There's No Such Thing as Coincidence
by Silver Birch
"I wish this had happened after my time," Harry said bitterly.
The old voice was gentle but firm. "What we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
Harry watched as Hermione's head snapped up, her eyes narrowed, arrested, on Dumbledore.
"Sorry." She smiled self-consciously. "I had a real Gandalf moment."
"Ah, yes," the headmaster positively twinkled, "I met John as Grindelwald was coming to power."
Harry had no idea what they were on about, but Hermione's dumbfounded look morphed into awed understanding.
"That explains so much," she gasped.
Dumbledore merely smiled.
Author's Note: The Hobbit was published in 1936, and Grindelwald was defeated in 1954; anything is possible. Quotation from LOTR:FOTR (pg 82 in my copy).
It started because a friend and I were agreeing that Ian McKellen could have played Dumbledore in the films; I commented on Dumbledore's Gandalf-ishness, and a drabble was demanded in response.
Not HBP compliant, or takes place before HBP. Your choice.
Anti-Litigation Charm: It all belongs to JKR (and Tolkien); I play for non-profit amusement.