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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'm only a casual fan who hasn't read all the books, so please forgive if i missed some detail oversight. But it seems to me that Harry could create his own horcrux (by ing someone evil of course). Sacrifice himself to Voldemort. Then come back to life with the help of his friends. Either that or convert Voldemort to the 'good' side of the Force a la Return of the Jedi:) It also occured to me that Hogwart's itself could be a horcrux since Voldemort was so fond of it. I just hope there isn't some ridiculously absurd resolution.

Posted by Buck L. from Charlotte, NC on January 8, 2007 7:09 PM

buck: didn't you hear hermione?
"hogwarts is protected by more than only walls. it is surrounded by powerful and ancient protection spells"
so no wizard, even voldy, can make hogwarts anything else than it is now.

Posted by george from the netherlands on January 9, 2007 08:02 AM

I think that it is unlikely that Dumbledore actually ed someone and the was important enough to create a Horcrux. What if Dumbledore defeated Grindlewald in a different way? In the Order of the Pheonix, Dumbledore says to Voldemort that there are things worse than . He also says that there are other ways to destroy a person. It is likely that he defeated Grindlewald like he fought Voldemort - without commiting the needed to create a Horcrux

Posted by Nikita from South Pasadena, CA on January 13, 2007 12:48 PM

It is very unlikely that one could make a whole building into a horcrux. And I don't think Dumbledore has a horcrux, it is very dark magic. The horcrux itself is dark, remember the diary from tom riddle. And you say that it would be unlikely that dumbledore didn't someone in his whole live, but i know very few people who ever ed someone.

Posted by Claudia from Holland on January 14, 2007 10:42 AM

Kevin, I totally agree with you. He believed in Harry, I think he thought he'd be able to get Voldy on his own. Geesh, I hope that Dumbledore is somewhere nice and warm, where there are raspberry bushes. It'd be sad to think he's roaming the land, lesser than the merest ghost. And about the body restoration ritual - Now that sounds like dark magic. Blood of an enemy, bone of the father and flesh of a servant! *shudder* I hope there is another way.
Hogwarts - a horcrux? It would perhaps be possible for Voldy to get past those spells, as he's the Heir of Slytherin and the Chamber of Secrets was hidden there for ages... But no, I think that Hogwarts would be a really unpleasant place if it would be Voldy's horcrux.

Posted by Enelas from Saku, Estonia on January 17, 2007 12:25 PM

Very clever theory, and speculations.
It is possible due to the fact the Dumbledore seems to know alot about horcruxes, and that he probably did Gridewald. I doubt he did dark magic, but as Jan-Marie says, there are other ways. However, Dumbledore was not afraid to for a good cause, which I believe his '' was. I'm so torn up! I think this possibilty is quite likely, but there are a few factors, mainly considering Dumbledore's personality and character that shroud it. The 'Dumbledore's connected to Fawkes and return that way' theory is good also. The only thing that worries me about Dumbledore really being , is JK saying Dumbledore IS . She has never mislead us, and perhaps she is saying it cause he is right now, but wont always be, but I still don't think she would.:s

Posted by Kylie from Australia on January 17, 2007 7:20 PM

To destroy a Horcrux, you need to damage it in some way. I'm guessing that in all probability you need to make a hole in it (like with the diary and the ring). So how exactly would having either a snake OR a bird as a Horcrux work? Snake shed their skin. Birds lose feathers. Both of which change the object or make a hole in it of sorts.

Speaking of which.... both Harry and Voldemort had feathers from Fawkes in their wands- therefore making holes in the 'Horcrux'. Even if you don't accept that taking feather out counts as making some gap for the soul fragment to leak out of, Harry and Voldemort now have parts of Dumbledore's soul inside their wands. Inconvenient much? That now gives Dumbledore THREE Horcruxes- Fawkes, and the two feathers as they are now separate objects.

(I don't believe that making a building into a Horcrux would work either. This theory is fun to explore, but I don't think I'm a supporter of it.)

Posted by Kalidas from Perth, Australia on January 23, 2007 03:58 AM

i totally agree that dumbledore might not be

one question dangles over me is that how can harry potter's soul be still pure when in the book 1 he ed professor quirrel? Harry deliberately put his hands on quirrel's face so he would . harry saw what happened to quirrel's hand wen he touched harry, he deliberately touched his face so he would . thus harry ed professor quirrel.

Posted by pratik from New Delhi,India on January 24, 2007 07:52 AM

Harry did not Professor Quirell in "Philosopher Stone" and if he had, that would surely have be self-defense and NOT "first-degree "! Even if he saw what happened to Quirell's hand!

Should he have left Quirell do Voldemort's foul play, Harry would have d and - end of story! I quote from PS:

"He felt Quirell's arm wrenched from his grasp, knew all was lost, and fell into blackness, down...down...down..."

Dumbledore tells Harry in the hospital wing that it was he, who arrived just in time to pull Quirell off him. Quirell d because Voldemort had left his body. What we see in the movie is not how it is written in the book.

Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on January 24, 2007 09:36 AM

I think Sluggy said that wizards of a certain caliber were always drawn to the idea of immortality. I think this conversation was the first time Sluggs saw in Tom Riddle what Dumbledore long suspected was there. He went into the conversation speaking to one student, then realized he was speaking to another.

a snake shedding it's skin is still a snake, a bird that looses its feathers is still a bird. A cup with a crack in it doesn't hold water, the stone in the ring had a crack in it. I think you would have to do enough damage to the container enough for it to cease functioning as that object.

pratik, Quirrel d when Morty left his body. Harry drove Morty out of Quirrel's body, but did not directly him. I think intent is the difference.

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on January 24, 2007 2:46 PM

Pull the other one. Dumbledore, do something that evil? Although if you did want a Horcrux, a Phoenix is a good choice, as it's essencially indestructible. Oh, and kalidas-- pulling a tail feather or shedding snakeskin would not destroy the horcrux. For Harry to destry the book horcrux, he had to stab it cover to cover. It is unknown how dumbledore destroyed the ring, the crack might not have been the way he destroyed it, but merely a symptom of its destruction.

Posted by Micool from Brisbane, Queensland on January 25, 2007 12:01 PM

This is a great theory! I also think that Snape is on Dumbledore's side. The Dumbledore asked Snape to him. That way Eaters and Voldemort think that he is .

Posted by Vitaliy from Baltimore,Maryland on January 25, 2007 5:56 PM

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