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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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Is Ariana Dumbledore's death different in the movies compared to the books?

I can't find any mention of this in 'Behind the scenes' in the HP fandom. What I understand is: In books: There was a 3-way duel (or 2v1 ?) and then Ariana was caught in the cross fire. More info ...
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Were there other motives for placing Harry with the Dursleys?

It is well established that Harry had to live with relatives in order for the blood magic protection his mother placed on him at the time of her death to work. This answer, however, additionally ...
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Who is Dumbledore calling the "wrong man" when he accuses Fudge?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, at the end of the climax in the Ministry, Dumbledore tells the shocked Cornelius Fudge: "Cornelius, I am ready to fight your men - and win again!&...
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Why did Albus Dumbledore let random people 'Accio' his private books?

Why did Albus Dumbledore let random people 'Accio' his private books? In Deathly Hallows, Hermione could do so, and here's the quote: ‘I didn’t think there were any books on Horcruxes in the library?’...
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Can there be nuances or uncertainties in the Unbreakable Vow?

Can there be nuances or uncertainties in the Unbreakable Vow? Snape made an Unbreakable Vow to watch over Draco, protect Draco, and to kill Dumbledore in his place if he couldn't do so. However, it ...
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Why didn't Albus Dumbledore lift the Anti-Apparition wards like he did in the Great Hall? [duplicate]

If Dumbledore can lift the Anti-Apparition wards even temporarily, like in the Great Hall, why didn't he do it in the Astronomy Tower? Wouldn't that have allowed him to do more in the Battle of ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore Apparate to Slughorn's doorstep?

In Half Blood Prince Harry and Dumbledore walk to Slughorn's hiding place. Why didn't Dumbledore Apparate directly to his doorstep instead of walking there?
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Why does Deathly Hallows imply that Dumbledore dueled Grindelwald in 1904?

Here's the quote from Deathly Hallows: Neither Dumbledore nor Grindelwald ever seem to have referred to this brief boyhood friendship in later life. However, there can be no doubt that Dumbledore ...
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Did Dumbledore decide that Harry should stay with the Dursleys?

We know that Sirius Black is sent to Azkaban around the same time Harry is left at Privet Drive and from the dialog between Dumbledore and McGonagall we're led to believe that it was Dumbledore who ...
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Why did Dumbledore say that it was "essential" that Voldemort kills Harry if Harry was bound to life by his blood inside Voldemort? [duplicate]

This is for me the biggest unresolved question of the Books. Dumbledore planned from the beginning that Harry should first destroy all Horcruxes and then should die by the hand of Voldemort (which ...
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Why did Dumbledore put so many obstacles to protect The Philosopher's stone when it’s pretty much pointless? [duplicate]

This has always struck me as odd, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry, Ron, and Hemione get past 7 obstacles in order to stop Quirrell. Although, even if Harry and his pals don’t show ...
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Why did Dumbledore pretend to not understand post-time-travel Harry and Hermione?

Harry and Hermione excitedly reported to Dumbledore that they had been successful (saving Sirius, e.g.) during their time-traveling adventure in The Prisoner of Azkaban. In the movie, this occurs ...
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Could Harry have contacted Dumbledore with a Chocolate Frog card?

Chapter 33 of Deathly Hallows makes it clear that Dumbledore has a portrait that shares his memories and chapter 6 of the first book shows us that Dumbledore's portrait in the Chocolate Frog cards can ...
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Why does Dumbledore act as if Ariana is totally gone, even though she has a portrait?

As is made most clear in chapter 35 of Deathly Hallows, Albus wants to talk to Ariana again. He particularly wanted the resurrection stone for this purpose. Why are there no signs that he ever acts on ...
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Did Dumbledore intend Voldemort to get the Elder Wand from Snape, without killing Snape, and without Voldemort realising that he wasn't its master?

I've been looking through a lot of questions on this website and I'm still not satisfied with my understand of Dumbledore's plan for the Elder Wand. As far as I can tell, these are the facts: ...
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Did Dumbledore have a plan for killing Voldemort?

Chapter 33 of Deathly Hallows tells us all that we really need to know about Dumbledore's plan to make sure that once Voldemort dies, he stays dead. However, I can't find anywhere in the series that ...
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Did both the Elder Wand AND Lily's protection protect Harry the second time? [duplicate]

In the Forbidden Forest, it was, as Dumbledore explained, Lily's protection -- which was in Harry AS WELL AS Voldemort -- that saved Harry from the Killing Curse. But was it also the fact that ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore bring Fawkes, along with Harry, to the Horcrux Cave?

Since Dumbledore couldn't apparate into or out of the Horcrux Cave, wouldn't Fawkes have been a great asset to bring since his status as a phoenix means that he can nullify the effects of the Anti-...
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How did Dumbledore know about Frank Bryce's death?

Chapter 23 of Half-Blood Prince, quoted below, suggests that Dumbledore knew that Frank Bryce had been killed by Voldemort. I can't recall ever seeing him obtain this information, so when did it ...
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What was Dumbledore's reasoning for placing the Mirror of Erised in a random classroom for most of the year?

The Mirror of Erised was the obstacle that essentially made all the previous obstacles protecting the Philosopher's Stone obsolete. Dumbledore had enchanted the mirror so that only a person who wanted ...
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Why did Albus Dumbledore have planets on his watch?

Why did Albus Dumbledore have planets on his watch? Also, which ones were they? I have been trying to grasp the reason for having planets as your time markings, but couldn't settle on anything. He ...
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How did Tom Riddle know how to get onto platform 9 3/4, and why didn't Dumbledore tell him?

In the 6th book, Harry sees Dumbledore's memory, where he visits Tom in the orphanage and tells him he is a wizard. Dumbledore then departs from Tom: "All the details are on the second piece of ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore use Harry's memory to investigate Cedric Diggory's death? [duplicate]

This question explains why the Ministry didn't look into the death, but it doesn't explain why Dumbledore didn't collect any evidence to disprove the official story or to aid in his fight against ...
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How could Dumbledore be confident there were no more pieces of soul remaining to destroy?

Dumbledore had guessed the reason of the Harry's connection with Voldemort lies in one piece of his soul accidentally detaching when he tried to kill the former and latching onto Harry. This makes it ...
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What does Dumbledore's instrument do? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry has a vision of himself attacking Mr. Weasley. Harry explains to Dumbledore what happened and the Dumbledore does this: Dumbledore now swooped down ...
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Why did Dumbledore say that even his most protective spells weren't invincible against Voldemort at full power?

Why did Dumbledore say that his even his most complex and powerful protective spells and charms were unlikely to be invincible if Voldemort ever returned to full power? Dumbledore says this in OOTP ...
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Why would Dumbledore ask Snape for something in exchange to saving the Potters?

Warning: This question contains spoilers for Harry Potter 7. "Hide them all, then," he croaked. "Keep them safe. Please." "And what will you give me in return, Severus?" ...
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Did people ever notice that the wands that Dumbledore wielded before and after his legendary duel with Grindelwald were different?

Did people ever notice that the wands that Dumbledore wielded before and after his legendary duel with Grindelwald were different? Elphias Doge writes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: They ...
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Why did James Potter let Dumbledore borrow his invisibility cloak, knowing his child's life was in danger?

Couldn't the invisibility cloak be used to sneak out baby Harry when Voldemort finds out Harry's location? If yes, then why did James let Dumbledore borrow it? Also the question can be: why did ...
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What justifies the age of Albus Dumbledore? [duplicate]

I was wondering about Dumbledore's age. What justifies that he's so old, as described in the books and websites. My first guess was that he owns one of the Hallows, but then, how could Abelforth be ...
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Did Dumbledore plan Snape's death?

Dumbledore himself said this: “If you planned your death with Snape, you meant him to end up with the Elder Wand, didn’t you?” “I admit that was my intention,” said Dumbledore, “but it did ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore let Harry die in Order of the Phoenix?

In Harry Potter And The Order of The Phoenix, Voldemort attempts to kill Harry in the Ministry after Sirius's death. Dumbledore arrives just in time to save Harry, shielding him with the wizard's ...
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How did Albus Dumbledore manage to get Hagrid away with only an expulsion and a snapping of his wand, when he was proven to have murdered a student?

Surely murder should've carried a term in Azkaban, or a juvenile prison if one exists in the wizarding world. How could he have been allowed to be gamekeeper in the very school he murdered someone? ...
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Why didn't the Ministry of Magic investigate the killing of Dumbledore?

Dumbledore planned his death by Snape killing him so that the Dark Lord will trust the Potions Master. In the Half-Blood Prince, The Ministry of Magic accepts that Voldemort is back. Hence, the former ...
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What color are Dumbledore's glasses' frames (in the novels)?

Have the Harry Potter novels ever given a color for the frames of Dumbledore's glasses? Basically every time they've been referenced, they've been called "half-moon" shaped, but never with a ...
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Why Dumbledore didn't tell Harry how to destroy horcruxes? [duplicate]

Knowing that it is difficult to destroy a horcrux, why didn't Dumbledore just tell Harry (during his meetings in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) that he had to use the Sword of Gryffindor to ...
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How many times does Dumbledore use the Pensieve in the films?

I wondered how many times the Pensieve is used by Albus Dumbledore in the films?
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Was Sirius Black's innocence always known to Dumbledore?

There are some small details missed in the Harry Potter series, especially as they translated to the films. A lot of them involve Harry's Godfather, Sirius Black... In the film, The Prisoner of ...
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Has Dumbledore ever scolded Harry?

We see in both books and movies that Harry Potter is Dumbledore's golden boy. Their relationship was more of a personal thing. Dumbledore was more like a mentor than a headmaster to Harry and ...
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In Harry Potter and the Philospher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, why didn't they send Hedwig to Dumbledore instead of going after Snape (Quirrell)?

In the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, why didn't Harry, Ron, and Hermione send Hedwig to Dumbledore instead of going after Snape (Quirrell) themselves? Or at least, send ...
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How do the ages of Flamel, Dumbledore, etc. work out? [duplicate]

In the first Harry Potter book, it is said that Flamel and Dumbledore invented the philosopher's stone together. It's also heavily implied that this stone is the only reason why Flamel lived so long. ...
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Why did Dumbledore ignore this line?

In Chapter Thirty-Three of Goblet of Fire Voldemort says: What I was, even I do not know... I, who have gone further than anybody along the path that leads to immortality. You know my goal – to ...
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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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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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