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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 romantic infatuation with Grindelwald, I suppose). As such, he felt it was too dangerous for him to be in a position of responsibility in the magical community: “...


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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. There are a few potential explanations: It wasn't the password at all We know from Order of the Phoenix that the gargoyle controlling access to the Headmaster's office has ...


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Dumbledore encouraged people to call him Voldemort, rather than You-Know-Who, because there was a lot of fear not just of Voldemort, but merely saying his name. If Dumbledore can remove that then when Voldemort returned - as Dumbledore suspected he would - there would hopefully be a lot more people willing to stand against him. “Sir?” said Harry. “I’ve ...


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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 them. Tonk's patronus became a wolf after she fell in love with Lupin. As Harry swung the cloak back over himself, she waved her wand; an immense ...


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Dudley was incredibly spoilt by his parents when he was a child. He was brought up very badly, and he’s picked up all of their worst habits. By the end of the fourth book, he’s selfish, obese, rude, insolent, a bully, and taught to sneer at anybody who isn’t like him. A terrible preparation to go out into the world. That’s the “damage” Dumbledore is ...


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In the first book there is a discussion between McGonagall and Dumbledore while they are waiting for Hagrid. Dumbledore uses the name "Voldemort" and McGonagall cringes: "My dear Professor, surely a sensible person like yourself can call him by his name? All this 'You-Know-Who' nonsense - for eleven years I have been trying to persuade people to call him ...


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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, Harry was the owner of Elder Wand having won it from Draco Malfoy when he escaped from Malfoy Manor. Draco became the owner of Elder wand when he disarmed ...


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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 them to inspect them first. The Ministry could only legally keep the items for thirty-one days before having to pass them on if they couldn’t prove the objects ...


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I believe Dumbledore made the statues in the ministry come to life to take the hit for him/block the hit. He didn't use any counter-curse or counter-jinx directly on the Avada Kedevra spell But the headless golden statue of the wizard in the fountain had sprung alive, leaping from its plinth to land with a crash on the floor between Harry and Voldemort. ...


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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’ve got to go to Dumbledore,” said Harry. “Hagrid told that stranger how to get past Fluffy, and it was either Snape or Voldemort under that cloak — it ...


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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 got me out of a very tight corner a few days ago.... Yeah, I'm staying just the one year. Special favor to Dumbledore.... One year, and then back to my quiet ...


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Since the books are written mainly from the point of view of school pupils, many greater and more advanced forms of magic remain unexplained, and it is these which differentiate one wizard's skills from another's at the very top of the range. However, there are some things we can say about Dumbledore's abilities (in addition to those you've already listed), ...


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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 saying, “Yes, I think so.” “I can?” said Harry, thoroughly taken aback. “Oh yes,” said Dumbledore, smiling slightly. “I think you have earned that ...


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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 itself after Quirrell drank from it. The chessboard, for example, had definitely reset itself. They were standing on the edge of a huge chessboard, behind the ...


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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 - perhaps rather half-heartedly, as Dumbledore himself surmised - to carry out the assassination. No Death Eaters would have been required if either the necklace or ...


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Here are some examples of fates that are “worse than death” in the HP universe: Splitting one’s soul, or horcruxes. As we learn more about the horcruxes, we realise how much they destroy your soul, and the price you pay. Harry learns this particularly vividly in his visions of King’s Cross station: He recoiled. He had spotted the thing that was making ...


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First of all, Dumbledore did NOT tell Harry the full truth (SHOCKER, right?). He didn't actually see "himself holding socks" as the main part of an image: Allie: What did dumbledore truly see in the mirror of Erised? J.K. Rowling: He saw his family alive, whole and happy – Ariana, Percival and Kendra all returned to him, and Aberforth reconciled to him. ...


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Being more powerful does not make you more skilful. If the duel between Dumbledore and Grindelwald was strictly about wand versus wand then you would be correct in that Grindelwald should have won. But the duel was also man versus man, and Dumbledore was more skilled, as he says in Deathly Hallows (Chapter 35): I knew that we were evenly matched, perhaps ...


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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 bedroom connects to his office, while his office still remains circular in appearance. (His bedroom looks to be on the bottom right.) The green velvet near the ...


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I disagree with your premise. They didn't need the true memory to find out that Riddle had Horcruxes; Dumbledore already had pretty solid reasons to believe that he did, even before they got the true memory. From HBP chapter 17 ("A Sluggish Memory"), when they first visit the (edited) memory, Riddle said: "Sir, I wondered what you know about... about ...


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Dumbledore is not absolutely competent. Although he's definitely a man with wisdom and experience, it's easy to get an impression of Dumbledore far beyond his actual abilities. This is partly because we spend the majority of the novels hearing about him from a child who hero-worships him, supported by the likes of Hagrid and McGonagall (the former another ...


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First, I think that it's crucial to recognise that Harry is a 17 year old that was in the middle of a war, had just died, and met again with someone very dear to him who he had painfully lost. If you think about it, it makes a lot of sense that he would be a little extra affectionate towards Dumbledore, and maybe exaggerate a little bit on the whole "best ...


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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 the school year even started: "I refer to the plan Lord Voldemort is revolving around me. His plan to have the poor Malfoy boy murder me." Did Dumbledore ...


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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 and the examiners are from the Wizarding Examinations Authority. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, chapter 31 Meanwhile, Draco Malfoy had found a ...


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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 Curse used on me by my brother’s best friend – and Albus was trying to stop him, and then all three of us were dueling, and the flashing lights and the bangs ...


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Was Dumbledore simply prepared to die that night? Yes. In fact, as is explained in Deathly Hallows,


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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 supporting each side. Evidence for YES The following exchange between Dumbledore and Harry (emphasis mine) suggests that Dumbledore might have killed, ...


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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 Stone/Marvolo Gaunt's ring some time in between the end of The Order of the Phoenix and the beginning of The Half-Blood Prince. Remember that Harry saw Dumbledore'...


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Several reasons spring to mind: The curse on the job. As is well-known, Voldemort placed a curse on the DADA job preventing any one teacher from holding the post for more than a year. The last four teachers have all left the school in unpleasant circumstances. Although Dumbledore is a competent wizard, and one of the few people who Voldemort fears, it ...


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Voldemort uses the killing curse several times in the Battle at the Ministry. The first time Voldemort aimed it at Harry and Dumbledore animated the golden wizard statue: "The spell merely glanced off its chest as the statue flung out its arms, protecting Harry" (pg 813 of Scholastic paperback). Next time: "Voldemort raised his wand and sent another jet ...


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