There are some popular theories flying around the internet about the possibility that Dumbledore may have accidentally made a horcrux and that the object containing the fragment was either Fawkes the Phoenix, The Elder Wand, or something else. Could Dumbledore have made a horcrux?

  • 9
    Anyone who has any idea how Horcruxes work can't take this theory seriously. If Dumbledore had a Horcurx then why did he not survive his death? – The Dark Lord Jun 13 '16 at 1:30
  • 10
    @TheDarkLord - Speaking from experience, I see. – ibid Mar 5 '17 at 22:34
  • See also scifi.stackexchange.com/q/156565/4918 "Why didn't Harry Potter and Dumbledore create Horcruxes to battle Lord Voldemort?" – b_jonas Apr 5 '17 at 13:49
  • @TheDarkLord How do you know he didn't? His main body died, but his soul is Earth-bound and he can return in future books/ movies. – Lobo Nov 20 '18 at 6:46
  • @NewtScamander You could say that about any character, though. If the only criteria for having a Horcruz is that your soul can't be proved to have 'moved on' then everyone can be suspected of having one. Did Dobby have a Horcrux? I mean, we never see him in the afterlife. Even if that was your criteria then you can rule Dumbledore out on the grounds that a) Horcruxes are very Dark magic and b) we actually do see Dumbledore's soul having 'moved on' in the King's Cross chapter. – The Dark Lord Nov 21 '18 at 0:20

According to JK Rowling, probably not.

It turns out this theory reached the author herself and she responded on twitter.

ROWLING: The idea that anyone believes this is strangely upsetting to me.

J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 4, 2016

Since the idea of her fans entertaining such thoughts is upsetting to her, we can take that to mean that at no point did Dumbledore make any sort of horcrux.

  • 2
    Also JK has mentioned previously that there is along process involved in making horcruxes, and (I have heard) that her editor is the only person who heard it, and they threw up. So I would say Dumbledore would not go through such a process, whatever it may be. – Becca Jun 15 '16 at 21:40
  • 2
    You may want to add her following two tweets: twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/728630869590683649 twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/728650618785681408 – ibid Mar 5 '17 at 22:33
  • J. K. Rowling is daughter of Dumbledore. I believe that's why she didn't like the rumor. – Lobo Mar 6 '17 at 9:13
  • How J. K. Rowling is daughter of Dumbledore ? Can you please elaborate ? @NewtScamander – Aditya Shah Nov 20 '18 at 6:37

You have to commit murder to create a Horcrux. And while Dumbledore may have killed, there's no evidence that he's murdered anyone.

‘By an act of evil –the supreme act of evil. By committing murder. Killing rips the soul apart. The wizard intent upon creating a Horcrux would use the damage to his advantage: he would encase the torn portion –’

Half-Blood Prince | Horcruxes

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.