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Dumbledore Is Not !

by David Haber

Well... maybe not. At least, I don't think he is. Snape's betrayal and the of Dumbledore caught me completely by surprise. Dumbledore was , and on top of that, Snape had done it. And all of the clues point to two possibilities, that Dumbledore's not really , or at the very least, that Snape's not really a Eater, and he Dumbledore because Dumbledore ordered him to, as part of a grand plan.

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Hmm...Maybe only very important people get portraits..

Sirius' mother was important for the dark ones..

Posted by Charlotte on December 12, 2006 2:08 PM

I don't think only important people get portraits.
whole hogwarts is full of living portraits isn't it?
Think of the Fat Lady..

Besides in the first book here's already proof that DD had a living picture! he's on a chocolate frog card

Book 1 p. 77

"harry turned the card back over and saw, to his astonishment, that Dumbledore's face had disappeard. He's gone! well, you can't expect him to hang around all day, said Ron. He'll be back"

Posted by Emma from Netherlands on December 16, 2006 6:06 PM

Just been reading some of the newer comments. Lots of really interesting points. I'm still not convinced that the mysterious R.A.B. is Sirius's brother. It just seems far too easy and obvious. I think that JKR has very cleverly used the acronym R.A.B, knowing that readers automatically make the connection between this and Regulus Black.

Although we dont know a huge amount about Regulus, it was never really implied that he was a particularly brave or capable wizard and I personally find it doubtful that he would have had the courage to risk a challenge to Voldemort's supremacy (and leaving an obvious clue, such as an acronym, would have been foolish).

Plus I'm not sure if he was ever of particular importance to Voldemort. As Sirius mentions, "... he was ed by Voldemort. Or on Voldemort's orders, more likely, I doubt Regulus was ever important enough to be ed by Voldemort in person."

I'm not saying he's necessarily , but surely he would have been aware of Voldemort's powers and reach and would have been more concerned with staying off his radar, so to speak. If he had survived, it's likely he would keep a lower profile.

I think it was 'Hamlet' who mentioned that when Voldemort summoned his Eaters and discussed the gaps in the circle, he commented that one large gap was as a result of one who d in service, one who is his faithful servant at Hogwarts and one who is lost forever and be ed. Now Snape and Crouch Jnr. could both be applicable for the second option, as could Karkaroff and Snape for the third.

Voldemort only seems to share what he thinks his followers need to know and on this occasion for example, doesn't specify who these people are. As we don't know how many Eaters are under his command, it's difficult to be certain who he is referring to? It's possible that there are senior members (Malfoy etc), who are in his closer circle and carry out more important tasks and then there are his other followers, who aren't invited or summoned to such meetings. I suspect Regulus Black would hold a minor position in Voldemort's eyes (and was 'recruited' perhaps due to his family's connections/history?).

It's mentioned in HBP, that Karkaroff had been found and indicated that he was ed by Eaters. Lupin, I think, mentions that surviving even a year after betraying/deserting Voldemort is impressive. It therefore seems unlikely that had Voldemort ordered Regulus's , that without protection Regulus would have survived.

Posted by Damien from Plymouth, UK on December 17, 2006 07:25 AM

I also think that the 'Ancient magic' play a large role in the plot of Book 7. I'm not sure that Voldemort has learnt his lesson, with regards to the old magic and has little time for love. I'm not saying Harry survive unscathed, but I think that Voldemort's lack of respect and over confidence (especially if he believes Dumbledore ) lead to his own downfall.

Posted by Damien from Plymouth, UK on December 17, 2006 07:47 AM

Who says R.A.B. is one person? Could it be the first or last initials of the names of 3 different people?

Posted by Michael from Philadelphia on December 17, 2006 6:57 PM

Well michael, doesn't it say in the note "I be long before you find this" or something like that.

Posted by Emma from Netherlands on December 18, 2006 1:58 PM

Emma -
Quite correct. But remember Harry was with Dumbledore so other people could have gotten to the island.

I have to agree that RAB as Sirius's brother is a little too obvious. It does make sense but it just doesn't sit right.

I don't think enough has been theorized about Hagrid and what he knows. Dumbledore said he trusts him with his life, he carried Harry to his Aunt/Uncle's house and Sirius trusted him enough to give him his motorcycle. AND he carried Dumbledore's (supposed) body to the in HBP. None of those are small comments/actions.

And doesn't Hagrid's first name begin with an 'R'?
RAB could be:
R - Rubeus Hagrid
A - One of the Dumbledores
B - One of the Blacks

Dumbledore himself said one person couldn't retrive the horcux alone.

Go to Wikipedia and search for R.A.B. It states there, without a citation, the JK said the barman was Dumbledore's brother.

Posted by Michael from Philadephia, PA on December 18, 2006 10:26 PM

brilliant theories everyone, i've got one too. i was reading chamber of secrets and in the chapter 'mudbloods and murmurs' ron tries to curse draco, the curse is described as A JET OF GREEN LIGHT.... and dumbledore 's' after being hit by A JET OF GREEN LIGHT, but it's pretty lame compared to the others on the site... but wad do u guyz think?

Posted by ME from United States on December 20, 2006 04:00 AM

Of course Dumbledore is not . "Snape said nothing...", "Snape gazed for a moment at Dumbledore...", "... Dumbledore... fell... out of sight" (Half-Blood Prince, p. 556)

Snape, of course, was using one or more of his non-verbal spells, his "Avada Kedavra" was just a hoax. While falling, Dumbledore apparated to somewhere else, while he was replaced by a lifeless doll.

By the way, I think that Potter and Voldemort are two life forms of one entity. To be "Potter", Harry needed something of Voldemort (e.g. scar, some competences), to revive, Voldemort needed something of Potter. Both Riddle (Voldemort) and Potter were orfants and half bloods. Dumbledore is for both Voldemort and Potter the one who guides them and is therefore needed until the end.

The Potter books deal with the continuous internal struggle between good and bad behaviour and choices we all have.

Posted by Menno from Netherlands on December 20, 2006 04:26 AM

Menno -
I too had thought of something along the lines of "two life forms of one entity." This thought cropped into my head when Voldemort would possess Harry.

Then I reread (Order of Phoenix) and Dumbledore does the thing with smoke in his office and states something along the lines of "essessnce divided" and the smoke is a snake with 2 heads. I definately think that Harry and Vold. are "one" based upon that action by DD.

Posted by Michael from Philadelphia, PA on December 21, 2006 04:36 AM

I can't believe JK would do that! I mean who help Harry defeat he who must not be named if Dumbledore is ? Personally I think someone used polyjuice potion to look like Dumbledore. I believe the real Dumbledore is in hiding somewhere. After I read the part when he d, I had to blow dry my new copy of the book. I had thoughts of sucide almost immeadiately after that and they lasted until I found this website 3 months later. I am anticipating the arrival of the new book and I hope it reveals all the mysteries in the 6th. I love rainbows and I hope there are many in the new Harry Potter book. I especially love the part in the 6th when Harry and Ginny snog like crazy! I mean who doesn't? Harry sounds like a total hunk and I hope I marry him later in life.

Posted by Gertrude Adrenad from Minneapolis, Minnesota on December 21, 2006 08:53 AM

Michael -
Glad that you agree. I thought I would be alone against many with this opinion. I certainly reread The Order of the Phoenix.

But if we are right, who'd dunnit? Dumbledore? To what purpose, an experiment, did he had to prove something? Why does the concept "snake" play such an important role in all the books? Has Dumbledore ever been head of one (or more!) of the houses? I'm sure it has been said in one of the books, but I do not remember. If so, was it Griffindor or Slytherin? I suspect the latter.

Posted by Menno from The Netherlands on December 21, 2006 2:17 PM

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