Monthly Archives: November 2010

Dumbledore, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE SPOILERS AHEAD

How the hell do I keep getting so many views even when I haven’t updated since September 4th?  People don’t even like me!  What gives?

Anyway, I don’t really have much substantial to write about, just a simple observation which I’ve never seen made before.

Throughout the entirety of the Harry Potter series, we are made to assume that Dumbeldore is the wisest person at Hogwarts and never makes mistakes, confessing to the very few mistakes that he does make.  Harry sees him, and thus we, the readers, see him, as infallible, at least for a big chunk of the series.  But what nobody ever seems to make mention of is that the very first thing we see Dumbledore do is make a mistake, and a pretty big mistake at that.

When he leaves Harry with the Dursleys, he also leaves a letter, which he claims will explain everything.  He leaves it so that Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia will one day tell Harry everything that he needs to know about his history, so as to make his transition into the wizarding world as easy as possible.  But, as we all know, they do no such thing.  Rather they keep it a secret, tell Harry his parents died in a car crash, and actively try to dissuade Hogwarts from sending the letters.  McGonagall, who has been observing the Dursleys all day, even warns Dumbledore against leaving the boy with the muggle family.

So the very first thing that Dumbledore does in the very first book is wildly misjudge the character of two individuals, and ignore his colleague’s warnings that he is doing so.  And then everybody reassures Harry that Dumbledore knows what he’s doing, that if he trusts somebody, then they are most likely trustworthy.

I don’t really have a point to all this, I just thought it strange, and too long to post as a facebook status, so there you are.  Thoughts?

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