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I have tried to figure this out but I cannot come to a specific conclusion. I am just asking this to confirm my own theory.

In Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore's memory proves that he was the headmaster when Tom Riddle came to ask for a professor's job at Hogwarts. He also tells in the same part that he was a professor at Hogwarts when he met the young Tom Riddle.

Also keeping his friendship with Grindelwald in mind, I would say that he was around 100 years old when he died.

Any more ideas?

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Let me note that Griselda Marchbanks of the Wizarding Examinations Authority claims in Order of the Phoenix to have examined Dumbledore personally on his NEWT exams, so she's probably even older than him. –  b_jonas Mar 23 at 14:31
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Dumbledore was approximately 150 years old when he died, according to J.K. Rowling.

Question: How old is old in the wizarding world, and how old are Professors Dumbledore and McGonagall?

J.K. Rowling: Dumbledore is a hundred and fifty, and Professor McGonagall is a sprightly seventy. Wizards have a much longer life expectancy than Muggles. (Harry hasn't found out about that yet.)

Scholastic Chat - 10.16.00

I'll add this from the Harry Potter Lexicon, which addresses the fact that Dumbledore's age seems to be less than 150 at the time of his death:

Birthdate: 1881 (JKR), probably in July or August. This date supercedes Jo's statement in 2001 that Dumbledore was "about 150 years old" (Blue Nose Day) and fits better with the dates that appear in Book 7. Regarding his month of birth, Rita [Skeeter] says that Dumbledore was “nearing” his 18th birthday when he left Hogwarts in June, but was still 17 when he met Grindelwald (DH18). Basically, at some point during Grindelwald’s stay at Godric’s Hollow Dumbledore turned 18, so the month of his birth appears to be July or August.

Harry Potter Lexicon - Albus Dumbledore

Basically, it boils down to JKR is really really terrible at her math!

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I figured you would have chapter, page number or URL memorised of all people. ;) –  dlanod Feb 24 '12 at 6:14
    
i would like to think this is the answer because this was my first guess too. Some sources would be appreciated :) –  DoNNie_DarkO Feb 24 '12 at 6:16
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Interesting. How do we determine which answer is correct since they both come from JK Rowling. Or is it just attributed to her admitted bad math skills? –  Legion600 Feb 24 '12 at 6:30
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JKR went to George Lucas Math and Sciences University –  DVK Feb 24 '12 at 16:38
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@DVK -- Hey, that's where I went to learn my maths, too. It has a great graduation rate -- 6 out of 5 students who attend go on to earn their degree ;) –  Slytherincess Feb 27 '12 at 11:21
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The HP Lexicon lists Dumbledore's birth date as either July or August 1881 and his death as June 1997 so he was 115.

I dug a little more and found this from JK Rowling's Wizard of the Month posts from her website. The site no longer has the article but I have summoned it back with the Wayback Machine.

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maybe correct but i want some hints from the book that would give us the answer. Glad you could help :) –  DoNNie_DarkO Feb 24 '12 at 6:18
    
@DoNNie_DarkO Unfortunately I don't know that there is anything specific in the books. Just general hints that Dumbledore is rather old –  Legion600 Feb 24 '12 at 6:27
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Dumbledore finishes his 7th year at Hogwarts.. His mother dies.. He stays home to take care of his sister and befriends Grindelwald. That lil three-way fight happens between Aberforth, Dumbledore, and Grindelwald and someone kills Ariana accidently in late summer. Grindelwald flees and then five years later Dumbledore defeats Grindelwald and gets the Elder Wand in 1945. That would mean he was around 22 or 23 in 1945. Making him much younger than Jo Rowling said. Also making him around 75 at the time of his death.

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Why do you believe there are only five years between Ariana's death and 1945? –  Martha Dec 2 '13 at 18:22
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According to the Harry Potter Wikia, he died at the age of 115.

  • Born - Summer, 1881. Mould-on-the-Wold, England
  • Died - 30 June 1997 (aged 115). Astronomy Tower, Hogwarts Castle
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Thanks for writing details richard. :-) –  Abhijeet Mar 10 at 7:49
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