The Harry Potter series has become one of the true hallmarks of modern literature, popular internationally with both children and adults alike. In fact, with over 500 million copies sold worldwide, Harry Potter is now the single best-selling book series in history. In addition, the series also reached a whole new audience with the wildly popular films. The franchise has grossed over $7.7 billion total.
In both cases, one of the most memorable characters from the series is the lovable and courageous Rubeus Hagrid, the half-giant gamekeeper of Hogwarts and the character that originally introduced Harry Potter to the world of wizardry. His warm personality and love of all manner of magical creatures has made Hagrid one of the most memorable characters in the entire series, as well as his film portrayal by Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane. So, while you’re revisiting your favorite Harry Potter moments, here are a few Rubeus Hagrid quotes that will make you fall in love with this tall, hairy guy all over again.
The 18 Best Rubeus Hagrid Quotes
On Being Yourself:
“Don’ you worry, Harry. You’ll learn fast enough. Everyone starts at the beginning at Hogwarts, you’ll be just fine. Just be yerself. I know it’s hard. Yeh’ve been singled out, an’ that’s always hard. But yeh’ll have a great time at Hogwarts — I did — still do, ‘smatter of fact.”
“I am what I am, an’ I’m not ashamed. ‘Never be ashamed,’ my ol’ dad used ter say, ‘there’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth botherin’ with.’ An’ he was right.”
“Yeh don’ have ter be ashamed of what yeh are.”
“No good sittin’ worryin’ abou’ it,” he said. “What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.”
On Albus Dumbledore:
“NEVER, INSULT- ALBUS- DUMBLEDORE- IN- FRONT- OF- ME!”
“He’ll accept anyone at Hogwarts, s’long as they’ve got the talent. Knows people can turn out okay even if their families weren’ . . .well . . . all tha’ respectable.”
“Great man, Dumbledore. ‘S long as we’ve got him, I’m not too worried.”
On Harry Potter:
“No one ever lived after he’d decided ter kill ‘em, no one except you, an’ he’d killed some o’ the best witches an’ wizards of the age — an’ you was only a baby, an’ you lived.”
“A wizard, o’ course, an’ a thumpin’ good’un I’d say, once yeh’ve been trained up a bit. With a mum an’ dad like yours, what else would yeh be?”
“Never wondered how you got that mark on yer forehead? That was no ordinary cut. That’s what yeh get when a powerful, evil curse touches yeh — took care of yer mum an’ dad an’ yer house, even — but it didn’t work on you, an’ that’s why yer famous, Harry.”
“Yeh know wha’, Harry?” he said, looking up from the photograph of his father, his eyes very bright, “when I firs’ met you, you reminded me o’ me a bit. Mum an’ Dad gone, an’ you was feelin’ like yeh wouldn’t fit in at Hogwarts, remember? Not sure yeh were really up to it … an’ now look at yeh, Harry! School champion!”
“Harry—yer a wizard.”
Other Hagrid Quotes:
“Mad and hairy? You wouldn’t be talking about me, now, would you?”
“Tiny little bloke, my dad was. By the time I was six I could lift him up an’ put him on top o’ the dresser if he annoyed me. Used ter make him laugh…”
“If anyone wanted ter find out some stuff, all they’d have ter do would be ter follow the spiders. That’d lead ‘em right! That’s all I’m sayin’”
“They were bullyin’ him, Hermione, ’cause he’s so small!” said Hagrid. “Small?” said Hermione. “Small?” “Hermione, I couldn’t leave him,” said Hagrid, tears now trickling down his bruised face into his beard. “See — he’s my brother!”
“Gawd knows yeh’ve had enough ter be gettin’ on with. I’ve seen yeh, practicin’ Quidditch ev’ry hour o’ the day an’ night — but I gotta tell yeh, I thought you two’d value your friend more’n broomsticks or rats. Tha’s all.”
Dumbledore On Hargrid:
“I would trust Hagrid with my life.”
Hagrid isn’t just a goofy half-giant—he is a pivotal parental figure for Harry and a soft place for a lot of the characters to land throughout the rigors of their time at Hogwarts. Hagrid may not be able to conjure magic on his own, but he conjures it in our hearts.
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