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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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Aberforth is also mentioned in HBP when Voldemort is applying for the DADA post. Voldemort was surprised by the detailed knowledge that Dumbledore had on his travleing companions. Dumbledore just said that he was friendly with the local barman. Interstingly enough this works well the brotherly theory...

Posted by Ab from Brooklyn NY on February 20, 2007 12:52 AM

I had the idea of Aberforth being Hog's Head's barkeeper before this article (from other comments), and I was thinking Aberforth and Albus are sometimes swapping by Polyjuice potion, but hey, someone said they could be twins:) So it would make the life easier. Actually, Albus didn't have to drink polyjuice potion, because he just needed to look like a mummy after all. And Aberforth could be a Metamorphmagus. I think they swapped when Albus and Harry returned with the fake locket from the cave. Now, Aberforth is , as a lot of people sail, there are things you are ing to for, so he did. I think dumbledore is still alive.

Could Dumbledore have more brothers/sisters? I don't know. I surely know one thing, Colleen's daugther is a clever girl.

Posted by Anonymous on February 20, 2007 03:14 AM

My mother sent me the link to this website last night. I want to thank you all for your wonderful compliments on my intelligence, I truly appreciate it.

Posted by Erin (Colleen's from Winter Garden, Fl on February 20, 2007 06:58 AM

WOW! You guys are GENIUSES. Erin that was a really good idea, and i think you could be right, like Dumbledore's twin being Aberforth. But i agree, that maybe Charlie or Mad Eye could be the one JK Rowling was talking about. It's weird, because up until know, i didn't give Aberforth that much thought. The Hogs Head thing gave me something to think about as well. This is so amazing, but it means i owe my friend �1!

Posted by Nusrath from England on February 20, 2007 11:27 AM

I like the idea of finding out a bit more about Charlie. It also made me wonder about Bill. He is new to the order (isn't he?) And we don't know too much about him except that he is a curse breaker and that he is getting married. Obviously we see his wedding, maybe we learn more about him as well. I always got the feeling that JK enjoyed writing about him and his rebellious streak!

I still think that Aberforth is the more likely suspect, though. I am still wondering about Dumbledore's memory in HBP that he adds to the pensieve via a bottle in his pocket. I wonder/hope that it is evidence that he and Aberforth switched places. If that is the case, then perhaps we learn more about Dumbledore as the order member that we haven't been introduced to properly. We have only "known" him as the headmaster of Hogwarts. Any thoughts?

Posted by Kim from Manchester, MA on February 20, 2007 1:50 PM

To Beau from Brandon, FL:

Charlie Weasley might be the important Order member. We know that Harry�s definitely going to meet Charlie in ly Hallows because of Bill and Fleur�s wedding and all. Charlie was also the seeker for the Gryffindor quidditch team. We just have to wait for the book and find out. It�s either Charlie or Aberforth (or both since I�m pretty sure Aberforth has Slytherin�s locket). Don�t think Mad-Eye�s a possibility.

Posted by Javed from Vancouver, Canada on February 20, 2007 7:15 PM

A thought on Charlie W. and if he could play a bigger role in DH. He is supposed to be working with dragons in Romania, which is next to Bulgaria, where Krum & some other Durmstrag students are from. Could they have an equivalent to The Order of the Phoenix, The Order of the Dragon? Again, JKR likes to use metaphors and charactors mentioned in previous books do have a tendancy to come back into play in later books. Maybe Charlie is working with real dragons as a cover, and training other wizards to fight eaters.

Posted by Dave Porter from New Mexico, USA on February 20, 2007 7:43 PM

I have given some thought about Dumbledore's comment on Aberforth not being able to read. I never took it literally, considering it a broherly jibe or just a way of saying Aberforth is simply not too bright. The more I think about it, I believe Dumbledore was saying, in a very Dumbledore-ish way, that he and Aberforth are similar. Saying someone might not be able to read, or might not be too bright, is a way of saying that person is simple. Yes, I am saying Dumbledore is a simple man (and I know I am not the only one to have said something similar before). WHat does Dumbledore see when he looks in the Mirror of Erised? Himself holding a nice pair of wool socks. He doesn't care about Harry trashing his posessions when Harry is over wrought with grief and anger. He is a simple man, as is Aberforth, and I think that is the message we are supposed to be getting.

Posted by Colleen from Winter Garden, Fl on February 20, 2007 8:31 PM

Just thought some of you might not have come across the clue of Aberforth hiding Slytherin�s locket when he �drew his cloak� so that Harry, Ron and Hermoine don�t see that he has it - earlier comment in another section of this website (Who is R.A.B. and where is Slytherin�s Locket? � comments page 2) October 9, 2006.

Posted by Javed from Vancouver, Canada on February 20, 2007 9:42 PM

hey i think that dumbledore was not the person who went with harry to the cave... it was aberforth... see, a person so clever like dumbledore couldnt have fallen for the false locket... maybe aberforth knew about the locket and horcruxes etc..etc.. maybe aberforth asked dumbledore if they could switch like... barty crouch junior and his mum (remember... book 4)... poly juice potion... there was a lot of mention about that... so couldn't have dumbledore nicked some of it... maybe then changed into aberforth... and then appeared for the as aberforth... we never saw the body... remember barty crouch junior's mum took the potion till she couldn't aberforth done that too...

well i am not that sure... what do you think?

Posted by sumeetha from dubai on February 21, 2007 05:01 AM

Javed, your post grabbed me. Excpet that I don't think Aberforth would have gotten the locket from Mundungus without having told his brother. I can't see Aberforth letting Dumbledore go hunt for something he bought from Dung. But you did make me think more about their encounter. I said before, we know Mundungus had to disguise himself as a witch in order to even go into the Hog's Head because, according to Sirius, "the barman has a long memory". You got me to wondering, what happened before the kids showed up? Was Dung really that flustered at the thought of Harry finding him selling Sirius' belongings? Or had Aberforth scared him? Did he draw his cloak around some stolen merchandise he'd just bought, or did he flash him a look at his wand, perhaps? Sounds "gangsta", I know. But, we know there is a probem between the two. Perhaps Aberforth, like others in the Order, is less tolerant of Mungdungus.

Posted by Colleen from Winter Garden, Fl on February 21, 2007 06:14 AM

We all need to remember that JK didn't say which Dumbledore d. All she said was that "Dumbledore is , and he won't be pulling a Gandalf".

I like any idea that Albus is still alive, so keep them coming.

Posted by chris from Walla Walla on February 21, 2007 07:46 AM

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