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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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I think Dumbledore . He knew that he was and it was too late and Harry needed a strong ally. After Dumbledore, the next choice is Snape. Especially if Snape could play into his double agent games by getting back into Voldemort's camp. And what better way than to Dumbledore? Plus I suspect that Dumbledore knew about the vow Snape made to Draco's mother and perhaps Shape was under such a vow to Dumbledore as well. So Snape ing him takes care of all three concerns.

Posted by jaye from los angeles, CA on June 10, 2007 6:02 PM

The scene up on the tower read as extremely "staged" to me. Why the hell would Dumbledore paralyze Harry instead of leaving him under the cloak and beating the crap out of all eaters with half a sneeze?

Reason: It was all staged.

Posted by Will from nyc on June 10, 2007 10:57 PM

well, , that's told us in no uncertain terms.

Posted by gordon from uk on June 11, 2007 11:01 AM

Also! The FIRST THING Hagrid says when he hears is "What musta happened was, Dumbledore musta told Snape to go with them Eaters," Hagrid said confidently. "I suppose he's gotta keep his cover...""(p. 607 HBP)

And, Professor McGonagall says "He always hinted he had an ironclad reason for trusting Snape...I mean...with Snape's history...of course people were bound to wonder...but Dumbledore told me explicitly that Snape's repentance was absolutely genuine...Wouldn't hear a word against him!"(p. 616 HBP)

Dumbledore hints about having an ironclad reason to trust Snape because he DOES, and Dumbledore's not really . there's no doubt about it.

Posted by Michael from santa rosa, ca on June 11, 2007 11:35 AM

Unfortunately, I have to admit that Dumbledore is beyond doubt. However I think he might come back, Dumbledore was (or is) a great wizard and possesed many great powers, for example when he and Harry were travelling back when Ogden visited the Gaunts, there were many times that they spoke parseltongue and apparently Dumbledore understood every single word and I don't think that parseltongue can be taught.

Posted by Prongs from Athens,Greece on June 13, 2007 04:02 AM

there is an interesting clue in 2nd chapter of philospher's stone. harry tries to remember what happened when his parents d. on page 27, last paragraph, harry remembers a blinding flash of green light and a burning pain in his forehead. so we can come to a point that avada kedavra curse is a form of fire. we also know that dumbledore is related to fire very often in these books. in "order of phoenix", he flees with the help of fawkes. the wording was, "there was a flash of fire and they both(fawkes and dumbledore) were gone". so if fire doesn't harm dumbledore, then i must say that there was no effect of avada kedavra on dumbledore when snape cast it on him.

now we know that dumbledore fells from tower. how he can be by falling from a tower? harry dropped from much more highet than this in prizonor of azkaban, and dumbledore saved him. so how could'nt dumbledore have saved himself while he was falling?

Posted by hassan from pakistan on June 13, 2007 05:36 AM

something has got me puzzled. how is that dumbledore walks right into the forbidden forest and rescues umbrige, when the centuar bane says that humans are not allowed to walk in the forest? is it possible they are scared of dumbledore because he is an animagus?

Posted by adam from newcastle on June 14, 2007 05:50 AM

You're way off on that first one. Dumbledore knew that Harry would have thrown off his cloak, almost stupidly, to defend Dumbledore. Given this, Dumbledore's highest priority would have been to ensure that Harry was safe. If you want Dumbledore answers look to both Albus and Aberforth.

Posted by Mike Dugger from Tucson, AZ on June 14, 2007 7:39 PM

The clues presented are awsome, and makes make me certain that Dumbledore and Snape planed his . However:

- As you know, JK has said that Dumbledore IS .
- JK has also, not only through dumbledoore, but in interviews, said that if you're truly you cannot be brung back to life.

So, if there isn't any alternative to houruxes we yet don't know of that Dumbledore could think of using to not entirely when ed, he is for sure. As he isn't afraid of he cannot have become a ghost.

Posted by Tor from �s, Norway on June 15, 2007 1:19 PM

I wonder if the clue to the reason for Dumbledore's lies in the chapter at the end of OotP "The lost prophecy". In this chapter, Dumbledore speaks of his plan which is long term because in involves protecting Harry after his parents are ed by placing him with the Dursleys and subsequently with watching over him at Hogwarts etc. Telling Harry about the prophecy is part of the long term plan, but because Dumbledore loves Harry so much (more I think than he expected to), he almost doesn't tell him and is tempted to put Harry's happiness and wellbeing before the chance of defeating Voldemort. I wonder if Dumbledore didn't get himself out of the way because he would be unable when the time came to let Harry face Voldemort alone...which is what he has to do to defeat him. The prophecy means that "the person who has the only chance of conquering Lord Voldemort for good was born at the end of July, nearly sixteen years ago..." (p741 OotP). The ONLY CHANCE. Dumbledore wouldn't want to blow this one chance of defeating Voldemort so he absents himself from the scene while putting Snape in the inner circle of Eaters where he can be of most use to Harry when he does face Voldemort. Dumbledore's was part of his long term plan I think.

I think Dumbledore began work on his plan as soon as he had heard the prophecy. I'm fascinated to know whether he told James and Lily about the prophecy or not. He does say that the only two people who KNOW (present tense) the full prophecy are himself and Harry (before Harry tells Ron and Hermione). But James and Lily might have known it before they d. Would Dumbledore have acted to set the prophecy in motion? OR would James? Where was Lupin on the night James and Lily d? He's the only marauder we don't know about on that night!

Posted by Joe from England on June 16, 2007 2:05 PM

It just seems like a very strange way for the most powerful wizard in the world to go, you know?

I hope with all my heart that Dumbledore is not TRULY finished. I want to believe many of the theories that people have posted here.

I do still believe in the fatal flaw (pardon the pun), that the the ing curse must truly be meant with hatred and malice in order for it to work. This makes me believe that one of the only people who could possibly Dumbledore with the curse, would be Voldemort himself. He alone would have the darkness and hatred to Dumbledore. Anyone agree with this?

Much as I would like it, I don't think Albus is an animagus. It just seems too crude and obvious a solution, and much too petty for Rowling to even contemplate. Her twists have always been more thought out and surprising. I do however, believe that there is some relevance in the constant mentionings of Fawkes in the closing pages...

Posted by Marc from Northern Ireland, UK on June 16, 2007 4:09 PM

He lives. Dumbledore has only disappeared, only not the way he did in the Order of the Phoenix. In the first book J.K. mentions that Dumbledore has ed many dark wizards. Perhaps Gryffindor's sword is indeed Dumbledore's horcrux and isn't odd that Fawkes just vanishes as if to be reborn as someone else...

Posted by Chris from Coram, NY on June 16, 2007 7:14 PM

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