Why Dumbledore Always Gets Away By Endangering Others

Throughout the Harry Potter saga, Dumbledore puts several underage students in mortal danger. That’s why he keeps getting away with his recklessness.

Throughout the Harry Potter and fantastic beasts sagas, Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon/Jude Law) endangers countless people (including underage students), yet he continues to get away with it. In the Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets trailer, Newt (Eddie Redmayne) gives a wand to his Muggle friend Jacob (Dan Fogler), prompted by Dumbledore. Giving a muggle a wand is not only illegal but very dangerous – but it’s a minor offense compared to how Dumbledore puts Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends in danger throughout the Harry Potter movies.

Most of Dumbledore’s reckless actions were justified by his war against Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), while others – like sending freshmen to detention in the Forbidden Forest – seem needlessly dangerous. Dumbledore also plans his dangerous schemes while keeping everyone out of the loop. After Harry confronted Voldemort in Harry Potter at the Sorcerer’s Stone, Dumbledore tells him that he is too young to understand the connection between his scar and Voldemort. And in the later movies, Dumbledore sends Harry on a quest to destroy the Horcruxes but refuses to tell the Order of the Phoenix (who might have helped). Snape (Alan Rickman) sums up this problem best when he confronts the Headmaster of Hogwarts in The Deathly Hallows delivered: “I spied for you and I lied for you, I put myself in mortal danger for you. Everything was supposed to be done to keep Lily Potter’s son safe. Now you tell me you raised him like a pig for the slaughterhouse.”


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Indeed, perhaps the worst thing Dumbledore does is prepare Harry to be brave and skilled enough to kill Voldemort, knowing that he would have to die in the process (because Trelawney knew Voldemort’s soul was at stake). interior of Harry and created “the chosenprophecy before Dumbledore). So why does Dumbledore get away with putting Harry (and many others) in such danger? The only obvious answer would be his famous status as the most powerful wizard in the world. that greatest wizard, Dumbledore has the ability to destroy Voldemort, but not without Harry’s help – so his reckless actions are “for the greater good.” But it’s the same motto that Dumbledore’s friend-turned-enemy Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) used to justify his horrific actions in the Wizarding World War of the 1940s, raising the question of whether the Dumbledore’s approach is actually justifiable.


There’s an explanation for Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s common means to a different end. Grindelwald assumed this motto from a letter Dumbledore sent him in the 1890s after the two met in Godric’s Hollow and formed a close relationship. Grindelwald told Dumbledore about his plans to establish a regime in which wizards ruled Muggles, and in one of his letters to Grindelwald, Dumbledore says: “Yes we [wizards] have been given power and, yes, that gives us the right to rule, but it also gives us responsibilities over the ruled… We take control for the greater good.” It became a vindication of Grindelwald’s crimes against Muggles, but it also shows Dumbledore’s thought process as he sends Harry multiple times to his (almost certain) death.

While many wizards around Dumbledore see his reckless tendencies (his brother Abeforth Dumbledore saying “people used to get hurt while he was carrying out his big plans“), they often discover his plans after he sets their wheels in motion. Darkness within him Dumbledore protected Harry with a plan that killed Moody (Brendan Gleeson) and Hedwig, and everyone had to let him off the hook, because only Dumbledore was powerful enough to carry out his grand plan against Voldemort.

At the end of Harry Potter, Dumbledore admits to Harry that power is his weakness, which is why he never accepted a position in the Ministry of Magic. Harry was a pawn in Dumbledore’s war against Voldemort, and people turned a blind eye to his reckless and manipulative behavior, as only the greatest wizard could defeat the Dark Lord. However, although he was ultimately successful, his methods remain undeniably unscrupulous in both the original Harry Potter saga and sequel fantastic beasts series.

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  • Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets (2022)Release date: April 15, 2022


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