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The Mystery of Aberforth

by David Haber

During the interview after the launch of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling said, "There is one member of the Order of the Phoenix that you have not yet met properly, but you will meet them in seven." Is this person Dumbledore's mysterious brother, Aberforth? What do we know about Aberforth, and how is he involved in the story?

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Ashley, I too support the theory that Dumbledore is an animagus - a Phoenix. The biggest clue being that harry thought he saw smoke resembling a phoenix at Dumbledore's in HBP. I'm glad someone thinks the way I do. I think it was Dave who suggested that Dumbledore might have a horecrux and that it is Fawks - I also support this theory.

Posted by Tim from Flagstaff, AZ on March 14, 2007 1:34 PM

I read this article, and noticed something weird. Trelawney said something strange: "either he must at the hands of the other", however Trelawney never said what Harry's other choice was. Or, is Harry not Voldemort's equal, however someone that may appear as it. There may be another Hogwarts student whose family was attacked by Voldemort, as the prophecy never said that the boy in the prophecy had to be attacked with a ing curse.

Posted by VN on March 14, 2007 2:43 PM

Flagstaff Tim, the only issue with your theory and the theory of others about Dumbledore having a horcrux is that to have one is considered an evil act. You have to (or ) another person to cast the spell. Who do you suppose Dumbledore ed to create this horcrux? If the horecrux was planned, then it would be ...not just a ing.

I do like the idea that Dumbledore is an animagus, but I am not convinced it is a phoenix. I like the idea of house elf. JKR compares his features with the house elves continually.

Posted by Chris from Walla Walla on March 14, 2007 4:52 PM

Dumbledore's animagus form being a house-elf... Hmm... I'm not sure, but I don't think one's animagus form can be an intelligent creature. We've only heard of animaguses turning into dumb creatures (cats, dogs, rats, etc.) If one could be an animagus with the form of a house-elf, then why couldn't someone's animagus form be a different human? I don't think that's possible, because then someone wouldn't have to have invented the Polyjuice Potion. So if a human animagus form isn't possible, I doubt a house-elf form is either... (or a centaur, or a mer-person...)

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on March 14, 2007 5:04 PM

Regarding animagus transformation, let's parce the word:
Ani- as in animal
Magus - Wizard
Animalwizard. An animagus needs to turn into an anmil (clearly bugs fall into this category too). Humans are technically animals and since centars and house-elfs could be qualified as humanoids, I think it is possible, but I personally doubt it is the case. but you never know...that is why JK is such a great writer.

Posted by Tim from Flagstaff, AZ on March 14, 2007 6:50 PM

Dave, an animagus can transform into an animal. So it could be a house-elf or human, or as we've seen with Rita Skeeter, it could be a insectmagus (an animagus, except with an insect form), and Dumbledore could simple be a fly on Ron's shoulder, or a spider! We never do know what Dumbledore is like with others than Harry.

Posted by VN on March 14, 2007 7:19 PM

Dave: I think a human animagus is possible, but it would be very difficult, and maybe dangerous (see Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde). The Polyjuice potion is accessible to anyone, sed or not. It's the same way with invisibility: Dumbledore and Voldemort can become invisible. For other wizards, there are invisibility cloaks.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on March 15, 2007 01:15 AM

It seems to me that the form one's Patronus takes is a sub-conscious thing. Does anyone know if the form a witch or wizard takes as an animagus is something they can consciously control? Or is it directed by the sub-conscious?

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on March 15, 2007 07:21 AM

I don't believe you can have an anamagus as a human. Tonks has this ability and it's called something else. Or atleast you can say that she has this ability, but she can change body parts at like at the supper table in OOTP.

The reason I am interested in Dumbledore having an anamagus as a house-elf is because JKR always compares the two the same way....
-long slender fingers
-gleam in their eyes
-fearcly loyal
-odd sence of humor

Furthermore, why would Voldemort fear Dumbledore so much? Dumbledore has magic that Voldemort can't understand. I don't think it's entirely the love side of things. I think it's the house-elf form of magic along with the love thing. Let's all remember that house elves have a very powerful form of magic.

Posted by Chris from Walla Walla on March 15, 2007 07:53 AM

I don't think there's a human animagus. I doubt Dumbledore is a house-elf animagus. I don't think he would do something against the Ministry of Magic like be an unregistered animagus.

Posted by Dumbledore's Fan on March 15, 2007 11:47 AM

Excellent point about Tonks' ability likened to that of an animagus.
Am I right to understand that you are considering the possibility that Dumbledore is a Half Breed? Half wizard, half house elf? Wow That would put another spin on the fight against pureblood supremacy.

Posted by mikey from New Jersey on March 15, 2007 7:57 PM

There is an animagus/corporeal patronus connection. James Potter's animagus was a stag, and Harry's patronus was a stag. My bet is that James Potter's corporeal patronus was a stag.

Young wizards can make themselves animagi (is that plural for animagus?), as padfoot, prongs and wormtail did. Wormtail is generally considered a weak minded wizard, and he did it.

If Dumbledore was an animagus, my bet is that it would be the same as his corporeal patronus, the phoenix.

When Dumbledore was a young wizard, his thing was fire (remember, he got in trouble for putting the curtains on fire), so my guess is that he did not work on the animagus ss.

JK has stated that we see more of Aberforth. I bet his corporeal patronus (and possibly animagus) is a goat. I love the bezoar connection.

Posted by Mike from Buffalo from Buffalo New York on March 15, 2007 8:09 PM

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