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Dumbledore Clues

by David Haber

These are some of the clues contained in the pages of Harry Pottter and the Half-Blood Prince which support the possibility that Dumbledore is not really , or at least Snape Dumbledore on Dumbledore's orders, and that everything that happened that night was planned well in advance by Dumbledore himself.

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In reference to the text that appeared in the U.S. versions and not the U.K.- is it feasible to think the opposite? That perhaps Rowling figured she needed to do a better job of laying the foundation for her readers to refer back to once Dumbledore comes out of hiding? And so she had the couple of very significant sentences added to the paragraph after careful consideration?

Posted by Violet from Lubbock, TX on September 8, 2006 04:44 AM

It's been mentioned that the painting means Dumbledore is . I don't think that's the case. It means that Dumbledore is no longer Headmaster at the school. It's possible that Dumbledore is faking his , and to do that, he would have had to have 'resigned' (or something) from Hogwart's. Couple that with Harry's comment about never seeing Fawkes on school grounds, and it sinks the picture of Dumbledore being because the picture is there.

Posted by Ion Lad on September 8, 2006 10:00 AM

Yes. For more about Dumbledore's portrait, see the "Unanswered Questions" page.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on September 8, 2006 10:01 AM

The things that you have put forward are awesome!Thanx for that insight into the mega-working,clue-unravelling brain of yours.I hope dumby hasnt d!

Posted by Meghana Manjunath from Bangalore,Karnataka on September 8, 2006 10:30 PM

I really like al the ideas of dumbledor not -ing especially the ones concerning him being an animagus and the fact of the draught of the living plus didn't someone mention the brother of Albus im not sure but i believe it was our dear rowling. But why didnt his brother switch place when the real dumbledore was away so that it would not arouse the suspicion of the ministry? Well im hoping he hasnt d...

P.S does somebody now when HP 7 is coming?

Posted by Hazel from Holland, Alkmaar on September 9, 2006 02:36 AM

Hey, Dave, just wanted to give kudos to your awesome job, but one question i've got - Expelliarmus spell has those effects you've mentioned and quoted, yes, but on several occasions the spell is noted to have a distinctly red hue - like the quote you've already got there it emits a "scarlet light" and in OoP when Harry vs Voldermort in Priori Incantatem, their spells are described as a red light vs a green light - red being expelliarmus and green being avada kedavra. Snape's spell blasts Dumbeldore as an emerald hue..

Posted by Harry Lo from Sydney on September 9, 2006 07:20 AM

Harry: The color emitted by a wand during an incantation may have less to do with the actual specific wand involved and more with the emotional state of the spell caster (for example, a spell emits green light because the caster is a Gryffindor). Perhaps we need an article about this.

Thanks, Hazel. No, we don't have a date for Book 7 yet. Watch Wizard News for the latest updates!

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on September 9, 2006 07:32 AM

Hey Dave, me again =P I don't exactly understand what you're getting at in your sentence - in response to what you've remarked about being in houses?.. admittedly we've never had a description of anybody casting the Avada spell who did not belong to Slytherin [Do we know what house Bartemius Crouch belonged to?] - but every description we've had of it thus far is referred to as being accompanied by a bright green light - even Harry's memories of his parent's are tinged with a green light (which he first thought were traffic lights due to Vernon and Petunia's misdirection of him...)

Posted by Harry Lo from Sydney on September 9, 2006 07:58 AM

I mention this because I think there is a discrepancy in the color of the light issued in different examples of Expelliarmus being issued in the books.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on September 9, 2006 08:36 AM

muah haha! i knew he was , though i definetily love your theories and i think you're right in saying there's more to snape then we have been led to think. and i think fawkes, aberforth, and dumbledore's portrait all might lend some clues in book 7.......

Posted by Halle on September 9, 2006 1:08 PM

yeah.. love you guyses thoughts.....isnt hp 7 coming out 7/7/07? thats what i heard cuz its like the most magical number... yeah thats what i heard/
dont you think it would be really retarted if harrys scar is a horcrux and then he has to destroy himself to dumbledore.. that would suck.. or if only voldemort d... that would be a typical cheeesy thing to do... harry should .... but not with voldemort. I also think that snape "ed" dumbledore on his orders.. or he missed the spell and dumbledore faked or something like that...
i really want to read HP7.. i am going to stand out side the store however long i have to in order to buy it!

Posted by Megan from Grand rapids Michigan on September 9, 2006 5:32 PM

What happend after Dumbledore fell off the tower?

I'm sure it wasn't Dumbledore himself who fell down the tower. There is a small passage in the first book wich made me stpo while reading the chapter in wich Dumbledore "d". Remember the first evening in Hogwarts, after they all were told, in wich house they'd live.
Neville told a story of his past.His family believed he was a squib, but his granduncle Archie holds him out of the window, when he gets offered a piece of cake by Neville's grandmum. Neville fell down, but he didn't get injured. He jumps like a ball, down to the street. He was saved by the magic powers in him. We all know Neville and his very less magic powers. But they were enough to save his life. So, if Snape's spell wasn't a real Avada Kedavra, but an Exelliarmus, why wasn't Dubmledore, the most powerfull wizard (ok, maybe after Lord Voldemort himself) resqued by his own powers, even without his wand? If even Neville's were strong enough, why did Dumbledore himself hit the ground? I'm sure, a wizard can't controll this powers wich resque his life. I'm sure he would have been saved, if he was still alive. My explination is, that Snape's spell was the Avada Kedavra and Dumbledore #1 d up there. But Dumbledore #2 (the one in the "Dumbledore's Horcrux Theory") be activated. A stronger and younger Dumbledore, because the Horcrux was made in 1945, nearly 60 years ago. I hope so, but we'll see in the last book.

Posted by Marcel Dann from Cologne, Germany on September 10, 2006 12:09 AM

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