20 years of Harry Potter! How amazing is that?? It’s also July, which is also the birthday month of Harry Potter and Neville Longbottom so we can kinda say July is definitely a HP month. Following that theme, my discussion this month will be about HP. For this one, it’s more specific on Albus Dumbledore.
Like Harry and most of the people who read HP, I idolized Dumbledore. He is a father figure, as well as the ancient-wise-powerful mentor figure usually present in fantasy story. He’s also have good sense of humor, amazing magical skills, even more amazing magical stuff, and very eye-catching costume. But as I grow older, I grew disillusioned by him. Maybe it started from Deathly Hallows, with Aberforth story. Or maybe it’s something else, because at that point, I basically glossed the whole thing. Now it’s different though, I ~kinda~ doubt whether he’s a good person or just another power-hungry person. Why you ask? Well lucky you, I’m about to explain it to you one by one.
Disclaimer: This post is going to be full of spoilers. If you have never read the books and watch the movie, which basically mean if you know nothing of HP even know nothing about certain parts (like you only read until book 2 and watch movie 4, you don’t know what happened in 2 and so on) STAY AWAY. I hold no responsibility of spoiling your HP experience.
You have been warned.
First of all, because he sent Harry to the Dursley’s House.
“But Tasya, it’s necessary for Harry protection!” I hear you say. Well, I don’t think it is. Voldemort is gone, and the rest of the death eaters are being hunted by the wizarding world. Even if he’s present though, like we saw in Philosopher’s Stone, he CAN’T TOUCH HARRY. Harry literally burns him, since Lily’s blood run though his veins. So why does he had to send Harry to Petunia and Vernon’s house, where he knows for sure Harry will be abused? Why don’t let him stay with Sirius or McGonagall, or even raise him himself?? I’m 100000% sure if Harry stays with either one of them, he’ll be better at dueling and can actually produce a deadly spell instead of expelliarmus all the time. Also, he knew the Dursley was abusing Harry, I mean his Hogwarts letter address was “the cupboard under the stairs” yet it took him 15 years to pay them a personal visit, and it’s only because he needed Harry for his personal gain (persuading Slughorn).
I’m also pretty sure that it doesn’t have to be Harry who faces Voldemort. Dumbledore’s said it himself that Voldemort’s belief in the prophecy, his act of killing James and Lily started this whole thing up, meaning it’s Voldemort who chose Harry. But can’t Harry have Hocrux hunting as his final mission, and Dumbledore trains other duelling champion to go face to face with Voldemort? Because tbh, if you think about it, Harry only won twice duelling against Voldemort by sheer luck: the first time it’s priori incantatem, the second time it’s because Voldy’s wand is actually Harry’s. If it wasn’t for those things, his expelliarmus won’t do him any good. I mean if expelliarmus is so good for duelling, why do they need to create other duelling spells? Harry was barely an adult when he faced Voldemort, what if he failed? Also, I don’t think the prophecy mentioned specifically Harry has to duel Voldemort. For all we know, the hero destined to kill Voldemort could be Neville (who killed the last hocrux, Nagini the snake) thus enabling Voldemort to be killed. Without him, we would see fetus Voldy 2.0. So, who says Harry can’t defeat Voldemort by Hocrux hunting?
Between the time of James and Lily’s death and GoF, why did no one do death eater’s hunt? Don’t tell me it’s because they are influential and have no proof, Sirius went to prison despite shady proof and Dumbledore has a lot of influence with the ministry if he wants to use it to start a death eater hunt- or save Sirius in that matter.
While we are on Sirius, let’s move on to the whole group of the marauders. I love talking about them (even write a whole post about them) and I don’t think it will ever stop because there’s still so much to discuss. Ahem. So here’s what I thought about Dumbledore and Marauders. First, I think Dumbledore knew about the change in the secret keeper thing. I mean, he’s the head of Order, I don’t think James and Lily will risk not telling him because he’s the freaking head and there’s no way Dumbledore is a spy. Second, Dumbledore did not try to help Sirius. He went straight to Azkaban without any fair trial and Dumbledore did not even try ONCE to ask him, interogate him, or visit him? Or maybe visit the crime scene?? Yet when Ron Weasley told him the truth in PoA, he believed him instantly? Dumbledore was there during the Marauders era, I bet he knows how freaking close they are, especially James and Sirius, yet there’s not even a bit of doubt in him that Sirius did it? He saw 7 years of Marauders (7 yEARs OF IT!!) yet he believed Ron’s story, who only knew Sirius for few minutes and know Dumbledore for 3 years.
And no, I’m not done. When James, Lily, and Peter died, Sirius went into prison, did Dumbledore even care about Lupin? For what we know, no he didn’t because the only time we see Dumbledore in contact with Lupin is in PoA, 12 years after James and Lily’s death, also because he needed something from him. Did Dumbledore tried to give him help? A job maybe in Hogsmeade through his connection? Anything? I don’t think so, because we all knew Dumbledore found Lupin in extreme poverty condition. After all Lupin’s has done for the Order, Dumbledore do not even try to help him. He threw both Sirius and Lupin away like they did not matter, because frankly, at that point, I don’t think they did matter to Dumbledore. He secured the Boy Who Lived, there’s no need for another Order since he already had his prodigy right?
TL;DR: Dumbledore is shady af.
So that’s all my brain dump about Albus Dumbledore. What do you think about him? Did my post change your opinion? (I really hope not).