Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is by and far one of fiction’s most iconic characters. The character we see in the seven Potter books is markedly different from the Dumbledore whose backstory we later learn (plus, Fantastic Beasts is shedding more light on his history). Sure, he was very flawed in his youth, but he changed. But what’s baffling to me is that people think that Dumbledore wanted Harry to die.
It’s rather odd that people who have religiously devoured the books seem to think this. But then again, it’s not like the Harry Potter fandom is known for long attention spans anyway, amirite?
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The Flaw In The Plan
The fourth book, Goblet Of Fire, makes it clear that Dumbledore knew that Harry would not die. The book describes that Dumbledore has a “glint of victory” in his eye when he learns that Voldemort used Harry’s blood to resurrect himself. The Dark Lord tethered his survival to the protection that ran in Harry’s veins thanks to Lily’s sacrifice. With this knowledge in his hands, the wizened headmaster plots a scheme to ensure Voldemort’s destruction.
Harry could never be killed by Voldemort as a result of Lily’s blood protection flowing in both their veins. His Horcrux-self, however, would be destroyed as a result of Harry wholeheartedly embracing his death.
Dumbledore’s plan ensures, that by greeting death as an old friend, Harry is doing what Lily did years ago. Him embracing death to save the ones he loves effectively ensures that everyone within the castle is impervious to Voldemort’s Dark Magic.
The inevitability of death and the fact that there are things far worse is a consistent theme throughout the books. Dumbledore’s lust for power during his youth followed by his familial tragedies taught him a very important lesson. That he could never really be trusted with power. Perhaps that is why he devoted his life to teaching young students than become the Minister of Magic.