11 Harry Potter Quotes That May Just Change The Way You Feel About Regret

This past week I've kept a casual diary of my regrets: I regret ordering with halloumi with my falafel this afternoon (I'm still stuffed); I regret not starting this article over the weekend; I regret not sending my mom's birthday card earlier; I regret watching Gone Girl; I regret buying the cheap olive oil; I regret taking my favorite scarf to a smoky bar; I regret missing another Easter with my family because I live so far away. 

After scrutinizing this far-from-scientific survey of my own personal regrets, I've come to a realization: regret is tough to cope with. Don't get me wrong, I've had worse — off the very top of my head I can assure you that my recent brushes with grief, loss, despair, and embarrassment have packed more of a punch than any of the regrets I've amassed this week. And yet, like the falafel that is still kicking around in my gut, those pesky regrets remain. So, I'm self-medicating, and I'm here to share the good stuff with each and every one of you. 

Before you dive right in, I do want warn you that this particular remedy is highly addictive, but if you can stomach it, these 11 Harry Potter quotations are the closest I've come to a cure for regret. After all, if Dumbledore, Hagrid, Hermione, and Harry can cope with regret, than surely you and I can too. 

1. "Can you forgive me for not trusting you? For not telling you? ... I only feared that you would fail as I had failed. I only dreaded that you would make my mistakes."

Albus DumbledoreHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

2. "No good sittin' worryin' abou' it," he said. "What's comin' will come, an' we'll meet it when it does."

Rubeus HagridHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

3. "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." 

— Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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

— Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

5. "The best of us must sometimes eat our words." 

— Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

6. "Oh, I had a few scruples. I assuaged my conscience with empty words. It would all be for the greater good, and any harm done would be repaid a hundredfold in benefits for wizards."

— Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

7. "You have never treated Harry as a son. He has known nothing but neglect and often cruelty at your hands."

— Albus Dumbledore Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

8. "I was left to learn to live with my guilt and my terrible grief, the price of my shame."

— Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

9. "I had proven, as a very young man, that power was my weakness and my temptation."

— Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

10. "You come back after weeks — weeks — and you think it's all going to be all right if you just say sorry?"

— Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

11. "Well, if you don't like it, you know what the solution is, don't you?...Next time there's a ball ask me before someone else does and not a a last resort"

Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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