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The Truth Revealed! Michelle Obama is Really Albus Dumbledore

Albus Dumbledore’s not really dead; he’s just been reincarnated into the body of Michelle Obama. He dresses more stylishly now, and he has killer biceps, but at heart he is the same wizened wise man we know and love.

Consider the following five clues from last night’s FLOTUS speech and Dumbledore’s many sage words through the years:

Dumbledore: “Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.”

FLOTUS: “He didn't care whether it was the easy thing to do politically — that's not how he was raised — he cared that it was the right thing to do.”

Dumbledore: "You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be."

FLOTUS: “Well, today, after so many struggles and triumphs and moments that have tested my husband in ways I never could have imagined, I have seen firsthand that being president doesn't change who you are — it reveals who you are.”

Dumbledore: "It is important to fight, and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then can evil be kept at bay, though never quite eradicated."

FLOTUS: “So many of us stand here tonight because of their sacrifice, and longing, and steadfast love, … because time and again, they swallowed their fears and doubts and did what was hard. So today, when the challenges we face start to seem overwhelming — or even impossible — let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation.”

Dumbledore:  “It is a curious thing, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it.  Those who have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.”

FLOTUS: “That's the man I see in those quiet moments late at night, hunched over his desk, poring over the letters people have sent him. The letter from the father struggling to pay his bills, … from the woman dying of cancer whose insurance company won't cover her care, … from the young person with so much promise but so few opportunities. I see the concern in his eyes, … and I hear the determination in his voice as he tells me, ‘You won't believe what these folks are going through, Michelle. … It's not right. We've got to keep working to fix this. We've got so much more to do.’"

Dumbledore: "Alas! Earwax!"

FLOTUS: “An earwax-flavored jelly bean is not a healthy food, headmaster. Here, have a carrot.”


This photo of Mrs. Obama was taken in August 2012 and is used courtesy of

Topics: Culture, Entertainment & Pop Culture
Beliefs: Interfaith
Tags: albus dumbledore quotes, flunking sainthood, harry potter quotes, jana riess, jk rowling, michelle obama 2012, michelle obama and albus dumbledore, michelle obama dnc 2012 speech


  1. JK Rowling—arguably the greatest accessible writer about faith in our era.  Great to see the quotes again…makes me want to read all seven books again!

  2. So what you are saying is that the Harry Potter books are examples of conventional wisdom offered as profound insight, just like a political speech.  I am glad the movies leave out a lot of that stuff. 

    Seriously, though, the problem I have with political speeches is that they rarely communicate real information, but are most often exercises in recitation of consensus-approved statements that agree with what the audience already feels and are not designed to provoke thought.  If I am really interested in knowing about a particular speech, I prefer to read a transcript so I can scan through to find any nuggets of thought in the mud of rhetoric.

  3. Mary, any excuse to read the books all over again is a valid one. Go to it!

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