Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)

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Whisper19 in addition to the already offered answers, both of which are dead on (pardon the pun), Dumbledore needed to be seen as more than "the only one…morein addition to the already offered answers, both of which are dead on (pardon the pun), Dumbledore needed to be seen as more than "the only one Voldemort ever feared". Harry needed to see the faults in the man he perceived as perfect. Imagine the thoughts running through Harry's head when Dumbledore died - if Dumbledore, who was the greatest wizard of all times could not defeat Voldemort, how could he! But by seeing the mistakes Dumbledore had made throughout his entire life (and there were a couple) and by having Dumbledore admit to those to Harry at "King's Cross", Harry can see that Dumbledore was just a man. He can also be told by Dumbledore that he (Harry) is a "better" man than him (Dumbledore), a self-sacrificing pure soul, the only kind that stands any chance against Voldemort. (less)
No One Authors have to kill off characters, it's a mark of a good author when they're willing to kill off an important character.
Also, many times in…more
Authors have to kill off characters, it's a mark of a good author when they're willing to kill off an important character.
Also, many times in order for a hero to reach their full potential, the mentor has to be out of the picture, which is best done by killing said mentor.(less)
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Julia Maybe Harry just wasn't ready yet. I don't know if I could bring myself to talk to a tangible memory of someone, so soon after the real person died.…moreMaybe Harry just wasn't ready yet. I don't know if I could bring myself to talk to a tangible memory of someone, so soon after the real person died. The portrait is also limited to what the real Dumbledore would have taught it before he died...it is not a complete duplication.(less)
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Lucy He kills him to get Voldemort's full trust.

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