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Better Than Dumbledore

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could actually meet a character from fiction and chat with him over dinner? Who would you choose? One character I would enjoy meeting is Dumbledore, the kindly wizard who is the headmaster of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter books.

James "The Amazing" Randi

Here are some of his characteristics, culled from the books themselves and from descriptions by fans: tall and thin; white beard; aura of power; wears glasses; benevolent and wise; aura of serenity and composure; rarely displays intense emotions; eccentric and even slightly effeminate; sometimes wears flamboyant clothes; whimsical; uses humor to make people feel comfortable in his presence; has extraordinary powers, and his abilities as a wizard are combined with cunning, subtlety of mind, and understanding of human nature; never arrogant or pompous; deep capacity for love; immense brainpower, although it doesn’t protect him from emotional mistakes; has a pet phoenix named Fawkes; carries a wand; a late disclosure by the author reveals that he is gay.

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