'Harry Potter' Fans Are Pointing Out The Best Theories About Albus Dumbledore

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Vote up the best theories about Hogwarts' greatest Headmaster.

Dumbledore kept a lot of secrets throughout the Harry Potter series and fans have begun to fill in some of those blanks with their own wild fan theories – some more probable than others. These are the best theories about the mysterious and powerful Headmaster.


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    Dumbledore Didn't Want Snape Getting Cursed

    From Redditor u/BlinkyCat500:

    Dumbledore didn’t give Snape the Defence Against the Dark (D.A.D.A) job because he already suspected the post was cursed and he didn’t want to lose Snape.

    Hogwarts had not been able to keep a D.A.D.A teacher for more than a year ever since the post had been refused to Lord Voldemort, aka Tom Riddle.

    ‘You see, we have never been able to keep a Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher for longer than a year since I refused the post to Lord Voldemort.’ (Dumbledore – Half-Blood Prince page 418)

    Read the full theory here.

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    Neville And Aberforth Had The Same Relationship Harry And Albus Had

    From Redditor u/Curtain_Logic:

    While Harry and the trio were searching for Horcruxes, Neville along with Ginny, Luna, and the rest of old D.A. were building a resistance to overthrow the Death Eaters back at Hogwarts. Not only did Aberforth's passage to Hogwarts from his pub provide students with much needed food, but Aberforth presumably mentored Neville before the final Battle of Hogwarts.

    While Albus Dumbledore's concentration was on Harry, The Chosen One, Neville also needed guidance in order to reach his full potential: as leader of the at-home resistance against Voldemort. Neville was always going to be a key in the final battle, even though he was not ultimately chosen in the prophecy. I would like to think Aberforth got close to Neville, much as how Harry and Dumbledore were.

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    Dumbledore Represented Death In The Three Brothers Story

    From Redditor u/Jice_Wumpkin:

    In the tale of the three brothers, Death gives a gift to each of three brothers. The first brother lusts for power, and gets an unbeatable wand. The second wizard lost a woman who he hoped to marry, so he got a stone to bring people back from the dead. The third brother wanted to not be followed by death, so he got an invisibility cloak. Voldemort represents the first brother, as he wanted to be the most powerful wizard in existence. Snape represents the second brother, as he lost Lily, the woman who he was in love with. And the third brother is represented by Harry, who simply wanted to continue on with his life free of dark magic. Death is also represented by a character. I believe the character is Dumbledore, and this is why:

    • In the story, Death had all three items Dumbledore was, at one point, in posession of all 3 items.
    • At the end of the Tale of the three brothers, it is stated the third brother greeted Death as an old friend. When Harry is 'killed' by Voldemort, he sees Dumbledore at King's cross, and greets him as an old friend.
    • Voldemort's worst fear was Death, and Dumbledore is refered to as 'the only one he ever feared.'
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    Dumbledore's Death Is Hinted In Book 3

    From Redditor u/xAnuq:

    So we all know Dumbledore dies in the sixth movie. But there are hints that his death was already spoiled in the third movie.

    There is a Christmas dinner with various people involved. Finally, Sybill Trelawney joins the party. Before she sits down she is frightened because there are already 12 people sitting at the table and 13 people sitting at the same table brings misery. She does not sit down and mentions that the first of those 13 persons to stand up would die.

    In order to calm her, Dumbledore stands up and leaves the table. But we later get to know that Ron's rat was just Peter Pettigrew who transformed himself. Knowing that Ron carried his rat in his pocket most of the time, that'd mean there were already 13 people at the table. As Dumbledore leaves as the first of those 13 people, his fate was sealed.

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    Dumbledore Set Up Ron And Hermione To Be Harry's Friends

    From Redditor u/CollectandRun:

    I was rewatching Chamber of Secrets and noticed an odd image. Harry flips between a photo of James & Lily and then a photo of himself with Ron & Hermione. Ron & Hermione are in the same position as James & Lily. In some regards they are not only his friends, but the only 'real' family Harry has.

    Love Protection is without question a major theme of the series. People may not love the ship of Hermione & Ron, but as the series has an arc based around their love - it's not absurd to believe that their love growing together was one of the elements saving Harry from Voldemort and many other things.

    The theme of Sorcerer's Stone and other books is that the parental love of Lily (and James) was an unbreakable force that Voldemort couldn't destroy.

    It slowly caused me to contemplate something deeper than the friendship of the trio. Harry often refers to Hogwarts as a home. Now I am not referring to a theory that Ron & Hermione are re-incarnated James & Lily.

    But I believe Dumbledore saw into the future and knew that Ron & Hermione were a couple that was bound to happen and have a pretty strong family of their own one day.

    Think about the first thing we really know about James & Lily. They both died sacrificing themselves for Harry. What happens in the final chapters of the book? Ron & Hermione, out of love, offer to sacrifice themselves in both of their preferred challenges for Harry to move on and defeat Voldemort. These are sacrifices they make like parents. Not kids. Not friends. Hogwarts is a boarding school, but the one thing that Harry lacked to get through school was an experience in a normal family dynamic. He doesn't have parents to rely on when it came through the emotional turmoil. Instead he's given the next best thing. Two people who provide that for him that will (together) be parents one day. In many ways, Ron & Hermione not only saved Harry from various plots to end his life - but they kept him from reaching a darkness that any orphan dealing with trauma might go through --- the same kind that tormented Tom Riddle.

    Read full theory here.

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    Dumbledore Didn't Lie About What He Saw In The Mirror Of Erised

    From Redditor u/Oklahom0:

    In the Mirror of Erised scene, Harry walks around the school with the invisibility of his cloak and the warmth from the sweater Molly knitted for him. Christmas just happened, and both are the first genuine gifts of love that Harry had ever received since his parents died.

    Harry asks Dumbledore what he saw in the Mirror, and Dumbledore said a nice pair of wool socks. Harry was perplexed that a man so interesting and powerful and wise would want something as dull as socks as his number 1 desire. After all, clothes are usually the least-liked gift for kids on Christmas, and socks are the dullest of clothes. This view is even held by Ron and Percy, who begrudge wearing the Weasley sweaters on Christmas. As someone who knits, I can tell you that knitting 8 different sweaters for Christmas is pure magic.

    I think Dumbledore saw this shirt, and remembered another family member who was stuck at home her entire life; a person who could have easily found knitting very soothing. After all, what else could an untrained witch like Ariana Dumbledore give her brothers for Christmas? The amount of love and thought put into each article of clothing must have been tremendous.

    But Albus was a kid, one who felt like all kids when it comes to clothes. What's more, he was embarrassed by her very existence. He probably never wanted anything to do with anything she made. He may have even tossed it after getting it.

    But it's Christmas once again, and Aberforth, despite living in Hogsmeade, wasn't at the feast. I think he's always seen Ariana when he looks in the mirror, but it wasn't until Christmas that the one thing he saw was his family together and him getting just one pair of the lovely socks she made as a kid.