Great Dumbledore Moments From The Harry Potter Movies

March 26th, 2022Great Dumbledore Moments From The Harry Potter Movies

Remind Me Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore opens April 15

Whenever discussing characters from the Harry Potter movies that have some of the franchise’s best moments, Professor Albus Dumbledore is one with a hefty list that ranges from exciting to understated and joyful to heartbreaking. The crafty and complex headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry provided guidance and support to Harry, his classmates, and the rest of the members of the Wizarding World, even Muggles, throughout the series.

And with the long-awaited release of FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE set to open in AMC Theatres on April 15, 2022, there has never been a better time to go back through some of the fearless leader’s greatest moments from the Harry Potter movies that fans are still discussing more than a decade after it wrapped up.

Dumbledore Drops Off An Infant Harry Potter

In the opening minutes of HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE, Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, and Rubeus Hagrid drop off an infant Harry Potter at the doorstep of his aunt and uncle’s home following the death of his parents. While McGonagall is fearful to leave the orphaned boy with such repulsive muggles and live in a world that does not know his name, Dumbledore is hopeful and believes he will be better off living away from the Wizarding World until he is ready, leaving him with parting words: “Good luck, Harry Potter.”

With his decision, Dumbledore puts his faith in the young boy to find his way to his legacy instead of being poisoned by the fame that follows his family name and legacy. A heroic decision sets the young boy on a hero’s journey of his own.

Dumbledore Awards Gryffindor Points For Bravery

Throughout HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE, students at Hogwarts compete for the House Cup, an end-of-the-year trophy given to the group of students who earned the most points throughout the academic year. At the end of the year when it seems like Slytherin House is to be named the winner, Professor Dumbledore announces he would like to award bonus points in light of recent events — Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley preventing Quirinus Quirrell from obtaining the powerful stone — and makes a game-changing declaration.

First, Dumbledore gives Hermione 50 points for using her intellect. Next, Ron receives 50 points for the epic game of Wizard’s Chess. Then, Harry receives 60 points for his nerve and courage. And though it seems Gryffindor and Slytherin are to tie, Dumbledore awards Neville Longbottom 10 points, saying it is brave to stand up to your enemies but a great deal more to stand up to your friends. The look on Neville’s face says it all…

Dumbledore Helps Harry and Hermione With The Time-Turner

Although the headmaster of Hogwarts and one of the leading authorities in the Wizarding World, Professor Dumbledore is never one to shy away from breaking the rules when there’s so much on the line. One of the best examples of this comes in HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN when the wizard helps Harry and Hermione with the Time-Turner so they can travel back in time to save Sirius Black.

There’s an almost childlike quality to Dumbledore when he quickly turns around and tells Hermoine about the dangers of time travel before giving her a couple winks as he tells her the proper number of turns. This incredible moment exemplifies Dumbledore’s true character and the trust he places in two of his top students to do the right thing.

Dumbledore Escapes Capture With Fawkes

The relationship shared by Professor Dumbledore and Fawkes the Phoenix is one of the more charming throughout the Harry Potter movies, and it plays into some of the narrative’s biggest moments. One of those takes place in HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX when Dumbledore is falsely accused of starting “Dumbledore’s Army” and is to be taken away to Azkaban. But before Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge can apprehend the wizard, his longtime pet flies up, grabs him, and the two magically vanish.

As in typical Dumbledore fashion, he gives Harry Potter a little wink just before he evades capture. And even Kingsley Shacklebolt, who was there along with the other would-be captors can’t help but marvel at the Hogwarts headmaster’s unique and undeniable style.

 Dumbledore Confronts Voldemort

Though the Ministry of Magic long acts like Lord Voldemort has not returned, the Ministry’s top officials can no longer deny his presence in HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX when the dark lord presents himself to battle and kill Harry Potter. But before “He Who Shall Not Be Named” can finish the job he started years earlier, Professor Dumbledore arrives to duel his former student.

One of the better duels in the entire franchise, the climactic battle sees the two equally-matched wizards throw everything they can at one another. This epic battle does not disappoint and shows that despite his elderly appearance, Dumbledore is still one of the strongest wizards in the world.

Dumbledore Fights Off The Inferi

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE gave Wizarding World some of the biggest, and most traumatic, moments in the franchise, especially when it comes to Professor Dumbledore’s death at the hands of Severus Snape. But before his life comes to an end, or at least his physical being, Dumbledore saves Harry Potter from a mob of Inferi attempting to kill the young wizard.

This epic moment is absolutely magical, for a lack of better term, and packs with it an emotional gut punch as Dumbledore fights back the demented creatures to save “The Boy Who Lived” so that he can later fulfill the prophecy.

Dumbledore Meets Harry In Limbo

In HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS — PART 2 when Lord Voldemort uses the Killing Curse on Harry in battle, the young wizard is sent to limbo where he encounters Professor Dumbledore’s spirit for one last discussion. During their talk, Dumbledore gives his student a great deal of encouraging words in addition to letting him know he can either decide to go on to the afterlife or return to his body to defeat the dark lord once and for all.

And while there are a lot of revelations in this moment — Harry is revealed to be a horcrux — Dumbledore allows the mystery to remain by not spelling out all the answers for Harry, similar to how he sent to boy to live in the muggle world as an infant so he could figure things out on his own.

These are just a few of the great Albus Dumbledore moments from the Harry Potter movies, and there’s a chance we’ll see even more when FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE opens in AMC Theatres on April 15, 2022.

Remind Me Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore opens April 15

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