Dumbledore and the Mirror of Erised: Why did he see Grindelwald in the mirror?


We all see our greatest desires in Mirror of Erised but why exactly did Dumbledore see Grindelwald in the mirror when he could have seen absolutely anything?

When Dumbledore looked into the Mirror of Esired, he saw Grindelwald. At first, many of us assumed it was because he wanted to find his old friend and bring him to justice but some of us thought back to the fact that Dumbledore is gay and was, reportedly, in love with Grindelwald.

Did he look in the mirror and see his love because he wanted to be with Grindewald again or because he wanted the war to end before it began? Was this his way of stopping what was going to come or was this Albus looking back on what could have been fondly?

The thing is, we know that Grindelwald is the reason for Voldemort’s rise and, if prophecies are being told throughout the wizarding community, wouldn’t Dumbledore be a bit aware of what was going to happen? Granted, he can’t tell the future but clearly he had to have some indication of what was happening with his friend, did he not?

Even so, he could have seen Grindelwald because of the love he lost. Which would have been great to have addressed in the series because as it stands now, Dumbledore has never openly said what his relationship to Grindelwald was. Maybe we’ll see more in the third installment to the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series. Or maybe not but it’d be nice to know if Grindelwald was in love with Dumbledore too.

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Do you think Dumbledore saw Grindelwald because he wanted to stop him or because of something more? Let us know what you think in the comments below!