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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 like your idea of Dumbledore having a Horcrux, but i dont know... see personally i think that in order for the soul to tear, the act of needs to be committed in malice. What if someone is responsible for a but dont know it? Does there soul still tear? What if you drop something when going down the stairs and then the next person who comes down slips on it, falls, breaks their neck and ? Its your fault but you dont know, so why would your soul tear?

I also think that the soul tears with a , but if left untouched the soul can pull back together and become whole, but is still a bit tarnished (kind of like its scarred). Slughorn said that the soul is intended to be whole and that it is unnatural to have it split like that and i doubt that Dumbledore would do anything that is considered unnatural.

Posted by Matt from Ohio on June 20, 2007 10:02 AM

I don't think that Dumbledore did create a Horcrux. First of all you've got to and probably enjoy ing because it's evil magic. And second it's Dark Magic and Dumbledore would't even try it because he is too good.

Posted by Hanna E from Sweden on June 22, 2007 1:06 PM

I've been re-reading all the books getting ready for #7...interesting idea about the Dumbledore/horcrux, but I don't know, I think if any character might have created one, it would be Snape after he s Dumbledore. Maybe that was even part of the plan as it would protect Snape from the wrath of the Eaters just in case his cover gets blown. That wouldn't split the soul? Yes, I think, for Snape, ing DD would -who else in Snape's grim life has believed in him or offered him friendship, and who be likely to risk it now? The eaters? A pretty thankless bunch all things considered. If ever a character was walking off into "a dark night of the soul", it's Severus Snape as he leaves Hogwarts after Dumbledore's . He's got some really bottom line choices to make.

As for why Dumbledore would choose ? He did it to save two lives, Harry's and Draco's -both now owe him a life . No, I don't think Dumbledore would have made a horcrux, but I do think he cares about staying on the chocolate frog cards for a reason...just think, all those thousands of cards being collected (Ron says he has, what-10?) throughout the wizarding world, and Harry is astonished to look back at his first one and see Dumbledore's gone...think Phineas Nigellus! That said, I don't think Fawkes be gone for very long either.

Posted by Catherine from a forest in central Illinois on June 26, 2007 5:31 PM

the argument seems to have great support. i personally think that Dumbledore is not . it is tough to say weather Dumbledore created a horcrux, it is a very touchy matter. it might have occured weather it be fawkes, harry, or other items in Dumbledores life but, creating one may have been too dark for a wizard like Dumbledore who spent his life trying to vanquish evil. but i have actually come to think that harry is a horcrux. i thought of the fawkes theory after i put down the book with dumbledores grave being engulfed in fire like fawkes when he is born again. i personally believe this represents dumbledores rebirth.

Posted by joe from spokane, washington on June 30, 2007 02:27 AM

Joe-just to make things clear to me, when you say Harry is a horcrux, are you saying that you think that Dumbldore made Harry into a horcrux? I'm asking because you mention that in the first part of what you wrote. I'm just a little unclear as to what you meant. I agree with you on everything else, I'm just curious as to what you mean exactly.

Posted by Robbie from New Mexico on June 30, 2007 9:16 PM

Your theory definitely makes some sense. Thank you for bringing this up. Sort of as a side point, can someone please explain to me how we know that Dumbledore is 150 years old?

Posted by Jake Ab from new york, new york on July 1, 2007 07:52 AM

we are forgetting animagus dumbledore may be an animagus who becomes a phoenix and be reborn over and over again
we can see fawkes many times but what if it was dumbledore all the time healing harry in HP2 and it was dumbledore harry saw come out of the tomb i do not think dumbledore s its so against his nature.

Posted by anon from dubai on July 1, 2007 08:11 AM

i agree with you- i reread my post and put some thinking into how it didnt make sense. it must have sounded good at the time. personally i think that voldemort made harry into a horcrux not dumbledore. thanks for bringing up my mistake.

Posted by joe from spokane, washingotn on July 1, 2007 6:12 PM

Jake Ab - The source for Albus' age is from an interview Jo gave Scholastic way back on October 16, 2000, the transcript of which can be found at the Accio Quote website. Hope this helps clarify!

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on July 2, 2007 7:44 PM

I do not believe Dumbledore has a Horcrux. I mean, cmon people...Dumbledore? Think logically. In some of the books in the Hogwarts library they state that that type of magic is so evil that they give no detail or direction. And, Horcruxes are a banned subject at Hogwarts. Wouldn't it look bad if that greatest headmaster in the school's history had one.

Posted by LKNISE from London, England on July 3, 2007 07:30 AM

Harry could not be a Horcrux because like the prophecy says neither can live while the other survives therefore Harry could not possibly be a horcrux and keep Voldemort alive!

Posted by Andrew from Omaha Nebraska on July 3, 2007 1:19 PM

andrew from omaha: unless Neville is the chosen one and he remembered his past, the bit his gran erased (like said in the other chosen one) and the prophency is talking about neville and neville s voldemort. so harry may be a horcrux OR dementors suck out voldemorts soul from harry's scar (most likely the horcrux) in part 7 OR maybe it is already destroyed by the dementor attacks on harry in part3 and 5, so i may be correct.

Posted by anon from dubai on July 5, 2007 06:01 AM

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