Anime review: “The Familiar of Zero”: the worst thing I’ve seen in a long time

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen an anime so bad that I almost rage quit on it the whole way through.

Some anime are good anime with their occasional hiccups from time to time, but manage to win you back with their great characters, amazing storytelling…and great plots…Familiar of Zero has neither of the three above.

In fact, I’m amazed this little stinker of a show managed to get as many fans as it did, being so awful and all. It’s below average for a harem-I’ve seen great harem series with good subplots who made up for the harem plot-“Tenchi Muyo”, “Higurashi,” “Ouran”.

Honestly, on the surface, Familiar of Zero sounds amazing: the idea of a boy being trapped in another world sounds amazing, gripping, and the idea of a new world’s mythos being introduced is something I love-I’m an ardent Harry Potter fan and love how Rowling manages to balance out the Muggle and Magical world wonderfully and believably.

Mrs. Rowling never tried to sugarcoat the way her world worked.

I never knew watching this that I’d be watching one of the worst anime abominations I’d ever seen. I watched all 4 seasons, in case you’re thinking I chickened out halfway. No, I’m committed to sit through hell on Earth because it’s part of my job as a reviewer-to be fair and objective, you have to see an entire tv series or anime.

And I did.

The technical aspects of Familiar of Zero are spectacular.

The acting is decent, the music is generic but passable and nice, the openings and endings are really great and a few side characters and the mythos show signs of being thought about before being written off to the side.

Unfortunately, that’s all the good that I can really accredit this piece of shit show with. The rest, it fucked up horribly on.

Season 1 was watchable, Season 2 was more interesting, Season 3 really fucked itself over with unnecessary harem garbage and butchering every character I liked and turning them into unnecessary love interests and season 4 had the most forced, implausible conclusion I’ve ever seen.

The series centers around a young boy named Saito who is summoned by a failure of a magician, Louise Francoise De La Blanc De La Valiere, to be her familiar. He is forced to serve her and become her servant and be treated like shit for all eternity. And he’s 100% fine with this after a while and falls in love with her, because Stockholm Syndrome is now a good thing.

This series has many problematic elements, however the worst is the misogyny. I’ve never seen a show with worse misogyny in anime-the girls are introduced from the boobs up, their boobs are constantly in people’s faces, the girls are nothing more than objects for the guys to spy on and fawn over-and the girls are eventually all reduced to catfighting over a single guy-cheating on each other, being bitches and just being evil to each other.

It’s so disgusting that I shudder to mention it. First of all, the heroine is taunted about her lack of boob size…why is this a thing? Second, numerous girls fight over the same guy, and there’s invariably a scene where he’s obsessed with their breasts.

Also, what’s hilarious is the show’s failure to live up to its own morals. Three times, it says marrying someone older than you is bad (if brainwashed), that war and genocide are bad, and that it’s bad for an older man to abuse the crap out of a young servant.

Yet it hilariously subverts that as time goes on.

All the females become puppets for the male character to ogle over.

Also, there’s a fair bit of misandry here, classifying all men as raging perverts and ignoring said male’s abuse by the female lead is twisted, fucked up and plain disgusting. Also, there are several near rape scenes by the females forcing themselves on the males (and one instance of a female ATTEMPTING to date-rape her boyfriend because he won’t look at her. She never apologizes and is never sorry for doing it. When Louise gets drugged she only reluctantly helps her.)

Also, what else is bad?

This show fucking romanticizes pedophilia. It rolls around in it happily. From a teenage girl having a creepy-ass relationship with her TEACHER to a creepy arranged marriage with an older man-Familiar of Zero delights in sexualizing young girls as sex objects early on. What’s worse is it pretends to be disgusted by it, only to continually do the same shit again and again, by having Louise wear horrible cat outfits…but the worst part is the creepy as fuck Fairy Inn, where a known pedophile, er Siesta’s uncle works in sexualizing young girls and letting them get hit on by perverts because “this is the best thing for them”-gross and morally repulsive is not enough to describe how sickening this fucker is.

Worst of all, this is treated as comedy by the protagonists. It’s so funny to watch young girls be essentially tricked into being prostitutes for bored older men and considering all the recent scandals, the author should’ve known better than to sexualize girls like this.

IT gets worse, Colbert orders Siesta to strip to distract older men and she agrees.

There’s creepy incest when Louise dresses up like her older sister and thinksshe looks more attractive that way. Also, Siesta’s uncle the pedo is horribly homophobic and transphobic with his fake breasts, effeminate way of talking and acting. Great, we need minorities getting shat on, too.

Also, a racist character is instantly forgiven for trying to torture and kill an innocent elf who was just minding her own business. That’s right, racism is okay if someone apologizes for being genocidal. Wait, why were they mad at that guy for torching villages again? Oh yeah, Colbert gets away with being a murderous fucker and fakes his death, completely rendering his apology and redemption arc very, very invalid and disgustingly disingenuous toward the readers.

Don’t ever play this game of “this character is dead oh no they weren’t” with readers. It’s shitty af.

Characters die but no one cares (at least I didn’t, the plot and story is that fucking bad.)

It’s at its best when it’s tackling fantasy instead of resorting to tired old stupid harem comedy.

Next that’s problematic is that this series openly endorses slavery and master slave dynamics. This series shows Saito on a leash, called a fucking dog by Louise and whipped by him all the time-to the point where it’s fucking comedy. That’s right, slavery is now hilarious, thanks to Familiar of Zero.

I felt sick to my stomach every time I watched the series and him getting treated like a slave.

Shouldn’t you be depicting such behavior as wrong?

Apparently, not in Familiar of Zero’s world.

Also, this series is okay with domestic abuse and openly endorses Louise and Saito’s abusive relationship as being true love, despite Louise whipping, beating, starving, neglecting, verbally abusing and yelling at Saito for anything and everything. The rest of the cast sees this as being fucking funny, thank you very much. But I saw it as being morally disturbing and only made me wish even harder that Louise would fucking be roasted on a spit and die.

With so much problematic shit, it’s amazing this show got 4 seasons, it should’ve been cancelled right away. Oh and I nearly forgot about the time the middle-aged cook tried to assault Saito and he backed away in time. Pedophilia is wrong.

Saito deserves better than this hellhole of a life.

Also the characters…Siesta became a bitch as soon as she fell in love with Saito, Henrietta cheated on her best friend with her bf, Tabitha became wildly ooc falling in love with Saito and butchered her character…and Tiffania exists as sex material for her boobs. That’s it. That’s all they exist for.

Even Kirke engages in a creepy-ass pedophilic relationship with her teacher.

Saito is sympathetic but perverted and loses his appeal as the series continues.

But Louise is a disgusting slimeball the likes of which I’ve never seen before. Imagine if Grimer and Muk combined with filthy, stinky garbage and rotten vomit and combine that with a narcissist’s genes and thus you’ve got the worst anime character in the history of mankind, ever. I’ll take table fucker Nina Einstein over this bitch any day.

Louise is horrible, truly a pink spore, she is disgustingly abusive, repulsive, self-centered, laothsome, stuck up, priggish, a bitch, and evrrything else in the dictionary for ugly, loathsome and disgusting. I’ve never hated a character more than this revolting character.

Her bullying and strict parents do not excuse her being an abusive bitch.

I know the author is dead but he could’ve written this story much better, without endorsing such harmful content.

Animation: 10/10.

Music: 10/10

Acting: 7/10

Plot: 3.4/10 (second season), 2.3/10 (1st season), -550 out of 1000 (3rd season), 1.4/10 (4th season…)

Characters: 3/10 for side characters, and for main characters, -4000 out of 10,000 for Louise, and -1000 out of 1000 for Saito.

Relationship developments: One of the worst, most disgusting forced relationships in the history of anime. Kirisuna was better and that’s not saying a lot but at least SAO had enjoyable moments to it in its blandness. I’ll take a bland series over a badly written one any day. The light novels are much better than the shitty ass anime.

Overall: 0 out of 10.

Truly the worst I’ve ever seen.

I endured suffering enough by this anime.

 

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The time that social media stopped being “social” and became “antisocial” media

Let’s face it, the internet has changed us as people.

The Internet has also changed with time, growing from a tiny, insular version of itself in the 90s that could barely function and handled only the bare necessities of news, of people building their own little websites and socializing-but there were also chatrooms, people openly socializing with each other, and people forming bonds and connections.

Nowhere were people openly anti-social, people delighted in the idea of connecting with new people (strangers from another country, why the hell not!) and exchanged phone numbers and chatted on chatrooms. Of course, there came the paranoia about online predators-but the one thing I remember hearing people say is that, though there could be online drama and trolls and such, people didn’t feel ignored. People felt enlivened through the Internet.

Time went by and the Internet became bigger and bigger and people could now communicate through inventions like Skype, Discord and Twitter, along with Facebook. Now we can communicate in seconds with other people. Surely, that would inspire people to be more open and socialize, no?

Unfortunately, the Internet has grown colder and nastier over the years, due to cyberbullies, trolling, cyberstalkers, hackers, and other such unpleasant fellows taking over and using the anonymity of the Internet to do as they please, and whittle away at people’s trust in the person behind the screen.

I can recall over the past couple years how much frostier social media has become, and I don’t blame people at all because of the plethora of nasty people online, because of the fake news, because of the politics. But there used to be a time where I could find a platform that wasn’t filled with all that. Those times have changed.

I returned back to a platform that offers anonymity (Topix) hoping to find my old forum buddies, only to find that the entire website has been overrun with spammers, cyberbullies, trolls and insults back and forth. There were no more pleasant people and now people outside the US cannot take part in the forums. Anon was still enabled, but the lack of enforcement of the rules begs the question of why has it gotten this way?

I joined Tumblr a couple years back and every person I met was kind and willing to go out of their way to help someone, and interesting to talk to. I had so much fun and people were so much fun. I never felt alone at all on the website.

Then things changed. Suddenly, fandom politics became all encompassing and important. Suddenly, cliques were forming and people were kicking others out of communities, accusing them of being “problematic” in various ways for what fiction they liked. Suddenly, mob hunts were being formed to hunt down people who’d committed various crimes. Truth was few and far between. As a result, people became less friendly and stuck to themselves. I found myself encountering people rejecting me at every turn, nice people suddenly turning on me and ghosting me without explanation.

I was suddenly told off for being too open about myself and I remember thinking what happened to when people cared about other people online?

I realized-people do not care anymore about other people online. It is all about themselves, because they are tired of the Internet-the Internet has embittered us, to the point where we lose manners, common decency and just assume every person is out to get us.

On Deviantart, people used to leave a “thank you” when you favorited their artwork and encouraged you to comment. Not anymore, I favorited stuff and got no comment in response. I’ve started seeing the “only mutuals” can commission people for art popping up. The website seems colder and frostier but at least people still chat with each other.

Facebook, too, seems colder, with users constantly arguing with each other.

Twitter is full of bitterness left and right.

Tumblr has undoubtedly become the worst, with people resorting to ghosting, blocking and being passive-aggressive in sneaky, subtle ways (by referring to people who’ve “offended” them in vague terms, or vagueblogging as it’s called), by doing so they can “get rid” of people who’ve been annoying to them.

People don’t care anymore because no one insists they should care. People have a “laissez faire” attitude to negativity online. When complaining about the negativity and hatred fans were showing towards others enjoying their ships or a series they didn’t like, I was told I “shouldn’t let it get to me” and that I cared “too much”. People ignore other people being cyberbullied, or cyberstalked, because they can. They forget there’s another person behind the screen, and they just don’t care.

No one insists they should tell people how they feel before ditching them as a friend anymore because vagueblogging and ghosting are much easier and more popular to do than being a true friend and explaining themselves. No one thanks anyone anymore for anything, they just take and take and take.

Even on Youtube, people will bitch and moan at a youtuber for how his “voice” sounds, rip and tear each other apart over politics, and the positive people are told to shut up or “kys” (short for kill yourself.) It’s become all too easy to not care anymore.

As a person who has particularly high functioning autism, this stresses me out, particularly because I cannot read when someone is giving passive aggressive hints to me-and now I am experiencing cruelty of the nth degree-the worst thing possible: silence.

I crave companionship-I and many others-we’ve expected the Internet to replace humans and companionship. But when people do not reply to me, or ignore me-a part of me feels hollow and empty.

When did we become this way?

When was it okay to just ignore other people and shut them out of things? What happened to the optimistic, kind Internet? People happened. Sooner or later, people started getting tired of their freedoms online and decided it was okay to attack people because they’re just behind a screen.

To all those who say “I shouldn’t care”, say that to the next child who decides to commit suicide from being cyberbullied. Say that to the LGBTQIA teen who is experiencing cyber harassment online. Say that to the woman who’s receiving threats of rape and harassment from men, thanks to her pointing out critiques in a video game. No, we should care.

Caring is part of being human. The Internet is composed of humans. It’s about time we remember that, and about time we realize things like cyberbullying, ghosting, trolling, etc, have no place in our world and strive to be better human beings and talk to one another, explain ourselves. For being afraid of being human is by far the worst sin of all.

Not caring is disgusting-we need to eradicate that attitude of indifference as soon as possible. Yes, you need to start caring about what your words could do to someone else online. Yes, you need to be more inclusive of other people and stop shutting them out the second they do something wrong. Yes, you need to be aware of the vulnerabilities people with disabilities face before accusing them of being terrible people.

You need to shed your apathy for some empathy. Empathy is a very, very important thing.

I’m not saying you should believe every person with a sob story online. But I am saying that no one, and absolutely no one, should feel left out, hurt or ignored online, and that people should try to be there for them, help them feel better, instead of shunning people who act different.

Apathy kills.

It’s time we re-examine that apathetic way we turn our backs on people online and decide to change for the better and start developing some goddamned compassion. You need to care about others, you need to treat them with respect. The saddest part is, often adults are the ones cyberbullying those younger than them, or harassing them.

Let’s end the exclusion, the cyberbullying. Let’s not let anyone feel left out online.

We’re supposed to be “Communities” of people, right?

 

Happy Halloween everyone

Today is Halloween, everyone!

I’m so glad I gave up roleplaying so much and focused more on my schoolwork.

Some of my thoughts today…I feel that fandoms are too insular and often get too out of hand.

But hey, I got new pets, I’m doing pretty well with my reviews and I’m almost finished with the Half-Blood Prince, and I’ll get to finish Deathly Hallows before I read Fantastic Beasts (I asked for it as a Xmas present.)

So, farewell to October and hello to a November of good reviews, including some things about Dumbledore, and a brief thing about why I love/admire tsundere characters. I hope you will all look forward to my reviews, I’m excited to post more here!

The problem with social cliques

The Internet seems to be more and more unfriendly these days, doesn’t it?

Can you believe I’ve been told off online for asking people about their days and for venting or saying hello? What kind of cold world are we living in?

I say this as an introvert who does my best to fit in and be happy, by socializing and making friends, of course. Because no human can go without friends, that’s impossible.

It’s all nice and well to have cliques, groups of friends that are close together.

There’s just a problem when it comes for loners and outcasts like me, who try to join and make a name for ourselves.

We’re not wanted there.

If someone has a clique of friends, they aren’t looking for new friends. The problem is, this is completely counterproductive to the idea of socialization and making friends in the first place. I thought people were supposed to be friends or at least be social with everyone. After all, extroverts go on and on about being nice to everyone you meet.

But then there’s this paradox of “if you have this many friends, new people are bad and should be ignored until they leave! But we love new people!”

The issue is that people who aren’t part of these cliques and try to join and make friends are being pushed out, excluded and bullied just for trying to join in on the fun and make friends with them, too.

It’s even more egregious when communities devoted to loving fiction push out the people who want to belong and fit in.

But of course, elitism runs rampant. Exclude and bully those who just want to be welcomed and feel accepted. How would you like it if you wanted so badly to be friends with someone and join their group of friends, only to find…oh they don’t need you, they have other people who are better than you, they love you so much…they’ll cast you aside at the next second.

We need to stop doing this, it’s bullying and excluding people is never fun for anyone. This is why people are bothered by cliques. Because people are bullied out of being interested in joining what looks to be fun because there’s no ROOM for anyone new or different, because people are convinced new people=bad and potentially evil, so let’s drive them away, because all people can easily make friends and not struggle with it socially so they must have their own clique right?

Then there are those like me who struggle with socialization and making friends. For me, making and keeping a friend is remarkable, given my various mental disorders. If they’re not driven away by my awkward social faux pas thanks to autism, they’re driven away by my bipolar depression or my talkativeness.

For me, joining roleplay sounded like a whole lot of fun. But I came to realize, for a loner like me to try to join a group that’s already established, it’s like you’re some strange, foreign microorganism. You have to be scanned, detected and made fully aware of how alone you are before you are accepted. Or you won’t be. You’ll be tossed aside. Online, it’s much easier to do this, though just as cruel.

You guys don’t realize it, but there are people out there who watch you and your cliques interact and are wishing they could join you, I was once one of those people, who lurked and watched from afar. Some people are nervous, others have trouble fitting in, still people want friends and want to be accepted.

The problem with this attitude of old friends only is it shunts away the idea of there being any “new” friends or new people in your life-the whole point of life is to meet as many people as possible-or at least, that’s what i thought it was. This is why the rp community is so divided and hateful.

Because we’re treating new people like a disease, we act as though they’re terrible people before we even know a thing about them. Remember when back in the early days of the web, people were delighted to meet new people? People were happy. Well, no longer. Now new people are invaders who are not welcome. Now, if you have social anxiety or autism or anything else wrong and make the slightest mistake, prepare to be socially humiliated and be torn to pieces.

I remember being so thrilled to come on to Tumblr and practice socializing to make new friends and to my delight, I was succeeding. I was suddenly more confident, I could greet people in public, wish them a good day, ask them how they were, compliment them, hold long conversations with them-because online people showed me how to become comfortable with that sort of thing.

But at the same time, it appears that my autism made me seem like an alien to these people. The slightest mistake turned into a weapon used to call me names, hateful insults, etc. Suddenly, online, saying hello to someone is offensive. Asking someone how they are in real life is fucking offensive. Pouring your problems out to your online friends is now considered rude...that’s what friends are for, friends talk to each other about their issues and support one another, right?

Yet when I tried doing that, the same thing I saw nts doing, I got nothing but condescension and hate from people who were supposed to care but didn’t. All they cared about was the writing, not for the person behind the character. I was a mere automaton to them, a mere machine. Not a human with feelings.

I put up with these people because as autistic people are, you don’t generally get many friends, so I stick with the ones I have, even if they berate me, because I might not get another friend again.

See, when you’re autistic, you’re naive. You tend to assume the best of people until it’s too late. I realized this months ago when a “friend” betrayed me for their own friends who didn’t like me and in the end, acquiesced to what they wanted, ignoring our own bond we had formed after over a year of being friends, drawing, and r/ping together. Maybe it was because I was a bit older than they were, so I mustn’t be too harsh on them for being a bit wary, it’s reasonable for teens to be wary of adults, especially online ones.

And it must certainly be strange for a college person to be roleplaying with high schoolers, although this happens all the time in fandoms, older and younger people meet and interact frequently at D & D, cosplay conventions, etc, so I thought nothing of it.

But the odds of an autistic person being a predator are very, very unlikely. More often than not, it’s the autistic person who suffers or is victimized. Many times, I’ve been bullied, singled out, etc, so I’m used to this sort of thing. But it really hurt to be told by people you grow to trust that you’re “annoying”, that you’re needy and insignificant.

So it makes me wonder, do I waste my time socializing and get hurt? Or do I just stay alone? Neither seems like a viable option. Not at all.

So I’m just saying, remember that not everyone is able to bounce back so easily. Not everyone has an easy time of it. But us autistic people especially face tough paths. We’re judged all the time and mocked for our interests and mocked for being who we are. It’s rough.

But I endure.

Just…just think of the little guys, think of the people who aren’t socialites being crushed under your feet when you guys close yourselves off to new people. You could be missing out on the best friend you never had.

Or maybe we’re better off without people like you.

I’ve come to infinitely prefer blogging over roleplaying. Too many fake people and not enough good things about it to stay.

that feel when you can’t make vids

Nothing is more torturous than seeing new Linkin Park songs come out and realizing I can’t make any more amvs to them since my movie player is dead. I wanted to do a final farewell to Chester with the song One More Light by doing it with a lot of anime but I guess not. Someone else will have to make one.

At least not until Christmas can I even make a tribute to it for now I have to imagine doing it. It stinks. At least I can still write.

 

Being for the benefit of Mr. Dumbledore-a look at one of fiction’s most misunderstood characters (part 1/3)

Today, we’re defending a character who is hated by many for strange reasons from the world over. The one, the only Albus Dumbledore! Is this a controversial subject?

Yes. Is it important? Yes. Is it something I think will also be very valuable to people to listen to? Yes.

Or you might still hate me for defending one of the most misunderstood characters in fiction.

Seeing as I’ve been re-reading Harry Potter, I wanted to cover this now. Seeing as it’s rare for me to cover anything other than anime, it’s even rarer for me to cover a character that I dislike. Much less defend them.

Harry Potter, somehow, has always managed to interest me. Whether it’s because it’s well-written, interesting, I don’t know. It manages to both frustrate me and intrigue me at the same time.

As I’ve become an adult, Harry Potter has once again consumed my life. Now that I look at it from an adult perspective, now there are new things I’m interested in covering. One of these is the defense of hated characters, such as Molly Weasley, Ron Weasley, Ginny, The Potters, and other characters often maligned by fanfiction cliches.

I decided, what if I were to take a look at a character who I strongly disagree with, but felt it was necessary to do as so many people constantly belittle and get so wrong all the time that it’s hard to resist not wanting to kill something?

I will be defending: Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. Now, call him what you like, call him Du/mbles, call him a manipulative asshole, the fact remains that Rowling has created one of the most interesting and controversial characters in fiction.

Many people are constantly divided on re-reading Harry Potter, mainly because of him, how he treats Harry, his sister’s past, and even when his brother and Rita herself slander his name, there are still people asking the following questions:

“Why did he leave Harry with the Dursleys? Is he an abuse enabler?”

“Why doesn’t Dumbledore let Harry stay anywhere other than the Dursleys?”

“Why doesn’t he tell me anything?”

“Why does he raise him like a pig for slaughter?”

“Why does he let kids do his dirty work?”

Such are the questions that many HP fans have been asking themselves since book numbers 5-7 revealed the more flawed side of Dumbledore.

Well, anyway, I’m here to provide an explanation that will hopefully be free of bias, (well, still some bias, as I’m not the biggest Dumbledore fan.) but nonetheless, I want to at least show something from this man’s perspective to defend his actions throughout the books.

He’s not the bad guy everyone says he is, but he is not the good guy. He’s not the perfect messiah who can solve everything. Dumbledore is 100% flawed, and that’s by far one of the best things about him.

He is human, and this is what Rowling has tried to tell us, that every character in the story is flawed and human. With the exception of Voldemort, every other character is humanized and we’re expected to accept that.

But when it comes to Dumbledore and Voldemort, I know that we all accept that H/arry Potter is a very complex series and that it didn’t initially start out that way, but let me just start with explaining Dumbledore.

You all know his general backstory if you’ve read the books. Now, let me just explain why Dumbledore did what he did to Harry, why he allowed things to play out as they did, and what he was ultimately trying to achieve. 

Now I’m not gonna play by bs headcanons like Dumbledore betrayed the Potters/he has mysterious instruments that watch and control Harry, Dumbledore allowed abuse to happen. He’s not the mustache-twirling villain who has a twinkle in his eye and goes, “Harry, m’boy,” when things don’t go his way.

I’m gonna start with pre-Hogwarts, then get to when he meets Harry.

First, as we all know, he is the head of Hogwarts. He’s the Headmaster, which he has been for a very, very long time.

He’s very old, and very wise. He’s grandfatherly, a bit eccentric, easy to get to know, but he’s also highly manipulative. Mostly for good reasons, but he’s quite aware of his manipulativeness. The most important thing about Dumbledore is his heart. It’s the one thing that divides him from being like Voldie.

At first, we start out liking him because Harry likes him, but then, as our protagonist ages, we start noticing that he has some discrepancies. Harry discovers authority figures aren’t always right, nor do they know what to do at times. That’s sort of how school is, and as someone who’s going back to college tomorrow, I’ve met my share of stupid and competent teachers.

We can debate for hours about how good or bad he is.

So, as we all know, he was born and he had his sister, brother and his mother and father. His sister gets attacked by Muggles and is sheltered by his mother afterward while his father is in prison, for attacking said boys. His brother is resentful of him and has a falling-out with him.

Suffering a strained relationship, he turns to the dark arts and falls for Grindelwald, they do some evil shit and then, it’s not quite specified how this happens, but his sister accidentally gets in the way of their fight and was killed.

His brother estranges himself from him.

Think about what Dumbledore already has on his plate.

The dude is in his twenties/thirties, and he already has had his family close to him die.

The knowledge that he helped a friend/lover who betrayed him and helped him destroy a bunch of innocent people for power, the knowledge that he has destroyed the trust his brother had in him, the knowledge that he is responsible for his sister’s death…

So as Dumbledore ages, he becomes Headmaster and he’s a guy who’s already lost a lot in his life. Yes, Rowling intends for there to be similarities between Dumbledore, Voldemort and Harry, and yes, I will be talking about all three of them, because their story is interlaced within the narrative itself. 

So this dude’s already been through a lot of shit.

So, it makes sense that he wants to make sure his students are safe.

So why does he let the kids at Hogwarts do as they please? First of all, Dumbledore is very childish, something we see in the odd way he governs the school. He never quite loses his child-like innocence and Harry also is very child-like. So is Voldemort, though all three differ in their similarities.

We could also explain the eccentric way he governs Hogwarts as a result of his childhood. He never got proper parenting, after all, his mother hid from the public and he was engaged in that Dark Arts shit. He practically had to raise himself and from this, comes the belief that hey, the magical kids can handle whatever comes their way. They’re smarter than people think they are. It’s then that with this thing in mind, before Dumbledore becomes Headmaster, he discovers a boy named Tom.

Tom is all too similar to Dumbledore, he’s alone, mistreated by everyone, but Dumbledore didn’t know he was a total psychopath, all he saw was a lonely child who was in a place that didn’t like him, he wanted to know who he was, and he wanted to be accepted.

Dumbledore told him what he was, unknowing of him being evil. So he takes him in. He’d raise him with kindness, I’m sure he might’ve been surprised when he was sorted into Slytherin, but it’s hinted that he might not have trusted him as early as when he was sorted into Hogwarts.

When evil shit happened, there was Tom.

But the problem is, Dumbledore has one big flaw and that is his naivete. His ability to believe in the better of people, (similar to our hero!) trust in people so much that he can be blind to their flaws, is by far one of the things that gets our hero Dumbledore in so much trouble throughout the series.

Tom manages to backstab his kindness, and Dumbledore discovers that it was Myrtle who died by Tom’s hand, and that Tom used a basilisk to frame Hagrid.

He figured it out, but the headmaster then didn’t accept it. He didn’t really want to believe that Tom could kill someone. So he tries to rationalize it as an accident.

So he tucks it away in his mind and tries to forget about it.

But as Tom grows older, he gets worse and worse.

Years go by, he meets the Marauders, and he obviously knows what adventures they’ve been having, at night with their cloak. Who knows how he found out, he probably read their minds.

I’m pretty sure he knew about them being Animagi. I’m sure he touched noses with a lot of Animagi in his time, so whatever they were doing was of his knowledge. I’m sure he saw James and Lily’s romance.

Old people see and know a lot of shit.

Snape comes in, you know, a battered, bruised kid.

Years go by, James marries Lily, Dumbles probably goes to the wedding and is happy for them. As it stands right now, they are just his students. He has no obligation to them.

Then Voldemort comes in the picture. Dumbles organizes the OOTp to fight back against him. But people die.

Suddenly he sees what happened with him and Grindelwald all over again, so many, many people he’s grown to trust die. Imagine the pain he has to deal with, knowing he has to fight and possibly kill his own student.

He probably blamed himself for it.

He probably thought he had to take down Voldie himself as it was his fault-he introduced him to magic, after all. But Dumbledore is the Headmaster of the school, he can’t just go running after him. The school has to stay open, so the kids can be safe.

So all this hardship happens, Dumbles watches. The Potters give birth to Harry and the Longbottoms are tortured into insanity, shortly after Alice Longbottom gives birth to Neville.

When Trelawney gives her prediction, he realizes the Potters are in danger.

So he goes to them, tells them they need to hide and selects a Secret Keeper, and obviously, he would know where they are, as he’s powerful and the only thing standing between them and certain death.

If anything, Voldemort would not want to mess with Dumbledore, but he was too afraid of him. So he hides them with Peter, who he thought he could trust, initially Sirius, but Dumbles thought this too obvious and switched them.

Peter is unassuming and seems to be an idiot who doesn’t know anything.

Therefore, Dumbles thinks, an idiot would be the last person Voldemort would want. Unfortunately, he’s a traitor.

He’s a bad guy, and that’s exactly what he was waiting for, and Voldie finds them and the rest is history. Harry is born.

So Dumbledore goes and along with Hagrid, he finds devastation. More of his students who trusted in him and his magic are dead. If he’d just stopped Tom, Lily and James would’ve lived full lives. They’re dead and the guy who did it is long gone.

From Dumble’s perspective, he didn’t know that Peter was evil. In this timeline, all he sees is Sirius looking mad and they fight, then Peter looks dead. I’m sure he wanted to take him aside and ask him if he did it, but as it is right now, so many people have died that just taking someone hostage for a while, to show that they were competent at something, would shut the Ministry up.

Now he was offered the position of the Minister but he turned that down. Why would he, if he’s the evil man everyone says he is?

Instead, he puts Sirius in jail, Peter gets away with it.

Now he sees that Harry is in a situation much like him, only it’s even worse. He doesn’t even have a house anymore. At least he had a house. Harry has no house, no family.

His mother is dead and so is his dad. And so comes the decision: what does he do with the child? Does he let Hogwarts raise the child? Sure, the house elves might be able to care for him, but would he understand and communicate with people?

Sure, there are wizards working at Hogwarts, but they’re not there all the time and what happens if that child wanders into a trap or the wrong staircase?

There are all those paintings that can keep an eye on him, but they’re paintings.

So he thinks about all the people he can have raise him. Well, Sirius is in prison, so scratch that. Peter is “dead.” Remus is a werewolf and Remus could easily wind up attacking and killing the child. He knows he means well, but he knows what he is.

There’s also Snape but Snape is also a Death Eater, so Voldemort would easily suspect him.

He thinks, maybe I can just give him to the Weasleys, but they have enough children of their own. Maybe he could be given to another Wizarding family. But he thinks of the idea that other  Death Eaters can easily track him down. The baby is on everyone’s hit lists.

If he leaves the baby with wizards, they will surely die. 

So Dumbledore is out of options, he considers Muggles but Muggles can’t fight back against them and the Death eaters can find him easily. They can easily kill Harry as long as he’s visible and easily traced.

They can still find and kill him.

This isn’t about how can I make a child a weapon, but it ties into Harry being a horcrux. So Dumbledore obviously guesses that some of Voldemort’s powers went into Harry when he got the scar as such that might make him a Horcrux.

He realizes in order for Voldie to be defeated, he has to do something that he would never, ever, ever, advocate for. He discovers Petunia and remembers that she’s alive, and remembers the spell that Lily used to protect Harry, as long as Harry considered the place he was with people to be his home, he would be protected, but only as long as it was of his blood.

So then he thinks about them, but then he has McGon go check the place, she reports back says they’re not pleasant people, but Dumbles thinks: should I let this kid be with people who will not be nice to him, but keep him safe and alive, or should I just let him die and let the greatest wizard of all rule over everything?

So think about this. What’s he supposed to do? 

He considers everything, but the snake dude always finds a way in.

No matter how many preparations you think you have, they always find a way in. Just like those ants I hate so much, lol.

He thinks if he takes a chance and uses this magic that snake guy doesn’t know of, Harry will be safe. I’m sure he understood that they weren’t good parents.

But, I’m sure he thought that Petunia would make an exception and treat Harry with love as he’s all that’s left of her sister. He was sure that Petunia still loved her sister so much that she would look after her nephew.

Unfortunately, he doesn’t really consider their perspectives, but there’s no time to consider the options. If he wants this kid to survive (yes, he wants him to survive, not die, I’ll be getting to that,) he must do his plan like this.

So he puts a magical ward around the house, puts the baby there, but it’s only for a couple hours. Petunia would find him and take him in. Then he leaves a letter because he knows, if he appears to them, they will be too scared and angry to listen to him. A letter will be their way of understanding what’s happened. 

They’re gonna have no choice but to agree. What if he can’t see what’s going on?

That’s why he has a plan B. Someone to watch them and make sure they’re not being bad.

That’s why he has a backup. That’s why he has a person that the Dursleys never stop to think twice about, a harmless old lady with cats, what’s so odd about that?

So Mrs. Figg comes in.

She sees things and babysits Harry and she can tell Dumbledore how Harry’s doing. She can obviously see when he’s outside, how they’re treating him, etc. She can’t see everything, but she knows they’re not “fun to be around” as she tells him in Boo/k 5.

Dumbledore figures that everything’s going fine.

Maybe the Dursleys are neglectful.

Also, the wizards are a bit like 1800s America, which means corporal punishment is fine to them. They don’t see abuse the same way we do. 

So there’s no excuse at all for Dumbles to hear abuse and not do anything about it. But what can he do? This place keeps Harry alive. As long as he’s not dead, he’d rather he be a little bit sad than dead. Dumbles has a utilitarian way of looking at things, which means one kid being a bit unhappy is better than an entire world being unhappy.

Dumbles is a Well-Intentioned Extremist. Was what he did wrong? Yes. Was it necessary? Yes. Harry had no other relatives to look after him. He had to stay with the Dursleys.

And Dumbles does call them out at the beginning of Book 6 for their mistreatment of him.