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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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Noble Intentions

In the October 1986 issue of Dragon magazine (issue #114), one of the letters to the editor voices concerns about the upcoming second edition of the game and how it will make all previous products obsolete.  Here’s a little sample of Zeb Cook’s (lead designer for 2E) reply:

I know many players have made a sizable investment in the AD&D game and that we are asking you to change your investment. We are looking at ways of keeping your costs down.  Central to the current plan is to keep the core of the game down to two books, one of player’s information and one for the DM. . . The 2nd Edition is in no way an attempt to rob you.

Yeah, because if there’s one thing that 2nd Edition Dungeons & Dragons represents it’s devotion to the customers and the love of quality, thoroughly playtested and not-at-all-money-whoring product lines.

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A Long-Awaited Return, and a Confession

After what I’m calculating to be a month-and-a-half hiatus, I’m back on board with this whole blog thing. Surprisingly, I keep getting a decent amount of hits per day, which must mean I am extremely popular, probably with the ladies.

So what have I been doing with all this time you ask? Playing through countless video games? Digesting some work of great literature or film making? Studying intently for my future career as a wandering minstrel? Well… um… how to say this?

I did something bad.

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