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I have read many books and watched many movies, and I just thought of a specific retort that a character made, possibly in the Harry Potter movies (I want to say this was Dumbledore), to being bid "Good morning" or "Good day":

Basically, it was very roughly along the lines of "Are you wishing that I will have a good morning, or are you stating that I should have a good morning whether I like it or not?"

I would almost have to re-watch all of the HP movies to find this, and even then, I could be wrong about the context.

Does anyone happen to remember this discussion in any of the movies?


Maybe it isn't even in Harry Potter. Its exact form, character, and story has escaped my figuring for the past few days, so I thought I might have some luck here, with the experts!

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@GµårÐïåñ While I'm not a particularly big fan of ID and usually eager to close them, I fail to see how this question is not about identifying a movie. Close it for "not enough detail" if you want, but the current reason seems completely ungrounded to me. –  Napoleon Wilson May 22 at 16:29
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@GµårÐïåñ Yes, but what you describe amounts to an ID question that doesn't provide enough detail to be answerable, for which there is an appropriate close-reason. Your current reason seems to be saying that the question is not about identifying a movie. Yet it is clearly asking us to identify a movie based on a quote from that movie, given the hint that it is most likely a Harry Potter movie. "This doesn't seem like a fruitless and useless endeavor to you and adds value to the site?" - I haven't said that, or that closing would be wrong, just that the reason given doesn't make sense. –  Napoleon Wilson May 22 at 16:37
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This is my first question on the site, I'd be happy to improve the question if you have a suggestion. –  user9733 May 22 at 16:37
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"I assume you have a vested interest in keeping it. SO its all yours." - Yeah, I feared it would come across this way. But to be honest this actually is one of the better examples of ID. It goes out of its way to give us all the information the OP is certain about (how few that might be) and is well-written. I agree, quite few to go on (yet the quote is quite characteristic) and borderline "not enough detail"-closable, and my answer might have decided the case for me in favour of the question, I admit. So I won't blame anyone for closing it, but then for proper reasons, please. –  Napoleon Wilson May 22 at 16:40
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@NapoleonWilson I don't think it was a bad question. I think a VTC instantly is a bad move and it happens too often. Plus, it's harder to reopen as most people who VTC lurk and don't offer explanation. This was such NOT a bad question that many people here would know the answer. Too many people here are angry or impatient or something. Let questions live a little! Just because it seems inscrutable to you doesn't mean someone else won't know the answer. –  Meat Trademark May 22 at 19:39

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This quote is from the beginning of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, when Bilbo first meets Gandalf (a character much similar to Dumbledore in looks and demeanor) in front of his house:

Bilbo: Good morning.

Gandalf: What do you mean? Do you mean to wish me a good morning or do you mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not? Or perhaps you mean to say that you feel good on this particular morning. Or are you simply stating that this is a morning to be good on?

Bilbo: All of them at once, I suppose.

In addition to that Walt was kind enough to provide the respective YouTube link for you to see the quote in action (around second 38).

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Yep. It's also on Youtube (around 0:38): youtube.com/watch?v=Z-6d4yZYjFw –  Walt May 22 at 16:17
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Aha. Confusion between Dumbledore and Gandalf. –  user9733 May 22 at 16:29
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Look at that! - Less than 12 minutes to a satisfactory answer. –  wbogacz May 22 at 16:54
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FWIW, this movie quote is also a near-quote of the book. –  Tim S. May 22 at 17:38
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