A is for Albus Dumbledore
Ok, let’s start this thing off right!
What on earth was up with Dumbledore? Like seriously. What was his deal? He is supposed to be in charge of keeping this entire school of children safe but he fails in every single way. Even though he is considered to be the wisest wizard of all time or whatever, his decision-making skills are definitely a little out of wack.
First of all, all his energy seems to be focused on just Harry. And given the circumstances, this is obviously how it’s going to be for all of the years that Harry is at Hogwarts. But should it have really happened that way? Where were his concerns for the rest of the school? Did he even know that other students were attending classes there?
I find it really hard to believe that he had Harry’s best interests at heart. He knew the whole history of Tom Riddle/Voldemort and yet he still allowed Harry to go about his young life without knowing and of that information. A lot of people will say that Harry was too young to know about it, but I disagree. If his existence was putting an entire school in danger then it was his right to know about it. Why didn’t Dumbledore tell Harry about the situation? Why did he give the task to Snape who clearly had no interest in the child from the beginning aside from the fact that he was Lily’s son. Then, of course, why would Harry believe anything that Snape would tell him? If someone treated me in such a way I would never believe anything that they had to say.
Another thing that I have a super major problem with, is the hiring of teachers. Quirrel I guess is understandable. He was a teacher at Hogwarts before he was possessed by Voldemort, so Dumbledore probably didn’t know that Quirrel had a head growing out of the back of him, sucking his life force. But what about Lockhart? Seriously? How did Dumbledore not see through all the BS there? It is so obvious that he was such a doofus. A wizard as smart and well respected as Dumbledore should have seen that. And if he did, why on earth would he hire Lockhart to be a teacher at the school?
Moving on to Remus: I love the character of Remus, and within the context of the third book, it makes sense that Dumbledore would hire him to teach Harry all that he needs in order to get through the trials he faces in that book, but that just brings me back to my first point: why wouldn’t Dumbledore take care of that himself?! He seriously makes me so angry. His priorities man…
Of course, there is also the issue of how Dumbledore runs the school in general. Detentions starting at 11 pm at night? Or running past midnight? Even magical parents should have been taking an issue with this. Won’t somebody think of the children?!?!