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Questions tagged [albus-dumbledore]

Albus Dumbledore, a powerful wizard, is the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and a major character in the Harry Potter series. Use this tag for questions about the character, not those that merely mention him, and with the [harry-potter] tag.

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Why didn't Voldemort recognize that Dumbledore was affected by his curse?

Dumbledore's hand was visibly affected by a curse Voldemort placed on Marvolo Gaunt's ring. Why wasn't Voldemort alerted that perhaps Dumbledore has found one of his Horcruxes based on the appearance ...
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At what point in time did Dumbledore ask Snape for this favor?

I know that Dumbledore asked (more like coerced) Snape to but when did he ask? Like was it before the Sixth Year of Harry’s school or sometime in the middle of the year or over Christmas break or ...
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Did Dumbledore lie to Harry about how long he had James Potter's invisibility cloak when he was examining it? If so, why?

Sorry if this is too long! I think it's different to previous questions... In 'King's Cross', Dumbledore claims that James had showed him the cloak "just a few days previously" to the attack on ...
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How would Dumbledore know who to give the title of Prefect to?

It is mentioned in The Deathly Hallows in the chapter, "The Will of Albus Dumbledore:" "Would you say you were close to Dumbledore, Ronald?" asked Scrimgeour, ignoring Hermione. Ron looked ...
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What favor did Moody owe Dumbledore?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, “Professor Moody" mentioned that he would only be teaching for a year, and only because he owed Dumbledore a favor. What was this favor and what made it so ...
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Why does Dumbledore secure the castle and send all students to the great hall?

In Prisoner of Azkaban, when the Fat Lady has left her photo and moved to another photo, she screams that Sirius Black is in the castle. Why does Dumbledore secure the castle and send all students to ...
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What is magical power in the potter universe and how are these powers compared? [duplicate]

In the most recent movie Fantastic Beasts, Crimes of Grindelwald the minister said to Dumbledore somthing like "Only you can take on Grindlewald, because he's so powerful". That made me somehow wonder....
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Is what Grindelwald tells Credence true? [duplicate]

Movie spoilers: Crimes of Grindelwald (Fantastic Beasts II)
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Why did Dumbledore send Harry to the Dursley's house instead of to his grandparents? [duplicate]

This big question leads to the next question. What happened to Harry's grandparents? Lily's parents and James's parents are both absent from the story and we never knew what happened to them. Most ...
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Was the Dumbledore/Grindelwald duel affected by the blood oath? [closed]

In "The Crimes of Grindelwald", a blood oath prevents Dumbledore and Grindelwald from dueling. However, we know they must have their famous duel in 1945. How can it still happen?
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What did Dumbledore teach?

In Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Dumbledore teaches DADA. But from the books we always heard about him as of a Transfiguration teacher (say, in Tom Riddle's days). It is stated in the ...
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What “muggle rights” did Dumbledore promote?

In "The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore" Rita Skeeter mentions that Albus Dumbledore promoted Muggle rights: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, chapter 18: Astonished and appalled though his ...
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Why did Dumbledore allow Draco Malfoy to return to school in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince?

In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, did Dumbledore know that Draco Malfoy was assigned by Voldemort to kill Albus Dumbledore? Did Dumbledore know that Draco Malfoy placed the poisoned mead in ...
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How did Dumbledore and Malfoy know about the DA coins?

During the confrontation between Malfoy and Dumbledore right before the latter's death at the end of Half-Blood Prince, they discussed how Malfoy had been communicating with Madam Rosmerta: Tell me,...
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What was the point of Draco's plan?

When I think about the whole plan Draco tried to fulfill throughout The Half-Blood Prince it seems unnecessarily complicated. He got the task to kill Dumbledore, but instead of concentrating on this ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore put the same spell on the books of the library in restricted area like the one on the marauders map? [duplicate]

In the books and movies, the marauder's map only reveals it's true information for someone who knows the password. If the books in the restricted area of the library are so dangerous and thus ...
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How was Dumbledore's portrait put up so quickly?

In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, when Harry goes into the headmaster's/headmistresse's study with McGonagall, Dumbledore's portrait is already on the wall, how was it painted so quickly? Did ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore tell the Order about Horcruxes? [duplicate]

We know that Harry didn't have to destroy the Horcruxes himself: "Ron - ?" The sword flashed, plunged: Harry threw himself out of the way, there was a clang of metal and a long, drawn-out scream. ...
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Was it Dumbledore's charm or Lily's that protected Harry all those years?

I'm confused when reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix because Dumbledore states that it was his charm that kept Harry safe while living at the Dursleys. ‘But I knew, too, where ...
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Where did Dumbledore live while working at Hogwarts?

To me it seems like he would either live in the castle or somewhere near. I can't find any proof of either of those so any help would be appreciated.
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Why did Dumbledore place a guard for the prophecy at the ministry?

Note that this is different from the question Why did the Order bother to guard the Prophecy? The question there was whether the prophecy is worth protecting. I agree that it is not worth protecting. ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore's last will breed suspicions among Harry, Hermione, and Ron that his death was planned?

I know he was old, and therefore having a last will isn't odd, but leaving those specific objects, so strongly connected to the mission that was about to happen now, not in, let's say, 10 years, ...
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Why did Dumbledore let Snape tell what he heard to Voldemort?

Snape was caught eavesdropping on Trelawney's prophecy by Aberforth and Albus Dumbledore (How did Trelawney know Snape interrupted her interview with Dumbledore (and her prophecy)?). Based on Lily's ...
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Why does Dumbledore die in a way that portrays him as weak?

I have absolutely no intention of being sent to Azkaban. I could break out, of course - but what a waste of time, and frankly, I can think of a whole host of things I would rather be doing. ...
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Why was Dumbledore hiring new teachers during the First Wizarding War?

When Snape overheard Trelawney's prediction he inadvertently set in place events that would cause Voldemort's downfall. However, it seems that both of them were at the Hog’s Head with a view to being ...
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If Harry finished the potion, how could Dumbledore get past the black flames?

To get through to the final chamber containing the Philosopher's Stone Harry and Hermione have to defeat Snape's logic challenge. When Hermione discovers the correct potion they find that there is ...
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Was Albus Dumbledore actually testing Harry in Book 1? [duplicate]

Towards the end of Book 1, Albus Dumbledore takes a broom to the Ministry of Magic whereas he could have Apparated. Then he somehow decides to return midway and simply knows Harry went after the stone ...
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Since Voldemort wanted Dumbledore dead, why didn't he just kill him?

In the Half-Blood Prince, Correct me if I am wrong that Voldemort wanted Dumbledore dead due to: fear of the Headmaster of Hogwarts, personal hatred towards Dumbledore, Dumbledore is the only man ...
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Has Dumbledore ever killed anyone?

Dumbledore is described as the only one whom Voldemort feared. Did he kill any Death Eaters, or anyone else for that matter?
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When did Dumbledore write the foreword for the Fantastic Beasts reprint?

Is it known how it happens that the 2001 Muggle-oriented reprint of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them carries an introduction by Albus Dumbledore, seeing that he died in 1997? Conversely, if the ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore, or Harry, just summon animals to drink the Emerald Potion?

Why didn't Dumbledore, or Harry, just summon animals to drink the Emerald Potion? That way Dumbledore wouldn't have been weakened considerably by the potion. As far as I know, there's the Bird-...
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Why did the Minister of Magic execute Dumbledore's will?

After Dumbledore dies, his will is executed by the Minister of Magic. In other words, the Minister delivers the objects that Dumbledore had bequeathed to Harry, Hermione, and Ron. If I'm not mistaken,...
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Why didn't Dumbledore simply use the Imperius Curse on Slughorn to retrieve his memories?

In the 6th book/movie, Dumbledore went on great lengths to retrieve correct memories of Slughorn. Instead of recruiting him and using Harry Potter to persuade him, why didn't he simply use the ...
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If Harry could come back, why couldn't Dumbledore?

Harry Potter chose to come back from the dead because he was the master of death. But how could he be the master of death as he never had the Elder Wand? If Harry could come back does that mean that ...
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Why does Dumbledore say he was “permitted” to use the Elder Wand?

According to J.K. Rowling, the Elder Wand knows no loyalty except to strength: JKR: The Elder Wand is simply the most dispassionate and ruthless of wands in that it will only take into ...
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Why did Harry resent Dumbledore at the beginning of Deathly Hallows?

So in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry resents Dumbledore for never properly explaining this to him, Harry thought of Godric’s Hollow, of graves Dumbledore had never mentioned there; ...
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Did Dumbledore go to the Weasleys' house (before book six)?

Order of the Phoenix Ch. 23: “And Dumbledore — what about Molly?” said Professor McGonagall, pausing at the door. “That will be a job for Fawkes when he has finished keeping a lookout for ...
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Is it ever specifically mentioned that Dumbledore and Grindelwald had a romantic relationship?

When I read the Harry Potter books, I never put two and two together to realize that Dumbledore and Grindelwald had anything more than a platonic relationship. It was many years later when JKR said ...
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Why is Dumbledore afraid of Greyback?

I saw this answer. It makes me curious that why Dumbledore is afraid of Greyback, considering that Dumbledore is more powerful than Greyback.
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Could this be a Plot Flaw - No use of Dumbledore Portrait in Headmaster's Office [duplicate]

After Book 6, when Snape killed Dumbledore, as per the magical law every Hogwarts headmaster/headmistress gets his/her portrait in the headmaster's office. This was known to Harry and obviously he was ...
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What anagram of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore was being referred to by this alleged JKR?

@JackBNimble managed to pull up an answer to What were J. K. Rowling's “theories” about book seven? that, while I'm skeptical, seems at least slightly plausible. This alleged JKR posted this line at ...
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In Book 6, why were Dumbledore's and Snape's combined efforts in making Malfoy reveal his murder plans so feeble?

My previous question is regarding why Dumbledore refused to react after learning about Malfoy's celebratory whooping. This question is about why he and Snape together failed to make Malfoy confess his ...
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Why did Dumbledore not take Harry's warning that Malfoy was celebrating in the Room of Requirement seriously?

Towards the end of Half Blood Prince, Dumbledore invites Harry to his office offering to take him along to the sea cave, and Harry runs into Trelawney on the way to his office. Trelawney then narrates ...
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When Dumbledore fell from the Astronomy Tower, why didn't his body go SPLAT when it hit the ground? [closed]

When Snape killed Dumbledore in "Half Blood Prince", and Dumbledore's body was flung off the balcony of the Astronomy Tower (the tallest tower of Hogwarts, by the way) by the blast of Snape's spell, ...
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What did Dumbledore tell everyone about Quirrell's death?

I suppose Dumbledore (or someone else) had to state out the cause of Quirrell's death to the Ministry. Since no one has publicly claimed Voldemort has returned until the death of Cedric Diggory three ...
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Does Dumbledore know from the start that Voldemort is the one attacking the students in the Chamber of Secrets?

“What does this mean, Albus?” Professor McGonagall asked urgently. “It means,” said Dumbledore, “that the Chamber of Secrets is indeed open again.” Madam Pomfrey clapped a hand to her mouth. ...
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Dumbledore's joke - how does it end?

There's a joke Dumbledore never finishes in The Goblet of Fire: "I am not joking, Mr. Weasley," he said, "though now that you mention it, I did hear an excellent one over the summer about a troll, ...
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What is Dumbledore's Boggart?

Continuing the Boggart series of Questions What would Dumbledore see for a Boggart?
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Why did Dumbledore take Harry along to the Sea Cave?

Dumbledore was looking for Voldemort's Horcruxes throughout Harry's 6th year. But he never took Harry on other occasions. However, he took Harry along to the Sea Cave. My question is, did Dumbledore ...