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Dumbledore's Horcrux

by Jan-Marie Spanard

How does a wizard learn about the existence and properties of Horcruxes? Who knows what they are, how to make them, what they can do? What wizard would make a Horcrux? Under what circumstances? And for what reasons? And why are they so evil? Hermione is working very hard to answer these questions. As Hogwarts virtual library search-engine, she is coming up empty. But Tom Riddle did it, somehow.

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I think I found a flaw in your Horcrux theory. I was "sleuthing" the second book and I noticed something Dobby said during his first encounter with Harry.

"Dobby bowed his head.

'Albus Dumbledore is the greatest headmaster Hogwarts has ever had. Dobby knows it, sir. Dobby has heard Dumbledore's powers rival those of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named at the height of his strength. But, sir" -- Dobby's voice dropped to an urgent whisper -- "there are powers Dumbledore doesn't...powers no decent wizard...'"

Not only does this rival the Horcrux theory, it also hints that Dobby knows about Voldemort's Horcruxes. You might want to look into it; or you might not; but I thought I'd alert you to this. ^_^ -silvea-

Posted by Silvea Kartama from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 9, 2006 6:33 PM

I was hoping Jan-Marie would address Dumbledore's appearance in the head master portrait. For me, this squelched my hopes that it was all a rouse. He appears in a portrait like the other deceased headmasters, therefore he is deceased. I haven't read the entire website, so maybe the answer that disproves my 'proof' is in another article I haven't read, but please, prove me wrong! I, like many others, can't deal with the loss of Dumbledore.

Posted by Amy Wilde-Taylor from Smithfield, Utah on September 10, 2006 08:43 AM

this theory makes perfect sense through all of the books
I myself agreed with this

Posted by neal randall from ogden, Utah on September 10, 2006 3:46 PM

It is answered on the main article Dumbledore is Not .
I myself read that whole thing and added the phoenix horcrux idea to the comments before reading this article. My sister and I came up with this same theory on our own and it fits all the clues.Dumbledore is only mostly .
About the portraits, if you don't want to go over there, the article points out that all JKR says about the portraits is that they are of "past" headmasters and headmistresses, not merely deceased heads. I also bring up the chocolate frog cards--famous witches and wizards show up in those all the time without being ....

Posted by Marcia from Seattle,WA on September 10, 2006 4:28 PM

I definetly agree with this theory, in fact, at Dumbledore's "" Harry thought he saw a pheonix rising out of the tomb, I believe this is Dumbledore's Horcrux.

Posted by Elizabeth from Seattle, WA on September 10, 2006 7:52 PM

Here's another possibility- the potion Dumbledore drank, which caused him what seemed like emotional anguish, was some sort of distilled remorse/responsibility for Voldemort's many crimes which tore Dumbledore's soul when he experienced it. Dumbledore survives in a horcrux- maybe Harry himself, maybe the crystal goblet in Voldemort's cave. Maybe the seemingly-worthless locket.

Support: on the tower, during the conversation with Malfoy, Malfoy says that Rosmerta reported that Dumbledore went out for a drink. Dumbledore says that he did indeed have a drink, and that he did come back, "after a fashion." That doesn't sound like something someone who'd torn his soul years before would say, it does sound like something someone who recently did so might say. It implies that his basic nature was altered or diminished by the potion.

Posted by Matt from Memphis, TN on September 11, 2006 07:52 AM

Well, maybe Dumbledore is himself the true villain of the piece and has 'gone underground' (literally) to carry on plotting Harry's demise! (He hasn't been that successful at protecting Harry from the things that go bump in the night, thus far!)
Think the unthinkable! I also think Harry is for the chop in the final moments of the final book...but as to how, and who...the author is good at laying false trails so I expect we won't find out until the final page!

Posted by rosemary rimmer-clay from sussex university, brighton ,UK on September 11, 2006 08:00 AM

Wow, Rosemary, you just sent shivers down my spine! I think it's unlikely, but I never considered that unthinkable possibility!

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on September 11, 2006 08:02 AM

To Amy- (I was hoping Jan-Marie would address Dumbledore's appearance in the head master portrait.)
JKR has said that the portraits are of 'past headmasters and headmistresses' and has made no statement about whether they were or not.
However, I do believe Dumbledore's body is currently (as was Voldemort's after his Avada Kedavra spell rebounded on him from baby Harry). And I do believe that Dumbledore is currently on the 'next adventure' that he foresaw after physical had occurred. In fact, Voldemort has already described his experience of this adventure (...was ripped from my body...etc)
If we want Dumbledore to regain his body, by activating his horcrux, we're going to need some help. From someone who knows how to do this spell/potion. Someone who has already done it: Wormtail. Thank goodness he owes Harry a life !

Posted by Jan-Marie Spanard from Newcomb, NY on September 11, 2006 2:21 PM

On the subject of the horcrux, is it possible that harry is a horocrux belonging to voldermort?

Posted by Will! from New York on September 12, 2006 1:09 PM

Though i have my doubts that Dumbledore is , I do not think Dumbledore made a Horcrux just to avoid .
For one, in the Sorcerer's Stone:
"To a well-organized mind, is but the next great adventure."
Though in the current state of affairs, Dumbledore might have wanted to stay alive for others sakes, when Dumbledore made the statement, Voldemort had not regained his body.
So for this prediction, the quote means that Dumbledore, at least before Lord Voldemort returned, had no desire to seek eternal life- therefore he had no reason to make a horcrux.

Posted by Kevin from Charlotte, NC on September 12, 2006 5:08 PM

oh the possibility of dumbledore's horcrux is very evident in the books but the point is how can he come back to life without the use of evil dark arts. because if we go back to chamber of secrets, tom riddle would come back to life only when ginny s and in goblet of fire too he came back to life only through the use of those dark arts. and harry doesn't know how to use that horcrux (fawkes, that is if he finds it)to bring dumbledore back to life...any answers?

Posted by sheetal from bangalore, India on September 12, 2006 9:08 PM

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