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These Harry Potter Quotes Might Make Your Kid a Better Person — Really

Jeanne Sager is parenting and living editor for SheKnows. A photographer, social media junkie, and crazed mom to an even crazier kid, she's strung words together for TheStir.com, Babble.com, Parents, Kiwi Magazine, and others.

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Harry Potter is changing the world

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Harry Potter is changing the world

The Harry Potter franchise officially turned 20 in June 2017, but somehow, the magic of it just never gets old — and thank goodness, because the genius of J.K. Rowling's series might well be changing lives for the better. 

It turns out reading Harry Potter can actually make you — and your kid — a better person. No, really. Research has shown that Harry and the rest of the Hogwarts gang help guide kids toward being more compassionate.

"Researchers find that exposure to Harry Potter stories changes the attitudes of children and young people toward people from disadvantaged backgrounds, specifically refugees, immigrants and gay people," NPR's Shankar Vedantam revealed on Morning Edition. "So it turns out Harry Potter may be an effective tool against prejudice."

Want further proof your children should hop aboard the Hogwarts Express? Here are some wonderfully wise quotes from the Harry Potter series that every kid should hear... and take to heart.

Originally published September 2015. Updated September 2017.

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Quality of man

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Quality of man

In today's terms: It's not the number of Facebook friends you have, but how kind you are online. Or something

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Respect one another

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Respect one another

R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Sing it, kids.

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Light vs. dark

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Light vs. dark

Love can triumph over evil.

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Turn on the light

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Turn on the light

It gets better, kids.

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Believe

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Believe

Because somebody has to!

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Anything is possible

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Anything is possible

Never give up.

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Who you are

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Who you are

Dream big... you deserve it.

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Choose wisely

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Choose wisely

Choose, but choose wisely.

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Friends matter

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Friends matter

No man (or kid) is an island.

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Don't forget to live

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Don't forget to live

Humans cannot live on dreams alone.

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Pin it!

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Pin it!

 Pin now, read later.

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