Dumbledore, notorious for giving second chances Dumbledore, let Sirius rot in Azkaban for twelve years.
He must have known Sirius well due to his time in the Order, he must have known what James meant to Sirius. Dumbledore was a member of the freaking Wizengamot yet he didn’t fight the Ministry’s horrifying trial-optional policy.
This is a man who took back Death Eater!Snape at his word, shielded him from prison, and employed him at a school for children.
But he didn’t have a use for Sirius, so he didn’t care about him.
I got 99 problems with Dumbledore and his treatment of Sirius Black accounts for like 64 of them.
To be honest, Albus Dumbledore is one of the most disturbing, terrifying characters I’ve ever found in a book, because he thought he was a good guy and so did everyone else and the books don’t really challenge it either (given that Harry forgives him for everything he did), but when you look between the lines he was profoundly, profoundly immoral and unethical.
…oh… my god…
I don’t think I actually agree with this? Like, it seemed to be pretty compelling evidence that Black murdered Pettigrew (considering, well, he probably would have if given the chance) and also the fact that Black came from a long line of pureblood supremecists it’s probably not unreasonable to assume that he could possibly have been a double-agent in the Order.
As for the Snape stuff, well yeah. But I think that comes from the whole thing where Dumbledore felt that he could control Snape and that Snape was not actually a threat to the children? Sure, lots of kids didn’t like Snape but I wonder if he was one of those polarising teachers? We only see Snape through Harry’s eyes and while he’s pretty damn horrible to Harry he could be good to some other students.
Long story short, I think Dumbledore is a good person who ultimately makes some rather questionable decisions. I don’t think that makes him a “profoundly unethical” man.
Similarly with Snape: I think he’s probably a deeply troubled man who isn’t without his positive qualities.
IT IS ALMOST AS IF THEY ARE CHARACTERS WHO AREN’T BLACK AND WHITE!!!