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Harry Potter Fans Are Questioning Dumbledore's 'Troll' Decision In Philosopher's Stone

Isobel Pankhurst

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Harry Potter Fans Are Questioning Dumbledore's 'Troll' Decision In Philosopher's Stone

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Harry Potter fans are just noticing something rather strange that occurs in the first film.

We all remember the iconic scene when Professor Quirrell through the Great Hall declares: "Troll! Troll in the dungeon. Thought you ought to know."

But fans have recently noticed that something odd happens after this.

The post has started a discussion amongst fans about Dumbledore's decision (Credit: Reddit)
The post has started a discussion amongst fans about Dumbledore's decision (Credit: Reddit)

Dumbledore proceeds to send the students back to their Common Rooms... seemingly ignoring that the Slytherin Common Room is in the dungeons, the same place the troll has been sighted.

Eagle-eyed fans have recently been discussing this observation on Reddit.

One fan pointed out a problem, not just with sending Slytherins to the dungeons, but with the entire plan: "I’m a huge HP fan but always thought this scene was stupid. Why would they send the students to their dorms? They had perfect harmony while having every single student in one place, surrounded by Professors more than capable of neutralizing the troll. It just made no sense for Dumbledore to create all that pandemonium."

The Slytherins were ultimately safe as the troll didn't stay in the dungeons for long, instead making it's way to the girls bathroom (Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)
The Slytherins were ultimately safe as the troll didn't stay in the dungeons for long, instead making it's way to the girls bathroom (Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Another wrote: "Yeah it could've been an easy, 'Alright, everyone stay in your seats. Professor McGonagall and Professor Snape; please go to the dungeon and neutralize the troll. Professor Quirrell, sit the f*ck down. No need to panic everyone.'"

Others have suggested this reflects quite badly on the character of Dumbledore.

"Dumbledore was an a**hole," wrote one of the commenters.

Another added: "Dumbledore: f*ck them kids."

A third suggested that Dumbledore should have gone a dealt with the troll himself: "Dumbledore could have took care of the troll in a fraction of a sec but he let it play out on purpose."

Fans have become increasingly divided on the character of Dumbledore in recent years, especially following the release of the Fantastic Beasts films (Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)
Fans have become increasingly divided on the character of Dumbledore in recent years, especially following the release of the Fantastic Beasts films (Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

In agreement with this, another fan added: "I mean they don’t know where the troll is exactly. Which is exactly why they should’ve kept everyone in one place and sent Dumbledore to hunt for it. Pretty sure the rest of the teachers could’ve kicked the trolls a** if it did come for the great hall."

So, what do you think of Dumbledore's decision in this scene?

Topics: Harry Potter, TV And Film

Isobel Pankhurst
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