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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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I don't know if this is important or not but on JKR's official website, in her diary entry for September 29, it is talking about how she came up for the word horcrux. She defines it as "the receptacle in which a dark wizard has hidden a fragment of his soul for the purposes of ataining immortality."

She specifically says "Dark Wizard" instead of just any wizard. Since Dumbledore is not a dark wizard, this may be a hint that Dumbledore does not have a horcrux. Or maybe it's just a mistake...

Posted by Matt F. from Memphis, Tennessee on October 26, 2006 2:13 PM

I definitely don't think that's a mistake. I believe JK believes you have to be evil to make a horcrux, that in this case the end could never justify the means.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on October 26, 2006 2:19 PM

It's all very nice to read, because I really want that dombledore is still living but only one thing...if dombledore really is hit by expeliarmus, he couldn't move anymore and when he felt out of the tower he couldn't do anything to stop his fall. And if you fall out of the highest tower of hogwarts, I don't think you would survive it..
But i hope that what I say is something stupid, because dombledore has to live!

Posted by Iris F. Houten on October 27, 2006 10:38 AM

I don't think Dumbledore's .. In his in HBP, it said, "..white flames had erupted around Dumbledore's body and the table upon which it lay: higher and higher they rose, obscuring the body. White smoke spiralled into the air and made strange shapes: Harry thought, for one heart-stopping moment, that he saw a phoenix fly joyfully into the blue, but next second, the fire had vanished." (see HBP British edition p.601)

Do you guys think that Harry really saw a phoenix? and is it possible that Dumbledore is an animagus and that phoenix was him?

Posted by Lara from Trenton on October 28, 2006 1:33 PM

I just have one problem with the Avada Kedavra curse was actually intended to be something different. The ing Curse shoots a green jet of light, like when Dumbledore d. Expelliarmus is "scarlet".

Posted by Eric from Indianapolis on October 31, 2006 09:23 AM

That's a very logical conclusion. However, we just don't know enough about how magic works to say for sure that the color of the light rules it out. If it is possible to say one curse and non-verbal another at the same time, who's to say the color of the verbal spell would not win out over the color of the non-verbal one? Just stuff to think about...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on October 31, 2006 09:30 AM

About the Draught of Living :
1) It has been talked about twice in great detail like the other potions but has yet to make an appearance. I agree that it definately should be showing up somewhere in the series.
2) When I originally read HBP, I took Dumbledore's weakness as a ploy to fool the Eaters. If he had drunk the DOLD (a big IF), then the weakness (e.g. sliding down the wall) was a symptom and not a feint.
3) JKR is adament that Dumbledore is . Accepting this as true, would drinking DOLD count as being (thereby eliminating the Albus/Aberforth switch as others have put forth)?

Posted by Saint Cad from Los Angeles on November 1, 2006 08:40 AM

This doesn't really have anything to do with the other clues... but Dumbledore was once the transfiguration teacher. Though it definetly doesnt have as much background as the other clues it might be something we should consider. I think it's hard for us to know exactly what happened and what happened, especially if JKR didn't want us to, but these things all make sense. I don't see how Dumbledore can . He is really the only one powerful enough to even attempt to fight Voldemort. As much as I hate to say it, Harry is just really lucky. In my opinion, there are way too many things for the of Dumbledore to be as simple as it first seemed.

Posted by Kaitlyn on November 4, 2006 9:15 PM

On the Draught of Living :

When Proffesor Snape talks about it in the first book, he goes out of his way to talk about how strong of a potion it is. Snape KNOWS his potions. But even as strong of a wizard as Albus Dumbledore is, you would think that such a strong potion would work almost immediatly, not the drawn out madness of Dumbledore's "last" moments. Also, the description of DOLD never says anything bout hallucinations or excrutiating pain to the body. Therefore, i am lead to wonder what the potion REALLY was, because it doesn't make sense that it was the DOLD. Thoughts?

Posted by Tyler Bray from Aurora Colorado on November 7, 2006 08:50 AM

I was arguing with my friend over whether Dumbledore was or not. I kept using examples that I had read from this site to defend myself, and he could only say, "Snape said Avada Kadavra." That was kis only evidence that Dumbledore was . Who would you believe?

Posted by Samuel Becker from Indianapolis, Indiana on November 11, 2006 07:52 AM

I've been thinking about Harry saw a phoenix fly away (just for a second)

If you look at the other times the pet bird burst into flames it was born in the ashes. Like a little child, not as an adult.

Do baby-phoenix birds fly?

Posted by Fredrik Ahlstr�m from Link�ping, Sweden on November 11, 2006 09:38 AM

Do remember that Dumbeldore has to someone to make a horcrux...just a note. But I have one thing to say. In the begining of the 6th book, Snape says to Bellatrix at his house that Dumbledore never put him in the dark arts position because he thought it would tempt him into his old ways[as a eater]. Dumbledore put Snape in the dark arts position that year, though. I think it was as snape said, to tempt him into his old ways. My theory is that Dumbledore asked Snape to him, and that's what Hagrid overheard them arguing about later in the book. Obviously, Snape did not break the unbreakable vow because he did forfill it. He stopped Malfoy from ing dumbledore, which saved him from the task. so, there you go.

Posted by Lena from Bethesda, Maryland on November 14, 2006 04:11 AM

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