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How competent is Dumbledore?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Pikachu, May 21, 2023.

  1. Pikachu

    Pikachu Banned

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    Is Dumbledore all that knowledgeable about Horcruxes? Didn't he have Harry go get information from Slughorn to figure out how many he made?
     
  2. Slayer Singh

    Slayer Singh First Year

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    That is information about the number of Horcruxes, not the Horcruxes themselves. If Tom Riddle asked Slughorn about them, then there might have been a clue that would lead Dumbledore to discover how many Voldemort created.
     
  3. AlbusPHolmes

    AlbusPHolmes The Alchemist

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    Being knowledgeable about Horcruxes (which Dumbledore certainly is) doesn't allow you to magically deduce the number of Horcruxes someone has, especially when all conventional wisdom regarding them states that splitting your soul once is de rigueur, and Voldemort attempted seven.

    That Dumbledore was able to deduce the nature of the vessels based on his sheer understanding of Voldemort's psyche is a hugely impressive feat.
     
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    MonkeyEpoxy The Cursed Child DLP Supporter

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    Thinking about it, would you really, really, want to know any more about them other than where and how many, and how to destroy them? They're abominations that shouldn't exist
     
  5. Pikachu

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    Yeah that's what I thought as well. Dumbledore's morality probably restricted him from truly learning about the darkest of magics while Voldemort has no limits or morality and in the whole more knowledgeable about it.
     
  6. Arthellion

    Arthellion Lord of the Banned ~ Prestige ~ DLP Supporter

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    This has me thinking, why do we instinctively measure a wizard's competency by their capacity for dueling and violence?
     
  7. aAlouda

    aAlouda High Inquisitor

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    Because that is the most direct way of comparing two wizard's magical ability in perspective to each other
     
  8. Arthellion

    Arthellion Lord of the Banned ~ Prestige ~ DLP Supporter

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    I mean I agree it’s the most direct, but not sure it’s the best.
    Is Molly really a better witch than Bellatrix?

    I’d argue duels are actually a really poor indicator of a wizards competency. How often do most wizards ever actually need to duel?
     
  9. arkkitehti

    arkkitehti High Inquisitor

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    Dueling is one field where you can be competent, but trying to give a universal "competency score" to people seems pretty useless to me. Competency is all about the context.
     
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