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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?

He did not trust himself to have more power As a young man, Dumbledore was tempted by the idea of power over others. It’s how he was drawn in by Grindelwald’s anti-Muggle beliefs (that and his ...
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Why would Snape set his office password to 'Dumbledore'?

I don't think he chose "Dumbledore" as his password. He was an accomplished double agent, and would have chosen a suitable password that would avoid arousing suspicion from either side. ...
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Why would Dumbledore say "After all this time?" to Snape?

He's not referring to the commitment to the Order - he's referring to the Patronus, and what it represents. If the person you love has an animal form, your patronus can turn into something resembling ...
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If Harry could come back, why couldn't Dumbledore?

There are many fundamental errors in your question itself. I really suggest you go back and read the books because your understanding of both the Hallows and Harry's resurrection is wrong. Firstly, ...
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Why did the Minister of Magic execute Dumbledore's will?

The Ministry had kept the items Dumbledore left for inspection. Before actually giving out the items specified in Dumbledore’s will to the people they were supposed to be given to, the Ministry kept ...
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Where did Dumbledore live while working at Hogwarts?

Most likely in his office or in an adjacent chamber In Philosopher's Stone, after finding out that Hagrid had told someone how to get past Fluffy, Harry and friends are looking for Dumbledore: “We’...
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What favor did Moody owe Dumbledore?

I don't think there is necessarily an indication that Moody owed Dumbledore a favor. Here is the relevant quote from Chapter Fourteen: "You'll be Arthur Weasley's son, eh?" Moody said. "Your father ...
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Why did Dumbledore take Harry along to the Sea Cave?

Harry himself asked if he could tag along “And if you do,” said Harry quickly, “can I come with you and help get rid of it?” Dumbledore looked at Harry very intently for a moment before ...
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If Harry finished the potion, how could Dumbledore get past the black flames?

I think your assumptions are flawed in two ways. Assumption 1: The bottle was mostly drained. It's much more likely that the bottle only contained enough potion for one, and that it had reset ...
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What was the point of Draco's plan?

He did try to carry out the plan all by himself. Remember all those attempts that failed? The necklace that almost killed Katie Bell, the poison that almost killed Ron, ... That was Draco trying - ...
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Where did Dumbledore live while working at Hogwarts?

Dumbledore would have lived at Hogwarts during the school year. The movie set had built and placed Dumbledore’s bedroom behind his office desk, behind his chair. This diagram seems to show how his ...
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Why did Dumbledore pretend to not understand post-time-travel Harry and Hermione?

By leaving the room when the actual crime occurs (and encouraging Harry/Hermione to remain out of sight during the heist), Dumbledore has created a state of plausible deniability for himself. If he's ...
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What exactly happened to Ariana when Dumbledore and Grindelwald fought?

She was killed by a rebounding spell, but nobody knows whose. In Aberforth's words (emphasis mine): “And there was an argument… and I pulled my wand, and he pulled out his, and I had the Cruciatus ...
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Why did Dumbledore allow Draco Malfoy to return to school in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince?

did Dumbledore know that Draco Malfoy was assigned by Voldemort to kill Albus Dumbledore? Yes. As we see in Snape's memories at the end of Deathly Hallows Dumbledore spoke about it with Snape before ...
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Who is Dumbledore calling the "wrong man" when he accuses Fudge?

Earlier in the book, Dumbledore tells Harry about how Fudge is jealous and wary of Dumbledore, and how Fudge feels that Dumbledore (a more powerful and popular wizard) threatens Fudge's position as ...
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Did Dumbledore unnecessarily hinder the life-chances of students by cancelling all exams in Chamber of Secrets?

Most probably Dumbledore just cancelled the "regular" exams done internally in the school at the end of the year. For OWL and NEWT - Hogwarts only hosts them. The exam content comes from the Ministry ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore leave Harry a big pile of basilisk fangs?

I don't think there's a definitive explanation. That said, I think this can probably attributed to two facts: Dumbledore is arrogant, and Dumbledore is secretive. Dumbledore is secretive Albus ...
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Why didn't Voldemort recognize that Dumbledore was affected by his curse?

Voldemort never knew Dumbledore found his Horcrux The last time Voldemort saw Dumbledore was when he dueled him in the Ministry of Magic, at the end of Book 5. Dumbledore acquired the Resurrection ...
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Has Dumbledore ever killed anyone?

We don't know for sure. There's never any confirmed canonical instances of Dumbledore killing anyone, nor any confirmation in canon that he never did. However, there are various pieces of evidence ...
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Why would Dumbledore say "After all this time?" to Snape?

It's been almost 17 years since Lily died, and about 22 since Snape was rejected by Lily in fifth year after O.W.Ls. Patronuses change after a great shock, and emotional upheaval (from HP6): “...
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Why didn't Dumbledore let Harry die in Order of the Phoenix?

It's hard to give a definitive reason for a fictional character's motivations when they aren't explicitly described anywhere, but there are any number of reasons events may have unfolded as they did. ...
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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?

It's hard to give a definitive answer to this question because there is conflicting information, but here are a few points: Note the wording of the letter: "Dumbledore’s still got his Invisibility ...
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What does Dumbledore see in the Mirror of Erised?

Dumbledore sees the same thing as Harry - his family, alive and well. Harry realises this in Deathly Hallows. Harry did not ask whether Dumbledore had ever found out who struck Ariana dead. He ...
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Was it Dumbledore's charm or Lily's that protected Harry all those years?

It appears that there were two parts to the protection From various sources throughout the books it becomes apparent that there were two separate aspects to the protection Harry had. The first was a ...
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Was it Dumbledore's charm or Lily's that protected Harry all those years?

Dumbledore’s charm is what protected Harry at the Dursleys’. When explaining to the Death Eaters how he made a plan to capture Harry Potter, the Dark Lord says that Dumbledore invoked an ancient magic ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore appoint the real Mad Eye Moody to teach Defense Against Dark Arts?

I believe Dumbledore would have definitely considered Moody for another year. It must be Moody who refused the position. Moody was never fond of teaching in the first place. I guess he accepted the ...
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What "muggle rights" did Dumbledore promote?

Dumbledore believed Muggles deserved to be considered. When Dumbledore mentions the disappearance of Frank Bryce, a Muggle, he also says that he regrets that the Ministry doesn’t consider Frank’s ...
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What color are Dumbledore's glasses' frames (in the novels)?

Dumbledore wears gold, half-moon glasses. Something gold was glinting just above him. The Snitch! He tried to catch it, but his arms were too heavy. He blinked. It wasn’t the Snitch at all. It was a ...
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Why would Dumbledore and McGonagall carry Colin Creevey with their arms?

Because there was no need to. We might guess that the attack occured very close to the hospital wing, since McGonagall and Dumbledore quickly thought that Colin wanted to visit Harry: "Another ...
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At what point in time did Dumbledore ask Snape for this favor?

Dumbledore asked Snape during the first two weeks of July '96 In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, we learn that Dumbledore got a black hand he did not have by the end of Order of the Phoenix: ...
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