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After Dumbledore had put on a Horcrux that was also a Hallow, why didn't he use Fawkes's tears to heal his hand?

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    Maybe it was a burning day... – NominSim Apr 13 '12 at 15:51
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    Perhaps there are even things Phoenix tears can't cure. – AncientSwordRage Apr 13 '12 at 15:54
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    One does not simply heal their hands with tears into Mordor. – OghmaOsiris Apr 13 '12 at 19:50
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Phoenix tears are not a cure all. They are a powerful healing agent for wounded flesh, poison, physical damage and disease. But Dumbledore's hand was not affected by any of these, it was affected by a powerful magical curse that was slowly and steadily spreading. Phoenix tears are not a counter spell. They could not heal a curse.

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