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CSI: Hogwarts

by Galadriel Waters and E.L. Fossa

It's not enough to have a feeling that Dumbledore's not dead, or to want him not to be dead. What you need is a way to prove he's not dead. We at Wizarding World Press are happy to help you work on techniques needed for doing that. Sleuthing Harry Potter has become a popular sport -- er, pastime -- for thousands of series fans.

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In the Half Blood Price, after Trelawney goes to the room of requirement, she hears a boy celebrating....then she tells harry everything and she tells something about the lightnening struck tower, and she also tells that dumbledore is avoiding him and that the centaur is not concerned over this lightnening struk tower...though it happens that hogwarts is attacked but the centaur doesnt really pay much importance to what she says because i think he must be knowing that if this happens then it is for the good...this way maybe dumbledore is not and even if he is then it is something planned

Posted by Pravin from Mumbai, Maharashtra on November 28, 2006 11:31 AM

i really cant believe that fact of dumbledore being .... and even if he is he could help harry though. he could talk to harry and solve his problms through his potrait? but still how could harry get pasted all the encantments without any help and if he refused to talk about it to anyone? dumbledore have confided in anyone else? just in case... he was a thoughtful man he must have thought of the two sides of the coin realizing that his reflexes are weaker that usual... and if it were so who could that man be?
i have been rereading the book to find any loops indicating to Dumbledore's survival but i have found none or the way in which Harry could find the next Horcruxes.....

Posted by Nikita from Mumbai, Maharashtra on December 4, 2006 06:20 AM

In one of the books it is mentioned that Oclumency can be used to lie to Lord Voldemort, unlike Snape says in the first chapter of book six.

Posted by Robin on December 9, 2006 02:05 AM

I think that the fact that Dumbledore is was a strange move on J.K. Rowlings plan but I know it had to be just like I know it had to be that Sirius d even though it devistated me. I was thinking since Sirius d Harry got his house which was an important event because it could help the order and I think that if Dumbledore didn't really then he could hide out there because nobody can find it on a map or anything not even Dumbledore and it could be a good place for them to have a picture of Dumbledore so they could still consult with him and it would kind of be like he wasn't even , just away on business and like their talking to him on the phone.

Posted by Charlotte from Maryland on December 16, 2006 12:47 PM

Sorry i may be being really thick and i am sure someone explain to me, but in the very first book how did DD know that LV was going to try and steal the philosphers stone,as far as he knew LV was long gone, and did he really think that those challenges would be difficult for LV to get through, if you ask me it was as if they were set up purely for the children as they were all tasks tailored to the three childrens talents, logic, chess and flying on a broomstick plus DD showed Harry the mirror- why if not to lure him into the room and if he knew Harry would be the only one to be able to get the stone from the mirror, then why enable him to do so when he knew LV would try and use him to get it! And what happened to Quirrell after DD pulled him off Harry, did DD him, did he and so where is the body? Plus i thought no one had lasted a year as the defence against the dark arts teacher since LV had asked for the position-well Quirrell had lasted at least two years?

Posted by clair from North West on December 20, 2006 08:06 AM

About Quirrell, two points: 1. The year we see him at Hogwarts, he is returning from a sabbatical (a year or more off) so even if he was at Hogwarts before, we can't say for sure it was ever consecutive years. 2. We have no way of knowing that Quirrell previously was DADA teacher before he went away on sabbatical. We know teachers can change subjects (Snape does it in HBP).

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on December 20, 2006 08:42 AM

It seems to me that, though it saddens me, DD is . To start with, the adults (even the really powerful ones) in the wizarding world are distraught over DD's - either someone's good at covering or there's no escape. Next, he was exceedingly old (old bones don't bounce, old reflexes are slowed (see HBP) and had become disturbingly frail. Finally, the books chronicle Harry's slow but inescapable loss of those whom he loves and who protect him- I know this is in the book but meditate on that for a spell (try not to get too depressed about it!) This series is a "coming of age," "throwing off the cloak of childhood to gird one's loins and face the battles of adulthood" kind of book. It gets progressively darker. It was never sunshine and snugglebunnies (he starts as an abused child)but as he becomes more aware of the "real" world things seem darker and more desperate. If JKR wanted to really make the ending throw a curve, it could be the daydreamed imaginings of a suicidally depressed teen somewhere...

Posted by kevins sister from racine wisconsin on December 29, 2006 10:02 PM

what about Dumbledores brother Aberforth? maybe he knows about everything. Maybe dumbledore told his brother everything so maybe HE can help Harry! maybe thats another thing dumbledore was doing while he was away all those times because he knew what was going to happen because Snape told him because he's actually good!

Posted by Anonymous from Washington on January 7, 2007 11:44 AM

in the first book DD says he has a scar on his knee thats a map of london under ground, i thing he /has use/used it. there are lots of times we dont know where he is, he could be under ground, using HIS scar.

Posted by oatmeal from nc on February 2, 2007 12:53 PM


Your comment made me think! Is Dumbledore's comment on his London underground scar a throw away lighthearted remark - or is it a clue?

What if it is Aberforth who is the Dumbledore who is and what if Albus poses as his brother - then the scar is spotted. What are the chances of both brothers having the same scar? McGonagall knows of the scar, does anyone else?

Posted by Orlando from England on February 5, 2007 1:36 PM

Well there is ONE thing Dumbledore said that prevents Aberforth from being the one who d. He said that Aberforth MAY not be able to read. It was DEFINATELY Albus Dumbledore with Harry in the cave retrieving the "horcrux" (which turned out to NOT be) and there was no chance for the Dumbledore brothers to switch places afterward.

Posted by Standing Moose from Okieland, USA on February 10, 2007 4:07 PM

Standing Moose

How does the fact that Albus Dumbledore does not know if his brother can read or not lead to a definite reason for the Dumbledore who is being Albus?
Aberforth Dumbledore may be an excellent reader - Albus doesn't know.

Posted by Orlando from England on February 14, 2007 4:54 PM

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