Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a new HP Discussions post. In the past, I have talked about my thoughts on Johnny Depp being in the Fantastic Beasts franchise and how I feel about The Marauders, which you can find here.
I have been wanting to talk about Harry Potter lately, as my re-read of the series has been getting into the later books (current read: Order of The Phoenix). So, I figured, what better way to do that than to bring back my HP Discussions series???
So, Albus Dumbledore is one of the most famous and popular HP characters. He is by no means the most controversial (*coughs* Snape can choke) but, I do think there is still a lot of discussion surrounding him. When I was younger and first reading the series, Dumbledore was one of my favourite characters. He’s exactly who a young reader wants to read about. He’s weird, he’s funny and he’s wise.
Until a few years ago I did really enjoy him. I think he’s an interesting and complex character. He’s easy to love – who doesn’t love a wacky and wise old man? What’s not to love? Well, a lot actually. It turns out he’s also hella problematic.
So, what’s the tea?
Well, first up, and yeah I’m gonna rant here, he let a child be abused. And, if you’re going to argue Harry wasn’t being abused (mentally and verbally, at least) then you can click out of this post and never come back. He knew Harry was being abused but did nothing. Yes, I know why (Lily’s spell blah blah blah) but, that’s barely an excuse. He allowed a child to be abused and why is no one talking about this more???
I’m sorry. You’re telling me, Dumbledore left a baby with a bunch of Muggles who already hated magic and never knew he was being abused? You’re telling me that Dumbledore thought Harry was living in a cupboard and not being fed for days on end for shits and gigs??? You’re telling me he didn’t know about the physical and mental abuse the Dursley’s were subjecting The Boy Who Lived to. You’re telling me, Dumbledore dropped Harry Potter off as a baby and never bothered to check up on him until 11 years later when he turned up at Hogwarts.
No, okay Dumbledore knew and nothing about this is okay. What Dumbledore did cannot be excused under any circumstance. Dumbledore never even considered asking the Dursleys if they would adopt Harry, he just left a baby on their doorstep. McGonagall told him they were deplorable people (I think she called them the worst kind of muggle imaginable???) but, no I’m Dumbledore and I have a beard with bells and I know better. Lol, see ya in a few years kid!
You can’t tell me that he let Harry be abused for 17 years so the fame would never go to his head or for the sake of a shitty spell Lily cast. Sorry, Dumbledore, but I’m calling bs on that one.
“You have kept him alive so that he can die at the right moment? You have used me… I have spied for you and lied for you, put myself in mortal danger for you. Everything was supposed to keep Lily Potter’s son safe. Now you tell me you have been raising him like a pig for slaughter…”
And even if you can excuse all this. There’s the fact that once Harry came to Hogwarts Dumbledore started grooming him to become a soldier. He raised a kid to die and nothing about this is okay. Sure, it makes for a really interesting plot point and sort of summary to a seven book/ 8 movie storyline, but also it’s super f*cked up and I’m really mad.
There are so many problematic things about the Harry Potter series, like for instance, why are former terrorists (Death Eaters) working in Government and teaching children (Snape, Karkaroff)??? But, aside from Snivellus Snek, the main character in the series who really gets my goat would have to be Dumbledore. SO many characters in the series idolise him and I think in a way he even idolises himself, or at least the idea of him. But, particularly in the seventh book we really get to see what a terrifying type of man he was. Dumbledore once dabbled in dark magic (Hence, Grindelwald), he raised a child to die, he allows Quirrel to work at Hogwarts knowing he’s #sketchy af (he asks Snape to keep an eye on him), he barely tells Harry anything, he lets an abuser and former terrorist teach at his school (*coughs* Snape can choke) and completely ignores the students’ and other teachers worries about said teacher.
And as the cherry on the top, Harry and Ginny name one of their children (Hell yes I’m bringing this up, don’t @ me) after him because who else could you name your kid after? Your dead parents? The people who practically raised you (Molly, Arthur, Hagrid)?? Your actual family (Molly, Arthur, Hagrid, Lupin, Sirius)??? I just… why?? (*coughs* it was the psychological manipulation but don’t mind me).
*you should give these articles a go, I’m sure I missed a bunch of stuff as I’m still re-reading the series, but these articles are all really good!
Albus Dumbledore (If you read any of these articles read this. Warning: this is very long but very worth it)