In the worlds of pop culture and fiction, it's hard to imagine a series that is more beloved and universally recognized as the Harry Potter franchise. In the years during and since it's release, Harry Potter became a cultural juggernaut unlike anything the world has ever seen, and it doesn't seem like it's reputation as one of the greatest stories ever told is going anywhere anytime soon.
And, as a book series, it's safe to say that Harry Potter is chock full of amazing and memorable quotes. Some of them are perfect embodiments of a certain character, and others are just thoughts and philosophies that are inspiring and clever. But regardless of why, they're quotes that have stuck in the hearts and minds of fans for years. So for anyone who is considering getting a tattoo in honor of their favorite series, here are 10 short Harry Potter quotes that would make great tattoos.
10 Brilliant…but scary.
Of course we all know that this particularly awesome quote is in reference to the incomparable Hermione Granger, but it's the kind of quote that literally everyone wishes could be said about themselves too.
So, for anyone looking to get a tattoo that honors their love of Harry Potter, love of themselves, and that will intimidate the hell out of everyone who sees it, then this seems like the perfect Harry Potter quote to nail that trifecta. Also, even if you don't feel particularly brilliant and scary sometimes, why not get a quote tattoo that will inspire you into Granger level greatness?
9 You’re just as sane as I am.
It's rare that characters have one particular line or saying that is completely identifiable as their own, but "you’re just as sane as I am" is as close as anyone could get when it comes to Luna Lovegood.
Luna is a genius witch and genius person in her own way, and although this is definitely a quirky quote to get permanently inked on your body, it's a good reminder that existing outside of the box can be a really good thing. Luna might be a little off the wall, but it's what makes her special, and there's nothing wrong with snagging some of that specialness for yourself too.
8 It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live.
Albus Dumbledore has always been one of the most insightful characters in the Harry Potter universe, and he may be one of the most insightful characters in general.
And his quote about letting yourself getting lost in dreams and forgetting to live the life set in front of you is a good reminder for everyone to let yourself dream, but don't lose sight of the beauty and pain that exists within the real world too. Dreams can be good or bad, but they're too ephemeral to let them overtake your own life, and Dumbledore never forgot that.
7 We could all have been killed. Or worse, expelled.
Hermione is such an extreme character that she has a lot of extremely memorable quotes, but one of her best has got to be this one. It perfectly sums up Hermione as a character, and although her intensity might be considered a little insane, it would make a great tattoo for a few reasons.
Firstly, it's a pretty iconic Harry Potter quote in general. Secondly, if Hermione is your fave, then what better way to honor her. But lastly, although Hermione's extremism is a lot to deal with, her determination to achieve her goals on pain of death is pretty inspiring.
6 Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.
Kingsley Shacklebolt was a relatively minor character throughout the entire Harry Potter series, but he certainly knew how to make an impression. And one of Kingsley's more memorable quotes has got to be this one, "every human life is worth the same, and worth saving."
Given Kingsley's occupational requirements, it's pretty magnanimous that he embraces this kind of philosophy. But regardless of what he has to do and who he has to do it to, this idea is something that is obviously very important to him, and it's something that everyone could use a reminder of now and again.
5 Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.
The mottoes of every single house at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is meaningful and powerful in it's own way, but it should come as no surprise that ultimately the words of house Ravenclaw are the most memorable and melodic.
It's short, straight to the point, but still sounds lovely, so "wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure" would make a fantastic Harry Potter tattoo. Aside from being a very inspirational quote for traditional nerds, what actually makes this quote so wonderful is it's double meaning. Yes, it can refer to super smart people, but it also clearly refers to the kind of intelligence that can't be quantified or categorized.
4 I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.
"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good" is the passphrase used to activate the Marauder's Map, but it is also a completely iconic Harry Potter quote in it's own right, and would make a perfect tattoo for the more mischievous HP fans in the world.
It's a great way to honor the Marauders, the Weasley twins, and really the entire more lighthearted and fun side of the Harry Potter universe. Tattoos can be serious business, but that doesn't mean that the content of those tattoos can't be a little bit more cheeky and playful.
3 I don’t go looking for trouble, trouble usually finds me.
If there is one thing that can be said about Harry Potter the character as well as Harry Potter the universe, it's that trouble seems to find it's way towards it.
And obviously most Harry Potter fans haven't had experiences on the level of Harry themselves, but for anyone who has had a turbulent past (or even a turbulent present) this seems like a pretty clever way to pay homage to HP as well as to some personal life experiences. But if anything can be learned from Harry, it's that it's not about whether or not trouble finds you, it's about what you do if it does.
Well, anyone who is looking for a short Harry Potter quote couldn't find one shorter than this. It's amazing to think that one memory of one character managed to make this one word into one of the most iconic quotes in Harry Potter history, but the revelation of Severus Snape's connection to Lily Potter and how much her death formed him as a person was one of the greatest twists in fiction history.
"Always" is something that could hold a lot of different meanings for a lot of different people, so it's an awesome way to memorialize HP in tattoo form while still making it something relevant to the person getting it.
1 All was well.
Jeez, is somebody cutting onions in here? Anyone who is a Harry Potter fan understands all of the emotional trials and tribulations that a human being can experience as a result of these imaginary characters and stories, but after the epic drama of the Wizarding War it was wonderful to have the series end on such a sweet note.
It wasn't always clear whether or not Harry himself would make it out of the series alive, or if he would ever go on to have a normal life, but knowing that he wound up doing both was great, and this line was the perfect end to an iconic series.