usually content to sit at home in hiding while they believe others to be in danger.”

40.        “I shouldn’t have survived – it was my destiny to die – even Dumbledore thought so – and yet i lived. I beat Voldemort. All these people – all these people – my parents, Fred, the Fallen Fifty – and it’s me that gets to live? how is that? All this damage – and it’s my fault.”

41.         “Hasn’t your experience with the Time-Turner taught you anything, Harry? The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed…”

42.         “You ask me, of all people, how to protect a boy in terrible danger? We cannot protect the young from harm. Pain must and will come.”

43.         “Oh, no, sir, no,’ said Dobby, looking suddenly serious. ‘Tis part of the house-elf’s enslavement, sir. We keeps their secrets and our silence, sir, we upholds the family’s honour, and we never speaks ill of them – though Professor Dumbledore told Dobby he does not insist upon this. Professor Dumbledore said we is free to – to’ Dobby looked suddenly nervous, and beckoned Harry closer. Harry bent forwards. Dobby whispered, ‘He said we is free to call him a – a barmy old codger if we likes, sir!’ Dobby gave a frightened sort of giggle.”

44.         “for in dreams, we enter a world that is entirely our own.”

45. “Dumbledore is gone, Harry. He’s gone.

He will only be gone from the school when none here or loyal to him, said Harry, smiling in spite of himself.”

50 Dumbledore quotes

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

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

3.      “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.”

4.      “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”

5.      “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,” said Dumbledore. He had not flinched or made a single move to stop Harry demolishing his office. His expression was calm, almost detached. “You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.”

6.      “You know, Minister, I disagree with Dumbledore on many counts…but you cannot deny he’s got style…”

7.      “He must have known I’d want to leave you.”

“No, he must have known you would always want to come back.”

8.      “Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!”

9.      “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, soft, musical cry. To Harry’s intense embarrassment, he suddenly realized that Dumbledore’s bright blue eyes looked rather watery, and stared hastily at his own knee. When Dumbledore spoke, however, his voice was quite steady.

“I am very touched, Harry.”

10. “Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”

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

12. “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 worry …”

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

13. “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

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

15. “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”

16. “A pair of werewolves occupied another booth. They were eating raw shanks of lamb and arguing about who would win in a fight: Dumbledore from Harry Potter books or Magnus Bane.

“Dumbledore would totally win,” said the first one. “He has the badass Killing Curse.”

The second lycanthrope made a trenchant point. “But Dumbledore isn’t real.”

“I don’t think Magnus Bane is real either,” scoffed the first. “Have you ever met him?”

“This is so weird,” said Clary, slinking down in her seat. “Are you listening to them?”

“No. It’s rude to eavesdrop,” said Jace.”

17. “DUMBLEDORE’S ARMY, STILL RECRUITING.”

18. “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 silver doe. She landed on the office floor, bounded once across the office, and soared out of the window. 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.”

19. “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.”

20. “Killing is not so easy as the innocent believe.”

21. “Alas! Earwax!”

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

23. “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 back to investigate more closely, I discovered that the room had vanished. But I must keep an eye out for it. Possibly it is only accessible at five thirty in the morning. Or it may only appear at the quarter moon – or when the seeker has an exceptionally full bladder.”

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

25. “Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.”

26. “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!”

27. “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. . . .”

28. “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.”

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

30. “Can you think what the Mirror of Erised shows us all?” Harry shook his head.

“Let me explain. The happiest man on earth would be able to use the Mirror of Erised like a normal mirror, that is, he would look into it and see himself exactly as he is. Does that help.”

Harry thought. Then he said slowly, “It shows us what we want… whatever we want…”

“Yes and no,” said Dumbledore quietly.

“It shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts. You, who have never known your family, see them standing around you. Ronald Weasley, who has always been overshadowed by his brothers, sees himself standing alone, the best of all of them. However, this mirror will give us neither knowledge or truth. Men have wasted away before it, entranced by what they have seen, or been driven mad, not knowing if what it shows is real or even possible.

“The Mirror will be moved to a new home tomorrow, Harry, and I ask you not to go looking for it again. If you ever do run across it, you will now be prepared. It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that. Now, why don’t you put that admirable cloak back on and get off to bed.”

31. “You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!”

32. “You will also find that help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.”

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

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

35. “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.”

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

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

38. “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 …”

39. “P.S. I enjoy acid pops.”

40. “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 to be going on with.”

Harry looked up at him and saw a tear trickling down Dumbledore’s face into his long silver beard.”

41. “Draco, do it, or stand aside so one of us -” screeched the woman, but at that precise moment the door to the ramparts burst open once more and there stood Snape, his wand clutched in his hand as his black eyes swept the scene, from Dumbledore slumped against the wall, to the four Death Eaters, including the enraged werewolf, and Malfoy.

“We’ve got a problem, Snape,” said the lumpy Amycus, whose eyes and wand were fixed alike upon Dumbledore, “the boy doesn’t seem able -“

But somebody else had spoken Snape’s name, quite softly.

“Severus …”

The sound frightened Harry beyond anything he had experienced all evening. For the first time, Dumbledore was pleading.

Snape said nothing, but walked forwards and pushed Malfoy roughly out of the way. The three Death Eaters fell back without a word. Even the werewolf seemed cowed.

Snape gazed for a moment at Dumbledore, and there was revulsion and hatred etched in the harsh lines of his face.

“Severus … please …”

Snape raised his wand and pointed it directly at Dumbledore. “Avada Kedavra!”

42. “Harry, you wonderful boy, you brave, brave man.”

43. “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.”

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

45. “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.”

46. “I see you are —”

“Dumbledore’s man through and through,” said Harry. “That’s right.”

47. “The fact that you can feel pain like this is your greatest strength”

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

49. “There is a room in the Department of Mysteries, that is kept locked at all times. It contains a force that is at once more wonderful and more terrible than death, than human intelligence, than forces of nature. It is also, perhaps, the most mysterious of the many subjects for study that reside there. It is the power held within that room that you possess in such quantities and which Voldemort has not at all. That power took you to save Sirius tonight. That power also saved you from possession by Voldemort, because he could not bear to reside in a body so full of the force he detests. In the end, it mattered not that you could not close your mind. It was your heart that saved you.”

50. “Snape raised his wand and pointed it directly at Dumbledore.

“Avada Kedavra!”

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“Professor Dumbledore, though very old, always gave an impression of great energy. He had several feet of long silver hair and beard, half-moon spectacles, and an extremely crooked nose. He was often described as the greatest wizard of the age, but that wasn’t why Harry respected him. You couldn’t help trusting Albus Dumbledore…

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Nadejda Romanciuc holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a diploma in Addiction studies. She is part of the Romanian Association of Integrative Psychotherapy as a psychotherapist under supervision. She's practicing online counselling for over two years and is a strong advocate for mental health.