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Amamama's drabble -- "Recommitment"

Amamama's drabble -- "Recommitment"

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Amamama asked for an HP drabble; the prompt she gave me was "ceremony."

Here's the result. It's called "Recommitment."

Before you read it, let me say that I'm aware of a potentially huge plot-hole in it. I don't care.


A diary that could possess a girl. A failed killing curse. A scar that bequeaths Parseltongue. The conclusion is inescapable.

It is time.

Instantly, despite massive protections, he is in the cell. Gellert is startled, then looks at him gravely.

“Albus. Why?”

“I had to see you again. I am about to recommit to the greater good.”

“How so?”

Albus pauses. “I believe I have decided to sacrifice an innocent boy so that others may live.”

Gellert considers. “Bentham never suited you.”

“No. Nor does he now. But I have no choice.”

“Albus,” chides Gellert. “There is always a choice.”

  • Me like! *grins* Especially the twist that Grindelwald is the voice of reason. His years in prison has done him good, I'd say. Albus, on the other hand, barely seems able to look past his crooked nose, blinded by his own importance. And hunger for power? Thanks, Ken!
  • Interesting: Dumbledore as an unwilling utilitarian, but choosing to do it anyway. I'm totallt in awe of anyone who can write but to get so much into such a very short piece is mind-blowing.

    In my brief attendence at University College, London, I gazed upon the embalmed Bentham. It's rather waxy-looking and very creepy. He is still wheeled out to board meetings (at least he was when I was a student there) but didn't vote. I think his presence is written into the college charter or something.

    I hope you've got some more of these up your sleeve. I'm enjoying them all immensely.
    • This is also interesting: How we read two different stories into this drabble. *grins* The fact that I haven't a clue who Bentham is, might of course help...
      • Jeremy Bentham, who died about eight years before Dumbledore was born, was the founder of the Utilitarian movement in philsophy, whose motto might be (horribly) distilled as That action is right which creates the greatest good for the greatest number of people. It is frequently contrasted with duty-based ethics (as in Emmanuel Kant) in which each person is to be treated as an "end in himself," rather than as "means to an end."

        I thought that Dumbledore and Grindelwald, as ambitious young intellectuals of their generation, would be steeped in Bentham; it certainly harmonizes with Dumbledore's early desire to work for "the greater good."
    • I'm pretty sure that wheeling out Bentham's corpse is actually required in some document (possibly his will). We learned about it in Property class, of all things, in law school, as an extreme example of the dead controlling the actions of the living.

      I think I have three more of these to write. We'll see what happens.
  • Wasn't Bentham the "ends justify the means"? If thats the guy I'm thinking of.

    Wow, very powerful drabble.
    • I don't know if he used that actual phraseology, but he definitely felt that the final outcome (or the likelihood of the final outcome) was the only real criterion for determining the ethics of an action.
      • Jeremy Bentham. That's the guy. Most people don't want to follow that way of thinking, but this is the way wars are played out, including America's wars.
  • Oh, chilling. Wonderful as always.
  • I really like this.

    These are difficult issues. Thought provoking.

    Fine lines. Choices, always choices.
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