Vernon Dursley , Philosopher’s Stone, Ch. 4

“I remember every wand I’ve ever sold, Mr Potter. Every single wand. It so happens that the phoenix whose tail feather is in your wand, gave another feather – just one other. It is very curious indeed that you should be destined for this wand when its brother – why, its brother gave you that scar… Curious how these things happen. The wand chooses the wizard, remember … I think we must expect great things from you, Mr Potter … After all, He Who Must Not Be Named did great things – terrible, yes, but great.”

Ollivander, Philosopher’s Stone, Ch. 5

“Not Slytherin, eh? Are you sure? You could be great, you know, it’s all here in your head, and Slytherin will help you on the way to greatness, no doubt about that – no? Well, if you’re sure – better be GRYFFINDOR!”

The Sorting Hat, Philosopher’s Stone, Ch. 7

“The family thought I was all Muggle for ages. My great-uncle Algie kept trying to catch me off guard and force some magic out of me – he pushed me off the end of Blackpool pier once, I nearly drowned – but nothing happened until I was eight. Great-uncle Algie came round for tea and he was hanging me out of an upstairs window by the ankles when my great-auntie Enid offered him a meringue and he accidentally let go. But I bounced – all the way down the garden and into the road. They were all really pleased. Gran was crying, she was so happy.”

Neville Longbottom, Philosopher’s Stone, Ch. 7

“A game of Quidditch only ends when the Snitch is caught, so it can go on for ages – I think the record is three months, they had to keep bringing on substitutes so the players could get some sleep.”

Oliver Wood, Philosopher’s Stone, Ch. 10

“Now don’t forget that nice wrist movement we’ve been practising! Swish and flick, remember, swish and flick. And saying the magic words properly is very important, too – never forget Wizard Baruffio, who said ‘s’ instead of ‘f’ and found himself on the floor with a buffalo on his chest.”

Flitwick, Philosopher’s Stone, Ch. 10

“Troll – in the dungeons – thought you ought to know.”

Quirrell, Philosopher’s Stone, Ch. 10

“Oh yes … Hard work and pain are the best teachers if you ask me … It’s just a pity they let the old punishments die out … Hang you by your wrists from the ceiling for a few days, I’ve got the chains still in my office, keep ‘em well oiled in case they’re ever needed…”

Filch, Philosopher’s Stone, Ch. 15

“Severus? Yes, Severus does seem the type, doesn’t he? So useful to have him swooping around like an overgrown bat. Next to him, who would suspect p-p-poor st-stuttering P-Professor Quirrell?”

Quirrell, Philosopher’s Stone, Ch. 17

“Just Muggle-baiting. Sell them a key that keeps shrinking to nothing so they can never find it when they need it … Of course, it’s very hard to convict anyone because no Muggle would admit their key keeps shrinking – they’ll insist they just keep losing it. Bless them, they’ll go to any lengths to ignore magic, even if it’s staring them in the face.”

Athur Weasley, Chamber of Secrets, Ch. 3

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