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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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hey- dumbledore says to voldemort "there are worse things than " so if the chocolate frog card says he "defeated" a wizard that dosent necessarily mean he ed him

Posted by j from tn on November 3, 2006 5:53 PM

This is my first comment on this website. I'd first like to say that I enjoy the site. It's fun to speculate on thee stories that we all love so much.

But I really disagree with most of the 'main' theories here....that Dumbledore is not , that he created a horcrux, etc. The only theory I give some merit to is that the of Dumbledore was forseen/planned and deemed necessary for the ultimate victory over Voldemort.

Snape may be good...or he still may be bad. We don't know yet. It could be that Dumbledore's trust in Snape was really based on the fact that he knew he'd turn on him and was couting on it for some reason. I don't think I believe this...but it's possible. I still think Snape is on the right side.

As for the theory Dumbledore created a horcrux; I don't believe it for a minute. I think he is actually ...not to return at all in book 7 except for his memories (pensieve) and converations with his portrait. I think horcruxes are evil too, as evil as the it takes to create one. The soul is not meant to continue onwards after least not in the same way.

I loved AD too...great character. I was also terribly saddened by his sudden . But I also assumed it was coming eventually (I assumed it would happen in book 7). This is, after all, a 7 book series about Harry Potter. It is his name in the title of every book. AD has been his mentor and his guide. But ultimately, if Harry is really going to win the battle, he has to do it alone.

I think some people could be doing themsleves a disservice for clinging onto hope that AD is going to return to his body (life) in book 7. They could be setting themselves up for great dissapointment. AD still help Harry acheive his goal...just not in the same physical way.

Just my 2 cents. I do enjoy reading the theories and speculating possibilities. It makes the agonizing time before book 7 is released pass a little quicker.

Posted by David from Chicago, IL on November 4, 2006 06:34 AM

I was thinking everything you were, David, thanks for summing this up so well. I don't think that he created a horcux and that Harry does need to fight this battle on his own. But it is a little fishy that such a great wizard - one that LV feared more than anyone else - was defeated so easily.............

Also - I have greatly enjoyed this site. Thanks and many Kudos for creating it. I love the new facts that come out and all the different theories. It make me want to read the books all over again.

Posted by Marie on November 5, 2006 7:54 PM

"Dumbledore is the only wizard who suspected that Voldemort created Horcruxes."

Not only did R.A.B. know that Voldemort had created Horcruxes, he also knew where one of them was and destroyed it.

Posted by Brian from Orlando, FL on November 6, 2006 5:25 PM

ummm, what about dumbledore's mysterious conversation with snape? what was the meaning of that?

Posted by j from tn on November 7, 2006 3:20 PM

Hmmm, i can't say i agree with this theory at all, however, after reading a few of the comments on this website... a few little things stood out. But i'll say why i don't believe this theory first =). there is alot of comments on how Voldemort found out about horcruxes, well.. you have to remember, he was searching for a way to avoid for quite some time getting what i would asume was only a brief explination about the word hocrux, he started his search for more =/ you also have to remember, that when he left hogwarts he went into some really dark arts and this is where he learnt alot of the stuff that makes him who he is today. hmmm, lemme think... The dumbledore horcrux thing i do not believe in for a second, this is due to the fact that he makes remarks about how is not to be feared and that spilting your soul the way the horcrux does, is no way to avoid at all and for the whole, how does he know about them then =/ remember, he is a REALLY smart wizard who has been around longer than your average joe. I actually am under the impression Dumbledore wanted to and for a certian reason that just came to me while reading some of the comments on this page. When Voldemort is ressurected, it is stated that he was raised with Harry's blood and therefore has all of the protection harry did and this was due to his mother sacrafice. This leads me to my idea ^_^ Dumbledore d saving Harry, who he loves dearly, say hello to another protection =). The fact that dumbledore had been showing harry why it is that vodlemort feared him, i feel as if he was preparing him to finish it all off, knowning that he, himself, would not be there to be able to help. Another quick note here, but, is anybody else under the impression that the last stand be Volde and eaters, against Harry and Dumbledores Army in an all out war X) would be really cool and stuff, i dunno... these theories really get you all confused and these darn semantics >.>

Posted by Geoff from Australia on November 7, 2006 11:17 PM

ok. first of all, you said dumbledore d saving harry. THERE WAS NO REASON FOR D. TO DIE. really. he was the only wizard that voldemort feared.
second of all, i think harry is gonna get himself into a predictment where he wants to find an answer but that would mean sacrificing his friends life. i dont think the d.a. is gonna come back up
last- does anyone have any ideas about harry and ginny? i mean, come! they are sooo perfect for each other

Posted by j from tn on November 9, 2006 4:58 PM

i think that the little information hermione finds in the library about horcruxes is more than enough that horcruxes are, in essence, evil, regardless of the reason that tore the soul apart.

dumbledore's views about are very particular. he said that voldemort lived a "half-life" and i really don't think he would ever want that for himself. dumbledore DOES NOT pursue immortality...

Posted by Rodrigo from Monterrey, NL, Mexico on November 9, 2006 9:19 PM

my theory on voldemort's horcruxes..
dumbeldore tells that the soul in his body can be destroyed after all the other horcruxes are destroyed. but i think that when voldemort tried to harry, the spell got backfired and he was left formless. so what if the soul in his body has been destroyed and he was not completely destroyed b'coz of the other horcruxes?

Posted by sneha from chennai,tamilnadu on November 10, 2006 06:31 AM

We can argue and comment on this issue forever (or at least until book 7) but I think that it is all pointless because there hasn't been very much logic in Dumbledore's ways. He breaks the rules that have been set or rather goes about it in a different way. No one can apparate at Hogwarts yet he vanishes using "his magic" and no one can come back from and yet he's gonna do it, I'm sure. He can make himself invisible without a invisibility cloak (book 1).

Posted by Jacob from Pelzer, S.C. on November 11, 2006 2:36 PM

I really like the theory a few pages back that HARRY is one of Voldemort's horcruxes! I like it even more than the idea that Dumbledore made a horcrux, and consider it only slightly less likely, knowing Rowling. In terms of plausability, I rank things like this:

1. Snape is still good- D wanted him to him, hence the pleading and "revulsion".

2. RAB is Regulus Black, and the locket at Grimmauld is the real horcrux.

3. Fawlkes is Dumbledore's horcrux.

4. Harry is a living horcrux of Voldemort.

and finally, for giggles,

5. Snape is related to Dumbledore.

Posted by Kumar from Ukiah, CA, USA on November 13, 2006 7:41 PM

DD never like to live a half life created due to horcruxes. I would go with the theory of non-verbal spell along with verbal er spell. DD can be healed by Phoenix if Snape did not use unforgivable spell non-verbally. But this site and all views make for an excellent book in itself. I guess, we have great minds and great writers already at work and am sure JKR be working overtime to create something really unprobable after reading all the theories here. She definitely come out with something unthinkable in her 7th book to ensure that she remains the best. Still to reiterate, this site makes for great reading online.

Posted by Reva from Delhi on November 14, 2006 08:54 AM

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