Later this week, fans will reenter the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. J. K. Rowling wrote the script for this prequel, which will introduce Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore, decades before he met and mentored Harry. But before we revisit one of the most powerful wizards of his era, SYFY WIRE is examining the last two decades of Dumbledore’s life as he guided Harry towards his ultimate destiny.
Did we say “guided”? Because manipulated would probably be a better word for it. Dumbledore may have been a kind old man, but he wasn’t above making some morally questionable choices. The truth is that Dumbledore was a master manipulator. And yes, that’s a good thing.
But don’t take our word for it. Rowling herself once described Dumbledore as “quite a Machiavellian figure, really. He's been pulling a lot of strings. Harry has been his puppet." Even Severus Snape called Dumbledore out for essentially setting Harry up to die, just to ensure Voldemort’s final defeat.
There are other examples of Dumbledore’s manipulations throughout this video, as he used his skills for some genuinely benevolent outcomes. Dumbledore even made arrangements to ensure that his own death served a higher purpose, even if it meant forcing one of his allies to commit the deed.
However, Dumbledore wasn’t simply a cold and unfeeling man. He really did care for Harry, and the rest of the students at Hogwarts. That bond may not fully excuse Dumbledore’s actions, but we can at least understand where he was coming from.
Please enjoy the entire video, and then share your thoughts in the comment section below!