Fill In the Blank: Magical Words of Wisdom From Albus Dumbledore!
By: Jennifer Post
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About This Quiz
Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is the Headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for all of the books up until his untimely death. He taught the students, supervised them and guided them as they discovered who they were as witches and wizards. It's not an easy thing to do, especially when The Chosen One is in your presence. He wanted to put all his focus onto Harry Potter and make sure he was making out alright and not getting attacked every day, but he also had an entire school of students to worry about. That's probably why his nuggets of wisdom came in so handy.
All of the things that Dumbledore said can take on a different meaning depending on where you're at, and where Harry was at, at any given point in the books. He always tried to impart his wisdom on Harry and everyone else, knowing he wouldn't be around forever to keep those messages going. But since there are so many words that Dumbledore spoke throughout all seven books, it can be hard to remember them all. However, there are some that stick out more than others. Can you fill in the blanks of these Dumbledore words of wisdom? Take this magical quiz to find out!
The missing word appears three times, so it must mean something. Which word completes the Dumbledore quote? "It is important to __ and __ again, and keep __, for only then can evil be kept at bay though never quite eradicated."
Dumbledore always tried to tell the kids that trying, even if you don't win all the time, is good enough. Keeping Voldemort away by never giving up and keeping the fight going just to keep things placated will suffice until the big fight.
In the quote from Dumbledore to Neville Longbottom, "It takes a great deal of __ to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends," which word completes it?
The end of the year sees Dumbledore awarding the House Cup to Slytherin at first. He doles out some last minute points to Gryffindor and utters those words to Neville letting him know how honorable it was to stand up to his friends, even if it wasn't easy.
In the last book, Dumbledore utters the words, "Do not pity the dead, Harry, pity the living. And above all, those who live without __." What's missing?
Harry is feared dead and he has a vision, or maybe it's really happening, of him and Dumbledore speaking at King's Cross. Dumbledore is not alive at this point, so who know's what's really happening. That's magic for you!
Which word fills both the gaps in this Dumbledore quote? "__ is not a sin, but we should exercise caution with our __."
Harry gets caught with his head in the pensieve and Dumbledore is quick to remind him that while it is great to be curious, we must be careful how we express that curiosity. We may see things we can't unsee.
Speaking to the Minister of Magic, Dumbledore says, "You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they __ to be." What's the missing words?
He wasn't so much speaking to the Minister of Magic as he was yelling at the Minister of Magic in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." Cornelius Fudge was praising the Malfoy family for being one of the old and pure wizard families.
Right after Cedric's untimely death, Dumbledore utters these words: "Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is __ and what is right." What's the missing word?
During the Tri Wizard Tournament, Harry and Cedric meet Voldemort in an unfortunate situation. Cedric didn't make it back alive, and once Harry declared that Voldemort was back, Dumbledore knew there were going to be dark times ahead.
"After all, to the well organized mind, __ is but the next great adventure."
Harry has recovered the Sorcerer's Stone and it has been destroyed. He feels said that Nicolas Flamel will die now because the stone was giving him everlasting life. Dumbeldore's response is the quote above, easing Harry's mind.
During the cave search for a Horcrux, Dumbledore says to Harry, "It's the __ we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more." Can you find the missing word?
Harry is frightened by the darkness of the cave. He has no idea what lies beneath the water or above him. Dumbledore tells him not to be afraid . It's basically Dumbledore's version of, "There's nothing to fear but fear itself."
"We are only as __ as we are united, as weak as we are divided." Powerful words from Dumbledore, but what's missing?
Dumbledore, while still addressing all three of the wizarding schools, emphasizes that they all need to stick together in this time of trouble. Picking sides or separating from one another will be the ultimate downfall of them all.
Do you know the missing words to this Dumbledore nugget of wisdom? "It does not do to dwell on ___ and forget to ___."
'Dreams' and 'live'
Albus Dumbledore speaks these words of wisdom in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." He finds Harry staring into the Mirror of Erised and he knows he's upset about seeing his parents in the mirror. He tries to get Harry to live in the moment.
"You will also find that __ will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it." Which word is missing?
Hogwarts is full of magic. Even if you don't explicitly ask for help, you will still receive it one way or another. The help could come in the form of a new lesson, or a friend showing up when you least expect it.
Making sure Harry knows he is nothing like Tom Riddle, Dumbledore says, "It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our __." Which word is missing?
Harry Potter was doubting his rightful place in Gryffindor because he was mumbling "not Slytherin" under this breath during the sorting ceremony. Dumbledore reassured him that the sorting hat is never wrong.
"You think the __ we loved truly ever leave us? You think we don't recall them more clearly in times of great trouble?"
The message Dumbledore was trying to send is that no matter if people are dead or alive, those we love can be brought back to us in memories and our minds, especially during times of need. Like when Harry was about to fight Voldemort.
Right after Sirius dies, Harry can barely handle it. Can you complete Dumbledore's quote in response to Harry? "You care so much you feel as though you will __ to death with the pain of it."
Bellatrix Lestrange uses the killing curse on Sirius Black, Harry's godfather, and sends him off into the abyss. Harry is crippled with pain and agony and the quote above is Dumbledore's way of trying to make him realize his pain and deal with it.
He was referred to "you know who" and "he who should not be named" for years. Can you complete Dumbledore's quote on the subject of Voldemort? "Fear of a __ increases fear of a thing itself."
People in the wizarding world don't utter the name Voldemort. Dumbledore advises Harry to use his name as to not create more fear and mystery surrounding the evil thing. Getting comfortable saying his name makes all the difference.
What's missing from the quote, "While we may come from different places and speak different languages, our hearts __ as one"?
Differences in people don't matter when their goal is the same. Defeating Voldemort was everyone's goal except for the Death Eaters and those loyal to Voldemort. Coming together as one is the only way for true defeat.
Which word completes, "__ are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it"?
Dumbledore wants Harry to know that words, whether spoken or written, hold more power than almost any other magic. You can put a curse on someone and say a different spell and immediately lift the curse. The power and choice is yours.
"Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not __?" Which word in Dumbledore's quote is missing?
During the conversation in King's Cross that might be a dream or might be Harry on the verge of death, Harry starts to wonder if his conversation with Dumbledore is real or all in his head. Dumbledore reminds him that it can be both.
On Horcruxes, Dumbledore said, "To confide a part of your __ to something that can think and move for itself is obviously a very risky business." Which word below is missing?
Dumbledore says this when about Nagini being one of Voldemort's Horcruxes. Nagini was the snake, who clearly had the ability to move and think on its own, even though she was being controlled by Voldemort.
Can you fill in the blanks and complete this Dumbledore quote? "Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they __? All of them realize that one day, amongst their many victims, there is sure to be one who rises against them and strikes back."
This Dumbledore quote is said in regard to the prophecy about Harry and Voldemort. Harry doesn't realize that Voldemort ends up creating his worst enemy in the same way that tyrants do.
Which word completes the quote, "__ the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it"?
In "The Goblet of Fire," Harry is feeling the pain and loss of Cedric and the return of Voldemort. Dumbledore wishes he could take his pain away, but he knows the best way to do that is to just let Harry feel it.
"You are protected, in short, by your ability to __," Dumbledore says to Harry. But what word will complete the quote?
The only defense Harry really has against Voldemort is his ability to love. That is one thing he doesn't have and can't stand to be around. It's why Harry didn't die when Voldemort hit him with the killing curse. He was protected by love.
"People find it far easier to forgive others for being __ than for being right." Which word is missing from this message of wisdom?
People generally don't want to hear negative things, no matter how true they are. Forgiving someone for telling you something you don't want to hear is far harder than forgiving that person for being wrong. The latter is like a clean slate.
Dumbledore had just eaten an Every Flavor Bean and uttered the words, "The best of us sometimes __ our words." What's missing?
He thought he was safe with his bean, hoping it was toffee or something. It was actually ear wax, causing him to say that even Dumbledore, the Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, can make mistakes.
"You __ what you expect to __." Which word is missing in this Dumbledore to Snape quote?
Harry is seeing Snape's memories in the pensieve when he hears him say things about Harry that aren't so positive. Dumbledore reminds Snape that he will only see in Harry was he has already concluded about him.
"It is my belief that the __ is generally preferred to __." Which words complete these Dumbledore words of wisdom?
These words are pretty self explanatory. It is better to tell the truth and to seek out the truth than tell or believe lies. The truth will always come out, in the case of Voldemort being back on form, and the liars will be exposed.
Can you complete this famous Dumbledore quote? "__ can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."
This is maybe one of the most famous Dumbledore quotes, and he says it in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban." He was trying to convey that even when things seem like they can't get any worse, there will also be a hint of light if you just look for it.
Dumbledore tells Harry, "It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to __ are those who have never sought it." Which word completes the thought?
Harry never wanted the spotlight. He never wanted to be the one who got blamed for things, or credit for things. But when he was needed as a leader, he stepped right up. Dumbledore said that's what makes someone suited for power.
"Ah, __. A magic beyond all we do here." It's not explicit what Dumbledore meant by this, but which word is missing that might be a clue?
Maybe he meant that music is so good on its own that magic cannot do anything more to it than what it already is. What is created with music is not only the melody and notes, but the feeling people get when they play it.
After the death of Cedric and the return of Voldemort, Dumbledore says, "Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our __ are open." What's missing?
After the Tri Wizard tournament, Dumbledore gives a speech to all three schools that participated. He basically meant that they need to all come together in times of evil and have their heads on straight and their intentions right.
“Bed rest and a large steaming mug of __. I always find that cheers me up.” Maybe the best of Dumbledore's advice! Which words complete it?
During one of his many ailments, Harry asks Dumbledore how to feel better. Dumbledore comes back with this response, half-joking, but half not. "Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets" held this gem of a quote from Dumbledore.
Written on Dumbledore's grave was, "Where your __ is, your heart will be also." Which word is missing?
Originally a quote from the Bible, this quote is seen on Dumbledore's grave. His one last message of wisdom that can be read for years to come. It is meant to say to live a life that is true to you and the things you value.
"We must try not to sink beneath our anguish, but __ on" is said at a pivotal moment for Dumbledore. What word is missing?
Dumbledore uttered these words shortly before his death, and he wanted to tell everyone to keep fighting. The war wasn't over, nowhere near it, and the whole wizard community needed to keep on going, even if it was without him.
"Don't count your __ before they're delivered." Which word completes the quote?
It's a play on the proverb, "Don't count your chickens before they hatch." Dumbledore wanted to convey to the students to not assume they have things before they do, and then go on to count on those things they do not yet have.
Dumbledore said, "Age is foolish and __ when it underestimates youth." What word completes the quote?
Harry and Dumbledore are in the cave searching for one of Voldemort's Horcruxes, but he has of course set up magic traps. Dumbledore suggests that Voldemort would not have expected a 16-year-old boy to be down there, so he might be able to get around them.