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“One Man Of Courage Makes A Majority”

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What is courage? Is it the ability to confront fear, pain, and uncertainty (Merriam Webster Dictionary)? Is it bravery in the face of Death and physical pain, or is it the will to take a stand against popular opposition for what is right? Courage could be said to be embodied by all of these, but is courage, at its very base, something more? Is courage the determination to act rightly, to preserve one’s virtue, whether or not you consciously decide so or not? Is courage not found in the very heart and soul of an individual, rather than a calculated and deliberate decision to act so? Albus Dumbledore certainly thought so. Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore (Summer 1881 – June 1997) was the Transfiguration Professor, Deputy Head and later Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Order of Merlin, First Class; Supreme Mugwump of the International Confederation of Wizards, Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot, and Grand Sorcerer (The Harry Potter Lexicon). As a man who faced great opposition, hardships, and sadness in his long life, a man who has been said many to have been the greatest wizard who ever lived, Albus was a man who lived and died with a tremendous amount of courage in his heart. His entire moral fiber was made up of and founded upon the notions of courage, love, and altruism. Although Albus Dumbledore is a fictional character, his heroics in the Harry Potter novels are exactly the type of elements of courage described by John F. Kennedy in his modern classic, Profiles in Courage.
While Dumbledore was not a politician or a government head, he did not hesitate to make his political positions known, despite opposition, and was unafraid to pursue a unique and independent course after the return of Voldemort. Regardless of his name being discredited, his removal from boards of the wizarding world and becoming a mockery of the news, stood fast in his believes. Dumbledore held the positions Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot, the wizard high court of law, and Supreme Mugwump of the International Confederation of Wizard, the United Nations of the wizarding world, but never accepted the title of Minister of Magic, comparable to a President or Prime Minister, of Britain. He felt that he would not be suited to a position of empty power in an institution that had become so corrupt and that he could do the most good by remaining Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. During the time of Lord Voldemort’s return to power, Dumbledore refused to stay in line with the Ministry’s propaganda and risked losing everything he had worked his entire life for, including what he valued most; his position as Headmaster, effectively sacrificing his honor, prestige and chosen career on a single issue (7). He denied the wishes of a fraudulent government in hopes of educating the populace and campaigning against slander and for truth. He renounced the unnecessary concessions and method of resolving conflicts that John F....

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