In 2007, Harry Potter created a plot hole for Dumbledore (& No One Noticed)

In 2007, Harry Potter created a plot hole for Dumbledore (& No One Noticed)

Updated on August 02, 2022 15:26 PM by admin


Nobody noticed J.K. Rowling's plot hole in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, posted in 2007, was easily one of the expected books of all time.

It brought the epic series of Harry Potter to a close, trying to pit the Boy Who Resided against Lord Voldemort in one final encounter. It did so through a story that took Harry and his best mates aside from Hogwarts, with them at first fleeing the Death Eaters.

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It didn't take long for Warner Bros. to adapt it

It didn't take long for Warner Bros. to turn it into not one, but two box office smashes. The film company adapted a large portion of the second half of the book, most noticeably the Battle of Hogwarts.

It kept one pivotal scene, wherein Harry Potter met Albus Dumbledore in a near-death experience, and his headmaster's evident spirit helped him comprehend everything he went through.

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According to Dumbledore

Dumbledore also revealed the truth about his prior partner with Gellert Grindelwald, as well as the events surrounding his sister Ariana's death. That blunder, along with his rash pursuit of the Deathly Hallows, had led Dumbledore to doubt his own judgment.

He recalled

"In the meantime, I was offered the position of Minister of Magic not once, but several times," he recalled. Naturally, I declined. I'd learned that I couldn't be respected with authority." Despite the fact that this was cut, Dumbledore's ties to Grindelwald have become the inspiration for the Fantastic Beasts films.

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However, this does not fit with the comments

The problem is that this contradicts comments in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. In this story, Harry receives communications from Albus Dumbledore, which lists the principal's accomplishments and titles, including "Order of Merlin, First Class, Grand Sorc., Chef. Warlock, Supreme Mugwump, Worldwide Confed of Magicians."

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Dumbledore went to great lengths to avoid political power

None of these titles imply that Dumbledore went to great lengths to avert political influence, and the obvious contradiction has become even more problematic within a week of Creatures: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

According to Harry Potter

The role of Supreme Mugwump was revealed to be the top politician in the entire wizarding world. According to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of the Phoenix, Dumbledore lost his position after attempting to persuade the magicians that Voldemort had brought back.

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As seen in Fantastic Beasts

The Qilin first chose Dumbledore as High court Mugwump in the 1930s, as seen in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, but he refused. Of course, Dumbledore really does not do so to avoid power; rather, he ended up fighting on the front lines against Gellert Grindelwald, and years later would (re-)establish the Command of the Phoenix as a rival power base to the Minister of State of Miracles, albeit one that had no degree of responsibility.

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He presumably didn't become Supreme Mugwump 

He probably didn't become Supreme Mugwump until much later, and it's worth noting that his basic approach to fighting Voldemort involved correspondingly unelected measures.

Dumbledore's Claims

Dumbledore's assertion to have managed to avoid political power is truly rather conflicting, most likely because writer J.K. Rowling had no idea what a Mugwump was when she wrote Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and didn't notice the contradiction when she began trying to define the term.

Even if this is ignored, it appears that Dumbledore's main issue was being held accountable; whatever he claimed, he trusted his own judgment more than anyone else's in the battle against Voldemort.

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