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The Lies and Crimes of Albus Dumbledore Pt 1

By request here is my examination of Albus Dumbledore and some of his actions and possible motivations thereof.

This essay is quite long so I have broken it up into multiple parts so please bear with me. Also, these are just my interpretations of events as portrayed in the books. They are just my opinions, I respect the fact that many absolutely adore Dumbledore. Also, I only classify the seven books as canon, nothing else. Now to the point of this whole thing.

The Lies and Crimes of Albus Dumbledore

In any crime you have to eliminate the distractions and distill things down to the unholy trinity; motive, means, and opportunity. In addition to these questions are who, what, where, when and why. Herein lie the details of the crime, oftentimes the two important questions that will lead to the person responsible for the crime are, who had the most to gain from the crime? Who had the most to lose if the crime had not been committed? Answer these questions and you will likely have found the guilty party.

There were many, many crimes committed in the Harry Potter story. Many of them by the so called “dark side.” But surprisingly a great many by the light side, and nearly all of them were committed by, or at the behest of one man, the recognized leader of the light Albus Dumbledore. In this essay I examine many of the events in canon with an eye toward spotting inconsistencies and illogical behavior.

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Dissecting the Dursleys (Part 1)

“You should keep an eye on Dudley. It’s probably too late for Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon. I feel sorry for Dudley. I might joke about him, but I feel truly sorry for him because I see him as just as abused as Harry. Though, in probably a less obvious way. What they are doing to him is inept, really. I think children recognize that. Poor Dudley. He's not being prepared for the world at all, in any reasonable or compassionate way, so I feel sorry for him."
–J.K. Rowling, November 2000

A slight spasm crossed Uncle Vernon’s large purple face. The mustache bristled. Harry thought he knew what was going on behind the mustache: a furious battle as two of Uncle Vernon’s most fundamental instincts came into conflict. Allowing Harry to go would make Harry happy, something Uncle Vernon had struggled against for thirteen years. On the other hand, allowing Harry to disappear to the Weasleys’ for the rest of the summer would get rid of him two weeks earlier than anyone could have hoped, and Uncle Vernon hated having Harry in the house.
--Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“You did not do as I asked. You have never treated Harry as a son. He has known nothing but neglect and often cruelty at your hands. The best that can be said is that he has at least escaped the appalling damage you have inflicted upon the unfortunate boy sitting between you.”
Both Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon looked around instinctively, as though expecting to see someone other than Dudley squeezed between them.
--Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

To the fandom at large:

Not to put too fine a point on it, but…

If you think the Dursleys did not abuse Harry, or that he somehow deserved it… please, never have children. You know what—just stay away from children entirely. I’m not even remotely kidding.

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The GoF Pensieve - A Discourse

Q: And how vital is book four in the whole seven book series to Harry?

JKR: Crucial. The fourth is a very, very important book. Well you know because you read it, something incredibly important happens in book four and also it's literally a central book, it's almost the heart of the series, and it's pivotal.

From: "JK Rowling talks about Book Four" cBBC Newsround, 8th July 2000. (Part 1 of 4)

This piece is put up to get some discussion, rather than my more usual essays. I do answer a few of my posed questions, but hope to see some opinions relative to them, and to other matters herein.

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I look forward to answers.
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Harry Cruelty

I took my kids to see GoF for the second time this afternoon. As many people have noted, you can really only take it all in the second time, when you aren't so visually overwhelmed, and can think while it's going on.

I was particularly struck by the cemetery scene at the end. There have been some discussions on lj (and I've had a couple with friends, off lj) about how hard it was to watch Harry suffer, in that sequence. But while I was watching it, I was reminded, all over again, that cruelty to Harry is integral to the entire series.

And I want it that way. It needs to be that way.

This is more about canon than the movie. But I've cut it for very mild movie spoilers