|"Are you a wizard or not?"
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This letter was written by Albus Dumbledore to Gellert Grindelwald, when he was 17 years old. The letter was later published after Dumbledore's death, in Rita Skeeter's book The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore.
Your point about Wizard dominance being FOR THE MUGGLES' OWN GOOD - this, I think, is the crucial point. Yes, we have been given power and yes, that power gives us the right to rule, but it also gives us responsibilities over the ruled. We must stress this point, it will be the foundation stone upon which we build. Where we are opposed, as we surely will be, this must be the basis of all our counterarguments. We seize control FOR THE GREATER GOOD. And from this it follows that where we meet resistance, we must use only the force that is necessary and no more. (This was your mistake at Durmstrang! But I do not complain, because if you had not been expelled, we would never have met.)
Behind the scenes
- The phrase "For the greater good" and the date of this letter's creation are both noted on Gellert Grindelwald's skull hookah, written in German.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Notes and references
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 18 (The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 18 (The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore) - "Now approaching his eighteenth birthday, Dumbledore left Hogwarts in a blaze of glory [...] The very same summer that Dumbledore went home to Godric’s Hollow, now an orphan and head of the family, Bathilda Bagshot agreed to accept into her home her great-nephew, Gellert Grindelwald. [...] Barely two months into their great new friendship, Dum-bledore and Grindelwald parted, never to see each other again until they met for their legendary duel"
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 20 (Xenophilius Lovegood)