Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

by

J. K. Rowling

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The Headmaster of Hogwarts, the leader of the Order of the Phoenix, and one of the most accomplished wizards of all time. Dumbledore has long made it his mission to lead the combat against Voldemort, and in Half-Blood Prince he begins to develop a closer personal relationship to Harry and teach him how he can defeat the Dark Lord. In his rigorous analysis of Voldemort’s history and weaknesses, Dumbledore emerges as a foil to the Ministry, which has no idea what drives the Dark Lord and proves inept and inefficient in its response to his return. Dumbledore also becomes more of a central paternal figure to Harry in this installment of the series, giving him advice about the future and helping him cope with Sirius’s death. At the same time, it sometimes seems that Dumbledore values Harry chiefly as a tool against Voldemort, instead of simply as a young boy; in this sense their relationship underscores Harry’s lack of a parental figure whose primary concern is his well-being. At the end of the novel Dumbledore is murdered by Severus Snape. The fall of such a prominent wizard ushers in a new era of insecurity and anxiety for the Wizarding world, and shows Harry that he can no longer expect adult protection in his battle against Voldemort.

Albus Dumbledore Quotes in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince quotes below are all either spoken by Albus Dumbledore or refer to Albus Dumbledore. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince published in 2006.
Chapter Three: Will and Won’t Quotes

You did not do as I asked. You have never treated Harry as a son. He has known nothing but neglect and often cruelty at your hands. The best that can be said is that he has at least escaped the appalling damage you have inflicted upon the unfortunate boy sitting between you.

Related Characters: Albus Dumbledore (speaker), Harry Potter, Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia
Page Number: 55
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Chapter Four: Horace Slughorn Quotes

“Is he…Do you think he’s good?” asked Harry.

“An interesting question,” said Dumbledore. “He is able, certainly. A more decisive and forceful personality than Cornelius.”

“Yes, but I meant – “

Related Characters: Harry Potter (speaker), Albus Dumbledore (speaker), Rufus Scrimgeour
Page Number: 61
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He used to handpick favorites at Hogwarts, sometimes for their ambition or their brains, sometimes for their charm or their talent, and he had an uncanny knack for choosing those who would go on to become outstanding in their various fields. Horace formed a kind of club of his favorites with himself at the center, making introductions, forging useful contacts between members, and always reaping some kind of benefit in return…

Related Characters: Albus Dumbledore (speaker), Horace Slughorn
Page Number: 75
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Chapter Sixteen: A Very Frosty Christmas Quotes

“You are determined to hate him, Harry,” said Lupin with a faint smile. “And I understand; with James as your father, with Sirius as your godfather, you have inherited an old prejudice. By all means tell Dumbledore what you have told Arthur and me, but do not expect him to share your view of the matter…”

Page Number: 333
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Chapter Seventeen: A Sluggish Memory Quotes

“He accused me of being ‘Dumbledore’s man through and through.’”

“How very rude of him.”

“I told him I was.”

…To Harry’s intense embarrassment, he suddenly realized that Dumbledore’s bright blue eyes looked rather watery, and stared hastily at his own knees.

Related Characters: Harry Potter (speaker), Albus Dumbledore (speaker), Rufus Scrimgeour
Page Number: 357
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Chapter Twenty-Three: Horcruxes Quotes

“Yes, Harry, you can love,” said Dumbledore, who looked as though he knew perfectly well what Harry had just refrained from saying. “Which, given everything that has happened to you, is a great and remarkable thing. You are still too young to understand how unusual you are, Harry.”

Related Characters: Albus Dumbledore (speaker), Harry Potter
Page Number: 509
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It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew – and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents – that there was all the difference in the world.

Page Number: 512
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Chapter Twenty-Six: The Cave Quotes

“I am not worried, Harry,” said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. “I am with you.”

Related Characters: Albus Dumbledore (speaker), Harry Potter
Page Number: 578
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Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Lightning-Struck Tower Quotes

Come over to the right side, Draco, and we can hide you more completely than you can possibly imagine. What is more, I can send members of the Order to your mother tonight to hide her likewise…Come over to the right side, Draco…you are not a killer…”

Related Characters: Albus Dumbledore (speaker), Draco Malfoy, Narcissa Malfoy
Page Number: 592
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Chapter Thirty: The White Tomb Quotes

…People who cared about him had stood in front of him one by one, his mother, his father, his godfather, and finally Dumbledore, all determined to protect him; but now that was over. He could not let anybody else stand between him and Voldemort; he must abandon forever the illusion he ought to have lost at the age of one, that the shelter of a parent’s arms meant that nothing could hurt him. There was no waking from this nightmare, no comforting whisper in the dark that he was safe really…the last and greatest of his protectors had died, and he was more alone than he had ever been before.

Page Number: 645
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Albus Dumbledore Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The timeline below shows where the character Albus Dumbledore appears in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter One: The Other Minister
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...up that the new Minister of Magic will arrive shortly, after finishing a letter to Dumbledore. Grimly, Fudge mutters that he “wishes him luck” in changing the wizard’s mind. (full context)
Chapter Two: Spinner’s End
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...was when the Dark Lord fell and how he spent so many years living “in Dumbledore’s pocket,” doing nothing to help his previous master or kill Harry Potter. (full context)
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Next, Snape explains why he seemed to be aiding Dumbledore throughout the years of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts education. He thwarted Quirrell because he didn’t know... (full context)
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...himself as “mediocre to the last degree,” but by that time Snape was relying on Dumbledore’s protection to stay out of Azkaban. (full context)
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Skeptically, Bellatrix asks if Dumbledore still has no idea of Snape’s true loyalties. Snape responds that Dumbledore’s “greatest weakness” is... (full context)
Chapter Three: Will and Won’t
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...is happy about this change, it’s already rumored that Scrimgeour has fallen out with Albus Dumbledore, one of the community’s most respected leaders. (full context)
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...beak impatiently, but Harry doesn’t wake up. In his hand is a note from Professor Dumbledore, communicating that he will pick him up from the house at eleven o’clock. Before falling... (full context)
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...as the clock strikes eleven, the streetlight outside goes off and Harry wakes up. Seeing Dumbledore striding up the path, Harry frantically begins throwing possessions into his trunk; after a minute... (full context)
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Harry runs downstairs to see Dumbledore politely greeting a dumbfounded Uncle Vernon and stepping without invitation into the house. Uncle Vernon... (full context)
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With another wave of his wand, Dumbledore produces several glasses of mead. When the Dursleys refuse to drink theirs, the glasses begin... (full context)
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However, Dumbledore says that the Order has vacated the building. Since Black family tradition decrees that the... (full context)
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...his will – his forced obedience demonstrates that Harry really has inherited his godfather’s possessions. Dumbledore suggests that Harry send Kreacher to live with the house-elves at Hogwarts, and Harry uncomfortably... (full context)
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To Dumbledore’s amusement, Harry scurries upstairs to finish packing his trunk; he returns with his things to... (full context)
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Icily, Dumbledore continues that the Dursleys have “never treated Harry as a son.” Rather, Harry has experienced... (full context)
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When he left Harry with the Dursleys, Dumbledore cast a powerful spell that gave Harry magical protection as long as he calls the... (full context)
Chapter Four: Horace Slughorn
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Harry feels awkward walking down the road with Dumbledore – especially given that last time he saw Dumbledore he was distraught and furious over... (full context)
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When Harry asks where they’re going, Dumbledore says that he’s hoping Harry can help persuade an old colleague to return to teach... (full context)
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...the argument reported in the Prophet, but chooses not to pry. Instead, he asks about Dumbledore’s blackened hand. With a reassuring smile, the professor says it’s a story for another time. (full context)
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Harry and Dumbledore turn to discussing the recent Ministry leaflet they’ve received, sharing a laugh over the useless... (full context)
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Dumbledore draws up before a small house whose front door looks like it was recently torn... (full context)
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The man is annoyed that Dumbledore discovered his ruse, but the professor points out that if the Death Eaters really had... (full context)
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Turning on Dumbledore, Slughorn says he can’t be “persuaded;” but he agrees to pour everyone a drink. Dumbledore... (full context)
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...visitors in order to keep clear of the Death Eaters, who want to recruit him. Dumbledore praises him for his ingenious tactics, but remarks that his life seems very stressful; on... (full context)
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Dumbledore excuses himself to go to the bathroom and Slughorn turns to Harry, saying that he... (full context)
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...for Quirrell, who was working with Voldemort and “got what he deserved.” As long as Dumbledore is Headmaster, the teachers are probably safer than anyone else. (full context)
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Dumbledore returns from the bathroom and pleasantly announces that it’s time to leave. Just as they’re... (full context)
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When Dumbledore asks Harry’s opinion on Slughorn, the boy doesn’t know how to respond. Dumbledore fills the... (full context)
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After another unsettling Apparition, Harry and Dumbledore arrive at the Burrow. Just looking at the building and knowing that Ron and Mrs.... (full context)
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...Uncle Vernon refer to this tragedy so callously, Harry doesn’t want to discuss it; but Dumbledore looks at him levelly and expresses his sorrow that Harry had so little time with... (full context)
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Harry tells Dumbledore that Sirius wouldn’t have wanted him to “crack up.” The best way to honor his... (full context)
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Next, Dumbledore brings up the Daily Prophet, which has been reporting various rumors about a prophecy discovered... (full context)
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Changing the subject, Dumbledore says that this year he will be giving Harry private lessons. Harry is eager to... (full context)
Chapter Five: An Excess of Phlegm
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When Dumbledore knocks on the Burrow’s door, Mrs. Weasley answers nervously before welcoming them in. She’s been... (full context)
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...knows she’s looking for signs of grief over Sirius. Harry tells them that he accompanied Dumbledore to persuade an old teacher to return to Hogwarts – he doesn’t know how he... (full context)
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Suddenly remembering last night’s most important development, Harry shares that Dumbledore is going to give him personal lessons. Ron and Hermione are impressed. Harry says that... (full context)
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...eye, Hermione looks sympathetically at Harry and asks if he’s scared. Ron points out that Dumbledore wouldn’t be giving Harry lessons if he didn’t have a chance, and Hermione starts speculating... (full context)
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Suddenly, Harry remembers Dumbledore mentioning that their O.W.L. results would likely arrive today. When she hears this, Hermione frantically... (full context)
Chapter Six: Draco’s Detour
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Unfazed, Narcissa says that Harry derives his false sense of security from Dumbledore, who won’t always be there to protect him. Harry says she should try to attack... (full context)
Chapter Eight: Snape Victorious
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...course of Harry’s life. As Ron and Hermione begin to question Harry about Slughorn’s lunch, Dumbledore gets up to give his annual speech. Hermione gasps with shock to see the state... (full context)
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After some logistical announcements, Dumbledore reveals that Professor Slughorn has been hired to teach Potions, while Professor Snape will take... (full context)
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More gravely, Dumbledore reminds the students that with Voldemort’s rise they are all in danger; all the students... (full context)
Chapter Nine: The Half-Blood Prince
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As they’re talking, another Gryffindor runs up with a note from Dumbledore, summoning Harry to his office this Saturday. Harry is pleased, since the lesson is scheduled... (full context)
Chapter Ten: The House of Gaunt
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On Saturday night, Harry arrives promptly at Dumbledore’s office and gives the password to his gargoyle sentry; he finds the professor seated and... (full context)
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Dumbledore turns to his Penseive – a device that allows people to view others’ memories. Pulling... (full context)
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...the carriage and its handsome driver Tom Riddle Sr., who laughs heartily at Ogden’s panic. Dumbledore tugs on Harry’s arm, pulling him out of the memory. (full context)
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Immediately, Harry asks if Merope survived. Dumbledore responds that Ogden soon returns with reinforcements; both Morfin and his father, Marvolo, do stints... (full context)
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Moreover, Dumbledore reveals that the Muggle attacked by Morfin is Tom Riddle Sr., Merope’s secret love and... (full context)
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...release. While it’s hard to tell exactly what happened between To Riddle Sr. and Merope, Dumbledore explains that some months after his elopement, Tom returned to the village claiming to have... (full context)
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With that, Dumbledore concludes the lesson and Harry stands up. Before leaving, he asks Dumbledore again if it’s... (full context)
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As he turns to go, Harry notices that Dumbledore’s new black ring looks very similar to Marvolo Gaunt’s. When he points it out, Dumbledore... (full context)
Chapter Eleven: Hermione’s Helping Hand
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Meanwhile, Hermione points out that Dumbledore has been absent from school much of the week, probably on Order business. The situation... (full context)
Chapter Twelve: Silver and Opals
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For several weeks, Dumbledore seems to be absent from the castle, and Harry wonders whether he has forgotten about... (full context)
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Ginny arrives with a letter for Harry, summoning him to Dumbledore’s next lesson. He invites her to join them in Hogsmeade, but she’s going with her... (full context)
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Harry asks to see Dumbledore, but as the professor is away, he’s forced to confide his suspicions about Draco to... (full context)
Chapter Thirteen: The Secret Riddle
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By the time Harry arrives at Dumbledore’s office the next night, the school is abuzz with rumors about Katie Bell. Harry passes... (full context)
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Harry repeats his suspicions about Draco to Dumbledore, but the professor merely says that he will perform a thorough investigation into the incident.... (full context)
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...get more for the necklace, and wonders why she didn’t use magic to help herself. Dumbledore suggests that her despair at Tom’s abandonment sapped her powers, to the point where she... (full context)
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Now, Dumbledore draws Harry into one of his own memories, in which he visits a grimy London... (full context)
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Mrs. Cole takes Dumbledore to Tom’s room, where he sits in front of the pale, arrogant boy and explains... (full context)
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Tom demands that Dumbledore “prove” he’s a wizard, so the professor points his wand at the wardrobe, inside which... (full context)
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Dumbledore explains that since Tom has no money, Hogwarts will provide his robes and supplies. Tom... (full context)
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As Tom bids the professor farewell, Harry and Dumbledore step out of the memory, discussing Tom’s extreme readiness to believe in his own uniqueness.... (full context)
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Dumbledore also points out Tom’s disdain for his own name, which shows his core desire to... (full context)
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Lastly, Dumbledore remarks that even as a child Voldemort was addicted to “trophies” from his exploits. He... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen: A Very Frosty Christmas
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...about his new relationship. When they leave, Ron points out that even if Harry tells Dumbledore about what he heard, the professor will insist that Snape was just trying to find... (full context)
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...Weasley suggests that Snape was just pretending to help him. Lupin severely points out that Dumbledore trusts Snape, which “ought to be good enough for all of us.” Although Snape exposed... (full context)
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In the garden, Scrimgeour tells Harry that he’s been anxious to talk to him, but Dumbledore has prevented him from doing so. Continuing, he says that whether or not Harry is... (full context)
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Changing tactics, Scrimgeour asks what Dumbledore does when he’s away from Hogwarts; Harry responds that even if he knew, he wouldn’t... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen: A Sluggish Memory
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That night, Harry goes to Dumbledore’s office for another lesson. Dumbledore is unsurprised when Harry reports his conversation with Scrimgeour, since... (full context)
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However, when Harry repeats the overheard conversation between Snape and Draco, Dumbledore seems unsurprised and urges Harry to forget about it. He’s even a little testy when... (full context)
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Although Harry is still annoyed, Dumbledore changes the subject to the memories he wishes to share tonight. He recalls that when... (full context)
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...sister a “slut,” saying she “dishonored” the family. At this, Morfin’s memory goes dark – Dumbledore explains that Morfin wakes up in the morning to find his family ring gone, but... (full context)
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...seeming proud at the idea of committing them, and lives out his life in Azkaban. Dumbledore hypothesizes that Riddle used Morfin’s wand to kill the Muggles and then planted a false... (full context)
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Dumbledore pours another memory – the most important of his collection – into the Pensieve, and... (full context)
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Harry doesn’t understand what’s so important about this memory – until Dumbledore explains that Slughorn has “tampered” with it, probably because he’s ashamed of his original actions.... (full context)
Chapter Eighteen: Birthday Surprises
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...he knows about Horcruxes. Slughorn grows pale and immediately deduces that Harry is acting on Dumbledore’s orders; he says forcefully that he knows nothing about Horcruxes and leaves the room in... (full context)
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...him up and opens a bottle of mead, which he was intending to give to Dumbledore for Christmas. (full context)
Chapter Nineteen: Elf Tails
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...trying to intimidate Slughorn, but it’s also intriguing that the mead was originally intended for Dumbledore. Everyone has been speculating obsessively as to how the mead was poisoned except Hermione, who... (full context)
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...Harry walks out of the hospital wing with Hermione and Hagrid, the giant says that Dumbledore is “worried sick” about continuing attacks within the castle; it’s even possible that the Hogwarts... (full context)
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...Hermione goes to bed, Harry sits in the common room to think. He hypothesizes that Dumbledore is angry because Snape has failed to investigate Draco’s actions sufficiently. He wonders why Dumbledore... (full context)
Chapter Twenty: Lord Voldemort’s Request
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Luna arrives with a message from Dumbledore, summoning Harry to another lesson. Ron is flustered to see Lavender approaching behind her. Harry... (full context)
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Harry arrives in Dumbledore’s office as he’s finishing a meeting with Professor Trelawney. When Dumbledore asks Harry what progress... (full context)
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After an uncomfortable silence, Harry apologizes sincerely for not having given the matter more attention. Dumbledore quietly acknowledges this and changes the subject to Voldemort’s murky life after Hogwarts. Having become... (full context)
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...was often sent to persuade people to sell their valuable antiques. Standing by the Pensieve, Dumbledore draws Harry into the memory of a house-elf Hokey, who is tying the shoelaces of... (full context)
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Dumbledore pulls Harry out of the memory and tells him that Hepzibah Smith died two days... (full context)
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Thinking over this episode, Dumbledore remarks that Riddle killed not for revenge, as with his father, but to gain trophies... (full context)
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Finally, Dumbledore produces one of his own recollections, the last thing he has to share with Harry... (full context)
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With composure, Dumbledore says that frightening rumors have reached him about Riddle’s activities; Riddle dismisses this, saying that... (full context)
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Dumbledore remarks on the sinister group of acolytes Riddle has cultivated. Many of them, calling themselves... (full context)
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As Voldemort leaves, Harry and Dumbledore exit the memory. Dumbledore says that he doesn’t know exactly why Voldemort wanted the job,... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One: The Unknowable Room
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Hermione argues that if Dumbledore thinks only Harry can acquire the memory, the task has to do with his personal... (full context)
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...He’s surprised to find her in the castle, but she says she’s come to see Dumbledore, who’s away. She absentmindedly asks if he’s heard from anyone in the Order recently, but... (full context)
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Hermione is still confused as to why Tonks is coming to visit Dumbledore instead of remaining at her station in Hogsmeade. Ron shrugs and says that women are... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Three: Horcruxes
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...password changed at midnight. However, Nearly Headless Nick is gliding by and informs Harry that Dumbledore has just returned to the castle from a mysterious errand. Harry sprints to Dumbledore’s office... (full context)
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Dumbledore empties the memory into the Penseive and he and Harry find again find themselves in... (full context)
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...the entire conversation, Slughorn tells Riddle never to speak about this again, especially not to Dumbledore. The student turns away, his face full of sinister and “wild” delight. (full context)
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Dumbledore and Harry exit the memory. Dumbledore says that this episode confirms his theories: that as... (full context)
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...didn’t just use a Sorcerer’s Stone to guarantee immortality, rather than this more drastic course. Dumbledore hypothesizes that the Dark wizard wouldn’t want to be dependent on a potion – or... (full context)
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To cheer him up, Dumbledore points out that Harry has already destroyed one Horcrux, the diary, while he has eliminated... (full context)
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Overwhelmed, Harry points out that any object could technically be a Horcrux. But Dumbledore responds that Voldemort has always been attracted to powerful or significant objects, and that he’s... (full context)
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...to procure something belonging to Ravenclaw, the remaining Horcrux remains unclear to Harry – until Dumbledore says he’s long suspected that it’s Nagini, Voldemort’s prized snake, whom he always keeps close... (full context)
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Harry asks if Voldemort can tell when a Horcrux is destroyed, and Dumbledore responds that he’s probably dehumanized himself too much to be able to tell. He only... (full context)
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...Discouraged, Harry says that he’s not the one who can do it. He’s unimpressed by Dumbledore’s response that Harry’s power “to love” is something Voldemort has never had, but the headmaster... (full context)
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In fact, Dumbledore says that Harry’s ability to love is the power referenced in the prophecy. However, the... (full context)
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By trying to kill Harry, Voldemort actually paved the way for his own defeat. Dumbledore points out that, although Harry can see into Voldemort’s mind and understand Parseltongue, he’s never... (full context)
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Dumbledore says it’s not the prophecy that requires Harry to fight Voldemort – it’s his sense... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Five: The Seer Overheard
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...is mulling over the Prince’s identity another student arrives with a letter summoning Harry to Dumbledore’s office immediately. As he passes by the Room of Requirement, he encounters a drunken Professor... (full context)
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...Room of Requirement, Harry persuades Trelawney to come with him and relate the story to Dumbledore. Lecturing Harry on her many talents, Trelawney recounts her initial interview with Dumbledore – during... (full context)
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Harry leaves Professor Trelawney in the hallway barges into Dumbledore’s office, intending to confront him. However, he’s confounded by Dumbledore’s announcement that he has found... (full context)
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Quietly, Dumbledore tells Harry that Snape made a “terrible mistake” by working with the Death Eaters and... (full context)
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Dumbledore continues that if Harry accompanies him, he must be prepared to obey any order given... (full context)
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Back in the office, Harry dons his cloak and leaves the castle with Dumbledore, who says he’s going to Hogsmeade for a drink. They pass by the Three Broomsticks,... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Six: The Cave
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Harry finds himself standing on a rocky cliff lapped by dark waves. Dumbledore says this site is near a village Riddle once visited with his orphanage – the... (full context)
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Dumbledore says that this might be the right place; he can tell that “it has known... (full context)
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A large arch appears in the wall and fades away, allowing Harry and Dumbledore to pass through and see an enormous black lake with a vague green light in... (full context)
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Suddenly Dumbledore stops short, detecting something invisible in front of him. With a wave of his wand... (full context)
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...human hand in the water; shocked, he realizes that the lake is full of Inferi. Dumbledore is unsurprised when he points this out; he calmly says that bodies are only frightening... (full context)
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Reaching a tiny island, Harry and Dumbledore climb out of the boat and examine a stone basin full of glowing green liquid;... (full context)
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Dumbledore conjures a goblet, dips it into the potion, and empties it. He seems unharmed but... (full context)
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After finishing the potion, Dumbledore faints briefly and then comes to his senses and begs for water. Harry finds himself... (full context)
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Dumbledore grabs a locket from the bottom of the stone basin and moves with Harry’s help... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Lightning-Struck Tower
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Concentrating with all his might, Harry Apparates back to Hogsmeade with Dumbledore, who immediately sinks to the ground and tells Harry to find Professor Snape. He’s about... (full context)
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Muttering spells, Dumbledore undoes some of the school’s protective enchantments, so that they can fly directly into the... (full context)
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Full of bravado, Draco informs Dumbledore that he’s smuggled Death Eaters into the school right under his nose. He continues that... (full context)
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Conversationally, Dumbledore asks how Draco managed to smuggle in the Death Eaters. Draco says that he fixed... (full context)
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Dumbledore asks how he managed to get the necklace to Katie, and Draco reveals that he... (full context)
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Crisply, Dumbledore says he wants to discuss Draco’s “options,” since he doesn’t believe the boy actually wants... (full context)
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...his wand, but suddenly several Death Eaters storm onto the ramparts. They chortle at seeing Dumbledore so defenseless, but the headmaster greets them politely. Among them is Fenrir Greyback, and Dumbledore... (full context)
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...of the stairs. The Death Eaters turn to him, wanting him to energize Draco. Meanwhile Dumbledore speaks Snape’s name in a soft tone, seeming to be begging for something. His face... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight: Flight of the Prince
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...that he can now move again. He runs down the stairs, determined to get to Dumbledore and unwilling to believe he’s actually dead. The corridor is filled with dust and confusion... (full context)
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...too perturbed by the break-in until, with difficulty, Harry announces that Snape has just killed Dumbledore. Even then Hagrid doesn’t believe him, saying the headmaster must have ordered Snape to attack... (full context)
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...down to wipe some blood off the professor’s mouth. It’s almost impossible to believe that Dumbledore will never help or advise him again. Harry picks up the locket, which has fallen... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Nine: Phoenix Lament
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Ginny appears and gently leads Harry away from Dumbledore’s body. She says that McGonagall has ordered everyone from the Order to assemble at the... (full context)
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Ron says hopefully that Dumbledore might know a cure, forcing Ginny to reveal that Dumbledore is dead. Devastated, Lupin staggers... (full context)
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...Mrs. Weasley are on their way. Again, Harry has to tell her that Snape killed Dumbledore. McGonagall is astonished, since the headmaster always implied he had an “ironclad reason” to trust... (full context)
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...they thought he was being pursued by Death Eaters. Harry wonders what will become of Dumbledore’s body. (full context)
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...her and this isn’t the moment to discuss such things. Sternly, McGonagall points out that Dumbledore would have been happy to know that “there was a little more love in the... (full context)
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Hagrid comes into the ward, announcing that he’s moved Dumbledore’s body and Slughorn has informed the Ministry of the disaster. Professor McGonagall beckons to Harry... (full context)
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...of the school, wondering if it’s safe to stay open. Professor Sprout says staunchly that Dumbledore would want things to go on as before, while Slughorn argues that after this no... (full context)
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...Outside, the phoenix’s lament stops and Harry knows he has forsaken the school, just as Dumbledore has left Harry. (full context)
Chapter Thirty: The White Tomb
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...new identity for himself. Harry reflects that, although he’s been unable to stop thinking about Dumbledore’s mistaken trust in Snape, Hermione has just reminded him that he “had been taken in... (full context)
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Harry bitterly reflects that he should’ve shown the book to Dumbledore, who might have recognized Snape’s writing and been alerted to his evil nature. Hermione says... (full context)
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...fear and hesitancy on the Astronomy tower, and doesn’t believe he would actually have killed Dumbledore. Right now, Voldemort might be forcing him to do other terrible things. (full context)
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...important people from the Ministry, Harry wonders if any of them feel true grief for Dumbledore’s death. Suddenly a mournful song breaks out and Ginny directs Harry’s attention to the lake... (full context)
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...long eulogy to which Harry doesn’t listen. Instead, he watches the merpeople and remembers seeing Dumbledore crouch down to speak to them in their own language. As he looks toward the... (full context)
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Harry remembers the advice Dumbledore gave him during his first year: that it’s always important to fight against evil, even... (full context)
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...Harry brusquely cuts off his condolences, asking what he wants; Scrimgeour demands to know what Dumbledore and Harry were doing the night of his death, and Harry refuses to tell. Scrimgeour... (full context)