Can’t Please Everybody

“‘Really, Hagrid, if you are holding out for universal popularity, I’m afraid you will be in this cabin for a very long time,’ said Dumbledore, now peering sternly over his half-moon spectacles. ‘Not a week has passed since I became headmaster of this school when I haven’t had at least one owl complaining about the way I run it. But what should I do? Barricade myself in my study and refuse to talk to anybody?'”


J.K Rowling “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”


How to Respond to a Journalist

“It was Rita Skeeter. She was wearing acid-green robes today; the Quick-Quotes Quill in her hand blended perfectly against them.

‘Congratulations, Harry!’ she said, beaming at him. ‘I wonder if you could give me a quick word? How you felt facing that dragon? How you feel now, about the fairness of the scoring?’

‘Yeah, you can have a word,’ said Harry savagely, ‘GOOD-BYE.'”


J.K Rowling  “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”



Jealousy. Even among Friends

“‘Look,’ said Hermione patiently, ‘it’s always you who gets all the attention, you know it is. I know it’s not your fault,’ she added quickly, seeing Harry open his mouth furiously. ‘I know you don’t ask for it….but-well-you know, Ron’s got all those brothers to compete against at home, and you’re his best friend, and you’re really famous-he’s always shunted to one side whenever people see you, and he puts up with it, and he never mentions it, but I suppose this is just one time too many….'”


“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”  J.K. Rowling

Strength of Character

“‘Years back, there were a lot of witches and wizards being controlled by the Imperius Curse,’ said Moody, and Harry knew he was talking about the days in which Voldemort had been all-powerful. ‘Some job for the Ministry, trying to sort out who was being forced to act, and who was acting of their own free will.

‘The Imperius Curse can be fought, and I’ll be teaching you how, but it takes real strength of character, and not everyone’s got it. Better avoid being hit with it if you can. CONSTANT VIGILANCE!’ he barked, and everyone jumped.”


J.K. Rowling “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”



Predicting the Future

“‘Hasn’t your experience with the Time-Turner taught you anything, Harry? The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed….'”


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




“‘No,’ Harry yelled. He ran forward, placing himself in front of Pettigrew, facing the wands. ‘You can’t kill him,’ he said breathlessly. ‘You can’t.'”


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