Potterheads won’t need any introduction to the best philosopher, Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. The man whose sarcastic remarks and amazingly framed words always gave an in- depth lesson about life. Happy or sad, light or darkness, Albus Dumbledore always had a quote ready for all situations. He was a lot more than just the Headmaster of Hogwarts School Of Magic. He was a counselor, a friend, and above all the pure soul of the Harry Potter series.
Whenever we imagine Dumbledore, we see an old man with an extremely adorable face, the long white beard and those round glass spectacles that added to his wittiness. His personality involved an absolutely soul connecting delight. J.K. Rowling had added life to this character by nourishing it with extreme wisdom and intelligence.
He was the identity of the Magical World, remembered and admired by his fans for his witty jokes and life changing philosophies. Every Potterhead exceptionally adores Albus Dumbledore for the fun loving yet perfect mentor personality that made him different.
“Do not pity the dead Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.”
The quote captured the hearts of people in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when Dumbledore gave an insight of life and death to Harry.
“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”
A quote that marked the togetherness and unity of every single person present in Hogwarts. After the death of Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Dumbledore said these lines to unite everyone and fight for a common goal.
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone marked these words that summed up life in a single line. Life is all about living in the present, ignoring the worries of future and forgetting the instincts of the past.
“Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.”
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire hold these golden lines that taught us the way to make choices. Dumbledore after the return of Voldemort and the death of Cedric Diggory, explains how the right choices will lead us to victory, no matter how grey the skies go.
“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
There is a moment in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, when Harry realizes the similarities he shares with Voldemort. Dumbledore consoles him by saying how our choices and decisions make us unique and different. Even if Harry has a darker side, his choices in life will make him different from Voldemort.
“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban witnesses darkness and fear that comes with the dementors. Dumbledore made it a point to teach everyone in his own way that they need to be alert and learn to defend themselves. For the day always shines even after the darkest of nights.
“It’s the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince take a heart breaking towards the end. But before these circumstances occur, Harry who isn’t aware of what will happen is taught about death by Dumbledore. He rightly quotes how our fear of death is absolutely meaningless. Irony strikes when the great old man dies an unfortunate death, leaving everyone in tears and memories.
The man framed our childhood and taught us the lessons of life so easily. He was truly a magician of words. His power of thoughts and wisdom made everyone admire him. The loss of such an amazing character in the sixth part of the series felt like someone really close left us.
That’s the intensity of Albus Dumbledore, he is much more than just a fictional character. He is life, reason to life and the key to all the problems. The only philosopher we ever knew was this man who became a part of our souls and will remain to be till our last breath. His existence even after being fictional is ironically eternal in our lives.