Why does Dumbledore see Grindelwald in the Mirror of Erised?


A new Fantastic Beasts trailer is out and there is a lot to discuss, lets take a look at one of the key moments, why does Dumbledore seeing Grindelwald in the Mirror of Erised?

One of the few snippets of young Dumbledore we get in the new trailer is Dumbledore staring into the Mirror of Erised, as Harry once did in the Sorcerer’s Stone. Dumbledore warned Harry of the power of the mirror, and how wizards have lost themselves in the images they see. Was he speaking from experience?

Harry asks Dumbledore what he sees when he looks in the mirror. Dumbledore tells Harry that he sees a thick pair of wool socks when he gazes into the mirror. Obviously he is lying to Harry, who is 11 at the time. It is a very personal question to ask indeed.

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After this trailer, we now know what Dumbledore wants more than anything in the world. Johnny Depp, with a Jamie Lee Curtis haircut.

Why does Dumbledore see Grindelwald in the mirror?

It has been confirmed that Dumbledore is in love with Grindelwald. As the two powerful wizards set out to find the three deathly hallows, Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald’s ideology and overall persona. It’s remain to be seen if Grindelwald loved him back.

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I believe there is more to this than just being in love with Grindelwald. Dumbledore has always been power hungry. He turned down the Minister for Magic role as he believes it would’ve spiraled him out of control.

The idea of Grindelwald to Dumbledore is being young again, and chasing after the most powerful objects in the magical world. It shows what he wants deepest down in his heart, which is to stand on top of the world with Grindelwald by his side.

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Obviously, irreconcilable differences is what lead to the divorce of Dumbledore and Grindelwald. The longing to be with him, leaves him useless when the good guys are planning their attack on him.

He pleads with Newt Scamander to fight on his behalf. Further pushing the narrative that Dumbledore “asks too much” of the people he trusts.


Jude Law came out and said there are no scenes in the movie that show Dumbledore being explicitly homosexual. The trailer shows the contrary. He is shown longing for Grindelwald in the mirror, and telling Newt he couldn’t bring the dark wizard to justice. How is this not an indication of their relationship?

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Obviously, the creators of the film want this reaction, and boy did they get me good.