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Of Myth, Fantasy and the of Albus Dumbledore

by David Nagore

Well, Rowling did it. She really did it. She said that a "major" character would die and she was true to her promise. Yet despite her warnings, the ultimate revelation of Dumbledore's death nevertheless sent shockwaves through her millions of readers, including yours truly. Yet in retrospect, to me he seemed the most obvious choice from a plot development point-of-view.

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well, i agree with you, but I also think that JK Rowling s for good, as we saw in the goblet of fire. We all expect Dumbledore to be alive somehow. I personally think he wants everyone to believe he is , so the eaters and Voldemort feel free to do whatever they want till they reach Harry Potter. And at the moment Harry and Lord Voldemort have to face each other, Dumbledore appear to help Harry. Because everybody knows Dumbledore is the only wizard Voldemort is afraid of.

Posted by Luis Morinigo from Tijuana Baja California on September 13, 2006 11:55 PM

dumbldore IS ... and i am pretty sure he become a ghost. T_T

Posted by krista on September 17, 2006 1:20 PM

if dumbledore helped harry it would really take the fun out of the 7th book kinda harry should do it himself add on to his chocolate frog card

Posted by banita on September 20, 2006 7:19 PM

great article (: especially the movies and shows cited! i love star wars too. dumbledore the new obi-wan?

Posted by nox on September 21, 2006 02:48 AM

We all expect Dumbledore to be alive somehow. I personally think he wants everyone to believe he is , so the eaters and Voldemort feel free to do whatever they want till they reach Harry Potter. When Voldemort And HArry Face each other dumbledore be invisible and at the last moment that dumbledore is about to dumbledore stops LV and therefore harry finishes LV with avada Kedavra Curse.
Just ideas
Nice syt

Posted by Neel Bhagalia from UK,London on September 21, 2006 12:40 PM

Excellent literary comparison. For anyone else who enjoyed this article, I'd recommend 'The Hero with a Thousand Faces,' by Joseph Campbell.

Posted by Dawn from Little Rock on September 27, 2006 09:51 AM

all citations are good.AB is no gandalf.i think AB transfigured fawkes into himself and himself into fawkes.snape ed fawkes (in AB's shape).in the fire is seen,it is fawkes' rebirth!fawkes was seen by harry for a fleeting moment.AB as fawkes sang the lament trying to say he is alive.

Posted by sat from india on September 29, 2006 02:46 AM

I don't know wether Dumbledore is or not.

It would be more likely to assume he is, and assuming that Snape is not evil, D must have forced Snape to him.
His sacrifice keeps Draco alive, proves Snape's 'loyalty' to Voldemort and gives Harry the strength to face Voldemort himself. Although I believe D probably send Harry a message from the afterlife, to let him know that everything be all right or something. Perhaps Sirius be there as well...

Theories about Fawkes being a Horcrux: I doubt them.
Dumbledore is not the sort of person to do that.
Because with his , he would become the thing Voldemort also was, not -not alive. He would live a tormented existence, which would not be suitable for a man who would easily embrace to save others.

Reading Dumbledore's in HP6 was a shock, but hearing that there be more news about him in HP7 gives me comfort. But considering the circumstances, D has d a honourable .

I miss him already: I'm going to read the other five books just to 'see' Dumbledore 'alive'.

(Yes people, Albus Dumbledore is a fictitious person, read the other books and he is alive!)

Posted by michael on September 30, 2006 03:34 AM

I completely agree with michael. prehaps this 'message' be from the new appointed painting? BTW What is with the said paintings in the head's office? do they have all the thoughts, feelings, even MEMORIES that the one in the picture once had?

oh and also...

For the second person who posted on here he not be a ghost. I repeat-


oops. I mean Sir Nicholas says so when Harry questions him!
that would just be stupid anyway

And just for the record...I believe that Regulus Black stole the Horcrux and it is probably in the attic of Number 12 Grimmauld Place and Kretcher is like worshiping it right now.
ok not right now cause this IS a fiction book
(i found that out when I didn't recieve a letter of exceptance. lol)
That's why it won't open.
so yeah

Posted by Mandy from Tx on September 30, 2006 9:40 PM

if dumbledore is and which i know he cant be, wouldnt he live in grimauld place?

Posted by Anonymous on October 5, 2006 7:47 PM

Just some things that came to mind reading this article.

J. K. Rowling did say we shouldn't expect Dumbledore to do a Gandalf, so I don't think he'll come to life the way Gandalf did.


In almost all the legends/stories about Merlin most of them do say that Merlin come back. Not necessarily as a living person, but maybe as a ghost or maybe in the minds of people, or maybe un (*snicker*) or maybe as a vision. Maybe Dumbledore come back kind of like the way Cedric and Harry's parents came out of Voldemort’s wand.
Maybe he won't come back at all. I don't really know.

Posted by Spike on October 15, 2006 9:52 PM

hi dave. i've been reading all the seemingly incredible theories circulating on this amazing site for the last 8 hours..non stop.. and i must say that i am duly impressed by your ingenuity. is it posible that dumby didn't destroy the philosopher's stone and may come back to life using it.. quite far fetched? but surely not impossible? is there any existing proof that dumby actually destroyed the stone...we only have his own word as proof in the 1st book..but maybe he has some reason to lie? maybe even nicolas was not aware that the stone has not been destroyed. it possible that hermione is the transfigured form or horcrux of lily potter since she's way too intelligent for her age and has some similarities with lily. has hermione been sent by dumby?
anyway.. i may be too presumptuous in my theories.. but i do feel that jkr might have initially planned to revive dumby in the last book... or atleast his faked was meant to be a surprise up her sleeve... but a super sleuth like yuo ruined her twist completely.. and now she'll DEFINITELY NOT bring him back to life.. because that's what we all are anticipating...thanx to you.

Posted by neetanjali from delhi ,india on October 26, 2006 12:53 PM

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