The vast magical world of the Potterverse is always ripe for exploration, especially the mysterious beginnings of Hogwarts Headmaster and Supreme Mugwump, Albus Dumbledore.
Redditor BillyWonderful muses on the description of a young Dumbledore by Elphias Doge in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:
He not only won every prize of note that the school offered, he was soon in regular correspondence with the most notable magical names of the day, including Nicolas Flamel, the celebrated alchemist; Bathilda Bagshot, the noted historian; and Adalbert Waffling, the magical theoretician.
This raises the question - was Dumbledore searching for the Deathly Hallows?
His interests could easily have been the signs of a normal, albeit ambitious young wizard, but knowing J.K. Rowling, there's probably more to it than that. If a young Dumbledore was regularly writing to:
Nicolas Flamel - expert in alchemy
Bathilda Bagshot - expert in history
Adalbert Waffling - expert in magical theory
... surely he had a purpose in mind? We know that Dumbledore had a very close relationship with Gellert Grindelwald, who later became a dark, dangerous wizard, but maybe Dumbledore also had his own designs on the lethal weapons of The Deathly Hallows.
For example, Dumbledore had a fairly miserable childhood - maybe he wanted to try to bring his mother and sister back to life using the Resurrection Stone? Maybe he wanted to fight back at the Muggles who'd driven his sister insane by acquiring a powerful tool such as The Elder Wand? And, really, which resourceful young wizard would not want their own personal invisibility cloak? Yeah, I know that Dumbledore succeeded on that score, at least...
It's an interesting theory, but I don't know quite what to make of it. What do you guys think?