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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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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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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What would you do if you were Headmaster or Headmistress of Hogwarts? [closed]

What would you do if you were Headmaster or Headmistress? :)

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