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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 would Snape set his office password to 'Dumbledore'?

It seems to me that Snape's choice of password for his study when he was Headmaster was kinda weird. Harry ran without stopping, clutching the crystal flask of Snape's last thoughts, and he did not ...
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Why would Dumbledore encourage people to call Voldemort Voldemort instead of Tom Riddle?

Here is a quote from the first Harry Potter book, it's a conversation between Dumbledore and McGonagall. "My dear Professor, surely a sensible person like yourself can call him by his name? All ...
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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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If Dumbledore is the most powerful wizard (allegedly), why would he work at a glorified boarding school? Is there a role with more responsibility?

If Dumbledore is the most powerful wizard (allegedly), why would he work at a glorified boarding school? Is there a role with more responsibility?
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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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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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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 did Dumbledore hire Lockhart?

Dumbledore, over and over, is demonstrated to be a man who can see through people with all the power of an x-ray machine. Nothing escapes him, there is no fooling him. He knows. So how the heck did ...
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How did Dumbledore block the Avada Kedavra spell?

In The Order of the Phoenix, Voldemort uses Avada Kedavra on Harry, but Dumbledore clearly deflects it. But in The Goblet of Fire, Moody mentions that there is no way to fend off that particular ...
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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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Why did Dumbledore say that Dudley had been mistreated by the Dursleys?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, when Dumbledore visits Privet Drive to pick up Harry, he tells the Dursleys: You did not do as I asked. You have never treated Harry as a son. He has ...
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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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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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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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What exactly is worse than death?

Voldemort: "You do not seek to kill me, Dumbledore? Above such brutality, are you?" Dumbledore: "We both know there are other ways of destroying a man, Tom. Merely taking your life ...
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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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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 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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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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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 didn't Dumbledore appoint the real Mad Eye Moody to teach Defense Against Dark Arts?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Dumbledore has appointed Alastor Moody as the D.A.D.A. teacher and, of course, we find out that was not Moody, but was Bartemius Crouch pretending to be Moody ...
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What is the basis for Harry to call Dumbledore the "best teacher"?

“I was safer at Hogwarts. I think I was a good teacher —” “You were the best —” (Deathly Hallows, Chapter 35, "King's Cross") That seems like a completely inappropriate statement, coming out of ...
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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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Who is Dumbledore talking about "who made all the wrong choices"?

Albus Dumbledore: " Draco. Years ago, I knew a boy, who made all the wrong choices. Please, let me help you." Draco Malfoy: " I don't want your help! Don't you see?! I have to do this! I have ...
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Why do Harry and Dumbledore need to get the memory from Slughorn?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore orders Harry to retrieve the memory about the talk with Tom Riddle/Voldemort from Slughorn. The memory is said to be needed because it contains ...
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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 couldn't Dumbledore be the DADA teacher?

In Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore can't find a new DADA teacher, so they get Umbridge. But if he is the Headmaster, and the only one Voldemort ever feared, why couldn't he take up the teacher? He ...
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Did Dumbledore have a plan when he made Snape the DADA teacher?

As confirmed by this question, Dumbledore knew that the Defense Against the Dark Arts (DADA) position was cursed by Voldemort so that no professor would hold the position for more than one year. 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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Why would Dumbledore and McGonagall carry Colin Creevey with their arms?

When Colin Creevey gets petrified in The Chamber Of Secrets, Harry sees Dumbledore and McGonagall bringing him in the hospital wing. He describes them as if they were carrying a statue. Why would ...
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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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Is Dumbledore a Gryffindor?

I was reading Why Didn't Dumbledore Take the Sword of Gryffindor With Him to the Sea Cave (Locket Horcrux)?. According to DVK's answer, Dumbledore was a Gryffindor: If an emergency situation ...
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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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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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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 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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Did Dumbledore and McGonagall cheat so the Gryffindors would win the House and Quidditch Cups?

When Harry is a first year, Professor McGonagall recommends Harry as seeker and gifts him a Nimbus 2000, breaking the house rule according to which first years are not allowed to have brooms. The ...
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Did Dumbledore know what was going on in DADA during year 4?

So, did Dumbledore know what was going on in Defense Against the Dark Arts class during Harry's fourth year at Hogwarts? I have a hard time believing that Dumbledore would have allowed the ...
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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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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 did Dumbledore say the sword was the only known relic of Gryffindor?

In the Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore explains his theories to Harry. He shows him memories about Voldemort's youth, his interest in Horcruxes, his interest toward Hogwarts's founders and how he got ...
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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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Did Dumbledore unnecessarily hinder the life-chances of students by cancelling all exams in Chamber of Secrets?

I know I'm not the only person to think of this (in part due to this Tumblr post) but why did Dumbledore/McGonagall cancel all the exams at the end of Chamber of Secrets? [TRANSCRIPTION]: So ...
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Why did Hogwarts hire DADA teachers?

Dumbledore knew that Voldemort had cursed the Defence Against the Dark Arts teaching position. So, hiring DADA teachers is knowingly putting their lives at risk. Did Dumbledore make a mistake by ...
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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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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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Could Dumbledore have cut off his hand to save his life?

"Why," said Snape, without preamble, "why did you put on that ring? It carries a curse, surely you realised that. Why even touch it? [...] That ring carried a curse of extraordinary ...
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Could Draco kill Dumbledore with Avada Kedavra?

I have read the books a while ago and reading some questions here I have seen two mentions: Avada Kedavra is not an easy spell, it requires some bit of powerful magic. Moody (Barty Crouch Jr.) says ...
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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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