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

by Jeanne Sager
Sep 12, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. ET
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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.

1 /12: Wit beyond measure

These Harry Potter quotes are words to live by
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1/12 :Wit beyond measure

 

2 /12: Quality of man

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2/12 :Quality of man

 

3 /12: Respect one another

These Harry Potter quotes are words to live by
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3/12 :Respect one another

 

4 /12: Light vs. dark

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4/12 :Light vs. dark

 

5 /12: Turn on the light

These Harry Potter quotes are words to live by
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5/12 :Turn on the light

 

6 /12: Believe

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6/12 :Believe

 

7 /12: Anything is possible

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7/12 :Anything is possible

 

8 /12: Who you are

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8/12 :Who you are

 

9 /12: Choose wisely

These Harry Potter quotes are words to live by

9/12 :Choose wisely

 

10 /12: Friends matter

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10/12 :Friends matter

 

11 /12: Don't forget to live

These Harry Potter quotes are words to live by
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11/12 :Don't forget to live

 

12 /12: Pin it!

These Harry Potter quotes are words to live by
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12/12 :Pin it!