This year marked the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and the significant milestone has fans feeling more nostalgic than usual for their favorite series. We've been celebrating by reflecting on what the books meant to us growing up, watching marathons of all eight movies, buying all new Hogwarts swag, and now, just in time for holiday card inscriptions, we're paying tribute to the beloved series by sharing the most popular Harry Potter quotes from each book. Would you be surprised to learn that six out of seven of them are from the wise and inspirational Professor Dumbledore? Yeah, me either.
For the last two decades, Harry Potter has been enchanting Muggle readers with stories of not only magic and wonder, but of love and friendship, courage and hope, and the important balance of good and evil. To so many Potterheads, the wise words of J.K. Rowling have become ones to live by. They are also ones to endlessly quote whenever you find yourself in need of inspiration, advice, comfort, or just an excuse to smile.
On almost every page of the seven book series, you can find a quote that is worth printing on a poster, wearing on a sweatshirt, or getting as a tattoo. But, according to recent data from Amazon Charts, there is one character whose quotes are more popular than anyone: Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, the best headmaster to ever walk the halls of Hogwarts, and, apparently, the best wizard to turn to for life advice. During his at least 115 years on earth, and especially during his time mentoring Harry as the Chosen One, Dumbledore doled out his supreme wisdom in the form of perfectly quotable one-liners. In fact, the talented wizard was so wise, he even gave out great advice from beyond the grave — see Book 7 below.
In honor of twenty years of priceless life lessons, here are the most highlighted passages from the Harry Potter series. Do any of them surprise you?