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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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I'm flattered that you think I (or collectively us on this site) could sway what JK writes. I doubt it sincerely, however. Anyone can tell that JK has weaved a massively complex story. You can't just change a major plot point of such a complex story in the ninth inning. Also, she said many years ago in interviews that she's had the whole story planned out all along. I really doubt she could change it now.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on October 26, 2006 2:12 PM

i think that nicolas flamel was alive till the end of book 6..he had enough elixir left to sustain him that long... and he fits well into Dumbledore's scheme of things.. because the whole plan of faking DD's was hatched by dd,snape and flamel... on the tower on that fateful night..snape deliberately messed up the Avada Kedavra curse or spoke a non verbal spell to cause the desired effects.. and as DD was thrown off the tower he broke his fall with a spell or was rescued by Fawkes.. and the body that was discovered later was nicolas who had been transfigured as DD.. afterall dd has been a teacher of transfiguration at Hogwarts... or to stretch this point further...maybe it was nicolas who was with Harry throughout that evening..even during the quest for the horcrux in the cave.. since nicolas was going to soon anyway without the elixir...

i dont have any evidence to substantiate this...just a hunch and loads of serious wishful thinking.. we DD fans can go to any extent to keep him alive!

anyway.. it does seem awfully strange that a wizard like dd supposedly the greatest wizard of all time, is ed so easily by snape... so why didn't snape or capture Harry too... surely it was quite easy to do that with DD gone.. it does prove that there's more going on there... than meets the normal eye!Kudos to this site for keeping our hopes alive...

Posted by Neetanjali from Delhi,India on October 28, 2006 3:24 PM

Guys, i am sorry to say but Dumbledore is in this scheme of things. Has every one forgot about LOVE the most powerful magic of all? Didn't harry's mother sacrifice herself for him? Now it was Dumbledore's turn to do it for his most beloved pupil. Avada Kedavra was pointed towards Harry and Dumbledore came in between so he has magic of love again and You-know-who trust Severus blindly. Harry also get magical gifts from Severus, just like he got from You-know-who or may be also from Dumbledore. Severus is on Harry's side all along.

Posted by Prit from Edison, NJ on November 13, 2006 1:39 PM

first and foremost...
brilliant theories. it amazes me the parallels that have been made to other books and the entire genre
but JKR has said herself she is no follower of the fantasy genre authors.i don't think she's bringing dumbledore alive again (if he's truly ..) i think snape is in fact..on the side of dumbledore; but harry has to complete this thing with voldemort alone. in addition, it proves snapes loyalty and saves draco and snape (the unbreakable vow). if dumbledore is , i bet rowling make a way for him to communicate with harry...and maybe sirius be there with dumbledore. there was a reference to the mirrors - the ones in the order of the phoenix, when sirius gave harry one, and he smashed it after sirius' , in an interview with rowling she said they'd come back or they'd be important later, something of that nature. so perhaps those be used?
thank youu for doing this. it's pretty much a great way to get you thinking about the whole series even if it turns out none of the theories on here turn out to be true...although some of them are boumd to be close

Posted by Ella from Michigan on November 22, 2006 5:07 PM

Another possibility is that Dumbledore is and that all his memories in the Pensieve be available to Harry. Harry then becoming the continuation of Dumbledore. Anyone else noticing that Nevelle's life is parrallel to Harry's? I think perhaps Harry become the Merlin to Nevelle's Arthur.

Posted by Chuck from Tampa, FL on December 3, 2006 12:28 PM

For nearly a year now I have thought that perhaps Dumbledore was really Wormtail who had drank Polyjuice Potion. Wormtail may have been swayed by Snape to help Dumbledore since he was staying with him when the sisters visited his house. Dumbledore has a blackened, mangled left hand which he states is from destroying the ring horcrux. But Wormtail has a fake left hand made from silver...perhaps it couldn't be fully disguised so an explanation was created. Also, at the end of year 3, POA, Dumbledore tells Harry "Pettigrew owes his life to you. You have sent Voldemort a deputy who is in your ...When one wizard saves another wizard's life it creates a certain bond between them...and I'm much mistaken if Voldemort wants his servant in the of Harry Potter. This is magic at its deepest, its most impenetrable, Harry. But trust me...the time may come when you are very glad you saved Pettigrew's life." So I suppose that is my guess. I like this site, very informative and makes you think. Let me know what you think of my premise.

Posted by Robert B. from Seattle, WA on December 7, 2006 2:15 PM

Rather that have Pettigrew be 'Dumbledore' I think in the end Pettigrew might be the one to Voldemort, instead of Harry.
After all, Pettigrew is disgusted by him (GoF), and only follows Voldemort out of fear... Also, he has a '' to Harry (PoA).
When Harry meets Voldemort (or his end at Voldemorts hands?) Pettigrew can have quite a par to play there...

Posted by Chibby from Netherlands on December 28, 2006 5:16 PM

I Refuse to believe that Albus Percival Wolfric Brian Dumbledore is ! He is the greatest wizard in the world!

Posted by Tazkia Khan from London, England on December 30, 2006 2:54 PM

HI! DAVE I MUST SAY THAT YOU ARE A GENIUS! Well,I think that Dumby had d much before the sixth book...and voldemort had drunk the polyjuice potion and transformed into Dumby...he saved harry many times because he wanted to gain trust....and he didn't harry till now 'so that he could make all the teachers,students and especially harry to trust him...the teacher's were also there to keep an eye on everything that happened...and when Dumby d in the sixth book...well they didn't find his wand so that proves no one d in HBP...AND MAYBE the horcruxes which Dumby destroyed were not real Horcruxes....It may be doubtful...but anything can happen.....Any DOUBTS!

Posted by Chikky from DELHI, INDIA on January 8, 2007 05:58 AM

Please don't call Albus Percival Wolfric Brian Dumbledore Dumby! any way, you-know-who, would not possibly be albus, because, he hated him more than any one, and he would have taken the advantage of ing harry many times throught the series. and also why would you-know-who tell harry about horcruxes when he really believes that he is the only one that knows about them?

Posted by Anonymous on January 11, 2007 08:52 AM

dumbledore is/was dumbledore he knew too much too be wormtail' remember' wormtail was supposed to be a stupid wizard? 'seeking the protection of others'! sirius come back and draco and harry do something together im preatty sure draco have changed sides we all saw at the end of that last chapter the fact that he lowered his wand. hes not a er. sirius is so comin back and the departement of mysteries is going to be immportant! i can tell!

v.v.interesting about the light colour though. because it has stated that harry saw green light quite a lot of times and that all the ohers were ed with green light so if dumbedore was ed with blue light that means theres something going on ill have to check that.

and btw dd not comeing bk as a ghost as only people who were afraid of the after life came back as nick said and dumbledore merely said that is starting a new adventure or something so we kno hes not afraid. and besides why doesnt harry just talk to the portrait dumbledore? they dont forget stuff do thay?

Posted by abz from france on January 30, 2007 05:44 AM


My take on the portaits is that they are one step up from the moving photographs that otherwise exist in the wizarding world. I think they are not the real people but some kind of shadowy representation of the person.
You have a good point. Why didn't Harry talk to the portrait of Dumbledore? I think there be some interaction between Harry and the portrait when Harry needs some info. I think the reason that Dumbledore in the portrait was apparently slumbering was to dissuade Harry from interacting with it right then. I think Dumbledore planned all along for his to benefit Harry and the fight against Voldemort and the portrait give the details to Harry when he is ready to hear them.
I don't see Draco changing sides. I think he is too much of a wimp to risk angering Voldemort by taking a stand. He go along, spineless, to the very end. Unless his mother's life is at stake. Then he might be able to find some backbone.

Posted by Patty from Quincy,Massachusetts on January 30, 2007 07:05 AM

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