DUMBLEDORE'S TRIUMPH in Book 4
I finished reading the book the Monday after it was released, and there was something towards the end of the book the literally made me drop the book and gasp. Maybe you readers know what it is I' m talking about? Here, I'll quote the book for you~
First, some background info to refresh your memories . . . When Harry got back from the graveyard after fighting with Voldemort, Dumbledore brought him to his office. There, Sirius Black was waiting, and Harry sat down in the chair in front of Dumbledore' s desk. Albus Dumbledore asked Harry to tell what happened after reaching the portkey. Harry began, and as you recall, when he came to the part where Wormtail slashed his arm, Sirius Black supposedly swore, and Dumbledore got up to examine Harry's arm. And this is what happened. . .
"He said my blood would make him stronger then if he'd used someone else's," Harry told Dumbledore. "He said the protection my -- mother left in me -- he'd have it too. And he was right -- he could touch me without hurting himself, he touched my face."
For a fleeting instant, Harry thought he saw a gleam of something like triumph in Dumbledore's eyes. But next second, Harry was sure he had imagined it, for when Dumbledore had returned to his seat behind the desk, he looked as old and weary as Harry had ever seen him.
Here, to help me explain, is what the word Triumph means.
1 a victory; success 2 exultation or joy over a victory
Okay, now here. s what something like triumph could be.
1.conquest 2.achievement 3.success 4.victory.
Now that that's all cleared up, let me try to explain, or at least share what I think are some possible solutions.
Okay, Harry's got a cut on his hand, he got hurt! Voldemort is back from the. . . dead? He's in a healthy, powerful body again. Most likely, he will try to take over the wizard world again, and maybe even the Muggle world. AND DUMBLEDORE'S SMILING! (exaggeration makes things more exciting, don't you think?) Now Dumbledore's my favorite character, and he's the only one that I feel Harry could completly trust. Ho-hum.
First of all, I need to point out that there's no way Harry could have imagined that Dumbledore had something like a triumphant expression on his face. Either he did or he didn't. I, being quite reasonable, feel that if that "triumphant expression" wasn't anything but an illusion, Rowling would have never put it in there. Which is why I'm worried. (see below for reason) So either Rowling wanted to lead us on, make us think that maybe just maybe. . . there was an evil side in even the best people. Or it could be part of her overall plot, she's just warning us now, making us think.
Explanation one: Dumbledore is not the same Dumbledore we used to know and love. He's not that smiling, happy go lucky headmaster who takes everything lightly and loves all his students, Harry best. Over the year or years, Dumbledore has transformed into the next Lord Voldemort, plotting against him, or with him, to take over the world. And we all know that if Dumbledore wanted to take over the world, he could do it. And would do it. He wants to kill Harry, and the rest of the nosy Hogwarts staff, but he's just bidding his time.
But that doesn't seem too likely, for a few reasons. 1. Nobody's that good an actor. 2. All of what we know about Dumbledore doesn't fit in with this idea. 3. If he wanted to take over the world, I think he would have done it by now. 4. Rowling just can't do that to the best character in the whole series, I don't think her editor would allow it!
Some reasons it could happen are as follows~ 1. Great cliffhanger, what's dumbledore gonna do? 2. Dumbledore is the one you'd least expect to turn evil. 3. Neat ending to the last book--- Harry and Dumbledore have an almighty fight. 4. Leaves room for sequels, let's say that Harry only kills Dumbledore (if he turns evil) but VVoldemortif he's still alive, but he should be) gets away. . .
Explanation Two: Could be that Dumbledore is happy that Harry got away from that beast. Huh? Or Maybe it's because he knows that as long as Harry's there, Voldemort might get killed (yes I know that Dumbledore could kill Voldemort with the flick of a wrist, but Voldemort's smart enough to know that. He might come after Harry, but not Dumbledore). Or maybe Dumbledore triumphant because he knows that when he dies, there will be a good replacement for him as headmaster. Gee? Who could that be? Voldemort? No! Harry Potter. I feel that two of those are halfway reasonable.
Explanation Three: Maybe J.K. Rowling feels that this would be a great thing to ponder--- "oh my god! Dumbledore's supposed to be the sane, strong, and good one! He can. t be supporting you-know-who know!! But I think this is unlikely, because someday she's going to have to explain that, and Harry Potter is not going to go up to Dumbledore and say "Hey PProfessor remember when Wormtail cut my arm and gave my blood to Voldemort? Remember that? And do you remember how when I told you that, you had a ttriumphantlook on your face?" no Harry Potter is not going to ask that.
Overall, I've found that Albus Dumbledore cares a great deal about Harry, and I don't believe he could want to harm Harry in any way.
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I highly doubt that Dumbledore is a Dark Wizard because he is good and kind, was once a Gryffindor, and as quoted many times in the Harry Potter books, "the only one Voldemort is afraid of." If Dumbledore was indeed a Dark wizard, why hasn't he killed Harry before? He has been in many places alone with Harry, and instead of ever harming Harry, Dumbledore has been kind to Harry and has been giving him advice throughout every schoolyear.
Dumbledore has saved Harry's life many times. In Book 1, Dumbledore saved Harry from Professor Quirrel at the end. He also insisted on coming to Harry's second Quidditch match, after Quirrel had cursed his broomstick during the first match. In Book 3, Dumbledore saved Harry from falling off of his broomstick when the dementors came to the Quidditch game. In Book 4, Dumbledore had been very worried about Harry joining the Tri-wizard tournament and had saved Harry from Mad-Eye Moody aka Barty Crouch Jr. It also was confirmed by Voldemort of how much he hated Dumbledore, and that Dumbledore had conjured up an Ancient Magic to protect Harry while he was at the Dursleys, and is keeping a close watch on Harry at school to protect him. If Dumbledore was a Dark Wizard, he certainly wouldn't be doing those things.
Dumbledore certainly isn't a bad guy because he had been working very hard against Voldemort, and at the the end of book 4, tried to have everybody unite together and form a plan to stop Voldemort. Dumbledore also has been very kind to Muggle-borns, something that Voldemort despises. Lily and James Potter were good friends of Dumbledore and he was very sad, at the beginning of book 1, when they died.
As for the reason for the "look of triumph" on Dumbledore's face, I am positive that it is going to be brought up again in later books. I think, though, that it may have something to do with what he told Harry in the hospital wing at the end of book 1, " If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love." I think that Dumbledore knows something about Lily Potter's love in Harry's blood that we don't know. Maybe Dumbledore thinks that the love now inside Voldemort will somehow weaken the latter. That would explain the look of triumph on his face. Over all, Dumbledore seems more like a very wise guardian angel than a Dark Wizard. Sent in by Meg
I personally fell that Ashley went overboard on her Dumbledore s evil speech. I think that Dumbledore suspected that Voldemort would use Harry's blood to save himself, so he might have actually put a curse on Harry's blood that would harm any evil that used it. This makes more sense the Ashley's story, since Dumbledore is good, and has been fighting against Voldemort the whole time. ~kt
Whoa! That's a lot. I decided
that was a little too big to fit on the thoughts to ponder about page so I gave it a new one.
That is quite a bit to fit into one's head all at once though. Anyways I guess you'd like to know
my opinion. I sorta disagree with uh. Ashley. *Nooo not another one of your opinions.* *glares evilly*
Anyways... Maybe Dumbledore isn't what he's cracked up to be.
We all agree that Dumbledore is the only wizard that Voldemort's afraid of. *correct* Well yes he's a
powerful wizard, but that might not be the only reason though. Hmmm... Well Prof. Binns did say
that Dumbledore "could" us Dark Arts.... Prof. McGongall also said the same. And what exactly did Dumbledore
see when he looked into the uh. Mirror of Desire or something... Harry described Dumbledore as old, weary and tired
in the 4th book. Why was he though? He didn't look tired etc. before did he? Why is it that he starts to become stressed in the exact year that Voldemort's
coming to power? Hmmm....
We all agree that Dumbledore is the only wizard that Voldemort's afraid of. *correct* Well yes he's a powerful wizard, but that might not be the only reason though. Hmmm... Well Prof. Binns did say that Dumbledore "could" us Dark Arts.... Prof. McGongall also said the same. And what exactly did Dumbledore see when he looked into the uh. Mirror of Desire or something... Harry described Dumbledore as old, weary and tired in the 4th book. Why was he though? He didn't look tired etc. before did he? Why is it that he starts to become stressed in the exact year that Voldemort's coming to power? Hmmm....