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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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Ashley, there is a clue about possessing the qualities of the animal you turn into in POA. When Sirius explains how he escapes from Azkaban he tells them that the Dementors couldnt' sense him as well because as a dog his emotions were less complex. So that would seem to bear out your suggestion.

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on March 14, 2007 7:07 PM

Thanks Ashley. It makes sense. I didn't remember this scene with Tonks.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on March 15, 2007 01:32 AM

Thanks for the quote. It really helps my whole "Dumbledore is a phoenix" theory. =)
I still don't think that Dumbledore could be a Metamorphmagus, and anyway I am not sure how this would tie into the book at all whether or not he could be one. Elaborate if you can, please.

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on March 15, 2007 3:07 PM

I have always wondered about Gandalf's passage through , but have come to the conclusion that it was a figurative journey. He was not ed but travelled a path not usually taken by a living being because of his powers. But that is a discussion for another place and time.
Ashley and Herve,
If Dumbledore is a Metamorphmagus, it would explain a lot about how he knows so much of what goes on in Hogwarts, and how he could travel without always being recognized.

Posted by Patty from Quincy,Massachusetts on March 15, 2007 6:38 PM

Herve, Elizabeth, Ashley and Patty,
Here's a thought...why does Dumbledore have to be limmitted to one type of transformation? We know he is the greatest wizard of modern times, and we also know that he was a transformation teacher...and yet we have never be officially told which form he may take.

From the beginning I thought that he was a phoenix animagi (which i have stated in numerous posts--it just seems so obvious), but i have also toyed with the idea that he may be able to transform into more that one animal. I believe it was during divination or maybe even the exams that Harry noticed a fly, and I immediately felt that this may have been Dumbledore watching Harry.

Now that Herve has brought up the concept of dumbledore as a metamorphmagus, why not both? animagi and metamorphmagus? it would certainly explain how he can get around without being noticed. and he's the greatest wizard---he is all powerful to me, and why could he just do it all? are animagi and metamorphmagi exclusive of one another?

And while we're on the subject of animagi, what about Snape? I do think that he too may be an animagi, but unregistered. I think that Dumbledore was registered in the prior century and therefore not on the list that Hermione read. My hunch is that Snape is an unregistered bat (my second guess would be that fly i mentioned earlier if it wasn't Dumbledore). At one point Ron makes a joke about how the only way Snape could have gotten somewhere so quickly was if he was a bat---and we should all know that the only time Ron's right is when he's joking!

Posted by Heather from NJ on March 15, 2007 8:07 PM

Nice thought about Snape, Heather. That would allow him to help Harry in DH.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on March 16, 2007 01:00 AM

You seem to be the only one here that knows alot about the of Gandalf. Speaking of which, my friend called Dumbledore "Dumbledalf" today.. it was really funny!
I think that Dumbledore is only a phoenix, but were I to believe that he was a Metamorphmagus (hypothetically-- I dont really think he is a Metamorphmagus), I would say that he shows up sometimes as those extras that we see only once or twice-- such as a few first years, or some older students that are randomly placed. Porbably not from the same year because then Harry would have classes with them and know their names.
Technically, Harry made the joke that Snape could turn into a bat. Ron said, "Wouldn't put it past him."
but you are right, Ron is always wrong except for when he is joking. poor Ron
But Herve--
Snape could help Harry in ly Hallows anyway, why would turning into a bat effect that?

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on March 16, 2007 3:58 PM

I am not the only person here with knowledge of, and strong opinions about, LOTR and Gandalf, as I am not the only one with strong opinions about Dumbledore and Harry.
I read anything I can get my hands on, always have, always , and I always enjoy discussing the issues that arise, as does everyone else here.

Dumbledore as Metamorphmagus could sometimes look like Aberforth if necessary.

Posted by Patty from Quincy MA on March 17, 2007 08:00 AM

I read that j.k wrote a part of Book 7 after she wrote Book 1, so i thought that Book 2 could have more clues than most of the books, because Book 2 was writen after she wrote the part of Book 7. so she have the most things that are in the part she wrote in her head when she wrote Book 2.

And the fact that Dumbledore is doesnt mean he cant help, like a true Star Wars fan knows that Obi-wan said when he was ed by Darth vader that he would be much powerful than Darth vader could imaged if he was .
And like Dumbledore said that the strongest force against Voldemort is force that he doesnt know, Love. And like every Star Wars fan would say its the same thing that Dumbledore would say, that "The Force always be with you" (Force can be replaced by love).

Posted by Rachid on April 12, 2007 10:58 AM

With the whole Phoenix thing, about it being as common as a polyjuice potion, well those are both extremly hard spells.In reality that is a very good guess, congrats to whoever thought of that.

Posted by Jenna on April 29, 2007 04:50 AM

I think that on the topic of Dumbledore being a metamorphmagus and animagi, both are entirely possible; remember what subject Dumbledore taught before being headmaster at hogwarts? Transfiguration!

Posted by nicole from maine on May 18, 2007 6:52 PM

Patty, I know there are as many LOTR fans as there are HP fans. I was just stating that you know way more about the of Gandalf than anyone else I have ever talked to.

I don't know where you read that, but it certainly makes sense. I was wondering why, if the diary was a Horcrux, we had such a huge gap between the books. How did she know that she was going to introduce the Horcruxes to us and that the diary would be one? Well that clears that up! Thank you!

Posted by Ashley R. from Missouri on June 9, 2007 5:48 PM

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