"We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better." J.K.Rowling
"He lowered his hood, shook out a long mane of grizzled, dark grey hair, then began to walk up towards the teachers' table."
"As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters." J.K.Rowling
"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default." J.K.Rowling
"[...] the long procession of carriages was rumbling and splashing its way up the track towards the Hogwarts castle [...]"
"It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be." J.K.Rowling
"You’ve got to work. It’s about structure. It’s about discipline. It’s all these deadly things that your schoolteacher told you you needed… You need it." J.K.Rowling
"You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity." J.K.Rowling
"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." J.K.Rowling
"Halfway up the field stood an extravagant confection of striped silk like a miniature palace, with several live peacocks tethered at the entrance."
"'We do not help,' he said in a harsh, croaky voice."
"'You need to put your head under, too,' said Myrtle, who seemed to be thoroughly enjoying bossing him around. 'Go on!'"
"Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged." J.K.Rowling
"There was a long pause, during which Dumbledore stared at the slip in his hands, and everyone in the room stared at Dumbledore. And then Dumbledore cleared his throat, and read out -- 'Harry Potter.'"
"He summoned the happiest thought he could, concentrated with all his might on the thought of getting out of the maze and celebrating with Ron and Hermione, raised his wand and cried, 'Expecto Patronum!'"
"It was a sphinx. [...] She turned her long, almond-shaped eyes upon Harry as he approached. He raised his wand, hesitating."
"I don’t think there’s any harm at all in allowing a kid to fantasize. In fact, I think to stop people from fantasizing is a very destructive thing indeed." J.K.Rowling
"Don't break the connection."
"Harry winked at them, turned to Uncle Vernon, and followed him silently from the station. There was no point worrying yet, he told himself, as he got into the back of the Dursleys' car."