42 Short Harry Potter Quotes for Wall Art or Tattoo Ideas

When William Shakespeare wrote “Brevity is the soul of wit,” he may as well have been talking about Harry Potter. Not only does the series contain some of the wisest and most powerful quotes from children’s literature, but often they’re no longer than a few words or a sentence. Here we’ve gathered a collection of short Harry Potter quotes that range from inspirational to hilarious to downright iconic.

Whether you’re looking for wall art ideas or inspiration for your next tattoo, there’s something here for every witch, wizard, or magic-loving Muggle.

42 Short Harry Potter Quotes for Wall Art or Tattoo Inspiration

From Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

1. “You’re a wizard, Harry.” —Rubeus Hagrid

2. “Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!” —Albus Dumbledore

3. “No post on Sundays.” —Vernon Dursley

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4. “You’re a little scary sometimes, you know that? Brilliant…but scary.” —Ron Weasley

5. “It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” —Albus Dumbledore

6. “We could all have been killed—or worse, expelled.” —Hermione Granger

From Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

7. “Scared, Potter?” —Draco Malfoy

8. “Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.” —Arthur Weasley

9. “Why couldn’t it be ‘follow the butterflies’?” —Ron Weasley

10. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” —Albus Dumbledore

11. “Dobby is free!” —Dobby

From Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

12. “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” —Harry Potter

13. “Riddikulus!” —Remus Lupin

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

15. “I don’t go looking for trouble, trouble usually finds me.” —Harry Potter

16. “Don’t let the Muggles get you down.” —Ron Weasley

17. “Mischief managed!” —Harry Potter

18. “The ones that love us never really leave us.” —Sirius Black

19. “Expecto patronum!” —Harry Potter

From Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

20. “What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.” —Rubeus Hagrid

21. “Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” —Albus Dumbledore

22. “Twitchy little ferret, aren’t you, Malfoy?” —Hermione Granger

23. “I am what I am, an’ I’m not ashamed.” —Rubeus Hagrid

24. “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” —Albus Dumbledore

From Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

25. “You’re just as sane as I am.” —Luna Lovegood

26. “I mean, it’s sort of exciting, isn’t it, breaking the rules?” —Hermione Granger

27. “Give her hell from us, Peeves.” —Fred and George Weasley

28. “We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on.” —Sirius Black

29. “Have a biscuit, Potter.” —Minerva McGonagall

30. “Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.” —Hermione Granger

31. “Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.” —Luna Lovegood

From Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

32. “There is no need to call me ‘sir,’ Professor.” —Harry Potter

33. “Let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” —Albus Dumbledore

From Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

34. “Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.” —Rowena Ravenclaw’s diadem

35. “Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.” —Kingsley Shacklebolt

36. “It is the quality of one’s convictions that determines success, not the number of followers.” —Remus Lupin

37. “I open at the close.” —Albus Dumbledore’s golden snitch

38. “‘After all this time?’
‘Always,’ said Snape.” —Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape

39. “Not my daughter, you bitch!” —Molly Weasley

40. “You’ll stay with me?”
“Until the very end.” —Harry and James Potter

41. “Of course it’s happening inside your head, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” —Albus Dumbledore

42. “All was well.” —Narrator

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