10 Best Nymphadora Tonks Quotes From The Harry Potter Books

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As the Harry Potter franchise expands its universe with Hogwarts Legacy and its novelties, it’s hard for Potterheads not to reminisce about the original book series and its unforgettable characters. Although the films were generally well-received, they omitted many great quotes from secondary characters, such as the beloved Metamorphmagus, Nymphadora Tonks.

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A talented auror, free-spirited, and fiercely loyal friend, Tonks was a fan-favorite book character who unfortunately did not get much screen time in the films. Whether it was cracking jokes or unabashedly declaring her love, Tonks had many great book quotes that showcased why she deserved to be so admired and popular among the fandom.

10 “I Just Wish I’d Got Her, I Owe Bellatrix.”

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Bellatrix Lestrange is easily one of the most hated characters in the game Harry Potter, with even Tonks’ bubbly and kind persona holding a grudge against the witch. In the events preceding Sirius’ murder, Tonks was seen taking on the Death Eater in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

This quote holds a lot of significance as it represents both the guilt she feels regarding Sirius and also her deep desire to avenge all of Bellatrix’s victims, herself included. In doing so, the line adds more depth to Tonks’ comedic character, furthering her loyalty and showing a darker, vengeance-seeking side.

9 “Wand Still In Your Jeans? Both Buttocks Still On?”

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Unlike the many controversial and problematic Harry Potter characters, Nymphadora Tonks is someone who is established as fun and wholesome from the very beginning. Growing up away from the darkness of her maternal House of Black relatives, Tonks grew to become a witch who is both confident in her skills and very fun-loving, especially when she is first introduced in the fifth book.

This quote – one of her earliest – highlights her ability to turn even the grimtest of situations into a light-hearted moment. Not to mention her mocking of Mad-Eye emphasizing their mentor-mentee relationship.

8 “Stop Being So Cheerful, Mad-Eye.”

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Mad-Eye Moody was one of the saddest Harry Potter character deaths; while all the order was affected by his passing in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Tonks was especially hurt by the news. Although not touched upon in the films, the two shared a strong bond, with Harry noting how Tonks was Mad-Eye’s “favorite and his protégée”.

Their relationship and this line of her teasing her mentor aptly showcase just how well-loved Tonks was, with even the uptight and ever-serious Mad-Eye having a soft spot for the personable young witch. Plus, it exemplifies her great sense of humor as well, especially while on serious duty.

7 “Thanks For The Tea And Sympathy, Molly.”

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Despite her upbeat energy and positive outlook, it’s not long after her introduction that Tonks has to go through some of the most devastating and heartbreakingly sad moments of the series. Harry Potter. Most of Tonks’ melancholy stems from Remus.

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Subtly hinted at in her words, this line is one of Tonks’ best as it exhibits her sharing her feelings and looking for a solution rather than holding it all in. It also shows the many layers of the woman, as Harry and his friends are unable to decipher her secret. Rather than simply being the open and tough witch they see her as this line proves her to be vulnerable and full of sadness as well.

6 “I Couldn’t Stand Not Knowing.”

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Nymphadora Tonks was one of the fiercest and most fearless Aurors in the city Harry Potter books, showing up wherever Harry and the Order needed her, no matter the danger. This bravery of hers was amplified even further after she developed feelings for Remus, making her determined to fight alongside him no matter what.

This quote from the final installment showcases her courage and dedication to both Remus and the fight against Voldemort, as she leaves her newborn son and the safety of her home to die fighting instead. It also serves as one of her last lines in the series.

5 “Hear Me Break That Plate When We Arrived?”

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There are many sides to Tonks, with her being both one of the most powerful Aurors in Harry Potter and also one of the clumpiest of the bunch. Her constant crashing into things is something depicted various times in the series, especially as she trips over the same umbrella repeatedly in Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place.

However, as shown by this line, Tonks is self-aware of her faults and is confident enough in herself to poke fun at them. Given that she says this line to Harry, who is full of insecurities himself, the quote is reasoning that even the best of wizards have their flaws.

4 “If You Shout His Name I Will Curse You Into Oblivion.”

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When it comes to someone Harry Potter should have named his children after, there’s no doubt that Tonks should be added to that list. She played an important role in helping Harry get to his destined clash with Lord Voldemort, after all.

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Always sticking up for Harry and ensuring he remains safe, Tonks is never one to shy away from threatening others to safeguard the Chosen One, as demonstrated by this quote from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The line shows a more intimidating and powerful side of Tonks than she usually displays, earning even further admiration in the process.

3 “If We Find Out You’ve Been Horrible To Harry…”

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The Dursleys were rarely ever good to Harry Potter, so it’s a good thing he had caring adults in the Wizarding World to stick up for him and his wellbeing while in their care. One such adult was Tonks, who joins Arthur, Remus, and Mad-Eye in reminding the Dursleys to take good care of the young wizard.

The quote re-establishes the serious and empowered side of Tonks, while its context also proves her ability to effortlessly match the energy and authority of the three elder wizards she is with. Plus, it’s a reminder of how much she cares for Harry and the lengths she will go to for her newfound friend.

2 “But I Don’t Care Either, I Don’t Care!”

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Tonks character was much better in the Harry Potter books not only due to her complex personality but also the complicated romance she shared with Remus, something barely explored on-screen. In the book, Tonks is so forlorn about Remus that she undergoes a drastic change in appearance, demeanor, and even the form of her Patronus.

However, this quote brings back her determined and confident spirit as she declares her love for Remus and insists she doesn’t care about his werewolf nature, always seeing the best in him (and everyone). Advocating for herself, love, and Remus’ good traits, this is undoubtedly one of Tonks’ best and most memorable quotes.

1 “Like The Ability To Behave Myself.”

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Grades and earned positions aren’t always an indicator of success in Hogwarts students, and Nymphadora Tonks is proof of it. When discussing the role of Prefects with the younger crowd, Tonks reminisces about how her Head of House told her she lacked necessary qualities, such as the ability to behave herself.

Given that Tonks regularly entertained Ginny and Hermione with her Metamorphmagus skills, this quote shows that Tonks is still proud of her fun and goofy side that she was once chastised for. The embodiment of self-awareness and confidence, the line proves that Tonks remains unabashedly herself, a message central to the Harry Potter series itself.

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