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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


by J.K. Rowling

Principles Quotes in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Quote #10

"Sorry to disappoint you and all that, but the greatest wizard in the world is Albus Dumbledore. Everyone says so. Even when you were strong, you didn't dare try and take over at Hogwarts. Dumbledore saw through you when you were at school and he still frightens you now, wherever you're hiding these days – " (17.76)

Harry gives this speech to Riddle as he starts ranting about how great he is. At this stage in the series, Harry's loyalty and faith in Professor Dumbledore's power is absolute. Harry loves and admires Professor Dumbledore. The thing is, though, that Harry also has to become a leader in his own right. Eventually, he has to start questioning Professor Dumbledore's decisions, so that he can become his own man. When does Harry start distinguishing himself from Professor Dumbledore? When does he start challenging Dumbledore's authority? What events trigger Harry's break with Professor Dumbledore? How are Harry and Professor Dumbledore's leadership styles similar or different in the later novels of the series?

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