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30 Best Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Quotes from the Book

Get the best Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince quotes (from the novel) to transport you back to the wizarding world and teach you something meaningful about darkness, time, love, friendship, and more.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the sixth novel in the Harry Potter set of books by J.K. Rowling. In this book, Harry learns Voldemort's origin story in order to prepare for battle with Voldemort. Harry also begins to suspect Draco Malfoy is colluding with Voldemort and tracks him on the infamous Marauder's Map.

In Potions class, Harry learns the tricks of the Half-Blood Prince in a secondhand textbook, and he impresses Professor Slughorn. Jealous, Hermione intends to uncover the identity of the Half-Blood Prince.

And as Harry and his friends enter peak teenage years, romance heats up amongst him and his friends.

Characters that feature prominently in this book and in these Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince also include: Albus Dumbledore, Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, Professor McGonagall, Ginny Weasley, Ron Weasley, Lavender Brown, Severus Snape, Draco Malfoy, Romilda Vane, Tom Riddle (Voldemort), Horace Slughorn, and more.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Quotes

“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”

“We must try not to sink beneath our anguish, Harry, but battle on.”

“You sort of start thinking anything is possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”

“‘You don’t know what I’m capable of,’ said Malfoy, more forcefully. ‘You don’t know what I’ve done!’”

"The Dark Arts are many, varied, ever-changing, and eternal. Fighting them is like fighting a many-headed monster, which, each time a neck is severed, sprouts a head even fiercer and cleverer than before. You are fighting that which is unfixed, mutating, indestructible."

“Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.”

“Time is making fools of us again.”

“Harry was left to ponder in silence the depths to which girls would sink to get revenge.”

“I make mistakes like the next man. In fact, being--forgive me--rather cleverer than most men, my mistakes tend to be correspondingly huger.”

“Dumbledore would have been happier than anybody to think that there was a little more love in the world.”

“’I’m not worried, Harry,’ said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. ‘I am with you.’”

“Dumbledore says people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.”

“Don't count your owls before they are delivered.”

“I am the Chosen One. I have to kill him. I need that memory.”

“Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies.”

“Killing is not so easy as the innocent believe.”

“Killing rips the soul apart.”

“Because to confide a part of your soul to something that can think and move for itself is obviously a very risky business.”

“It is impossible to manufacture or imitate love.”

“A warmth was spreading through him that had nothing to do with the sunlight; a tight obstruction in his chest seemed to be dissolving. He knew that Ron and Hermione were more shocked than they were letting on, but the mere fact that they were still there on either side of him, speaking bracing words of comfort, not shrinking from him as though he were contaminated or dangerous, was worth more than he could ever tell them.”

“Dumbledore had not raised his voice, he did not even sound angry, but Harry would have preferred him to yell; this cold disappointment was worse than anything.”

“Ah, Harry, how often this happens, even between the best of friends! Each of us believes that what he has to say is much more important than anything the other might have to contribute!”

“'Well, you can't break an unbreakable vow,' said Ron."

“'Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress? All of them realize that, one day, amongst their many victims, there is sure to be one who rises against them and strikes back!'”

“’Yes, Harry, you can love,’ said Dumbledore, who looked as though he knew perfectly well what Harry had just refrained from saying. ‘Which, given everything that has happened to you, is a great and remarkable thing.’”

“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”

″‘You are protected, in short, by your ability to love!’ said Dumbledore loudly. ‘The only protection that can possibly work against the lure of power like Voldemort’s!‘”

“But nothing I have seen in the world has supported your pronouncements that love is more powerful than my kind of magic, Dumbledore.”

“It is important to fight and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then can evil be kept at bay though never quite eradicated.”

“It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew -- and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents -- that there was all the difference in the world.”

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