How Did Dumbledore Destroy The Ring?


How exactly did Dumbledore get and destroy Marvolo Gaunt's ring?

I was wondering how exactly did Dumbledore get to the ring and how did he destroy it and like what's the story behind it? (I know he destroyed it with the Sword of Gryffindor, but I can't quite remember all the details). 10 points BA.

During the summer of 1996, Dumbledore tracked one of Voldemort's Horcruxes to the house of the Gaunts. Dumbledore journeyed to Little Hangleton, where he found the remains of the shack hidden behind weeds and bush. Voldemort had placed many powerful enchantments around the former home of his ancestors; however, Dumbledore proved skilful enough to pass through them unharmed. When he found the Horcrux, a ring formerly owned by Marvolo Gaunt, he saw that the stone in the ring was one of the Deathly Hallows, the Resurrection Stone. This stone, according to legend, had the power to revive the dead (but in reality, a spiritual form of the person was brought back instead). His desire to see his family overrode his common sense for just a moment and he placed the ring on his finger, forgetting that the ring had been cursed on by Voldemort. The curse quickly spread, and were it not for his own prodigious talents, he would have died within moments. Despite this injury, Dumbledore proceeded to destroy the ring with t he Sword of Gryffindor(that contained the Basilisk venom) and with it, a piece of Voldemort's soul. He craked the stone and detached it from the ring, but the stone was still working fine when Harry used it in 1998.

why did dumbledore kill himself?

i mean i know he was "weakened" but didn't he still ahve the elder wand? why did he tell snape ot kill him? couldn't he destroy the hrocurxes with harry?

Two reasons ...

1) Dumbledore was weakened because he touched the Ring Horcrux, activating a Dark spell which left his hand blackened. Snape was able to confine the spell in Dumbledore's hand for the short term, but also warned him that it wouldn't last forever. Within a year or so, the spell would kill Dumbledore anyway, and it would be an agonizing death. So Dumbledore and Snape made the arrangement for Snape to kill him with a Killing Curse in order to spare him a worse death from the spell's effects.

2) Dumbledore knew (via Snape) of Draco's having been "assigned" to kill him. Since Draco hadn't killed before, killing Dumbledore would have put a scar on his soul and Dumbledore didn't want to be in any way responsible for that. Snape, on the other hand, was a battle-hardened veteran, so his soul would not be so affected by killing Dumbledore. The Death Eaters made Snape vow to kill Dumbledore if Draco failed to do the deed; Snape's arrangement with Dumbledore was (if necessary) to intervene and stop Draco from killing Dumbledore and then do it himself, to protect Draco's soul.

The second reason ended up being a moot point as Draco chickened out at the last second, but those two reasons are why they made the agreement. Hope that explains things.

How did Dumbledore's hand become black?

Is it from him destroying it or him putting it on? please include the page number(s).

It turned black when he was getting the ring in order to destroy one of Voldemort's horcruxes. It's not properly explained until the seventh book. It gives away a LOT of the plot so I don't want to spoil you incase you haven't read it.

In my UK edition of HBP it's on page 470 and 471. It's towards the end of the chapter "horcruxes" which is chapter twenty three.

The more indepth explanation is on page 576 of my UK edition of Deathly Hallows. The chapter "Kings Cross", near the end. Chapter thirty five.

Basically Dumbledore put the ring on because he was tempted by what the ring could do (again don't want to ruin it) but it was cursed and damaged his hand. It would of killed him if it were not for Snape.

The effects of the ring initially are on page 546 of my UK edition of Deathly Hallows. The Chapter "The Prince's Tale", chapter thirty three.
"And now Harry stood in the Headmaster's office yet again. It was night time, and Dumbledore sagged sideways in his throne-like chair behind the desk, apparently semi-conscious. His right hand dangled over the side, blackened and burned. Snape was muttering incantations, pointing his wand at the wrist of the hand, while with his left hand he tipped a goblet full of thick golden potion down Dumbledore's throat. After a moment or two, Dumbledore's eyes fluttered and opened.
'Why,' said Snape, without preamble, 'why did you put on that ring? It carries a curse, surely you realised that. Why even touch it?"
Marvolo Gaunt's ring lay on the desk before Dumbledore. It was cracked; the sword of Gryffindor lay beside it.
Dumbledore grimaced.
"I... was a fool. Sorely tempted..."

It goes on for another page. but basically you get the gist.

how did dumbledore die(exactly)?

When Dumbledore found the ring Horcrux and saw the Resserection Stone in it, he put it on his finger in hope to see his family again.He does this so that he could apologize to them. Dumbledore made a mistake however by doing this because he forgot the Horcrux was cursed. Snape stopped the curse from spreading and trapped it in his hand and this is why Dumbledore's hand is black throughout Half Blood Prince.

Snape tells Dumbledore that he has about a year to live and Dumbledore makes a plan. He tells Snape that he knows about Voldemort's plot to have Draco Malfoy kill him. To save Malfoy's soul from being damaged and to save him pain and humiliation, Dumbledore orders Snape to uses the killing curse on him. This way, Snape would not be murdering him, but doing him a favour becasue he knows he is saving Dumbledore pain and humiliation.

Also, by doing this, Dumbledore would have the Elder Wand buried with him and thus, the wands powers would be ended. He knew it was a Deathly Hallow and that Voldemort would come for it eventually. There was a minor snag in the plan when Malfoy disarmed Dumbledore on top of the Tower, but everything turned out okay in the end because Harry later disarmed Malfoy.

So, that is basically how Dumbledore dies. He was not murdered by Snape after all.

Hope this helps!

How did Dumbledore die?

did the potion that he drank for the locket(Horcrux) have any effect on it?

Dumbledore didn't want to battle so, the potion making him weaker or reflex slower didn't matter and Snape only killed him because it was apart of Dumbledore's plan
Also Dumbledore had Snape kill him not for a painless or quick death but because he wanted his 'hallow' wand to be taken by Snape or someone else (it was all apart of his plan)
He was going to die anyway from putting on Gaunt's Ring, so drinking the potion and having Snape kill him was best.

More Questions