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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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I don't think Albus did sacrifice his brother. I think Aberforth sacrificed himself.

Posted by Michael Brinkley from Oceanside, Ca on February 12, 2007 9:10 PM

"3.Chocolate frog Cards (most unlikely as there are too many of them)"

Surely, Javed, this is their very virtue, the sheer number of chocolate frog cards would assure Harry of constant communication with Dumbledore? It is not a negative but a positive.

JKR does, as we know, plant clues from an early stage - who would have known that the diary in CoS was a Horcrux (or even what a Horcrux was). I confess that, that section of HBP is one that stands out in my mind.

Thorough reading of her quotes has brought out a lot of clues although I confess to being surprised that Godric's Hollow was not picked up by her editor as a link to Godric Gryffindor, for example. Ron does mention the chocolate frong cards very early on and they make the odd appearance thereafter I think.

Posted by Anonymous on February 12, 2007 11:43 PM

Dumbydear has to . Isnt it cold heartedness. I may or may not be loyal to dumbledore but thats it, he has to . If he's alive then Harry is never going to Vol. As long as dumbledore is alive and kicking he be hell broke loose over protecting Harry from Voldemort. Harry have to face his destiny, just like he faced Dudley with the boa. Dumby is too over protective.

Posted by Thanseem from Doha QATAR on February 13, 2007 04:07 AM

I think if Dumbledore d and came back because he is a phoenix animagus, that would be pulling a Gandalf, which JKR has said he not do.
Dumbledore had to to move the story along because Harry is the hero of the series, not Dumbledore.

Posted by Patty from Quincy MA on February 13, 2007 05:25 AM

I do like the idea that Dumbledore would have been a registered animagus in another century, it makes sense. has always seemed so unlikely that 4 students in one year, who just happened to be best friends are animagus, and yet there are none in Harry's entire 6 years so far, of school?

Something else I noticed last night while reading OOTP is on Page 370 American Paperback it says "We lost Moody's spare invisibility cloak when sturgis was arrested..." Who has the cloak now? Somebody does.

Posted by Amy from P. Kentucky on February 13, 2007 09:01 AM

"there is no way to bring back the " dumbledore's precice words. and we know dumbledore was [healed or not] when he just layed at the base of the northen tower.

did fawkes cried on dumbledore when he was falling down?, 'cause if he wasn't ed by the ing curse, he would be ed by the impact.

i think J.K was having trouble with albus because without him, you-know-who would have free-play. she needed to have an other person who could stand up against him

Posted by george from the netherlands on February 13, 2007 09:43 AM

OK, Michael Brinkley, I found something for you...and for us, of course. In OoTP in the chapter The Centaur and The Sneak p614 Fudge and Umbridge are accusing Harry of trying to create an illegal society. Dumbledore denies that claim.

A bit further down the page we read this:
"Oho!" said Fudge..."Yes, do let's hear the lateset -and-bull story designed to pull Potter our of trouble! Go on,then, Dumbldore, go on--Willy Widdershins was lying, was he? Or was it Potter's identical twin in the Hog's Head that day? Or is there the usual simple explanation involving a reversal of time, a man coming back to life, and a couple of invisible demntors?"

hello! was is dumbldore's TWIN at Hogs' Head? Are Aberforth and Dumbledore identical twins? or just brothers? the point is that Dumbldore may have had his "double " at the Hogs Head.

"reversal of time"? "a man coming back to life"? we see that? forget the invisible dementors--we know they were real. I'm thereofer wondering if we see sort fo time reversal in DH.

anyway, i still think that dumbledore is a phoenix--but, is his brother one too? Michael Brinkley, you may be corrent that Aberforth scraficed himself (rather than Albus asking Aberforth for the sacrifice). But why?

Posted by Heather from NJ on February 13, 2007 10:12 AM

Heather: like Amy I absolutely agree with your comment that Dumbledore could be a animagus who registered in another century. Very observant of you and it does make sense.

Interesting question about Moody's Invisibility Cloak! Logical answer one of the Eater's - or did they have to hand over the cloak to Voldemort's? Not a comforting thought though...

Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on February 13, 2007 10:24 AM

Well, I believe either Dumbeldore is not , or Snape is not a -Eater. JKR hasn't still rejected this theory... at least on her website. It's not included in 'Rumours' section!

Posted by Jimmy from Plovdiv, Bulgaria on February 13, 2007 10:41 AM

A major problem with the 'registered anamagus Dumbledore' is just that.. it would be registered. The ministry of Magic would know it, nobody at the ministry seems to have batted an eye about it as a thought at or before the . Scrimgeour may be many things, but he is not stupid. Intelligent and suspicious.. he would have professionally considered this possibility and as Chief Auror he would have known the registered Anamagi. Dumbledore, as a long time transfiguration teacher and as an honourable example would almost certainly NOT gone un-registered had he become an anamagus.

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on February 13, 2007 1:12 PM


If Aberforth were Albus' identical twin brother do you not think Harry may have noticed when he was shown the picture by Moody of the original Order? Moody points Aberforth out but Harry does not comment.
Also when Harry after this moment sees Aberforth in Hogsmeade he just thinks he looks 'familiar', he hasn't made the connection between the photo and the barman so he doesn't know who it is. If he looked like Albus I think he might notice.

Posted by Orlando from England on February 13, 2007 2:57 PM


Sometimes when a person changes his or her hairstyle (or gets new glasses, or gets contact lenses, or a host of other "minor" appearance changes) other people do not recognize him/her. Now add the fact that even "identical" twins are often not exactly identical (I have no problem telling apart my "identical" twin cousins, and I have only seen them a handful of times in my life). Put together, it is entirely possible that Albus and Aberforth could be identical twins without Harry realizing who Aberforth is.

When Moody was showing Harry the photo of the original order, there were a lot of things going on in Harry's mind and with his emotions. I think it is quite possible that he later could see someone from that photo and merely think the person looked familiar without knowing where he had seen them or who they were.

Posted by Amy Brinkley from Oceanside, CA on February 13, 2007 3:35 PM

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