Albus Dumbledore knew he was dying when he ended up with his cursed, blackened hand. However, how did he end up with it and why? That’s what we’re going to review. The story behind the cursed hand is quite fascinating.
With Halloween having come and gone, let’s have a little fun and discuss the history behind the cursed hand of Albus Dumbledore.
The Curse On Marvolo Gaunt’s Ring
When Dumbledore when in search of the Horcruxes, he had no idea what he was in for. Little did he expect that a curse would be placed upon the ring once owned by Voldemort’s grandfather, Marvolo Gaunt.
The Headmaster of Hogwarts used the sword of Gryffindor that had been infused with Basilisk venom on the ring. He knew it would destroy the piece of Voldemort’s soul inside. Dumbledore discovered this during Harry Potter’s second year when he went to rescue Ginny Weasley from the Chamber of Secrets, and he used a Basilisk tooth to destroy Tom Riddle’s diary.
Why Was Dumbledore’s Hand Only Cursed?
After returning to Hogwarts, Dumbledore went straight to Severus Snape, who was able to prevent the curse from spreading further than his hand. However, he also delivered a dire warning: Albus would die within a year from his cursed hand.
The curse is believed to spread very quickly, but as evident with Snape, he prevented it from spreading to any other part of Dumbledore’s body other than his hand. Though, this wouldn’t last long as it was strong and co
When Dumbledore found the ring, he knew it might have been one of the Deathly Hallows, though he did suspect it was cursed.