Today I’m excited to be back with another first lines post. I have been finding these interesting because you can learn quite a bit about a character from the first time he or she speaks.
There is so much to a character.
But just like with people in real life, as long as the character is well developed, one can start getting to know a character from the first time they open their mouth, and sometimes even before then.
If you decide to read through these first things that different Harry Potter characters say, you should be warned if you have not read this book there will be some minor spoilers. Actually there may also be some not so minor spoils, so, please, read only if you have already read the books or don’t care about spoilers.
So, you have been warned and now let us begin!
Dot: ‘Horrible temper. I remember, when he was a kid…’
And in this scene is the only place that she is mentioned in the entire series, so this is a very, very important first line.
Peter Pettigrew: ‘There is a little more in the bottle, my Lord, if you are still hungry.’
For some reason now I am imagining him talking to a baby, and it is a slightly disturbing image.
Voldemort: ‘Later. Move me closer to the fire, Wormtail.’
Your first line is unlikely to make people want to join you or kill you which is what anything a villain says do.
Frank Bryce: ‘What’s that you’re calling me?’
Petunia Dursley: ‘There you are, Diddy darling.’
Vernon Dursley: ‘Is this it?’
Harry Potter: ‘She did put enough stamps on, then.’
Arthur Weasley: ‘Ouch! Fred, no – go back, go back, there’s been some kind of mistake – tell George not to – OUCH! George, no, there’s no room, go back quickly and tell Ron-‘
As long as one knows what is going on this is the first rather amusing first line…
Ron Weasley: ‘What are we doing here? Has something gone wrong?’
Fred Weasley: ‘Oh, no, Ron. No, this is exactly where we wanted to end up.’
George Weasley: ‘Yeah, we’re having the time of our lives here.’
Charlie Weasley: ‘How’re you doing, Harry?’
It’s always nice to meet someone that you’ve heard so much about.
Molly Weasley: ‘Tell me what?’
Hermione Granger: ‘Why don’t you show Harry where he’s sleeping, Ron?’
Ginny Weasley: ‘We’ve been hearing explosions out of their rooms for ages, but we never thought they were actually making things. We thought they just liked the noise.’
I feel like this is something a lot of sisters might say about their brothers.
Percy Weasley: ‘Oh hello, Harry. I was wondering who was making all the noise. I’m trying to work in here, you know – I’ve got a report to finish for the office – and it’s rather difficult to concentrate when people keep thundering up and down the stairs.’
Bill Weasley: ‘Sorry, Perce. How’re the cauldron bottoms coming on?’
Amos Diggory: ‘Over here, Arthur! Over here, son, we’ve got it!’
Cedric Diggory: ‘Hi.’
He is described in one of the earlier books as strong and silent, but I don’t think that he talked in it.
Basil: ‘Hello there, Arthur. Not on duty, eh? It’s all right for some . . . We’ve been here all night. . . . You’d better get out of the way, we’ve got a bit party coming in from the Black Forest at five-fifteen. Hang on, I’ll find your campsite. . . . Weasley . . . Weasley . . . About a quarter of a mile’s walk over there, first field you come to. Site manager’s called Mr. Roberts. Diggory . . . second field . . . ask for Mr. Payne.’
Mr. Roberts: ‘Morning.’
Seamus Finnigan: ‘Harry! Ron! Hermione!’
Archie: ‘I bought this in a Muggle shop. Muggles where them.’
This first line is much more amusing when one knows what he is wearing.
Ludo Bagman: ‘Ahoy there!’
Barty Crouch: ‘No thank you, Ludo. I’ve been looking for you everywhere. The Bulgarians are insisting we add another twelve seats to the Top Box.’
Winky: ‘Did sir just call me Dobby?’
Cornelius Fudge: ‘Harry Potter, you know. Harry Potter . . . oh come on now, you know who he is . . . the boy who survived You-Know-Who . . . you do know who he is – ‘
Lucius Malfoy: ‘Ah, Fudge, how are you? I don’t think you’ve met my wife, Narcissa? Or our son, Draco?’
Draco Malfoy: ‘Well, with feet that size, hard not to.’
Stan Shunpike: ‘I’m about to become the youngest-ever Minister of Magic, I am.’
Don’t hold your breath because he’s not.
Neville Longbottom: ‘Gran didn’t want to go. Wouldn’t buy tickets. It sounded amazing though.’
Rubeus Hagrid: ‘All righ’, Harry? See yeh at the feast if we don’ drown!’
Well, he’s in an optimistic mood!
Professor Minerva McGonagall: ‘PEEVES! Peeves, come down here at ONCE!’
Peeves: ‘Not doing nothing! Already wet, aren’t they? Little squirts! Wheeeeeeeee!’
Nearly Headless Nick: ‘Good evening.’
Colin Creevey: ‘Hiya, Harry!’
Dennis Creevey: ‘Colin, I fell in! It was brilliant! And something in the water grabbed me and pushed me back into the boat!’
I doubt that I would be feeling as excited if I had gotten into a similar position, although maybe I would because I would be at Hogwarts.
Professor Albus Dumbledore: ‘I have only two words to say to you. Tuck in.’
The Fat Lady: ‘Password?’
Professor Pomona Sprout: ‘Bubotubers. They need squeezing. You will collect the pus-‘
Hannah Abbott: ‘Like poor Eloise Midgen. She tried to curse hers off.’
Lavender Brown: ‘Eurgh!’
I feel like all she says are more sounds than words…
Dean Thomas: ‘Ouch! It got me!’
At least he can also talk.
Professor Sybil Trelawney: ‘Good day.’
Professor Alastor Moody(?): ‘OH NO YOU DON’T, LADDIE!’
Doesn’t he know that I hate writing in all capitals?
Lee Jordan: ‘Supercool. We had him this afternoon.’
Madame Maxime: ‘Dumbly-dorr, I ‘ope I find you well?’
Professor Karkaroff: ‘Dumbledore! How are you, my dear fellow, how are you?’
Fleur Delacour: ‘Excuse me, are you wanting ze bouillabaisse?’
Professor Severus Snape: ‘It’s no one’s fault but Potter’s, Karkaroff. Don’t go blaming Dumbledore for Potter’s determination to break rules. He has been crossing lines ever since he arrived here-‘
Oh, good, at least, Snape is acting normal.
Angelina Johnson: ‘Oh if it couldn’t be me, at least it’s a Gryffindor -‘
Katie Bell: ‘You’ll be able to pay back Diggory for that last Quidditch match, Harry!’
That’s certainly a way to put things into perspective.
Rita Skeeter: ‘I wonder if I could have a little word with Harry before we start? The youngest champion, you know . . . to add a bit of color?’
Mr. Ollivander: ‘Mademoiselle Delacour, could we have you first, please?’
Sirius Black: ‘Never mind me, how are you?’
Madame Poppy Pomfrey: ‘Dragons! Last year dementors, this year dragons, what are they going to bring into this school next? You’re very lucky . . . this is quite shallow . . . it’ll need cleaning before I heal it up, though. . . .’
There might be a lot less injuries if more people listened to her.
Dobby: ‘Harry Potter, sir! Harry Potter!’
He seems slightly obsessed…
Cho Chang: ‘Okay.’
Parvati Patil: ‘Yes, all right then.’
Victor Krum: ‘Vell, ve have a castle also, not as big as this, nor as comfortable, I am thinking. Ve have just four floors, and the fires are lit only for magical purposes. But ve have grounds larger even than these – though in vinter, ve have very little daylight, so ve are not enjoying them. But in summer ve are flying every day, over the lakes and the mountains-‘
And you waited over half the book to even open your mouth!
Roger Davies: ‘Absolutely right. Like that. Yeah.’
Padma Patil: ‘Are you going to ask me to dance at all?’
Professor Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank: ‘Hurry up, now, the bell rang five minutes ago.’
Moaning Myrtle: ‘I’d try putting in the water, if I were you.’
If that were my name I’d probably act like that too…
Alastor Moody: ‘Filth.’
This is in a memory.
Barty Crouch Jr.: ‘Father. . . Father . . . please. . .’
This was also in a memory.
Bellatrix Lestrange: ‘The Dark Lord will rise again, Crouch! Throw us into Azkaban; we will wait! He will rise again and will come for us, he will reward us beyond any of his other supporters! We alone were faithful! We alone tried to find him!’
And this was said in a memory as well.
Bertha Jorkins: ‘He put a hex on me, Professor Dumbledore, and I was only teasing him, sir, I only said I’d seen him kissing Florence behind the greenhouses last Thursday . . . .’
Avery: ‘Master! Master, forgive me! Forgive us all!’
Macnair: ‘Thank you, Master . . . thank you.’
Crabbe Sr.: ‘Yes, Master . . .’
I guess like father, like son.
Goyle Sr.: ‘We will, Master . . .’
Nott: ‘My Lord, I prostrate myself before you, I am your most faithful – ‘
Lily Potter: ‘Your father’s coming. . . . Hold on for your father. . . .It will be all right. . . . Hold on. . . .’
Harry’s not dead, and she’s not alive. It’s easier to understand in context.
James Potter: ‘When the connection is broken, we will linger for only moments . . . but we will give you time . . . you must get to the Portkey, it will return you to Hogwarts . . . do you understand, Harry?’
See the explanation for Lily.
Mrs. Diggory: ‘He suffered very little then. And after all, Amos . . . he died just when he’d won the tournament. He must have been happy.’
That brings us to the end of all the first lines in this book.
My favorite was probably when Ginny Weasley says: ‘We’ve been hearing explosions out of their rooms for ages, but we never thought they were actually making things. We thought they just liked the noise.’
I’d love to hear which one is your favorite in the comments!