We met up with our grandson, age 19, last summer.  It was right after Joe Biden got the Democratic nomination.  Our grandson said that Biden was like Dumbledore.  I believe he meant that sarcastically 😊!

I am a Harry Potter fan and when I shared his insight with my friends, they said, ‘what’s wrong with Biden being like Dumbledore?’.

You Harry Potter fans know who Dumbledore is/was.  But for those of you who don’t, Dumbledore was the beloved long-term headmaster of Hogwarts’s, the wizarding school that Harry attends.

Here are some quotes about Dumbledore (from Wikipedia):

  • ‘Considered the most powerful wizard in the world, Dumbledore is benevolent and wise, a good wizard in the style of Merlin.[citation needed] He exudes an aura of serenity and composure, rarely displaying intense emotions of anger or fear. Yet despite his benign nature, it is said that Dumbledore is the only wizard Lord Voldemort ever truly feared.’
  • ‘More than anything else, Dumbledore has a deep capacity for love, frequently reminding Harry that love was the greatest magic of all. Dumbledore believes in the good in everyone and insists on giving second chances.’
  • ‘Dumbledore is highly perceptive and emotionally intelligent; his knowledge of a person’s true personality goes beyond simply being a good judge of character.’ 

I even found a blog post about Dumbledore as a leader!

And here is his ‘obituary’:

‘’Albus Dumbledore was never proud or vain; he could find something to value in anyone, however apparently insignificant or wretched, and I believe that his early losses endowed him with great humanity and sympathy. I shall miss his friendship more than I can say, but my loss is as nothing compared to the Wizarding world’s. That he was the most inspiring and the best loved of all Hogwarts headmasters cannot be in question. He died as he lived: working always for the greater good and, to his last hour, as willing to stretch out a hand to a small boy with dragon pox as he was on the day that I met him.

Albus Dumbledore’s obituary

As I took a deeper dive into Dumbledore as a leader, I think that our grandson is right.  President Joe Biden is like Dumbledore and maybe that is exactly what we need right now!

See you on Friday!