A/N This is the follow-up interview with Dumbledore. I was going to leave it after the first chapter, but I figured it just wasn't complete without this part. And I particularly liked the idea of Dumbledore getting fanmail.


Interview with Albus Dumbledore, the Miracle Maker

It was with some trepidation that I entered Urahara shop earlier today. And while the assistants and Urahara himself did not seem all that pleased to see me, Albus Dumbledore greeted me warmly, even offering to make me tea. Dumbledore is a distinguished looking gentleman, and although he did not disclose his age, I'd place him at about 70 or 80 years (which is quite advanced for a human in the real world). He agreed readily to sit down for an interview.

I: I'm quite glad you agreed to this interview, Dumbledore-san. Our readers are really quite intrigued by you.

D: Yes, I'd gathered as much from all the lovely fanmail I've been receiving. (He smiles)

I: Could you state your name and profession, please?

D: Certainly. I am Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, former Chief Mugwump of the International Confederation of Wizards, former High Warlock of the Wizengamot, and am currently on leave from my post as Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

I: (startled) I, err, witchcraft?

D: Of course. Why, I believe you might know one of my students, Hitsugaya Toshirou.

I: Hitsugaya-taicho-!

D: Is a student at Hogwarts, yes.

(I pause, and he pours me another cup of tea, giving me a chance to collect myself)

I: So would you say that your expertise in…err… witchcraft to be responsible for your ability to, for lack of a better word, tame Urahara Kisuke?

D: Goodness, no. The only way to do that would be by using an Unforgivable Curse, and I'd never subject anyone to that, least of all Kisuke.

I: So then tell us what your secret is, Dumbledore-san. Our readers desperately want to know.

D: Secret? (He looks thoughtful) I don't really have a secret.

I: But Dumbledore-san, you've succeeded in doing something that the inhabitants of Seireitei agree unanimously is impossible!

D: (He takes a sip of his tea) I've been a headmaster for a long time, and a teacher even longer. I deal with misbehaving students constantly. Perhaps that is my secret?

I: Abarai-fukutaicho told us you stopped Urahara just by asking. Is that true?

D: Yes.

I: But how-?

U: Because he's a damned manipulative bastard, that's how!

(Urahara Kisuke walks into the room, wearing his customary geta and green-striped hat. He flicks his fan in front of his face in an irritated manner)

U: (speaking to Dumbledore)I can never have any fun when you're around, because every time I even think of something, you give me that look and I immediately feel guilty, even though I haven't even had the chance to do anything!

D: (cheerfully) It doesn't sound like I have anything to do with it, Kisuke. You feel guilty because you know that it is something you shouldn't be doing. (He offers a tray to me) Biscuit?

So there we have it, folks: Dumbledore's big secret, straight from Urahara's mouth. Dumbledore apparently has a 'look' that makes Urahara feel too guilty to complete his schemes. Certainly sounds like witchcraft to me.