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Spiders

Arachnophobic? Be careful when reading this list of proverbs and quotes about spiders. I found many spiders in the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling.



“… Spiders flee before it! It all fits!”

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


“But you don’t give a rat’s fart, do you, it’s only the Forbidden Forest, Harry I’ve-Faced-Worse Potter doesn’t care what happens to her in here – well, I do, all right, giant spiders and mental stuff -“

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


“Engorgio.”
The spider gave a little shiver, bouncing slightly in the web. Harry tried again. This time the spider grew slightly larger.
“Stop that,” said Ron sharply. “I’m sorry I said Dumbledore was young, okay?”
Harry had forgotten Ron’s hatred of spiders.
“Sorry – Reducio.”
The spider did not shrink. …

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


“What’s up? If it’s massive spiders again, I want breakfast before I -“

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


"Course," said Ron abruptly, as they strode across the black grass, "we might get to the Forest and find there's nothing to follow. Those spiders might not've been going there at all."

Ron
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


"Follow the spiders," said Ron, wiping his mouth on his sleeve. "I'll never forgive Hagrid. We're lucky to be alive."

Ron
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


"Hagrid's in trouble," said Harry, breathing very fast. "That's why we've come."
    "In trouble?" said the aged spider, and Harry thought he heard concern beneath the clicking pincers.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


"The thing that lives in the castle," said Aragog, "is an ancient creature we spiders fear above all others. …"

Aragog
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


"Total control," said Moody quietly as the spider balled itself up and began to roll over and over.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


the Baselisk has a murderous stare, and all who are fixed with the beam of its eye shall suffer instant death. Spiders flee before the Baselisk, for it is their mortal enemy, and the Baselisk flees only from the crowing of the rooster, which is fatal to it.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Old fat spider spinning in a tree!
Old fat spider can't see me!
   Attercop! Attercop!
      Won't you stop,
Stop your spinning and look for me?

The Hobbit – Chapter 8 – Flies and Spiders
J.R.R. Tolkien
Part of Bilbo's song about spiders


Hermione was pointing at the topmost pane, where around twenty spiders were scuttling, apparently fighting to get through a small crack in the glass. A long silvery thread was dangling like a rope, as though they had all climbed it in their hurry to get outside.

   “Have you ever seen spiders act like that?” said Hermione wonderingly.

   “No,” said Harry, “have you, Ron? Ron?”

He looked over his shoulder. Ron was standing well back, and seemed to be fighting the impulse to run.

   “What’s up?” said Harry.

   “I – don’t -like – spiders.” said Ron tensely.

   “I never knew that.” said Hermione, looking at Ron in surprise. “You’ve used spiders in potions loads of times …”

 “I don’t mind them dead,” said Ron, who was carefully looking anywhere but at the window, “I just don’t like the way they move …”

 Hermione giggled.

 “It’s not funny,” said Ron, fiercely. “If you must know, when I was three, Fred turned my – my teddy bear into a dirty great spider because I broke his toy broomstick.” …

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


A fine film of dust covered the pictures on the walls and the bed’s headboard: a spider’s web stretched between the chandelier and the top of the the large wooden wardrobe and as Harry moved deeper into the room, he heard a scurrying of disturbed mice.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


A large spider sat in the middle of a frosted web in the brambles.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


A monstrous spider the size of a small car was trying to climb through the huge hole in the wall: one of Aragog’s descendants had joined the fight.
   …
‘It brought friends!’ Harry called to the others,
   …
more giant spiders were climbing the side of the building, liberated from the Forbidden Forest into which the Death Eaters must have penetrated.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


A second later, Harry spotted something that made him hit Ron over the hand with his pruning shears.
   “Ouch! What’re you -“
   Harry was pointing at the ground a few feet away. Several large spiders were scurrying across the earth.
   …
Harry watched the spiders running away.
   “Looks like they’re heading for the Forbidden Forest … “

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


A spider spins his web strand by strand.


A spidery handwriting.

Having thin long bent lines like a spider’s legs.


Aragog clicked his pincers furiously, and all around the hollow the sound was echoed by the crowd of spiders; it was like applause, except applause didn't usually make Harry feel sick with fear.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


At once, the spider's legs bent in upon its body; it rolled over and began to twitch horribly, rocking from side to side.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


At the same moment, the heavy wooden front doors burst open, and more of the gigantic spiders forced their way into the Entrance Hall.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


Big flies break the spider web.

Italian


But Hagrid was miles away now, probably sitting in a cell in Azkaban, and he had also said to follow the spiders.
    …
So they followed the darting shadows of the spiders into the trees.
    …
More than once, they had to stop, so that Harry could crouch down and find the spiders in the wandlight.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


But he was not halfway to Hagrid when he saw it happen: Hagrid vanished amongst the spiders, and with great scurrying, a foul swarming movement, they retreated under the onslaught of spells, Hagrid buried in their midst.
    ‘HAGRID!’
Harry heard someone calling his own name, whether friend or foe he did not care: he was sprinting down the front steps into the dark grounds, and the spiders were swarming away with their prey, and he could see nothing of Hagrid at all.
    ‘HAGRID!’
He thought he could make out an enormous arm waving from the midst of the spider swarm, but as he made to chase after them, his way was impeded by a monumental foot, …

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


By the glow of Harry’s wand, they followed the steady trickle of spiders moving along the path.
    …
Then, when the trees had become thicker than ever, so that the stars overhead were no longer visible, and Harry’s wand shone alone in the sea of dark, they saw their spider guides leaving the path.
    Harry paused, trying to see where the spiders where going, but everything outside his little sphere of light was pitch black.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Fudge, fiddling with his bowler, waited for Hagrid to go ahead of him, but Hagrid stood his ground, took a deep breath and said carefully, “If anyone wanted ter find out some stuff, all they’d have ter do would be ter follow the spiders. That’d lead ’em right! That’s all I’m sayin’.”
    …
“An’ someone’ll need ter feed Fang while I’m away.”

Hagrid
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Hagrid had been known to befriend giant spiders, buy vicious, three-headed dogs from men in pubs and sneak illegal dragon eggs into his cabin.

Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban
J.K. Rowling


Hagrid's hint about the spiders was far easier to understand – the trouble was, there didn't seem to be a single spider left in the castle to follow.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Harry didn't want to press the subject, not with the spiders pressing closer on all sides. Aragog seemed to be tired of talking. he was backing slowly into his domed web, but his fellow spiders continued to inch slowly towards Harry and Ron.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Harry fell to the ground on all fours as the spider released him.
    …
Harry suddenly realised that the spider which had dropped him was saying something. It had been hard to tell, because he clicked his pincers with every word he spoke.
    “Aragog!” it called. “Aragog!”
And from the middle of the misty domed web, a spider the size of a small elephant emerged, very slowly.
    …
    “What is it?” he said, clicking his pincers rapidly.
    “Men,” clicked the spider who had caught Harry.
    “Is it Hagrid?” said Aragog, moving closer, his eight milky eyes wandering vaguely.
    “Strangers,” clicked the spider who had brought Ron.
    “Kill them, ” clicked Aragog fretfully. “I was sleeping …”
    …
Click, click, click went the pincers of the spiders all around the hollow.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Harry got to his feet, his breathing fast and shallow, his heart doing a kind of drum-roll against his ribs. He looked wildly up and down the deserted corridor and saw a line of spiders scuttling as fast as they could away from the bodies.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Harry looked around at the stacked shoes and umbrellas, remembering how he used to wake up every morning looking up at the underside of the staircase, which was more often than not adorned with a spider or two.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


Harry spun around. Feet away, towering above him, was a solid wall of spiders, clicking, their many eyes gleaming in their ugly black heads …

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Harry squinted around on the floodlit ground for signs of more spiders, but they had all scuttled away from the glare of the headlights.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Harry summoned what remained of his courage.     "So you never – never attacked anyone?"
    "Never," croaked the old spider. "It would have been my instinct, but from respect of Hagrid, I never harmed a human…."

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Harry tapped Ron on the shoulder, pointing at the grass. Two solitary spiders were hurrying away from the wandlight into the shade of the trees.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Harry took out his wand, murmured, "Lumos!" and a tiny light appeared at the end of it, just enough to let them watch the path for signs of spiders.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Harry was used to spiders, because the cupboard under the stairs was full of them, and that was where he slept.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
J.K. Rowling


He beat the creature off with his hands – it was trying to poison him to keep him quiet, as small spiders do to flies – until he remembered his sword and drew it out.

The Hobbit – Chapter 8 – Flies and Spiders
J.R.R. Tolkien
About Bilbo.


He had emerged into a dingy alleyway that seemed to be made up entirely of shops devoted to the Dark Arts. The one he’d just left, Borgin and Burkes, looked like the largest, but opposite was a nasty window display of shrunken heads, and two doors down, a large cage was alive with gigantic black spiders.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


He loved maps, as I have told you before; and he also liked runes and letters and cunning handwriting, though when he wrote himself it was a bit thin and spidery.

The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again
J. R. R. Tolkien


He never knew how long he was in the creature’s clutches; he only new that the darkness suddenly lifted enough for him to see that the leaf-strewn ground was now swarming with spiders.
    …
Spiders. Not tiny spiders like those surging over the leaves below. Spiders the size of carthorses, eight-eyed, eight-legged, black, hairy, gigantic.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


His hands were like large, pale spiders; his long white fingers caressed his own chest, his arms, his face; the red eyes, whose pupils were slits, like a cat's, gleamed still more brightly through the darkness.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling
About Voldemort


If only he knew how to do the Cruciatus Curse … he'd have Snape flat on his back like that spider, jerking and twitching.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


If spiders are many and spinning their webs, the spell will soon be very dry.


If you want to live and thrive, let the spider run alive.

American Quakers


If you wish to live and thrive, let the spider run alive.


In spidery writing was written a date of some sixteen years previously, and below that:

S.P.T. to A.P.W.B.D.
Dark Lord
and (?) Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


In the end he poked his head above the roof of leaves, and then he found spiders all right. But they were only small ones of ordinary size, and they were after the butterflies.

The Hobbit – Chapter 8 – Flies and Spiders
J.R.R. Tolkien
What Bilbo sees after climbing a tree


Instantaneously the spider rolled over onto its back, unmarked, but unmistakably dead.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Laws are like cobwebs where the small flies are caught and the big ones break through.


Laws, like the spider’s web, catch the fly and let the hawk go free.

Spanish


Moody did not remove his wand, and the spider started to shudder and jerk more violently

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Moody got heavily to his mismatched feet, opened his desk drawer, and took out a glass jar. Three large black spiders were scuttling around inside it. Harry felt Ron recoil slightly next to him – Ron hated spiders.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Moody jerked his wand, and the spider rose onto two of its hind legs and went into what was unmistakably a tap dance.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Moody picked up the somersaulting spider and threw it back into the jar.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Moody raised his wand again, pointed it at the spider, and muttered, "Crucio!"

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Moody raised his wand. The spider's legs relaxed, but it continued to twitch. "Reducio," Moody muttered, and the spider shrank back to its proper size. He put it back into the jar.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Moody reached into the jar, caught one of the spiders, and held it in the palm of his hand so that they could all see it. He then pointed his wand at it and muttered, "Imperio!"

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Moody swept the dead spider off the desk onto the floor. "Not nice," he said calmly.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


More loud clicking, more rustling; the spiders seemed to be closing in.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Mr. Weasley's car was thundering down the slope, headlamps glaring, its horn screeching. knocking spiders aside; several were thrown on their backs, their endless legs waving in the air.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling


Round-shouldered yet angular, he walked in a twitchy manner that recalled a spider, his oily hair swinging about his face.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling
About Snape


So that was how his parents had died … exactly like that spider.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


Somehow the killing of a giant spider, all alone by himself in the dark without the help of a wizard or the dwarves or anyone else, made a great difference to Mr. Baggins. He felt a different person, and much fiercer and bolder in spite of an empty stomach as he wiped his sword on the grass and put it back into its sheath.
“I will give you a name,” he said to it, “and I shall call you Sting.”

The Hobbit – Chapter 8 – Flies and Spiders
J.R.R. Tolkien
About Bilbo


The firelight made the grimy lenses of Aberforth’s glasses momentarily opaque, a bright, flat white, and Harry remembered the blind eyes of the giant spider, Aragog.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


The nastiest things they saw were the cobwebs: dark dense cobwebs with threads extraordinarily thick, often stretched from tree to tree, or tangled in the lower branches on either side of them.

The Hobbit – Chapter 8 – Flies and Spiders
J.R.R. Tolkien
About the forest.


The night wet and windy, two children dressed as pumpkins waddling across the square, and the shop windows covered in paper spiders, all the tawdry Muggle trappings of a world in which they did not believe. …

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


The spider and the fly can’t make a deal.

Jamaican


The spider lay dead beside him, and his sword-blade was stained black.

The Hobbit – Chapter 8 – Flies and Spiders
J.R.R. Tolkien
Bilbo killed a spider


The spider leapt from Moody's hand on a fine thread of silk and began to swing backward and forward as though on a trapeze.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


The spider swelled. It was now larger than a tarantula.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling


The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces.

Proverbs 30:28
Bible


The spider-like hand swooped and pulled the wand from Dumbledore’s grasp, and as he took it, a shower of sparks flew from its tip, sparkling over the corpse of its last owner, ready to serve a new master at last.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling


The spiders swelled with rage, and spluttered and frothed, and hissed out horrible curses;

The Hobbit – Chapter 8 – Flies and Spiders
J.R.R. Tolkien


The spiders web lets the rat escape and catches the fly.

Spanish


Then the great spider, who had been busy tying him up while he dozed, came from behind him and came at him. He could only see the thing's eyes, but he could feel its hairy legs as it struggled to wind its abominable threads round and round him.

The Hobbit – Chapter 8 – Flies and Spiders
J.R.R. Tolkien
Bilbo is attacked by a spider


They moved from the drawing room to a dining room on the ground floor where they found spiders large as saucers lurking in the dresser

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling


They were long-fingered and white as though they had not seen sunlight for years and looked like large, pale spiders against the dark velvet of the chair.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling
Harry's hands in a dream


To destroy the cobweb, destroy the spider.

Maltese


When I have spun the web they may take the flies, but not before.

Sherlock Holmes
The Five Orange Pips
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion.

Ethiopian


When spiders unite, they can tie down a lion.

Ethiopian


When spiders’ webs unite, they can tie up a lion.

Ethiopian


When the bee sucks, it makes honey; when the spider, poison.


Where the girls are there are no spider’s webs.

Catalonian


Words are like the spider’s web: a shelter for the clever ones and a trap for the not-so-clever.

Madagascar


You must kill the spider to get rid of the cobweb.

Maltese


See also quotes and proverbs about insects.