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Magic at its deepest, its most impenetrable

by David Haber

At the end of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Dumbledore describes the life that Peter Pettigrew owes Harry as "magic at its deepest, it's most impenetrable". But who else the in Harry Potter books might owe Harry a life ? And are life and Unbreakable Vows related?

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Also, do you think it is possible that Dumbledore made a UV with Aunt Petunia?

Posted by Andrew from omaha Nebraska on July 3, 2007 12:39 PM

this may not be important but in the movie GOF when voldemort gives pettigrew a silver hand, does anyone notice some markings on it (try pausing it to see it)? does this mean something?

Posted by anon from dubai on July 5, 2007 06:11 AM

No, the writing on the hand is just decoration that the movies put in.

Posted by connor k from Rigby, ID on July 5, 2007 5:01 PM

I do wonder about Dumbledore and Petunia making a UV, once you pointed that out, Andrew. In Dumbledore's Howler at the beginning of the 5th book, he says, "Remember my last, Petunia." (direct quote). I wonder if he is reminding her that if she allows him to be cast out of their home before he is 17, she . That is a really good theoy, and I think I believe it.

Posted by Connor K from Rigby, ID on July 7, 2007 8:39 PM

A UV requires 3 people: The two making the vow, and the bonder, who helps to perform the spell. The two were Dumbledore and Petunia. Who else was present? McGonagall?

Posted by Connor K from Rigby, ID on July 8, 2007 4:54 PM

Also, an unbreakable vow is really deep, dark magic that could cause someone's . I really can't see Dumbledore engaging in that kind of activity. I mean, sure he may have made Aunt Petunia promise him something, but Dumbledore would never do something that involves and the Dark Arts.

Posted by Anonymous on July 9, 2007 1:00 PM

I may be wrong, but I don't think UVs are dark magic, just very, very serious and not to be made lightly.

Posted by Connor K from Rigby, ID on July 9, 2007 8:47 PM

in book 4 harry's blood protects voldemort from harry right?
so why in book 5 when he tries to posses harry does it not continue to work?

Posted by qllmus on July 14, 2007 11:33 AM

I think that Voldemort and Dumbledore made an Unbreakable Vow and in HBP when Snape s Dumbledore, I think that it was on Dumbledore's own orders in order to keep Snape in Voldemort's inner circle. When he said "Please, Severus" (direct quote) I think Dumbledore was pleading with Snape to him so Snape was ideally placed to help Harry defeat Voldemort in the end. So, I think there is an Unbreakable Vow between Snape and Dumbledore to help defeat Voldemort and protect Harry until that time.

Posted by Helene from Newcastle on July 15, 2007 11:07 AM

can someone please explain to me, in HBP, in the chapter a very frosty xmas, ron says "fred and george tried to get me to make one (unbreakable vow) i was about 5". please explain for me, how? they were only 6 years old, how would they know how to, unless they saw someone do it, and of course the bonder needs a wand so fred/george had to pinch mums or dads to do it... or have i just missed something?

Posted by draco lover from England on July 18, 2007 3:23 PM

Who ever said that Dumbledore wouldnt make an UV is probably right, but he might have pretended to make one. Petunia would never be able to tell the difference, and she would still follow through with it because she would THINK that she would .

Posted by Oatmeal from Chapel Hill on July 18, 2007 4:17 PM

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