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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (1997)

Scars can come in useful. I have one myself above my left knee which is a perfect map of the London Underground.

--Chapter 1

Don't ask questions. That was the first rule for a quiet life with the Dursleys.

--Chapter 2

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.

--Chapter 4

Shouldn'ta lost me temper, but it didn't work anyway. Meant ter turn him into a pig, but I suppose he was so much like a pig anyway there wasn't much left ter do.

--Chapter 4

For those who take, but do not earn,
Must pay most dearly in their turn.

--Chapter 5

Quidditch? It's our sport. Wizard sport. It's like -- like soccer in the Muggle world -- everyone follows Quidditch -- played up in the air on broomsticks and there's four balls -- sorta hard ter explain the rules.

--Chapter 5

Tell yeh what, I'll get yer animal. Not a toad, toads went outta fashion years ago, yeh'd be laughed at -- an' I don't like cats, they make me sneeze. I'll get yer an owl. All the kids want owls, they're dead useful, carry yer mail an' everythin'.

--Chapter 5

As there is little foolish wand-waving here, many of you will hardly believe this is magic. I don't expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses … I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death — if you aren't as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach.

--Chapter 8

There are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.

--Chapter 10

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

--Chapter 12

One can never have enough socks.

--Chapter 12

I tell you, that dragon's the most horrible animal I've ever met, but the way Hagrid goes about it, you'd think it was a fluffy little bunny rabbit. When it bit me he told me off for frightening it. And when I left, he was singing it a lullaby.

--Chapter 14

There is no good and evil, there is only power, and those too weak to seek it.

--Chapter 17

To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.

--Chapter 17

Humans do have a knack for choosing precisely those things which are worst for them.

--Chapter 17

Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.

--Chapter 17

The truth.... It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.

--Chapter 17

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

--Chapter 17

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