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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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Someone said something about Albus and Aberforth being the two oldest wizards, but i wondered about the wand maker Olivander.

Posted by Thinking from coldwater, mi on April 15, 2007 6:06 PM

now that you mention it, did dumbledore buy his wand from ollivander? ollivander must be really old then.

now back to aberforth: are they twins? albus and aberforth?

Posted by kit from phil on April 17, 2007 06:06 AM

i was thinking, what about hagrid doing more magic? he has not really done much either.

Posted by a from newcastle on April 17, 2007 07:57 AM

A from newcastle--
Hagrid has not done magic because they broke his wand in half when he was expelled in his third year. If he did much magic without the consent of Dumbledore, he would be breaking the wizard law.

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on April 17, 2007 2:12 PM

Hagrid has a wand in his umbrella.

Posted by Tobias from Stockholm, Sweden on April 18, 2007 02:53 AM

Yes, I know Hagrid's wand is in his umbrella. Why do you think I made my mom buy me a pink umbrella? Now I run around blasting random charms out of the end of it..
That does not stop the use of the wand from being illegal. If you are expelled, they snap your wand, and that is the end of your magic performing career. However, Hagrid simply has to ask Dumbledore for permission:
"Have to ask the Headmaster if I can put a charm around the old hen coop (to stop the roosters from being ed- CoS)
Hagrid can do magic, he just isn't allowed to. If he wasn't magical, he wouldn't have been accepted into Hogwarts. He explains all of this in GoF, after Dumbledore had just left, in the conversation involving the mention of Aberforth.

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on April 18, 2007 6:45 PM

Just a thought now that hogwarts does not have a defence against the dark arts teacher could it be possible that Aberforth Dumbledore could become the defence against the darks arts teacher, and aberforth and albus are not twins because harry see's the barman in the sixth book and vaguely remembers him because of the photograph mad eye moody showed him.
On the site in the name of the character the barman is said to be aberforth dumbledore so there is no doubt that the barman is aberforth dumbledore. While being the teacher at hogwarts he could possibly be teaching harry ways to fight voldemort and even help him find the horcruxes.
It is quite clear that Aberforth play a very important role in the last book especially with the absence of Albus Dumbledore.
The brother of one of the greatest wizards of all time cannot be a fool i am sure he also must be having strong magical powers.

Posted by Arjun Srivastava from Mumbai, Maharashtra on April 19, 2007 10:05 AM

Arjun Srivastava from Mumbai,

Yes, Abeforth be important in DH, but no, I don't think he would be the DADA teacher at Hogwarts, it would make no sense if he were, because Harry is not going back, he said so at the end of HBP.

Yes, Abeforth might be instrumental in finding and destroying the Horcruxes, and I do believe that Dumbledore's brother is as powerful and as clever as Albus was, but with a very different personality, and does not like to be in the spotlight.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on April 20, 2007 10:14 AM

First of all, I enjoy reading your comments since they are well thought out and add a lot to the dialog at this site. But I have to disagree with you on Harry not going back to Hogwarts in the 7th book. I think Harry figure out there are many answers to questions that still remain in the castle. First, I, like many others, do believe there is a horcrux in the room of requirement. Harry still need help from OOTP members and Dumbledore's army members. Aberforth taking the DADA position would also be another way to lure Harry back to get some other info. I would suspect Aberforth is a lot sharper than Dumbledore gave him credit for. Making negative comments about his brother would actually help Aberforth hide his identity in the OOTP, and allow him to gather info and key pieces like the locket from Mundungus. The series is, after all, about Harry's 7 years at Hogwarts.

Posted by Dave Porter from New Mexico on April 20, 2007 9:48 PM

I personally think he have to go back to hogwarts to retrieve the remaining horcruxes, it absolutely makes sense the remaining prized possessions are mainly in hogwarts, i think he'll turn of age in the start of the book and he can apparate where ever he wants, and finding a horcrux not be a easy task so he might have to stay in hogwarts for longer than he expected.

so i think there is a possibility that aberforth could be the DADA teacher and he also require slughorn's help to get clues about the horcruxes because slughorn was the man who told voldemort about them and dumbledore was a very smart wizard he would not have recruited Slughorn if he was not important to harry. Harry was the one reason he recruited slughorn, i personally feel harry have to go back to hogwarts for some time at least.

And Emiilio from Mexico City,
Aberforth cannot be in the spotlight because Albus said in the GOF that my own brother was prosecuted so i think Aberforth escaped that and could not have in the spotlight so he became the barman at hogs head. i dont personally think he want to hide his talent, he is forced to.

Posted by Arjun Srivastava from Mumbai, Maharashtra on April 20, 2007 11:36 PM

They don't have to be identical. also, maybe aberforth is the opposite of albus -- like an evil twin -- but not evil, only less intelligent.

Posted by Rebekah from Birmingham on April 21, 2007 07:17 AM

what if dumbledore's brother found out everything that dumbledore was up to and switched bos with him, and that's who took harry to the cave, and that's who d on the tower that night, and the real dumbledore is actually waiting for his return while pretending to be aberforth?

Posted by Matt on April 21, 2007 07:28 AM

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