Dumbledore’s responsibility as Harry’s guide and protector is to ensure that Harry is prepared for his future. After the death of his parents Harry becomes an orphaned baby and Dumbledore’s first concern, as Harry’s protector, is to ensure the safety of Harry. Dumbledore decides to leave Harry with his only living relatives, the Dursleys, because he believes “it’s the best place for [Harry]” (15). This decision by Dumbledore proves that he is tak...
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...a beautiful and terrible thing” (Rowling 216) but that “[he] shall not, of course, lie” (Rowling 216). Dumbledore does not shy away from explaining that Quirrell could not touch Harry’s skin because “love as powerful as [Harry’s] mother’s for [Harry] leaves its own mark” (Rowling 216). He answered Harry’s questions about the invisibility cloak, and Voldemort; also explaining to Harry about the animosity Snape has towards Harry. Dumbledore explained that Harry’s father saved Snape’s life and this debt was something “Snape could never forgive” (217) but hoped to repay by trying to protect Harry throughout his first year in Hogwarts. This honest conversation between Harry and Dumbledore allows the reader an opportunity to understand that Dumbledore’s role is not only to physically protect Harry, but to trust and be honest with Harry so that Harry can protect himself.
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