fans of the Harry Potter the series are still reeling from the revelations of Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets. The film delves deeper into Dumbledore’s past and the uncomfortable truths about Harry’s hero that troubled him so much in Deathly Hallows. fantastic beasts further explores the theme that was launched in the Harry Potter series, that no one is perfect, and that the wizarding world isn’t divided into good people and Death Eaters.
Although Dumbledore is a prime example of this in both series, several other adult characters from Harry Potter to prove that hypocrisy in various forms is a common human trait, whether that person is considered morally good or bad. It starts with the Dursleys, who pretend to be perfect while abusing their nephew, and continues with Harry’s most trusted role models, like the Weasleys, Sirius and Lupin. These adult characters contradict their own advice and values, but that doesn’t necessarily make them bad people.
Any Harry Potter fan will know that Arthur has a fascination with muggle objects, and often tampers with them, giving them magical qualities. Ironically, Arthur works at the Ministry of Magic in the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts office. His job is to raid the homes of people suspected of tampering with muggle items.
Arthur performs this job while secretly participating in the same crime. This also parallels his rival, Lucius Malfoy, who pretends to be a senior Ministry official while participating in the forces of evil. The irony follows the theme of the series and shows two sides of the same coin.
Blacks had been fascinated by dark magic for generations, but Sirius hated the family’s sense of superiority. He once told Harry that a wizard’s true character could be judged by how he treated his inferiors. In many ways, Sirius embodied this philosophy. In other respects, however, it fell short of its own standards.
Sirius’ downfall is due to the way he treated his house-elf, Kreacher. Sirius associated the elf with the evil he was raised around and treated him badly because of it. In the end, Sirius’ determination to separate from the Blacks brought him full circle and he died as a result of his cruelty.
Molly represents everything Petunia should have been in Harry’s life. The Weasley matriarch is caring and kind and takes pride in caring for her family and anyone in need above all else. But while Molly is different from Petunia in her disposition, she is similar in other ways.
Molly criticized Rita Skeeter’s gossip and often advised people not to listen to her. However, when Skeeter accused Hermione of playing with Harry’s heart, Molly believed him and treated Hermione horribly. Additionally, Molly is hugely supportive of her children who aspire to ministry but mocks those who want less respectable careers, like Petunia. This can sometimes make Molly Weasley unpopular with the Harry Potter Fans.
The Dursleys were the first example of adults in Harry’s life not living by their own standards. Their main concern is appearances. They sincerely believe that they are superior to others and that they are the embodiment of a perfect, loving and prosperous family. Vernon and Petunia are frequently reminded to “think of the neighbors”, but they contradict that advice by treating Harry so badly.
The Dursleys ignore the fact that abusing their nephew completely contradicts the image they are convinced to uphold. If anyone found out that he locked Harry in a closet, withheld food, and used corporal punishment, he would lose the status he thinks he deserves.
Hagrid is one of the show’s most lovable characters and is Harry’s first connection to the wizarding world. The half-giant has a good heart but is also guilty of ignoring his own advice to his students.
Hagrid always encourages the Golden Trio to stay out of trouble and keep their noses clean. He often reacts with exasperation when he sees that they haven’t listened, and sometimes berates them for doing so. However, Hagrid breaks the law and Hogwarts rules every day. He illegally uses his wand fragments to do magic, and he obtains and sells magical creatures on the black market, illegally keeping them in his hut on the Hogwarts grounds. It’s no wonder Harry never really takes Hagrid’s advice seriously.
Lupine is kind and good-humored. Even when he was in school, he served as a moral compass for the Marauders. When Harry meets him in prisoner of azkaban, Lupine teaches the Boyz Wizard what it means to be brave and inspires him to fight his fears and hold on. Some of Lupin’s best quotes in Harry Potter are to be brave and strong.
However, that same year, Lupine reveals that he had been too scared to tell Dumbledore that Sirius was an Animagus, even though he knew that was probably how he avoided capture. Also in Deathly Hallows, Lupine tries to leave his pregnant wife, all because of his fear. This exposed Lupin’s cowardice which disappointed Harry, reminding him that even his best role models aren’t perfect.
Barty Croupton Sr.
Barty Crouch was passionate about capturing dark wizards, so much so that he often crossed the line of morality to take them down. He encouraged witches and wizards to expose family members who used dark magic and ridiculed those who would protect criminals. His aggressive action against the Ministry’s enemies put him on the fast track to the top, but that all changed when his son was revealed to be a Death Eater.
His son’s choices contradicting his own could hardly count against Crouch, but as Dumbledore so often pointed out, Crouch’s own choices now established who he was as a person. Despite his public advice, Crouch broke his son out of prison anyway and hid him in his home, which ultimately resulted in Voldemort’s return.
Like Crouch, Cornelius Fudge demonstrates the double standards that often exist in government. Harry quickly learns that those in power will adjust their expectations to their advantage. In Fudge’s case, he initially excuses Harry’s illegal actions, brushing off the incident with Aunt Marge and advising other Ministry officials to give Harry a break.
However, once it’s been used by Fudge to discipline Harry and others for tiny infractions, he bends the rules and the law to ensure he gets the outcome he wants. Very quickly, the jovial and benevolent nature of Fudge is replaced by a man ready to do anything to keep his power, like the Slytherin character that he is.
Severus Snape is the clearest example of how characters often exist in a gray area. It is neither entirely good nor entirely bad. His initial contradiction is that if in his heart there is a rage that he would never overcome, there is also an endless love.
One of the main motivating factors for Snape’s rage stems from the bullying he suffered. He was treated badly by the Muggles he grew up with, then tormented by James and Sirius at school. Snape then chided Harry for following in his father’s footsteps when in reality Snape was Hogwarts’ greatest bully. In all his anger, he became exactly what he hated for James.
At a time Harry Potter and fantastic beastsAlbus Dumbledore reminds people around him that they have to choose between what is easy and what is right, but he has often failed to make the right choice.
Dumbledore admitted he should have told Harry his fate long before he did. He had intended to approach the situation as necessary acts for the greater good, but his love for Harry got in his way. He wanted to protect Harry from the truth, so he sheltered him and kept secrets when he shouldn’t have. The action was smoother and easier, but it wasn’t fair. Dumbledore’s difficulty following his advice showed that moral decisions aren’t black and white, a lesson Harry learned by watching every adult in his life.
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