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New Revelations

by David Haber

On August 2, 2006, at the second night of the Harry, Carrie, and Garp event at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, J.K. Rowling says Dumbledore is . But is that the whole story? How does what J.K. has said relate to all of the clues and theories on this site?

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At a public reading in NY this summer (2006) JK Rowling did confirm that Dunbledore was . That seems to make it clear, on the other hand it seems very possible that he is but maybe not on a permanent basis...

I addition to all the posts here, there are more reasons to believe that Snape is in with Dumbledore. The certainty with which Dumbledore trusts him has to be based on more than meets the eye. Furthermore, and I don't see this point brought up at all, but while Snape is deflecting Harry's attacks close to the gates of Hogwarts, he takes the time to tell him why and how he is doing that. He then proceeds to further tell Harry how his attacks would be more successful. Something along the lines of (quoting from memory but hopefully accurately) "...deflected again and again until you learn to close your mind...". What villain would actually give you the recipe to defeat him? What Snape does in the last chapters of the Half Blood prince, is basically to carry out what I believe Dumbledore ordered him to:
- him or appear to him.
-Protect Draco (who we know is not a er) by taking over the task for him and in doing so fulfill his unbreakable vow.
-Protect Harry (let's not forget that he prevents one of the eaters from further exercising the Cruciartix curse on Harry)
-Still manage to tell Harry how his attacks could be more effective, despite the fact that Harry's attacks are against him!

Snape may not be a likeable character so far, but there is some profound reason (as of yet unknown) that puts him on the right side despite appearances. This makes me believe that although Dumbledore is currently , it may not be as permanent as it appears.

The last thing that raised flags for me is that whole deal with the locket. A powerful and accomplished wizard like Dumbledore (who picks up vibes where magic was performed like detecting the entrance to the cave, the chain holding the boat etc.) would have sensed that the locket was not a horcrux when he picked it from the bottom of the basin. Yet he did not say a thing. I am speculating that a switch was performed some time between when Dunbeldore falls out of the tower and when Harry gets to his body and picks up the locket he now carries with him. That is a further reason to believe that both Dumbledore and Snape performed some misdirection...

Posted by C. J. from New York, NY on September 7, 2006 9:29 PM

Has everyone forgotten that Dumbledore was professor of transfiguration? That to me seems to fit in very nicely with these theories and perhaps Padfoot and the lot are not the only unregistered animagi. Just a thought.

Posted by Janie from Vail, CO on September 7, 2006 10:30 PM

This website is full of amazing theories! I think Dumbledore is , but that Snape is good. Good work:D.

Posted by Miranda from Sydney, NSW, Australia on September 8, 2006 01:27 AM

Oh Dear, it seems you have worked really hard, you really made us believe that AD is not and that Severus is on our said..
If this comes out to be true and an explanation to the drama is relly given in the book 7, i think you should be awarded.

Posted by Tushar Pala from Gujarat, India on September 8, 2006 03:55 AM

We have to many unanswered questions at this time.
When we know Who Dumbledore really is/was or be and his real relationship in this saga. Why did he always defend Snape and how does Snape fit into all this?

Posted by White Knight from York PA on September 8, 2006 06:58 AM

Rowling has stated, apparently finally, that Dumbledore is . Much is made in this site about Polyjuice Potion, and the possibility that someone else actually d on the tower. One suggestion I haven't heard is that there is ANOTHER Dumbledore, his brother Aberforth. The barkeeper in the Hog's Head is described as looking familiar, rather like our headmaster... Is it possible that Aberforth, for reasons of his own, took Albus' place on the tower, and sacrificed himself. This would allow Rowling to confirm the of a Dumbledore, but which one...

Posted by E.T. from Oklahoma on September 8, 2006 07:24 AM

I am fully in favour of your site. After reading book six I indeed was upset, but after going through your site, has made me convince that Dumbledore might not be but now Jo has really DISAPIONTED me.........seriously:(

Posted by Aaida from Pakistan, Karachi on September 8, 2006 12:31 PM

i was also really upset after reading the half blood prince and you made me see that dumbledore hasnt left the ones who remain loyal to him and is a next adventure like he says in philosphers stone DA forever!

Posted by Leila from rotterdam on September 8, 2006 6:37 PM

I, too, didn't want to believe that Dumbledore was . My friend kept asking me after I read the book, "Was Dobby still following Draco Malfoy as Harry told him and Kreacher to do?" She kept reminding me how Dobby had said he would throw himself off the tower if he failed in his mission.

I had other questions after reading the book concerning the locket. The note says RAB and everyone focuses on that but what about what Dumbledore says to Harry as they are leaving the cave. He says, "I could not have done it alone." He goes on to say that the placement of the horcrux was designed so that more than one person had to be there to force the other to keep drinking. However, the boat was only made for one wizard. If it was Regulus Black, who could be with him? Another underage wizard? or maybe even a servant, like Kreacher? Maybe Kreacher is hoarding it in the attic? All that stuff he had that Sirius thought belonged to his mother? Maybe Regulus told him to protect it?

It also doesn't make sense to me that Dumbledore wouldn't have noticed that it wasn't real. Maybe this is how Snape proved himself before to Dumbledore -- he knows about the horcruxes and has been reading Voldermort's mind about their whereabouts. Could he and Regulus have searched for them together? WE know that Regulus was a Eater as well but wanted out as Sirius says that he was ed by Voldermort.

Also, there are so many mentions of Fawkes and the phoenix around Dumbledore's . Maybe The Order of the Phoenix is a clever name by JKR to refer to an order led by Dumbledore (maybe he is a phoenix -- animagus) and it's the same as having the name Dumbledore's Army. Just as Fawkes s, Dumbledore could be indeed until he rises again.

Sorry that this is a jumble of ideas but they all seem connected in my head.

Posted by Liz Greaves from Sydney, Australia on September 8, 2006 10:55 PM

I think we're all overlooking an extremely important point. From what i read in the transcripts, Rowling said Dumbledore is but 'not exactly'. So, maybe his body is no longer there, but his thoughts certainly could be. Remember all those portraits of headmasters on the wall of Dumbledore's office? Dumbledore totally qualifies to be put on that wall and advise those who need his assistance! Furthermore, near the end, Harry said Dumbledore only leave us when none here are loyal to him. Meaning, in my opinion, as long as there is a Hogwarts, there be a wall of portraits, there be Dumbledore! AD must have known this, so he told Snape to him and remain in good graces with Voldemort. It makes sense to me, anybody else?

Posted by Johnny from New York, New York on September 9, 2006 2:40 PM

JK's "do not expect Dumbeldore to pull a Gandalf" is flawed from the start. Gandalf never did . He did fell into the abyss and was presumed by the fellowship but nobody actually seen him s. Therefore when Gandalf reappears he does not come from but from the struggle with Balrog (I think that was the name of the monster, sorry no JRR Tolkien books around). Dumbeldore on the other hand is seen by everybody so he cannot perform a Gandalf - he has to perform something else in order to come back.
It almost feels too cute! Like the hint Dobby gave to Harry in book 2: when Harry asked if the warning is about He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named Dobby said no but at the end of the book Dobby admitted he was giving Harry a clue, that it was Voldemort after all, but he could be freely named because he was not the dark lord yet when he made the diary

Posted by AnitaMaria from Gaithersburg, MD on September 9, 2006 3:15 PM

I totally agree with all of this. I am so glad this site was made. It all makes sense now. I was heart broken when I found out Dumbledore was . My friends at school were discussing it and they "accedentally"(one of my friends likes to spoil thing)told me Dumbledore would , but when I read the book, it still hit me really hard in the face.I like that the people who made this site to ease pain. I feal much better about it and I thank the makers of this site.

In my opinion, I think mabey Regulus did find the horcrux because if we look back in Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix, Harry and all of his friend were cleaning out that room. While they were cleaning, Harry came across a locket that had the Black family crest on it, and if Im right, their crest was a snake very similar to Slytherin's and it would be easy to think of it us merely rubbish. Plus, Sirius said Regulus was in very deep, or somthing like that, and was ed. Sirius said that he did not know if Regulus was important enough to be personally ed by Voldemort himself, but what if he did Regulus making his next horcrux? But I can't say I agree with the fact of Kreacher protecting the locket because he was trying to get more items than just the locket, but this leads us to another question. Did Regulus, if he did find out Voldemorts secret, find more than one of the horcruxes? This may be why there is more than one item Kreacher is protecting, but I still highly doubt this.

I agree with Johnny. I think the portrait help guide Harry. This may be a reason for Harry to go back to Hogwarts, but we can't say that he until the last book. I think that JK Rowling would not have mentioned this from the beginning if it did not have a really good meaning. Plus, the movies may not have the exact things from the book, but I'll bet whatever is in the movie be important for what comes in later, so think it be important in the 7th book.

Well, before I get to far off subject, I'll once again thank the makers of this site. You do deserve an award.

Posted by Caitlin from Little Rock, AR on September 9, 2006 7:37 PM

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