Wizarding Culture

Differences of Habit and Language

Differences of Habit and Language

“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”

Albus Dumbledore addressing the students of Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang at the end-of-term feast (GF37: The Beginning)


Albus Dumbledore really shows his hand as a skilled diplomat, here.  He has turned down the offer to be Minister of Magic on multiple occasions:

"I, meanwhile, was offered the post of Minister of Magic, not once, but several times.  Naturally, I refused.  I had learned that I was not to be trusted with power." (DH35)

Dumbledore is referring to his temptation to pursue the Deathly Hallows, which had contributed to his blindness to Gellert Grindelwald's true nature.



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