Harry Potter MotW: Most Inspirational Moment/ Passage

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[This is a response to Leah’s Harry Potter moment of the week. If you’d like to join in, head on over to Uncorked Thoughts for the full schedule of upcoming themes!

The theme of this week’s Harry Potter Moment of the Week is the “Most Inspirational Moment/ Passage“.

Okay, let’s be honest , this week Leah’s Harry Potter Moment of the Week is pretty much impossible.Β  The books are absolutely FULL of inspiring moments and quotes – from Slughorn returning to Hogwarts, and then staying to fight, despite his terror, to Hermione wiping her paren’t memories, to Harry knowingly going to his death…

SO I’m cheating πŸ˜‰ I’ve picked one inspirational moment….and an inspiring quote (or in some cases two) from each of the books, because hey, how is a girl supposed to choose?!

The moment:

I went back and forth on which moment to choose for ages, but in the end, I kept coming back to Snape (I tried not to, honest).Β  I eventually decided that the most inspirational moment, for me, is when Snape decides to watch over Harry after Lily’s death.Β  I think it would have been so easy at that point, heartbroken and angry, to give up.Β  To go back to being a Death Eater, or to try and get revenge for Lily’s death, or to say screw this and hide off somewhere far away from the wizarding world.

To deliberately look after her son – who Snape has no bond with at all – means seeing constant reminders of Lily who is gone.Β  Reminders of James who he hated, and of course above all, a reminder of their love for each other, of the fact that James Potter got the girl….That would be so painful and yet Snape does it.Β  Not to impress Lily (who is, after all dead) or for any sort of recognition…

The quotes:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.

– One of my favourite quotes in the whole series!

It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.

(Or perhaps better yet, animals!)

Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix

Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Always.

β™₯

β€œHe must have known I’d want to leave you.”
“No, he must have known you would always want to come back.”

Which do you think are the most inspiring moments/passages?

4 thoughts on “Harry Potter MotW: Most Inspirational Moment/ Passage

  1. Awesooooome! πŸ˜€ The quotes especially, these books are all so quotable, it’s really amazing. πŸ˜€
    As for Snape, right, he was okay, I am not denying that, but I am still not his fan, so I avoided his moments. Still, nice of him to be this devoted.

  2. Ok so ALL the quotes you chose were freaking brilliant. Dumbledore said some amazingly inspirational things throughout all the series β™₯ My favorite of the bunch though:

    ”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.” β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯ I literally got chills!

    As for Snape’s moment? I won’t deny he was brave and yes he could have just given up like you said it would have been so much easier on him. I love that he dedicated his life to saving Harry (for Lily). Not to mention facing Voldemort EVERY day, knowing he was at risk! That’s huge. I just can’t really forgive how vile he was towards Harry…or Neville or Hermione. So I’m always sort of conflicted when it comes to him…like Ula xD

  3. I bloody love those quotes! I’m completely with you on the Snape front. YES he was a huge ballbag to Harry, Ron, Hermione and pretty much everyone else throughout the series, BUT HE STILL PROTECTED HIM. That is so inspirational. Would I be a big enough person to return the favour after the man I loved married my childhood bully? Probably not. Such an admirable man in that sense.

  4. All of your quotes are absolutely amazing! Do you think I would look ridiculous if I had them all tattooed? The first one is one of my all-time favourite, it is just such a true message. It’s good to have dreams and think of what you’d want your life to be like but you should never forget to actually live your life or it’ll pass you by! And don’t even get me started on Snape! When his memories were shown in the book I just wanted to cry. It takes such strength to fight for a cause without anyone knowing it. Although we don’t want to admit it, we all want recognition and love, and to just accept all the hate and abuse and keep fighting for the cause… ugh, here come the tears!
    Great answers πŸ™‚
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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