Even though this franchise came to an end a while ago, it has become such a solid part of pop culture and fandom that we just had to compile our list of the best quotes from all of the Harry Potter movies. So here we go…
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
'It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.' - Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) Click To Tweet
Our introduction to the tale of Harry Potter, an ordinary young boy, who he is actually a wizard and is invited to attend the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. The story follows Harry’s first year at Hogwarts as he discovers that he is a famous wizard and begins his education. Not the best of the bunch in the franchise, but certainly a solid beginning.
Hagrid: You’re a wizard, Harry.
Harry Potter: I’m a what?
Dumbledore: It does not do to dwell on dreams, Harry, and forget to live.
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
'It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices.' - Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) Click To Tweet
This second film in the franchise follows Harry’s second year at Hogwarts as the Heir of Salazar Slytherin opens the Chamber of Secrets, unleashing a monster that petrifies the school’s denizens. A slightly darker and more fun film than the first with better pacing.
Lucius Malfoy: Well, let us hope that Mr. Potter will always be around to save the day.
Harry Potter: Don’t worry. I will be.
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
'Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light.' - Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) Click To Tweet
Directed Alfonso Cuaron, we follow Harry in his third year at Hogwarts as he is informed that a prisoner named Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban intending to kill him to avenge the Dark Lord. This one has a darker edge and character centered story, making it the best in this series of films.
Dumbledore: A child’s voice, however honest and true, is meaningless to those who’ve forgotten how to listen.
Sirius Black: The ones that love us never really leave us. And you can always find them in here.
[puts his hand to Harry’s heart]
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
'Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.' - Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) Click To Tweet
The story follows Harry returning for his fourth year at Hogwarts, along with Ron and Hermione, where we see Harry being chosen by the Goblet of Fire to compete in the dangerous Triwizard Tournament. Here we are beginning to see the main cast starting to mature with the adolescent subplot really lifting the story. A solid installment in the series.
Dumbledore: Now, the pain we all feel at this dreadful loss reminds me, and reminds us, that while we may come from different places and speak in different tongues, our hearts beat as one.
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
'Fear makes people do terrible thing.' - Remus Lupin (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) Click To Tweet
Following Harry’s fifth year at Hogwarts where he learns that the Ministry of Magic is in denial of Lord Voldemort’s return and prepares a group of students to defend the school against a rising tide of evil. The leanest story in the film series with some exciting set pieces.
Harry Potter: Working hard is important, but there’s something that matters even more, believing in yourself.
Harry Potter: What if I’m becoming bad?
Sirius Black: I want you to listen to me very carefully, Harry. You’re not a bad person. You’re a very good person who bad things have happened to. You understand? Besides, the world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. We’ve all got both light and dark inside of us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.
Harry Potter: I tried so hard to help, and all it’s done is make things worse. Anyway, that doesn’t matter anymore. Because I don’t want to play anymore. All it does is make you care too much. And the more you care, the more you have to lose.
Luna Lovegood: My mum always said, the things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end. If not always in the way we expect.
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
We follow Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts as he receives a mysterious textbook, falls in love, and attempts to retrieve a memory that holds the key to Lord Voldemort’s downfall. This feels like it’s smaller in scale than some of the other films which gives it a chance to show off some great comedy moments of teen angst and also adding some horror elements at the same time to the story.
[referring to newspaper Harry is reading]
Waitress: “Harry Potter.” Who’s Harry Potter?
Harry Potter: Oh, no one. Bit of a tosser really.
[to Harry, Ron and Hermione]
Professor Minerva McGonagall: Why is it when something happens, it is always you three?
Ron Weasley: Believe me, professor, I’ve been asking myself the same question for six years.
Horace Slughorn: Exactly how did you get out of the castle, Harry?
Harry Potter: Through the front door, sir.
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
The penultimate instalment in the film series, and follows Harry who has been tasked by Dumbledore with the mission of finding and destroying Lord Voldemort’s secret to immortality, the Horcruxes, with the help of Ron and Hermione. At the same time Voldemort’s Death Eaters have seized control of the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts, and they are searching for Harry. Some of the magic is a little lost without Hogwarts, but it nicely sets up the final showdown with some of the best performances from Radcliffe, Grint, and Watson.
Harry Potter: Come with me.
Ron Weasley: What, and leave Hermione? Are you mad? We wouldn’t last two days without her.
[pauses for a moment]
Ron Weasley: Don’t tell her I said that.
Ron Weasley: Oh, my God. What am I going to do? My wife’s all alone downstairs.
Harry Potter: Ron, you don’t have a wife.
Ron Weasley: Oh, right.
Bellatrix Lestrange: Stupid elf! You could’ve killed me!
Dobby: Dobby never meant to kill. Dobby only meant to maim, or seriously injure.
[as Harry holds a dying Dobby in his arms]
Harry Potter: Such a beautiful place to be with friends. Dobby is happy to be with his friend, Harry Potter.
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
'Words are, in my not so humble opinion, are our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.' - Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2) Click To Tweet
Final instalment with the story continuing to follow Harry, Ron and Hermione’s quest to find and destroy Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes in order to stop him once and for all leading to Harry and Voldemort meeting at Hogwarts Castle where the forces of darkness may finally meet their match. A satisfyingly cathartic and nostalgic ending to the franchise if a little clunky at times.
Helena Ravenclaw: [to Harry] If you have to ask, you will never know. If you know, you need only ask.
Remus Lupin: It is the quality of one’s convictions that determines success, not the number of followers.
Kingsley Shacklebolt: Who said that?
Remus Lupin: Me.
[referring to Snape’s love for Harry’s mother, Lilly]
Dumbledore: After all this time?
Severus Snape: Always.
Dumbledore: Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living. And above all, all those who live without love.
Albus Severus Potter: Dad, what if I am put in Slytherin?
Harry Potter: Albus Severus Potter, you were named after two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin, and he was the bravest man I’ve ever known.