The Greatest Lessons Dumbledore Taught Me

Greatest Lessons Dumbledore Taught Me

Hey Brunch Babes! Well accio me some mimosas because it is Potter Week hosted by The Common Room. As you know, I love Harry Potter and am looking forward to sharing my favorite memories with you this week as we take a walk down Diagon Alley and look forward to what is to come.

I think many of you will agree that Harry Potter was more than just a book series or movie franchise. They were our friends, teachers, and adventures. JK Rowling said it best: You got the letter. You went to Hogwarts. We were all there together.


I loved so many of the characters in Harry Potter, but now as an adult I find myself returning to the wise words from Professor Dumbledore more and more. The first prompt for PotterWeek is Potter Verse dealing with words from Harry Potter and Dumbledore’s words have guided me in more ways than one… Here are the greatest lessons Dumbledore taught me.

Happiness can be found

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
Lumos! We will all go through trials and tribulations in life and I am no exception to that. I have returned to this quote more times than you will ever know because I refuse to be anything but happy. I have had sadness, I have felt pain, but I continually choose joy… I turn on the light. I truly appreciate that JK Rowling knew we, as the Harry Potter generation, would have to face thing that would be dark. Death, betrayal, and loss – she wanted us to have a place to turn in those times and Dumbledore was for me that place.
I have even found myself sometimes saying “lumos” as a way to remind myself that I can turn on that light and I can find happiness and joy even in the darkest of times. So I encourage you to choose joy, yes sometimes you have to fake it… but if you fake it long enough eventually it become real!


“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
I think as an adult this quote now applies differently to me. My dreams are purposeful and planned and – quite frankly – great. But all those plans without action behind them will never be more than just dreams. You have to live them out everyday. Wake up and decide I will not just plan to be somewhere in 5 years, but live that life now — even if you are just starting to figure it all out. We will not always always be perfect but we can work to achieve what we would want to see in the mirror of Erised. We not forget to live out our dreams.

Inside your head

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
I think this is exactly what JK was trying to tell us. Of course these books exist in our imaginations and hearts – but why should that mean they are not real.
If it impacted you, moved you, or changed you… well then it is real, isn’t it!

Dumbledore’s words can continue to teach us and remind us who we really are and what we want to do with that. They also can change meaning as we get older because words, of course, are our most inexhaustible source of magic.

What quotes from Harry Potter impacted you the most?

Be sure to check out the rest of PotterWeek here on Bad Wolf Brunch and at The Common Room.


  • What a great take on today’s prompt, it didn’t even cross my mind to do something like this. Dumbledore is a fountain of wisdom, and you’ve picked some of my favorite quotes from him :) My absolute favorite is the last one – it always makes me cry a little, whenever I read it <3

  • Love these quotes, great post!

  • Fabulous post! Dumbledore really is so very quoteable.

  • Great post, Mal. The quote that impacted me the most is Dumbledore’s speech at the end of Goblet of Fire. “When it comes time to choose between what is right and what is easy… remember Cedric Diggory” (or something very similar to it) I remember thinking about how great that advice is. To be a good person you have to be proactive and sometimes, that’s not easy.

    Also, Cedric was such a great kid, nice, and fair and he was killed for no reason- so Jo showed us within that post that not only should you try really hard to be good, but also remember that life isn’t about being fair so maybe do your best to make it so. #NerdAlert

  • Wonderful post; thanks for sharing!