Perfect Harry Potter Theory Fixes 1 Major Albus Dumbledore Plot Hole

It is important to place Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets in its own context. The film is set in 1932, when Dumbledore was already well known in the wizarding world – but long before one of his greatest achievements in the Harry Potter cannon. Dumbledore is haunted by what he sees as past mistakes; As a teenager, he met and fell in love with Gellert Grindelwald, not seeing how dangerous this man could be. The two became obsessed with the Deathly Hallows, with Dumbledore coming to share Grindelwald’s beliefs in what he later came to see as the madness of youth. The two were so attached to each other that they even created a blood pact so neither could ever move against the other. Things took a tragic conclusion when Albus’ brother Aberforth confronted him one fateful night, leading to a magical duel in which their sister Ariana Dumbledore was killed. Albus would always blame himself, and he is characterized by a deep self-hatred for his past mistakes.

Yet the fantastic beasts the films subtly suggested that Dumbledore’s self-hatred is unwarranted. Throughout the trilogy, Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is obsessed with the Obscurials, beings of unprecedented magical power. Therefore, it seems very suspicious that the Dumbledore family seems to be unusually prone to developing Obscurials, given that Ariana was one of them, as was Albus Dumbledore’s nephew, Credence. This suggests that Grindelwald had his own agenda when he entered Albus’ world and manipulated Dumbledore to achieve his own ends. It looks more like Grindelwald groomed the young and impressionable Dumbledore, a theory reinforced by the fact that they created a blood pact. It’s far too convenient, suggesting that Grindelwald knew Dumbledore’s enthusiasm for their shared vision would wane, and he insured himself against a future where such a powerful wizard was free to oppose him.

It recasts Dumbledore’s history in a rather dark way, suggesting there’s a sense in which he really should be considered one of Grindelwald’s first victims. When the Qilin peers into Dumbledore’s heart, he sees all of this; burning regret and shame, lingering pain and grief. Knowing these things, he attempts to do Dumbledore a gift by acknowledging the goodness that resides within him that led him to abandon Grindelwald’s dark philosophy and strive to oppose his former lover despite their tragic pact of blood.

The Qilin offered Dumbledore a choice

If this theory holds, then there is a sense in which the Qilin offered Dumbledore a choice. He could accept the Qilin’s judgment and in doing so allow him to reframe his very sense of identity. Transformed by the qilin, he would have become the leader of the wizarding world at a crucial time in history when he really needed a champion to lead it. Tragically, Dumbledore couldn’t accept this, as he was too aware of the error of the past and his self-hatred was too deep. As revealed in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Dumbledore never forgot his youth, his obsession with Grindelwald and the Deathly Hallows. He always blamed himself for Ariana’s death, as he admitted to Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) in a mystical experience, stating, “I had proven, very young, that power was my weakness and my temptation.“In this way, Dumbledore could never trust himself, despite the prescient judgment of the Qilin in Dumbledore’s secrets.

As a result, Dumbledore chose a different life, rejecting the path the Qilin offered him. He remained at Hogwarts and, in truth, still became one of the wizarding world’s greatest champions. He defeated Grindelwald, claimed and retained the dangerously powerful Elder Wand, and led a group he called the Order of the Phoenix into battle against Voldemort. But there’s a sense he never really lived in, with the final scenes of Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets serving as a symbol of all of Albus Dumbledore’s relationships; he engineered success for others, watched it play from afar, and slipped away quietly without sharing the joy and celebration. During the fantastic beasts movies, the existence of the Blood Pact forced Dumbledore to operate from the shadows, subtly manipulating events lest the Blood Pact kill him. As a result, this became his habit, and at the time he taught Harry Potter he was a skilled manipulator.

If this theory is correct, then the judgment of the Qilin is not a conspiracy at all, and rather than smelling of nobility, as sorcerers believed, it smells of potential for nobility. It’s a much more powerful message, because it means a person doesn’t need to be defined by the mistakes of their past – but, tragically, it also means a person can Choose to be determined by them. This is perhaps the biggest secret of Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets – that Albus Dumbledore could have lived a very different life but didn’t believe he deserved to.


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It’s important to place Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore in its proper context. The film is set in 1932, when Dumbledore was already well-known across the Wizarding World – but well before any of his greatest accomplishments in the Harry Potter canon. Dumbledore is haunted by what he sees as past mistakes; as a teenager, he met and fell in love with Gellert Grindelwald, failing to see how dangerous the man could be. The two became obsessed with the Deathly Hallows, with Dumbledore coming to share Grindelwald’s beliefs in what he later came to consider the folly of youth. So committed were the two to one another that they even created a Blood Pact so that neither could ever move against the other. Matters came to a tragic conclusion when Albus’ brother Aberforth confronted him one fateful night, leading to a magical duel in which their sister Ariana Dumbledore was killed. Albus would always blame himself, and he is characterized by a deep self-hatred for his past mistakes.
Yet the Fantastic Beasts films have subtly suggested Dumbledore’s self-hatred is unjustified. Throughout the trilogy, Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is obsessed with Obscurials, beings of unprecedented magical power. Therefore, it seems highly suspicious that the Dumbledore family appears to be unusually prone to developing Obscurials, given that Ariana was one, and so was Albus Dumbledore’s nephew Credence. This suggests Grindelwald had his own agenda when he entered Albus’ world and that he manipulated Dumbledore to achieve his own ends. It feels more as though Grindelwald groomed the young and impressionable Dumbledore, a theory reinforced by the fact they created a Blood Pact. This is far too convenient, suggesting Grindelwald knew Dumbledore’s enthusiasm for their shared vision would fade, and he secured himself against a future where such a powerful wizard would be free to oppose him.
This recasts Dumbledore’s story in quite a dark way, suggesting there is a sense in which he should really be seen as one of Grindelwald’s first victims. When the Qilin peers into Dumbledore’s heart, it sees all of this; the burning regret and shame, the pain and lingering heartbreak. Knowing these things, it attempts to give Dumbledore a gift by acknowledging the goodness that lies within him that led to him abandoning Grindelwald’s dark philosophy and striving to oppose his former lover despite their tragic Blood Pact.
The Qilin Offered Dumbledore A Choice

If this theory holds, then there is a sense in which the Qilin was offering Dumbledore a choice. He could accept the Qilin’s judgment and, in so doing, allow it to reframe his very sense of self-identity. Transformed by the qilin, he would have become the leader of the Wizarding World at a crucial time in history when it really needed a champion to lead it. Tragically, Dumbledore could not accept this, as he was too aware of the mistake of the past, and his self-hatred was too deep. As revealed in Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part II, Dumbledore never forgot his youth, obsession with Grindelwald, and the Deathly Hallows. He always blamed himself for Ariana’s death, as he admitted to Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) in a mystical experience, stating: “I had proven, as a very young man, that power was my weakness and my temptation.” In this way, Dumbledore could never trust himself, despite the Qilin’s prescient judgment in The Secrets of Dumbledore.
As a result, Dumbledore chose a different life, rejecting the path the Qilin offered him. He remained at Hogwarts and, in truth, still became one of the greatest champions of the Wizarding World. He defeated Grindelwald, claimed and kept the dangerously powerful Elder Wand, and led a group he called the Order of the Phoenix in the battle against Voldemort. But there is a sense in which he never truly lived, with the final scenes of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore serving as symbolic of all Albus Dumbledore’s relationships; he engineered success for others, watched it play out from afar, and quietly slipped away without sharing in the joy and celebration. During the Fantastic Beasts films, the existence of the Blood Pact forced Dumbledore to act in the shadows, manipulating events subtly lest the Blood Pact kill him. As a result, these became his habits, and by the time he taught Harry Potter, he was a skilled manipulator.
If this theory is correct, then the Qilin’s judgment is no plot hole at all, and rather than sense nobility, as the wizards believed, it senses the potential for nobility. This is a far more powerful message, as it means a person does not need to be defined by the mistakes of their past – but, tragically, it also means a person can choose to be defined by them. Perhaps this is the greatest secret in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore – that Albus Dumbledore could have lived a very different life but did not believe he deserved to do so.

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