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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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If Aberforth has the locket (from mudungus) he would have told Albus. Why did Albus then drag Harry to the cave looking for the locket, risking both of their lives?

Posted by Rob from Oslo on July 6, 2007 07:51 AM

I also offer my support that the Barman is Aberforth. Reading some articles recently, I see that JKR has in fact confirmed that Dumbledore is indeed . Also have also read she has confirmed that Aberforth is the barman. Both are Dumbledore. Has she stated which Dumbledore is ?

Posted by Redamaleki from Spring, TX on July 7, 2007 07:01 AM

It might have been Aberforth working for Voldemort, and Snape who stopped him from hearing the rest of the prophecy.

Posted by Harry Hausner from Belmount M.A. on July 8, 2007 5:52 PM

this is a great theory, i also think Aberfroth is the barman. Dumbledore says in book 6 that he is on friendly terms with the barman of the Hogs head! what troubles me about the prophecy is that when dumbledore tells Harry in OOTP we have no indication the memory holds an interuption and also in book 6 when Trelawney is telling Harry about her interview she remembers been interupted but we are told by Dumbledore that Trelawney doesn't no she had made predictions. she certainly doesn't remember anything about them or during them (POA) therefore how would she know snape interupted because we know him to have listened to half the prophecy. Was the predcition repeated? or had JK just made a mistake? i don't know but i believe the second to be unlikely!

Posted by Katie rhodes from sheffield on July 9, 2007 11:39 AM

Great job with the article! you have me convinced that Aberforth was there all along. it makes sense that he would be in the order.... i mean he is Dumbledore's brother! do you think that this could be the unsolved mystery of the Dumbledore? like somone has said, was it really a twin and not Dumbledore that d?

Posted by shleay from so. jordan, ut on July 9, 2007 1:18 PM

This probably isn't significant, but if you rearange the letters in Aberforth, you can come up with the phrase "of the bar".

Posted by Julia on July 9, 2007 1:43 PM

Rob from Osio
Albus didn't know which Horcrux was in the cave.

Posted by Sirius' #1 fan from Apache Jct. AZ on July 9, 2007 2:43 PM

Katie Rhodes
I think the reason that Trelawny knows that Snape interupted is because maybe Snape heard the first half and then Aberforth (whom I am wholy convinced is the barman) caught Snape and they were arguing outside the door which caused Snape to not hear the rest of the prophecy. When Telawny was finished with the prophecy, Aberforth finally decided to tell Dumbledore someone was spying and burst in. This is the only explenation I can think of as you're right that Trelawny doesn't seem to realise she is making predictions.

Posted by Jenna on July 9, 2007 6:14 PM

JKR keeps telling us that Dumbledore is and wont come back. Can anybody tell me if JKR has ever confirmed that "Albus" Dumbledore has d and not come back? Can it be that she might be referring to the other Dumbledore, Aberforth all along? Just a different line of thought, I am not sure how much of it can be proved though.
Cheers to all. Waiting eagerly for the last book.

Posted by Deepak Sethuraman from Mumbai on July 10, 2007 03:41 AM

I'm afraid that it is THE Dumbledore that is . The fact that his portrait hangs in the Headmaster's Chambers is the giveaway for that. Unless there is a remarkable bond between the two of them (possible of course) Aberforth would not be able to cause the portrait to appear. But there's no doubt that Aberforth is a key to Albus's past. Those hints are the bread crumb trail, carefully laid out to prevent the "tell all".

Posted by Ron from Atlanta on July 11, 2007 9:41 PM

Two things that never sat quite right with me.... the first is the whole goat thing with Aberforth. Combine that with what Dumbledore said on the tower about being able to hide someone more than you could ever know. (paraphrase) I dont know, it just made me think that maybe the order had been hiding someone for a long time as a goat part time. You know, transfiguration style.

The other thing that really bugged me and no one (that I have seen) has really talked about was the fact that Dumbledore couldnt recognize dragons blood on Slughorns walls when he went into Slughorn's home. This just seems odd for a guy that has on his "chocolate frog card" the discovery of the 12 uses for dragon's blood.

Posted by chris from chicago, IL on July 11, 2007 10:52 PM

Here's a thought. If some one told me about Albus Dumbledore and how clever he was, and I had once seen him without knowing his name, I would never have linked the two persons. Dumbledore seems much to excentric (and if I may say so dotty) to make those plans. I personally think Aberfoth is the big brain, and he uses Albus as a puppet, and a shield, so that wenn Albus would , the big planner wouldn't.

But I can't deny, Dumbledore has got syle.....

Posted by parvios from amsterdam on July 12, 2007 08:29 AM

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