Albus Dumbledore was unquestionably a great wizard who held lots of influence in the magical community and was an essential figure in Harry Potter's life. I'm sure if you were to ask any Hogwarts students about him, they would say that he is kind and whimsical. But that doesn't change the fact that he is horrible at making decisions. Throughout the Harry Potter series, Dumbledore makes bad choice after bad choice, both before Harry enters the picture and then long after. I love Dumbledore, but he has a serious problem with his judgment.
Dumbledore is making his big return to the series in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald -- this time as a younger man played by Jude Law -- and once again recruiting others to fight his battles for him. With that in mind, it's time to look back at some of the more questionable actions of this otherwise awesome wizard. Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) better watch his back, because these are the worst decisions that Dumbledore has ever made, ranked in no particular order.
Leaving Harry With An Abusive Family
Let's start right at the beginning of the series, shall we? After his parents are murdered, baby Harry Potter is left with his only living family, the Dursleys. The Durselys are muggles, hate everything about magic, and treat this orphan boy like dirt, making him famously live under the stairs. Perhaps not physically abusive but definitely emotionally abusive, and it was Dumbledore who decided to leave him there! Rather than leave him with a magical foster family that could teach Harry about his heritage and powers, Dumbledore opted to leave him with these suffocating turds because... he wanted Harry to have humility? I'm sure Harry would have preferred keeping his ego in check over a warm bed.
He Sent Kids To A Nightmare Forest For Detention
Hogwarts is a magical place with lots of wacky, whimsical school traditions like playing flying broom sports games. Like any school, it has to discipline its students occasionally, but unlike a regular school, which just gives detention, Hogwarts sends kids into a dark forest riddled with dangerous monsters. Hogwarts is right next to the Forbidden Forest, which houses plenty of peaceful creatures like unicorns and a bunch of dangerous child-eating ones. First-year students who barely know how to make a feather float are sent there in the dead of night with a groundskeeper who legally can't use magic to protect them. Honestly, it's a great scare tactic, but if your students can get eaten by spiders, it's probably not worth it. As the headmaster, Dumbledore can shut this down anytime. He just doesn't.