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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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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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Why Didn't Dumbledore Hear the Basilisk?

J.K. Rowling has stated that Dumbledore was fluent¹ in English, Mermish, Gobbledygook, and Parseltongue. If this is so: Why didn't Dumbledore hear the Basilisk during the events in Chamber of ...
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Was Voldemort a Better Wizard Than Dumbledore?

Pursuant to Why Could Young Tom Riddle Do Wandless Magic, I have a somewhat related question. The majority of Harry Potter readers automatically assume that Dumbledore must be a better wizard than ...
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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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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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Which of Dumbledore's abilities make him the greatest wizard of the age?

Is there any mention on the abilities/capabilities that make Albus Dumbledore the finest wizard of his age? I know he defeated Grindewald and Voldemort was afraid of him too because of his magical ...
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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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Did J.K.Rowling always consider Dumbledore gay?

In 2007, Rowling revealed that Albus Dumbledore was gay. We know that she planned a lot of things about Harry Potter's world well in advance. Is there any info (from the books or a statement by her) ...
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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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How did Dumbledore gain the loyalty of Fawkes?

How did Dumbledore find Fawkes. Did Dumbledore have Fawkes even when working as a Transfiguration teacher or acquired it after having Headmaster position. They both have a very strong bond between ...
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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 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 related to any characters mentioned in Harry Potter?

There were a lot of family connections between everyone and everyone in HP... Harry and Ignotus, Voldemort and Slytherin, the Blacks and everyone else (Tonks, Weasleys, etc...) Was there any info (...
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Did Dumbledore know that Harry would have to sacrifice himself from the very beginning?

Based on the following interchange between Harry and Dumbledore in the pivotal "King's Cross" chapter of Deathly Hallows, I was wondering when exactly Dumbledore put together that Harry ...
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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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What’s the story with the Dumbledore sister Ariana again?

They didn’t go into details about what happened between the Dumbledore brothers in the movie (Harry said he had no interest in it — he trusted Albus). Aberforth only said Albus sacrificed many things ...
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How did Dumbledore detect the "traces of magic" in the Cave?

Albus Dumbledore was able to do things many other wizards/witches could not. He was after all a brilliant Wizard. The best ever? That's up to the individual to decide. He most certainly (in my opinion)...
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In Harry's first year, did Professor Dumbledore deliberately give him a chance to face the Dark Lord?

In the end of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry says that perhaps Professor Dumbledore deliberately didn't hide the Mirror of Erised, so Harry could stumble on it, and then deliberately ...
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Where does Dumbledore learn to speak Parseltongue?

In Harry Potter, it says that Dumbledore can speak Parseltongue. Where is this proved, and where does he learn it?
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Why didn't Fawkes rescue Dumbledore in the Half Blood Prince?

So has JKR ever mentioned, or is it indicated anywhere in canon why Fawkes did not come to save Dumbledore when he was confronted by Draco and the four other Death Eaters on the Astronomy Tower on ...
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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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How could Professor Dumbledore break out of Azkaban?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix chapter 27, Professor Dumbledore boasts to Minister Fudge that he could escape from the wizarding prison Azkaban. ‘[…] I have absolutely no intention ...
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How Did Dumbledore Stay in Limbo?

Most of this discussion involves events at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows so if you haven't read that book and don't want spoilers, then stop reading right now. Yes, now. It's not ...
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Who knew first that Tom Riddle was the Heir of Slytherin: Tom Riddle or Dumbledore?

While watching Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince this morning, my son asked a lot of plot questions, and one of his inquiries about Tom Riddle stumped me. So, here I am, asking all you fine ...
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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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Why didn't Dumbledore himself become secret keeper for the Potters?

This would have been the best way. Nobody can hope to capture Dumbledore and force the secret out of him. It's not about the Potters' preference. Surely the best person for the job would have been ...
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Why did Albus Dumbledore put Marvolo Gaunt's ring on?

So I was wondering and going back to Harry Potter recently and I was trying to figure out why Dumbledore put Marvolo Gaunt's Ring. The ring that Dumbledore had expertly deduced was an Horcrux was ...
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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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When and by whom was Sword Of Gryffindor placed in Sorting Hat?

"I am confident, however, that the only known relic of Gryffindor remains safe.” Dumbledore pointed his blackened fingers to the wall behind him, where a ruby-encrusted sword reposed within a ...
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Were the Potters in any way related with the Dumbledores? [duplicate]

Is there any canon indication (books, films or any additional materials) that Harry Potter is in any way related to Albus Dumbledore? There seem to be some similarities between them like Ancestors ...
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Why would Dumbledore say "After all this time?" to Snape?

When Snape's changed his allegiance from Voldemort to Dumbledore he did so expressly because he wanted to honour Lily's memory by protecting Harry. It was Dumbledore himself who persuaded him to take ...
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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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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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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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Did Dumbledore know Lockhart was a fraud?

Dumbledore seems a pretty shrewd guy. Simple question: did Dumbledore know that Lockhart was a fraud and wanted to prove it to the (wizarding) world, or did he genuinely believe Lockhart would make a ...
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What is Dumbledore's fascination with socks?

In the Harry Potter books, Prof. Dumbledore doesn't fail to mention his love for socks, but he does fail to mention the reason for his fascination with them. I think that when Harry asked him what ...
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What was Dumbledore's original wand made of?

Before acquiring the Elder Wand, what kind of wand did Dumbledore have, and what kind of wood and core components went into it? We know that he was buried with the Elder Wand. Are there any ...
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Is Dumbledore using Legilimency when he gives Harry a "piercing look"?

At many points in the story, when Dumbledore asks Harry something, he gives him a piercing look. It makes me wonder if that is Dumbledore using Legilemency against him. Is he?
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In the battle at the Ministry in OotP, why did the Centaur statue break but the Wizard statue didn't?

During the fight between Dumbledore and Voldemort (and Harry and Bellatrix) in the atrium at the Ministry of Magic in chapter 36 of Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore uses various ploys to dodge, ...
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Did Dumbledore ever trust Hagrid with his life?

In the very first chapter of the very first book, we observe the following exchange between Professor McGonagall and Professor Dumbledore: "You think it -- wise -- to trust Hagrid with something ...
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How is it possible that Dumbledore worked on the Philosopher's stone with Flamel?

I apologize in advance if this is a common question, I searched for "flamel" here first and couldn't find the answer. If Nicolas Flamel is several hundreds of years old, how did Dumbledore work on ...
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How did Dumbledore first find out about Tom Riddle?

Would the Ministry have been alerted to a young child with magical potential and then told Dumbledore? How did Dumbledore first find out about the existence of young Tom Riddle?
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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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If Dumbledore could take on Grindelwald, why didn't he take on Hitler?

Update to the question, contains spoilers for "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald": Dumbledore defeated Grindelwald in 1945. From the books you get the impression that Grindelwald was the ...
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Did Dumbledore Care About Any of His Hogwarts Charges Besides Harry or Draco Malfoy?

Are there any examples in canon that show Dumbledore attending to the welfare of a Hogwarts student in as caring a way as he looked after Harry and, covertly, Draco Malfoy? I almost want to include ...
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At which point did Dumbledore know/guess about the 7 Horcruxes?

We know that Dumbledore knew about Horcruxes at least as early as Harry's parents' deaths (he stated to Snape that Voldemort would be back). And in Harry's 6th year, he knew that there were 7 for ...
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How did the Dumbledore brothers get away with Ariana's murder?

Some of you might insist that it was not a murder, as we know that a rebounding spell had hit Ariana, as shown in this answer. However, a death in such a well known family would not go uninvestigated,...
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How did Nicolas Flamel plan to use the Philosopher's Stone after Dumbledore hid it?

Dumbledore and Flamel remove the stone from Gringotts in the summer before Harry's first year at Hogwarts. Dumbledore hides it in Hogwarts, with one of his most wonderful ideas: only someone wanting ...
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(film) At Buckbeak's execution scene, how was Dumbledore in on the plan that he wouldn't set in motion until hours later?

In the Buckbeak execution scene, I'm almost certain that Dumbledore is in on the mission for the hippogriff's "break-out"; The scene makes it very clear that Dumbledore is purposely stalling the ...
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Was Dumbledore aware that Professor Snape took points from Harry/Gryffindor unfairly?

In many situations, we see Professor Snape behave in an unfair manner. Snape unfairly and arbitrarily takes house points away from Harry/Gryffindors. Was Dumbledore aware of this and, if so, did he ...
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