Michael Gambon, a very bad Dumbledore

The One True Dumbledore, Richard Harris.The Leaky Cauldron: "Over the years, one topic of debate hotly discussed in our fandom has been actor Michael Gambon and his portrayal of Professor Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter film series. Adding fuel to the fire has been his previous comments over the years regarding his deliberate choice to not read the source material found in the works of author J.K. Rowling." - Michael Gambon, wonderful actor, HORRIBLE Albus Dumbledore. Read the article, read what Gambon says, maybe I'm being a bit too hard on the guy, not that it'll matter to him, but he also calls out Steve Kloves for writing the screen character the way he does. They apparently "demanded an intense Dumbledore." Intense, yes Dumbledore could be intense[1], but not ever pointed at the students. This is where Gambon and Kloves make a huge mistake. Dumbledore was humble, and nonchalant even in the most intense situations[2]. He was always under control. Gambon's Dumbledore makes him out as weak, and out of control, which I really do not care for.

How is it Kloves and Gambon can miss the mark so completely, yet Chris Columbus and Richard Harris could portray him so perfectly?

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I wonder what J.K. Rowling really thinks about her creation being so completely twisted? Maybe we'll find out in a few years, maybe not. Then again maybe she's ok with it? We all know Dumbledore had his demons, but he didn't show them in public, and he knew his faults so completely. Again, a sign of his complete control of every situation.


1 - "At that moment, Harry fully understood for the first time why people said Dumbledore was the only wizard Voldemort had ever feared. The look upon Dumbledore's face as he stared down at the unconscious form of Mad-Eye Moody was more terrible than Harry could have ever imagined. There was no benign smile upon Dumbledore's face, no twinkle in the eyes behind the spectacles. There was cold fury in every line of the ancient face; a sense of power radiated from Dumbledore as though he were giving off burning heat." -
The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 35 - Veritaserum.


2 - "'We both know that there are other ways of destroying a man, Tom,' Dumbledore said calmly, continuing to walk toward Voldemort as though he had not a fear in the world, as though nothing had happened to interrupt his stroll up the hall. 'Merely taking your life would not satisfy me, I admit --'" -
The Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 36 - The Only One He Ever Feared.

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