The Dementor

An intense cold swept over them all. Harry felt his own breath catch in his chest. The cold went deeper than his skin. It was inside his chest, it was inside his very heart….



J.K. Rowling “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”


The Power of a Horcrux

‘If I say it myself, Harry, I’ve always been able to charm the people I needed. So Ginny poured out her soul to me, and her soul happened to be exactly what I wanted….I grew stronger and stronger on a diet of her deepest fears, her darkest secrets.’


J.K. Rowling “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”



Identity Crisis

Could he be a descendant of Salazar Slytherin? He didn’t know anything about his father’s family, after all. The Dursleys had always forbidden questions about his wizarding relatives……

‘But I’m in Gryffindor,’ Harry thought. ‘The Sorting Hat wouldn’t have put me in here if I had Slytherin blood….’

‘Ah,’ said a nasty voice in his brain, ‘but the Sorting Hat wanted to put you in Slytherin, don’t you remember?’


J.K Rowling “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”




Expectations Sometimes Disappoint

[Ron] ‘Mudblood’s a really foul name for someone who is Muggle-born-you know, non-magic parents. There are some wizards-like Malfoy’s family-who think they’re better than everyone else because they’re what people call pure-blood.’…….I mean, the rest of us know it doesn’t make any difference at all. Look at Neville Longbottom-he’s pure-blood and he can hardly stand a cauldron the right way up.’


J.K. Rowling “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”


A Snob for Every Age

“‘Me,’ he said, pointing at it [winking portrait] and winking as well. ‘Gilderoy Lockhart, Order of Merlin, Third Class, Honorary Member of the Dark Force Defense League, and five time winner of Witch Weekly’s Most-Charming-Smile Award-but I don’t talk about that. I didn’t get rid of the Bandon Banshee by smiling at her!'”


J.K. Rowling “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”



Dumbledore the Wise

“Afterall, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure. You know, the Stone was really not such a wonderful thing. 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 for choosing precisely those things that are worse for them.”

“Call him Voldemort, Harry. Always use the proper name for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”

“The truth…it is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”

“…to have been loved so deeply , even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.”



J.K. Rowling “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”

Voldemort as ISIS, Snape as Liberals, Hogwarts as America

“‘Don’t you understand? If Snape gets hold of the Stone, Voldemort’s coming back! Haven’t you heard what it was like when he was trying to take over? There won’t be any Hogwarts to get expelled from! He’ll flatten it, or turn it into a school for the Dark Arts! Losing points doesn’t matter anymore, can’t you see? Do you think he’ll leave you and your families alone if Gryffindor wins the House Cup?'”


J.K. Rowling “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”