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The Logic of Albus Dumbledore

History will remember Albus Dumbledore as a benevolent genius, but we will always remember him as the guy who let a kid take part in a death tournament he didn’t sign up for just because a magical goblet said he had to. When it came to making decisions, Dumbledore simply had no use for things like “logic” or “common sense.” The man made more questionable calls before breakfast than most people will make in their ENTIRE LIVES.

Look, I get it, being in charge of a wizarding high school isn’t easy—the kids are always doing things like starting magic fights in the hallways, smuggling dragons, and plotting murder. But one can only assume Dumbledore made all of his decisions by spinning a wheel and being like “OKAY SO WHATEVER IT LANDS ON, THAT’S WHAT WE DO.” McGonagall would say, “Dumbledore, I don’t think that’s the best way to run a school,” and Dumbledore would reply, “TOO LATE, I ALREADY HIRED LOCKHART.”

That’s the only explanation I can come up with as to why Dumbledore did the following: