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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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Why didn't Dumbledore bewitch the door of Fluffy in Philosophers stone?

“They could hear footsteps, Filch running as fast as he could toward Peeves’s shouts. “Oh, move over,” Hermione snarled. She grabbed Harry’s wand, tapped the lock, and whispered, “Alohomora!” ...
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Was Dumbledore originally planned to be a villain?

Someone in a private discussion recently mentioned that they recall information that Rowling originally planned Dumbledore to be an actual villain (let's leave aside the quibble that a ton of fans ...
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How did Dumbledore manage to hide the stone the way he did? [duplicate]

The climax of the first book is when Harry is able to inexplicably able to retrieve the stone from inside the mirror. Shortly after, we learn that the only way to get the stone from the mirror, was to ...
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Why did Harry being prepared to let Voldemort kill him "make all the difference"?

In King's Cross, when Harry tells Dumbledore that he meant to let Voldemort kill him, Dumbledore says And that will, I think, have made all the difference. If he is referring to the fact that the ...
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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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When did Dumbledore destroy the Horcrux ring?

In book 6, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, in Chapter 4, when Dumbledore takes Harry to meet Slughorn, he is using Gaunt's ring to attract Slughorn: He shrugged and spread his hands wide, ...
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Why did the Order bother to guard the Prophecy?

(And please, nobody say "Cause Dumbedore asked them to") We know one of the tasks of the Order after its re-creation was to keep safe a weapon Voldemort was after. “What’s he after apart from ...
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How many generations of Weasleys has Dumbledore seen in all his years in Hogwarts?

I'm just curious to know how many generations of Weasleys Dumbledore saw during his time at Hogwarts?
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Did the Dumbledore family line end with Albus and Aberforth Dumbledore?

In the Harry Potter series, it's never clear what happens to the Dumbledore family lineage. There is no mention in The Cursed Child either. I know that Professor Dumbledore most likely never married ...
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How many times has Dumbledore outright lied to Harry (or anyone)?

As we are on the subject of lies in Harry Potter, We know that Albus and Aberforth grew up with lies and deceit, and Albus was a natural. In the last book Aberforth also asks Harry whether ...
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Why would disarming Dumbledore help Draco Malfoy duel him?

Wandless magic exists. Draco knows this and can safely assume that Dumbledore is good at it. It seems safe to assume that Dumbledore, even wandless, can best a 6th year Hogwarts student. It follows ...
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What exactly happened to Ariana when Dumbledore and Grindelwald fought?

I have seen few narrations and some fan made videos on the battle between Dumbledore and Grindelwald. There was some magic that killed Ariana when both Dumbledore and Grindelwald were duelling. What ...
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What did Dumbledore mean when he said,'but I realised' while telling Harry why Dumbledore had left him with Dursleys?

Here is the text from the book: 'You might ask-- and with good reason--why it had to be so. Why could some wizarding family not have taken you in? Many would have done so more than gladly, would have ...
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What were Dumbledore's actual intentions for the Elder Wand?

This question contains spoilers. When reading the question How was Harry supposed to defeat Voldemort in Dumbledore's original plan?, I thought that the OP had erred when saying (emphasis mine): ...
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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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Why didn't Dumbledore tell Harry what Snape was going to do?

Why didn't Dumbledore tell Harry that Snape was going to I do realise that this would be a very harsh thing to say to Harry, however, wouldn't it have made it easier for Harry in the end to know ...
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How was Dumbledore able to defeat Grindelwald, since Grindelwald had the Elder Wand?

This question: How could Dumbledore ever become the owner of the Elder-Wand? just speculates on the transfer of ownership of the Elder Wand. But the Elder Wand is supposed to greatly enhance the ...
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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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Was Dumbledore an animagus?

We know that Sirius Black, James Potter, McGonagall, and Pettigrew are animagi. Is Dumbledore an animagus or are there any other animagus characters mentioned in the Harry Potter series?
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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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Why did Dumbledore make it less difficult to get to the Sorcerer's Stone?

The Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone was removed from Gringotts to be placed under the most impenetrable of protections at Hogwarts under Dumbledore's custody. But it seems clear Dumbledore took ...
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Why was Quirrell unable to take the stone out of mirror?

“Ah, now, I’m glad you asked me that. It was one of my more brilliant ideas, and between you and me, that’s saying something. You see, only one who wanted to find the Stone — find it, but not use it — ...
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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 didn't Dumbledore take Harry with him to the Gaunt shack to retrieve the Ring Horcrux?

Leaving aside the plot convenience of Dumbledore being near death for the entire Sixth Year, is there any good reason shown (or inferred from) canon as to why Dumbledore went alone - as opposed to ...
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Why did Dumbledore say that Harry escaped Voldemort four times?

At the end of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, when Dumbledore tells Harry about the prophecy, he says to him: "He saw himself in you before he had ever seen you, and in marking you with ...
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According to canon, did Dumbledore ever use an Unforgivable curse?

We know that "Good Guys" do use Unforgivable curses in Harry Potter (Harry planned to use Cruciatus on Bellatrix, they used Imperio when knocking over Bellatrix's vault at Gringotts, Aurors were ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore leave Harry a big pile of basilisk fangs?

As the answer to this question ponders, Dumbledore seems to have left a lot of information out when giving Harry, Ron and Hermione their Horcrux assignment. Let's consider the following points. ...
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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 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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Why did Dumbledore act surprised by the Horcrux memory in the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie?

Now, the Half-Blood Prince movie had far too many flaws, but the most nonsensical and unnecessary change is Dumbledore's surprise at the Horcrux memory. In the book Dumbledore already knew about the ...
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Did Dumbledore make a horcrux?

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 ...
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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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Why was Dumbledore's portrait not given a more extensive role in the story?

Dumbledore's portrait was in the headmaster’s office, Harry could have interacted with it. McGonagall would have allowed him private conversations with it if necessary. Even if it was just an imprint, ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore act more decisively in response to Trelawney's second prophecy?

Professor Trelawney's second prophecy turns out in some ways to be almost as significant as her first. Crucially, it gives Harry and everyone connected with him a key heads-up notice period where they ...
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Why did Dumbledore 'put on' the Resurrection Stone (Ring)?

Dumbledore put on Marvolo's ring, knowing that it was the Resurrection Stone which was on the ring. He also knew (even though he "lost his head" in his excitement to see his family again) ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore prevent the prosecution of Sirius Black?

Dumbledore performed the Fidelius charm on the Potters, so he knew who the Secret-Keeper was1. That implies he knew not Sirius but Wormtail betrayed the Potters. Why didn't he prevent Sirius's ...
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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 ...
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What did Dumbledore see in the sea cave?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, after drinking the potion from the basin Dumbledore starts having hallucinations or nightmares. Do we know what he saw? Why was he crying?
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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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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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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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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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How did Dumbledore manage to tell Snape to give Voldemort Harry's correct moving date?

As @KatieR states in the answer to Why did Snape tell Voldemort when Harry Potter was really going to be moved?, Dumbledore told Snape via his portrait in the Headmaster's study. But how did Snape get ...

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