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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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You've brought up some interesting points. While I'm not positive about Dumbldore having made a horcrux, I do like to entertain the theory. As to your question about whether Snape could have done the modification without the wand, I don't know. But let's consider this: The most powerful wizard in the world is Dumbldore. The second most powerful wizard would probably be Voldemort. Now, the third place would seem (to me, at least) go to Snape. You of course remember Snape's message to Harry at the end of HBP, his insistance that Harry learn hot perform spells nonverbally. I don't remember for sure, but I do not beleive we are given the exact details of where Snape's other hand and wand are at that exact moment. As always, please correct me if I am wrong. Don't take all this as trying to blow you out of the water by saying Snape could and did, I'm just point that little idea out. I happen to agree with your view of it being evidence of the strength of his character. The other point that you made that stood out to me was what was Voldemort's real reason for being there? Like you say, he knew Dumbldore wouldn't give him the job.

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

Doesn't Dumbledore say in book one: "I would trust My life to Hagrid"?

Posted by Anonymous on July 17, 2007 11:28 AM

i think that when dumbledore and snape were talking in the forest snape was telling dumbledore about his unbreakable vow to narcissa. i think that then dumbledore decided that he should make a horcrux, most likely using the defeat of Grindelwald, which probably ripped his soul. another thing is that a while ago someone mentioned that if he made a horcrux his body would probably be damaged in some way, but i would that to remid you that the only parts of dumbledore we see are his face, and hands, so the still a lot of his body that could be different.

Posted by Jack from Colorado on July 17, 2007 2:05 PM

I don't think Dumbledore really wished to reach eternal life... In fact, he's nor afraid or escaping from , as he said it once:
"To one as young as you, I'm sure it seems incredible, but to Nicolas and Perenelle, it really is like going to bed after a very, very long day. After all, to the well-organised mind, is but the next great adventure." (SS/PS pg 297/215)

well i consider Dumbledore's mind a very, very organised mind... don't you?

Posted by Carla on July 18, 2007 07:02 AM

Just some comments
[1] Firstly, I read some comments that mentioned Snape's AK curse was flawed but maybe he didn't really cast AK. As we know, he is adept at non-verbal spells and could possibly have stupified or knocked him back non-verbally. Although he said the chant for AK, nothing may have happened because he had no intention. In one of the books, Harry tries to cast Crucio on a Eater (not Snape in HBP), the Eater tells him he needs to mean it or something of the sort. Also, Snape is a master at Occulemency so there is no way that anyone, even LV, would have known that he 'faked' the curse on Dumbledore.
[2] With the R.A.B locket, I think it has something to do with 12 Grimmauld Place. I think that Dumbledore may have found the letter there and possibly confirmed his Horcrux Theory with it. Maybe Regulus Black found out about LV's Horcruxes and tried to destroy it. Something like that. Maybe something is hidden in the house or Dumbledore or RB may have already destroyed it.

Posted by Yixin on July 19, 2007 04:01 AM

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