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To really get to know someone is to become familiar with all the parts of their personality, with all the habits, impulses and deepest thoughts. Albus is fluid and easily influenced, his image becoming distorted by others. When Albus is met with the bright light of Gellert, he shines back just as strongly. When Albus faces Aberforth's defiance, he easily reflects it right back at him. On the other hand, when young Slytherin boy approaches him in his cabinet, Albus tends to shut down. Reflections do not tell the whole story as they are confined by one's mind. We might only hope to find the grains of truth and navigate them to fit somewhere in the grey area between how the world perceived Albus throughout the years and how Albus sees himself. In the end, there is really no way to tell who knew real Albus Dumbledore. Or is there?