Hey everyone, Welcome to another installment of Harry Potter Theory. In today’s theory, we’re going to be discussing Albus Dumbledore, Gellert Grindelwald, and their plan to rule over the muggle world. With Fantastic Beasts 3 well on its way, I think that we can reasonably expect to see a side of Dumbledore that we’ve never seen befor, a glimpse in to his past that outlines his (at one time) questionable morality, his plan for establishing wizarding dominance, and his relationship with dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald.
If you don’t know Dumbledore’s backstory, and you’ve only seen the Harry Potter films, then let me summarize it quickly: Dumbledore wasn’t always good. Like everyone else, the wise all-knowing Hogwarts headmaster also had to face some demons before discovering who he truly was. As a young man, Dumbledore showed a lot of promise. He was an extremely innately talented wizard, and while studying at Hogwarts his professors claimed he could do things with a wand that they had never seen before.
After graduating from Hogwarts in June 1899, Albus returned to his home of Godric’s Hollow to be with his family after the death of his mother, Kendra Dumbledore. Albus, being the eldest sibling, knew that he would have to take care of his younger siblings, particularly Ariana who had problems controlling her magical abilities. It was during this time that Albus met and became friends with Gellert Grindelwald, a young man who had moved to the small village to live with his aunt Bathilda Bagsho, a woman that happened to be a family friend of the Dumbledore’s and Grindelwald’s great-aunt. Immediately recognizing each other’s magical prowess and amazing magical capabilities, the two boys hit it of, and that’s when their scheming began.
You see, Grindelwald, who had been expelled from Durmstran, was certainly a morally questionable character. After becoming close with Dumbledore, he shared with him his plans to overthrow the International Statute of Secrec, hoping to establish a new world hierarchy in which wizards were placed above Muggles. As the two grew closer and closer, Dumbledore became equally as passionate about this pla, and the two eventually coined the term ‘for the greater good’- which suggested that wizarding rule would eventually benefit everyone.
In the summer of 1899, when Dumbledore was just 17 years old, he wrote Grindelwald a letter discussing their plans. The letter shows Dumbledore speaking in a tone so unlike what we’re accustomed to. This same letter was published in Rita Skeeter’s ‘The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore’. “Gellert - Your point about Wizard dominance being FOR THE MUGGLES' OWN GOOD - this, I think, is the crucial point.
Yes, we have been given power and yes, that power gives us the right to rule, but it also gives us responsibilities over the ruled. We must stress this point, it will be the foundation stone upon which we build. Where we are opposed, as we surely will be, this must be the basis of all our counterarguments. We seize control FOR THE GREATER GOOD.
And from this it follows that where we meet resistance, we must use only the force that is necessary and no more. (This was your mistake at Durmstrang! But I do not complain, because if you had not been expelled, we would never have met). Albus” Anyway, with Fantastic Beasts 3 on the way, I thought it’d be fun to start diving in to Gellert and Albus’s past, particularly as soon we will have a lot of this available to us on screen.