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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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When I read the book, I was shocked and angry. I mean, who couldn't be angry at the fact one of J.K's best characters was ed in front of the hero? I think J.K was clear that old Albus is gone, but she also gave us hints to a bigger mystery behind the of the late Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. Old Albus always have a reserved spot in my heart, right next to Gandalf.

Posted by Joshua from Michigan from Richville, Michigan on July 17, 2007 10:14 AM

Notice that no one pinned JKR down on WHICH Dumbledore was . She says "Dumbledore is ." She does *not* say that ALBUS Dumbledore is ... I wonder why. It may be that perhaps the Polyjiuce Potion theory of Aberforth and Albus is correct... but I don't think so. I think that Albus is , but find a way back through the veil. He says that to the organized mind, is only the next great adventure. I'd like to think his is an extremely organized mind. Also... where is Dumbledore's wand? And going on the off chance that Dumbledore is NOT ... where in any of the books does it say that creating a Horcrux, through a is the ONLY way to cheat . (not BEAT, CHEAT)? Hmm.. it doesn't. Also, Harry is NOT a Horcrux, JKR already said that, and Dumbledore says a much in Sorcerer's Stone.

Posted by Ryan from Columbia, MD on July 17, 2007 10:53 AM

dumbledore is ! but i do believe he make an appearance in the next book wish is so very close.
the book is called the "ly hallows" and when i heard the word hallows i instantly though of halloween or all saint hallows day.
ly hallows could either mean godrics hallow were has occurred or the veil.
when sirius d i was stunned but i've kept thinking about the veil. i think it is a holy place. because hallows means To make or set apart as holy. so the veil is a door to the after life (we already had sort of guessed this) so the books title ly hallows might mean that harry has a conversation with dumbledore through the veil.
dumbledore is but that doesn't mean he's gone.

Posted by Jay on July 17, 2007 6:07 PM


WHEN does he say that in Stone? I just re read it specifically to see details and clues. I did not see that? Also when did JKR say that?

Posted by Victoria from San DIego on July 17, 2007 7:31 PM

On top of all these theories, I just thought I'd bring up one point. In the half-blood prince, in the chapter, ' the pheonix lament', they disscus Snape's treachery and why Dumbledore believed him. McGonagall remarkes,"He always hinted he had an iron clad reason for trusting him"..."I'd love to know what snape told him to convince him" said Tonks. What if this 'iron clad reason' was an unbrakeable vow? Just an idea.

Also, people have brought up some very interesting points about Dumbledores ''. But however I want to believe it, i cannot shake of the fact that he appears amongst the portraits of witches and wizards.

Posted by David from London on July 18, 2007 08:33 AM

As much as I hate to believe that Dumbledore is , I can't help but wonder where his portrait was when Umbridge was Headmistress for that short period of time. it was never talked about in the book, but maybe thats because there wasnt one because you must be to have a portrait in that office.

Posted by Bubbles from Antarctica on July 18, 2007 12:45 PM

Well, i have read what the author said and i must say, because its my obligation as a fan and a reader, that i am terribly disapointed if Albus Dumbledore the prestigied and powerfull Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is actually !

Posted by Fabio Moreira from Guarda, Portugal on July 18, 2007 5:31 PM

Wow, 36 pages of comments and many good thoughts.
It was not surprising that Dumbledore, the old man sage, had to . Without his passing, Harry (Luke in Star Wars) cannot reach the height of his abilities. Nevertheless, I do expect to see some kind of assistance from Dumbledore in book 7, just as Luke was assisted by Ob-wan Kenobi in Star Wars. Clearly the books contemplate that there is life after , as confirmed by the voices coming from behind the veil in the Order of the Phoenix. Whether there can be communication through the veil there is an unanswered question, as no one even tried in Phoenix. However, since it was clear that "voices" could be heard, it seems not to be a great leap to think that the voices could be understood and that there could be two way communication. And such a device would have to be kept in that department.
In my mind the key question is this: Who has the power of eternal life? Consider the following: (i) Dumbledore is acknowledged as the greatest wizard, (ii) Dumbledore is the only wizard that Voldemort is afraid of, (iii) there is some clear connection between Dumbledore and Fawkes, including at least being the patronus of Dumbledore and perhaps the animagus relationship (iv) the very first time that Harry goes to Dumbledore's office, what does he see: the phoenix, the symbol/alter ego of Dumbledore, (v) what is the name of Dumbledore's own order and army? and finally (vi) what does Tom Riddle want? an inappropriate way to eternal life that depends on the destruction of other lives to succeed.
Star Wars is the same. How does the Emperor seduce Anakin? He tells him that a prior Sith Lord had discovered how to create, and therefore preserve, life. As a result, only the act of joining the Dark Side would enable Anakin to preserve his wife Padme's life. After swearing allegiance, however, the Emperor tells Anakin that he believes that together they can discover this knowledge. On the other hand, near the end of Episode III, Yoda tells a young Obi-wan that his master, Qi-Gon, is alive and Yoda teach Obi-wan how to communicate with him. Here is the power of eternal life, which the Dark Side craves, but can never have.

Posted by Greg from Oregon on July 18, 2007 5:31 PM

Well, in my most sincere opinion i believe that everyone has come to the point that there is a clear and undeniable relation betwen Albus and Fawkes, and that relation may be the key to the Return of Albus Dumbledore, we can take this to other points, we know something about his brother Mr.Aberforth but in any possible way i believe that he can fulfill the place of Albus, his relation to the Order, however, indicates us that even if the relation betwen the most esteemed HeadMaster of Hogwarts and his brother is not very developed in the books his presence in the order tells us that they had some kind of relation and he may know more than we all think!

I don't share the opinion that for Harry to develop Dumbledore must , what kind of world would it be that for us to develop someone must , i dont mean that we cant develop with ! because that would be a lie but by itself can not bring any type of development!

More than eternal life Voldemort wants to rule over the world and destroy all those who opose him and i dont think that Harry can stand to Voldemort without Albus Dumbledore,

I dont think that Dumbledore can , even if he does he always be much more important to the book than most the characters and he always have a place in our minds and consciences

Despite what JKR does in this last book of our most beloved saga nothing and no one can erase the memory and the work of Dumbledore and his importance to the development of the story!

If Dumbledore is my heart griefs for that his implie the losse and disapearence of a great portion of knowlodge!

Harry, despite a wonderfull hero and most beloved by us all he is very very emotional and his temper can some times get in the way and Dumbledore is the oposite Dumbledore is calm and quiet and that helps in a great way Harry!

I think that even if he ( our most beloved Albus Dumbledore) is he be a great assistance to Harry and all the good side!

Posted by Fabio Moreira from Guarda, Portugal on July 19, 2007 1:01 PM

I think Dumbledore is really . I have never for a second thought about Snape being evil. Snape is a good guy and i havent doubted him even when he ed Dumbledore. Snape is probably one of the strongest, smartest and brightest wizards in the series. He was just playing a diferent role all the time because of position he was given. That is trying to pretend he is on Volds side. So there was alot of things he couldnt do.. He couldnt come to the ministry and fight off all the DEs because that would sure ruin his cover. Snape managed to fool even Voldemort about his loyalty or at least it appears so.

Dumbledore knew he was going to soon because Snape must have told him about the vow he made so he wouldnt blow his cover. Thats probably why he is looking through Volds past together with Harry. Dumbledore didnt need Harry for him to make a few agreeing comments but he needed someone to carry on his work after hes gone.

Dumbledore had to think Snape is more usefull to the order than he himself. As we know even Dumbledore is wrong but we all know that the fight with Vold at the ministry has exausted him.

Dumbledore made sure everyone knows what to do before he d. And now Snape and Harry have most difficult task. We dont know exactly what Snapes task is but it is cruital for everyhting to click and make it a happy ending.

Theres no doubt that Snape is good. And in my opinion Dumbledore is because like Rowling said herself "Evil doesnt spare good guys" smthing like that. Just because Dumbledore is Dumbledore who appears to be the strongest wizard in the world doesnt mean he cant . I think his makes a sad but really good ending to the Half Blood Prince.

Posted by Anze from Slovenia on July 20, 2007 02:48 AM

I think that JK cant really lie or try to trick us saying that dumbledore is . However I still really believe that he help Harry or not with a sort of Gandalf appearence from somewhere but not explain what happened.

Posted by Santi from Coiros Spain on July 20, 2007 03:17 AM

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