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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 was so mad when dumbledore d, but all the info was so much help! thank you it all makes so much more sense now that i have read this site.

Posted by Sheridan from Phoenix, Arizona on June 11, 2007 1:23 PM

I was perusing today during my lunch break, and I saw in the "Rumours" paper an advertisement:

“Spellwork lost its fizz? Charms gone stale and droopy? Then you need... MAGI-ME-MORE! Losing power and concentration as you grow older? Roll back the years with Magi-me-more! One daily pill and you be transfiguring like a wizard of twenty. Healer's Warning: side effects include dizziness, vomiting and tusks.”

I love her sense of humor.

The thing that caught my eye and made me want to mention it was that it describes magical concentration of an older wizard/witch gaining youthful capacity with this stuff, as well as the inclusion of transfiguration. Older wizard, associated with transfiguration, doing things as if he were much younger... Well, why not? She's hidden clues in the ads before, i.e. an ad for the Quibbler that barks "Minister of Magic Forced to Flee" started showing up prior to the release of Half-Blood Prince. Or maybe I’m just reading too much into it.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on June 12, 2007 3:15 PM

I think it’s a fabulous idea that Dumbledore isn’t . I think the seventh book would be terribly boring without him. (Not exactly boring but… less intriguing!) The only flaw I can see with the most believable theory (that he created a horcrux) is that Dumbledore would have had to someone. If Dumbledore is as pure and good as he is made out isn’t it a bit far fetched to think that he ed someone to make a horcrux or ed someone and then decided to make one?

Posted by Julia from Australia on June 12, 2007 9:14 PM

Julia: what about the idea of Dumbledore using a timeturner, being there disguised as someone else, and present all along?

Then you can read the book the first time without seeing Dumbledore, and start again reading, knowing where Dumbledore is, and enjoying it. If Dumbledore went back to the past at the end of ly Hallows, he could at the end of HBP and Jo would be perfectly honest.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on June 13, 2007 12:44 AM

I think i agree with Herve here. the best theory is that of the time turner. but i got to say that it does look like Dumbledore did ! im sorry. and though it pains me, im gonna have to live with the fact that Dumbledore d just like sirius did in book five. i agree though that it would bring a huge banana smile to my face if dumbledore (or sirius for that matter) came back from the .

Posted by Vince from Portugal on June 14, 2007 1:21 PM

The idea of the timeturner is ok...but i think Dumbledore has a really more brilliant plan, because, as we all know, he has a superior mind...

Posted by Victoria from Buenos Aires, Argentina on June 15, 2007 06:58 AM

When you talk about how Dumbledore couldn't be , i think you sound a lot like voldermort talking about how his mum couldn't possibly be a witch because she d...

Posted by Joe on June 15, 2007 10:34 AM

Yes, Dumbledore is . But, there is the Phoenix connection. More specifically, the Phoenix symbolism, that of and RE-BIRTH.

Dumbledore's Phoenix connections/allusions/affinities over the six books are many... there are probably many more than I have noticed. I don't mean that Dumbledore is a phoenix, transfigures into one, is related to one, is secretly married to Fawkes, etc. I simply mean that, like a Phoenix, I think Dumbledore be reborn. Again, like a Phoenix, he was looking more and more hagard as book 6 progressed, culminating in his (pre-arranged?) . The next logical step would be rebirth (and not ressurerection).

Apart from anything else, this would be a very interesting juxtaposition with Voldemort's obsession with eternal life. Voldemort has tried to avert his , and prolong his life, but at an enormous cost... he is physically deformed, and his methods are unnatural, dangerous, and, perhaps, not completely reliable. Voldemort is terrified of , but Dumbledore embraces, or at least, accepts it as a natural part of the life cycle --- birth, life, , rebirth... Maybe that is why Dumbledore is the only wizard Voldemort ever feared.

As for Snape, it be interesting to see whether he or bad, whether the Avada curse was pre-arranged with Dumbledore, etc.

Posted by Jean-Pierre Marangakis from Rosemead, CA on June 16, 2007 9:01 PM

i think the best theory so far has been that of Albus Dumbledore's brother Aberforth sacrifycing himself (somehow) for the greater cause, after taking Albus's place at the astronomy tower (or something like that). this also fit in with Rowling stating "Dumbledore is really ". Failed to mention which one, didn't she?

Posted by khanaz from Kochi on June 18, 2007 12:37 AM

How about the possibility that Dumbledore is indeed , can not come back from the on his own - hence the non-Gandalf - but he can somehow be called from the by means of a ritual, sort of like Vol returning to his body using Harry's Blood.

Remember the tryamph in Dumbledore's eyes when this is mentioned by Harry?

Still... I am confused on how important James' cloak is and why JK remarks that particularly.

Posted by Panos from Athens on June 22, 2007 06:07 AM

This is insightful on the of Dumbledore and its “conspiracy” surrounding it. The article said,

"Even though J.K. is insisting that Dumbledore is , when asked point-blank about it by the little boy, J.K. answered: I really can't answer that question because the answer is in book seven... That's really important."

Now this was a point the writer was making regarding any last pieces of suggested significance back-story to the Headmaster’s could have, but a quick review of the quoted interview reveals something:

“In a recent interview you hinted at two main characters and possibly Harry Potter too. Was Dumbledore considered one of the main characters... J.K. put her head in hear arms and replied:... Umm, I really can't answer that question because the answer is in book seven... "

This question was being asked regarding the NUMBER of s in Harry Potter, and not actually the specific of Dumbledore, or any details regarding it.

Posted by Alexander Carrion from Glen Cove, NY on June 24, 2007 4:14 PM

I have come to the conclusion that any Snape- Dumbledore agreeing for ing the latter comes under the title of a conspiracy. This is strictly because, like any other conspiracy, this idea is so much more complicated than a simple one that Snape is a traitor. Granted, Snape notably hesitated before accepting the Unbreakable Vow, but he ACCEPTED IT. We know he ed Dumbledore, and we know Draco’s main task was to Dumbledore because that’s what he tried to do even after releasing the Eaters from the Room of Requirement. Everything fits when it is taken at face value, but not when things are discussed over what didn’t happen, such as not seeing Dumbledore’s body, or not hearing what the Unbreakable Vow Directly referred to.

Posted by Ale Carrion from Glen Cove, NY on June 24, 2007 4:23 PM

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