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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Quotes

  • Courage

    RON [as Hermione runs up to hug him]: Thanks.

    TONKS: Deserves that. Brilliant, he was. I wouldn't be standing here without him.

    HERMIONE: Really?

    RON: Always the tone of surprise.

    Apparently Ron really earned his hug from Hermione by being super brave during Harry's transport…and Hermione is just a shade surprised. Ron is smiling when he says his line, but you can tell he's a little annoyed that Hermione is surprised that he was courageous. But hey, we'd be a little surprised to hear a teen wizard was able to protect a full-blown Auror, too, okay?

    MAD-EYE: Everyone here is of age, Potter. They've all agreed to take the risk.

    MUNDUNGUS: Technically, I've been coerced.

    When Mad-Eye tells Harry the plan for transporting him safely at the beginning of the movie, Harry is super against it. You see, everyone is going to be taking Polyjuice Potion so they look exactly like Harry, which puts everyone in danger. Mad-Eye assures him that everyone is of age and has agreed to stick their necks out, but Mundungus is quick to clarify that he wasn't super keen on the risk. Guess he's not quite as gutsy as the room full of teenagers that have taken the risk without complaint or hesitation, eh?

    BILL: Mad-Eye's dead. Mundungus took one look at Voldemort and Disapparated.

    So, yeah, in the opposite of courage, Mundungus abandoned his partner during Harry's transport and allowed Mad-Eye to get killed. We get being afraid of Voldemort and all, but seriously, dude?

    SCRIMGEOUR: "To Harry James Potter, I leave the Snitch he caught in his first Quidditch match at Hogwarts as a reminder of the rewards of perseverance and skill."

    HARRY: Is that it, then?

    SCRIMGEOUR: Not quite. Dumbledore left you a second bequest: The sword of Godric Gryffindor. Unfortunately, the sword of Gryffindor was not Dumbledore's to give away. As an important historical artifact, it belongs…

    HERMIONE: …to Harry. It belongs to Harry. It came to him when he most needed it in the Chamber of Secrets.

    SCRIMGEOUR: The sword may present itself to any worthy Gryffindor, Miss Granger. That does not make it that wizard's property. And in any event, the current whereabouts of the sword are unknown.

    So, the sword of Gryffindor can present itself to people who are super brave like Harry, but unfortunately, it seems to be AWOL these days. And that's really too bad, since Harry could use that sword to destroy some Horcruxes.

    RON: Going somewhere?

    HARRY: Nobody else is going to die. Not for me.

    RON: For you? You think Mad-Eye died for you? You think George took that curse for you? You may be the chosen one, mate, but this is a whole lot bigger than that. It's always been bigger than that.

    HARRY: Come with me.

    RON: And leave Hermione? Are you mad? We wouldn't last two days without her. Don't tell her I said that.

    Harry has the reputation for being the brave one, but Ron is actually being pretty gutsy here, too. He (and several others, it seems) are willing to put their lives on the line to try to defeat Voldemort. Harry isn't comfortable with all that, but as Ron says here, they aren't really giving him an option.

    RON: Do you know why I listen to that radio every night, do you? To make sure I don't hear Ginny's name, or Fred, or George, or Mom.

    HARRY: You think I'm not listening too? You think I don't know how this feels?

    RON: No, you don't know how it feels! Your parents are dead. You have no family.

    Whoa, low blow, Ron. Ron is trying to imply that the whole Horcrux search doesn't have high stakes for Harry because he doesn't have a family to protect/worry about. Ron can't be in his right mind, because we know Harry is brave. In fact, Ron's lashing out seems like the cowardly behavior here, if you as us.

    RON: …Are you coming or you staying? Fine. I get it. I saw you two the other night.

    HERMIONE: Ron, that's…that's nothing. Ron…Ron, where are you going? Please, come back. Ron. Ron!

    Unfortunately, Ron's bravery kind of fails him when he, Harry, and Hermione end up wandering aimlessly for a while in the search for Horcruxes, and he leaves them out of frustration (and fear—he doesn't like not knowing what's happening with his family).

    RON: I can't handle it. That thing affects me more than it affects you and Hermione.

    HARRY: All the more reason.

    RON: No, I can't.

    HARRY: Then why are you here? Why did you come back? Now, I'll have to speak to it to open it. When it does, don't hesitate. I don't know what's in there, but it will put up a fight. 

    When Ron finally returns to the group, and he gets the opportunity to destroy that nasty Horcrux that made him so unpleasant, he's pretty afraid to be the one to battle it. As he says, it seems to affect him more than the others.

    He pulls it together and gets the job done, though. That's some Harry Potter-level bravery, no?

    HERMIONE: Don't think this changes anything.

    RON: Oh, of course not. I only just destroyed a bloody Horcrux. Why would that change anything? Look, I wanted to come back as soon as I left. I just didn't know how to find you.

    Despite the fact that Ron returned and saved Harry's life while snagging the sword of Gryffindor and destroyed a Horcrux, Hermione is so not welcoming him back with open arms. We're thinking his courageous deeds will eventually outweigh that little blip in his loyalty in Hermione's mind, right?

  • Friendship

    BURBAGE: Severus…Severus, please. We're friends.

    Well, if Snape is only pretending to be evil, he's doing a pretty good job. In this scene, Voldemort and his Death Eaters are holding Charity Burbage, a professor at Hogwarts, prisoner because of her Muggle-loving ways. Voldemort is about to kill her, and Charity pleads with her "friend" Snape to help her…and he refuses. Yikes.

    RON: I just thought, after all this time, we would've actually achieved something. I thought you knew what you were doing. I thought Dumbledore would have told you something worthwhile. I thought you had a plan.

    HARRY: I told you everything Dumbledore told me! And in case you haven't noticed, we have found a Horcrux already.

    RON: Yeah, and we're about as close to getting rid of it as we are to finding the rest of them, aren't we?

    HERMIONE: Ron. Please take—please take the Horcrux off. You wouldn't be saying any of this if you hadn't been wearing it all day.

    So, Harry, Hermione, and Ron's friendship undergoes some massive tests during the course of the movie. Unfortunately, they have to wear around Voldemort's Horcrux in order to protect it, and it puts whoever's wearing it in a perfectly foul mood. And aside from that, Ron is pretty frustrated with their progress (or lack thereof) in destroying that Horcrux and finding other ones. So, all that basically blows up right here in this moment.

    HARRY: Fine, then go! Go, then!

    HERMIONE: Ron.

    RON: And you? Are you coming or you staying? Fine. I get it. I saw you two the other night.

    HERMIONE: Ron, that's…that's nothing. Ron…Ron, where are you going? Please, come back. Ron. Ron!

    See? We told you things were blowing up. In that same conversation in which Ron basically rags on Harry for being an orphan, he decides he's leaving—and when Hermione refuses to go with him, he's convinced that his nasty suspicions about her and Harry have been confirmed. As if.

    LOCKET VOLDEMORT: I see your heart and it is mine. I see your dreams, Ronald Weasley, and I have seen your fears. Least loved by your mother, who craved a daughter. Least loved by the girl who prefers your friend.

    HARRY: Ron, kill it!

    LOCKET HARRY: We were better without you. Happier without you.

    LOCKET HERMIONE: Who could love you compared to Harry Potter? What are you compared to the Chosen One?

    HARRY: Ron, it's lying!

    LOCKET HARRY: Your mother confessed she would prefer me as a son.

    LOCKET HERMIONE: What woman would take you? You are nothing…nothing. Nothing compared to him.

    So, when Harry opens the Horcrux so Ron can destroy it, it basically starts taunting Ron by verbalizing his worst fears. Among them? That Hermione and Harry really don't want him around and have lovey-type feelings for each other. These seem to have been the fears and angry thoughts that were behind Ron's drama with his BFFs. Luckily, he overcomes them and destroys the Horcrux.

    DOBBY: Dobby has no master! Dobby is a free elf, and Dobby has come to save Harry Potter and his friends.

    Oh, Dobby—we love him, because he's probably one of the most loyal friends Harry could ever have. And he's a house elf, which means he can Apparate in and out of Malfoy Manor to transport the prisoners (including Harry) out. A wizard definitely needs friends like that.

  • Weakness/Strength

    SCRIMGEOUR: These are dark times, there is no denying. Our world has perhaps faced no greater threat than it does today. But I say this to our citizens. We, ever your servants, will continue to defend your liberty and repel the forces that seek to take it from you. Your Ministry remains strong.

    This is the Minister of Magic's spiel to his constituents at the beginning of the movie. He seems to be trying to make a show of confidence but…yeah, the Ministry is definitely not strong, as we soon find out.

    SCRIMGEOUR: I don't know what you're up to, Mr. Potter, but you can't fight this war on your own. He's too strong.

    The Minister goes to visit Harry to read Dumbledore's will and dole out its bequests, and he uses the opportunity to try to find out what Harry is up to. Harry isn't at liberty to share his Horcrux-hunting plan with the Minister, and Scrimgeour isn't really pleased. As he says, he thinks Voldemort is too strong for Harry to go after him alone. But of course, he won't be alone, right? He'll have Ron and Hermione.

    KINGSLEY'S PATRONUS: The Ministry has fallen. The Minister of Magic is dead. They are coming.

    See, we told you the Ministry wasn't strong. It falls pretty early in the movie, which means that Harry's sanctuary at the Burrow is immediately busted. So, he, Hermione, and Ron have to go into hiding.

    HARRY: I have to start finding these Horcruxes. They're our only chance to beat him, and the longer we stay here, the stronger he gets.

    When Harry is kind of hiding out after leaving the Dursleys, he's eager to get the show on the road and start finding those Horcruxes. Like Scrimgeour, he seems to feel that Voldemort is gaining power as the rest of the wizarding world figures out what to do.

    RON: I can't handle it. That thing affects me more than it affects you and Hermione.

    HARRY: All the more reason.

    RON: No, I can't.

    HARRY: Then why are you here? Why did you come back? Now, I'll have to speak to it to open it. When it does, don't hesitate. I don't know what's in there, but it will put up a fight.

    Here, Harry seems to have a lot more confidence in Ron's strength/fortitude than Ron does. He gives him a little tough love in the form of the "What are you doing here anyway?"-type talk, and it works: Ron does manage to destroy the Horcrux when Harry opens the locket.

    HERMIONE: You destroyed it. And how is it that you just happen to have the sword of Gryffindor?

    RON: It's a long story.

    HERMIONE: Don't think this changes anything.

    RON: Oh, of course not. I only just destroyed a bloody Horcrux. Why would that change anything? Look, I wanted to come back as soon as I left. I just didn't know how to find you.

    Even though Ron managed to destroy the Horcrux (yay!), Hermione is so not ready to forgive him for whatever weakness/jealousies caused him to leave them behind. We hope these two can patch things up soon, though—we aren't strong enough to watch them fighting and bickering for this long.

    HERMIONE: No, you don't understand. Dirt and rust have no effect on the blade. It only takes in that which makes it stronger.

    Here, Hermione is talking about the sword of Gryffindor—which, miraculously, only drinks in stuff that makes it more powerful. She's realized that the sword can destroy Horcruxes because it imbibed basilisk venom back when Harry used it on—you guessed it—a basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets.

  • Betrayal/Secrecy

    LUPIN: What creature sat in the corner the first time Harry Potter visited my office in Hogwarts?

    HARRY: Are you mad?

    LUPIN: What creature?

    HARRY: A Grindylow.

    LUPIN: We have been betrayed. Voldemort knew you were being moved tonight. I had to make sure you weren't an imposter.

    There are so many secret plots and betrayals going on in Harry's world that Lupin is super aggressive about making sure that Harry actually is Harry when they rendezvous at the Burrow after the disastrous transport that kills Mad-Eye (and Hedwig).

    DUMBLEDORE'S DARK SECRETS REVEALED
    RITA SKEETER LAUNCHES NEW BOOK

    DUMBLEDORE REMEMBERED BY ELPHIAS DOGE

    These are two different headlines from The Daily Prophet. Elphias Doge is a friend of Dumbledore's, so he isn't out to trash or betray Dumbledore's privacy—but Rita Skeeter is a different story. She is all about violating other people's confidence and digging up their secrets (even the ones that aren't, er, true).

    SCRIMGEOUR: "First, to Ronald Billius Weasley, I leave my Deluminator, a device of my own making in the hope that when things seem most dark, it will show him the light."

    Ron probably wishes he could use his Deluminator to shed light on why exactly Dumbledore left that particular object to him. Unfortunately, Dumbledore was not overly forthcoming about his thoughts and plans in general, and his intentions here are definitely pretty mysterious. For now, anyway.

    SCRIMGEOUR: "To Hermione Jean Granger, I leave my copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard in the hope that she find it entertaining and instructive."

    Again, we have another mysterious Dumbledore bequest, this time to Hermione. Like Ron, she has no real clue why Dumbledore wanted to leave that book to her. Well, at least not yet.

    AUNTIE MURIEL: Don't despair, Elphias. I'm told he's been thoroughly unriddled by Rita Skeeter. In 800 pages, no less. Word has it that someone talked to her…someone who knew the Dumbledore family well. Both you and I know who that is, Elphias.

    ELPHIAS: A monstrous betrayal.

    HARRY: Who are we talking about?

    AUNTIE MURIEL: Bathilda Bagshot.

    From this conversation among Harry, Elphias, and Ron's Auntie Muriel, it sounds like Rita Skeeter did get someone to spill Dumbledore's secrets: a magical historian named Bathilda Bagshot.

    RON: Seems strange, mate. Dumbledore sends you off to find all these Horcruxes, but doesn't tell you how to destroy them. Doesn't that bother you?

    We're not sure what reason Harry would have for withholding any information he had about Dumbledore's plans/intentions for hunting Horcruxes, but Ron sure thinks that's what's happening—and he is not impressed.

    RON: Yeah, I'm still here. But you two carry on. Don't let me spoil the fun.

    HARRY: What's wrong?

    RON: Wrong? Nothing's wrong. Not according to you, anyway.

    […]

    RON: And you? Are you coming or you staying? Fine. I get it. I saw you two the other night.

    HERMIONE: Ron, that's. . .that's nothing. Ron . . .Ron, where are you going? Please, come back. Ron. Ron!

    In large part because he's had to wear Voldemort's nasty Horcrux around, Ron has become uber suspicious of Harry and Hermione's friendship and convinced that Harry is somehow holding out on them in terms of his plan for finding Horcruxes.