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Unanswered Dumbledore Questions

by David Haber

These are elements of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince that would seem to be related to either the Dumbledore or Snape mysteries, but they have loop-holes or unresovled bits of information, and we're not sure about them and are still checking into them...

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Reader Comments:

This is truely spectacular... I hope Rowling brings back Dumbledore.

Posted by ayswarya from chennai on September 8, 2006 7:30 PM

Hi. Sorry to burst your bubble guys but in the program she did with Irving and King, she said explicitly "Dumbledore is ." But I totally agree that Snape is not a Eater. He was following orders so that he WOULD NOT be breaking his Unbreakable vow. Also, Umbridge was never a "rightful" headmistress, she was just wrongly allowed to usurp the position (that's why the room sealed itself against her) so that explains why she does not have a portrait on the wall.

Posted by Anonymous on September 9, 2006 8:58 PM

The site is wonderful! I must admit that when I read the last few chapters of HBP I was devistated. I too came up with alot of these same theories when I first read the book. Having said that;

This is my theory why Snape switched sides. I have maintained all along that Snape for all his loathmness is still a good guy. I think the reason that he became a member of the Order is because he felt love for someone. In GOF (the movie) Prof. Lupin tells Harry that he recognised him the first time he saw him because he had his "mothers eyes", and "Not only was she a singularily gifted witch, but she had a way of seeing the best in people, even when they couldn't see it in themselves". I think that Snape disspite how he had treated her in the memory from the pensive, loved her, as did Lupin and Sirius. It's my opinion that when he found out which baby Voldamort had decided to he couldn't bare the thought of anything happening to Lilly or her child, so he went to AD and joined the Order. I think everything else for him is a ruse, I don't believe he hates harry, although I am sure he doesn't love him he wants to protect him because his mother was so kind to him, and saw the good in him even when no one else did. I also believe that the "awful boy" that Aunt Petunia refers to in HBP was Snape rather then James.

I still don't want to believe that AB is actually , but after reading the book again last week I think that he is, I think that the reason the spell seemed to be different is because of the feelings of the person casting it. I think that Snape admired AB and couldn't stand the idea of hurting him any more then he had to so although verbally he cast the ing curse, non-verbally he may have cast another that would cushion his fall from the tower so as to not cause any more trauma to him then necessary, out of respect if you know what I mean.

I believe that the locket that Harry found while cleaning the cabinet at the Black house is indeed the Horcruxe that he and Dumbledore were going after, and I am also sure he find it again and realize what it is now that he has seen it in the pensive, and destroy it. And I have one more theory about the Black house. I actually thought of it after reading the HBP again this time. You know how AB's portrait showed up behind the headmasters desk, well wouldn't that be a great way for Harry to be able to speak to Sirius? He was the last Black family member to own the house, what if his portrait shows up there where Mrs Blacks portrait was and hers moves somewhere else because that is part of the houses magic. I know it's far fetched but I liked it. JKR has said that the mirror that Sirius gave Harry would resurface in the 7th book, maybe they repair the one that he gave harry and that is how he and Ron and Hermione be able to talk to each other if Harry doesn't go back to school. Ok, now I am just rambling. That's all my theories for now. Let me know what you think.

Posted by Danita from Cedar Creek, TX on September 10, 2006 03:29 AM

Simplify your comment on the portrait:
Dumbledore's picture is in the chocolate frog boxes, and he also moves out of it. There are many moving pictures of living people in the newspaper and Moody's old photo of the Order. So you don't need to be for an active picture.
How about speaking?
Well, suppose the Sorting Hat, who was created by bits of minds of the four Founders, spoke already, when they were alive. This is believable, because all four had to cooperate to create the Hat, but later Salazar stopped cooperation and hated the others so much he installed a monster for his heir. So after their break they didn't create the Hat. So the Hat was doing his job when at least some of the four Founders were still alive.
So you can put a copy of yome of your thoughts to an object to make it talk like you.
So it is possible to have Albus' portrait talking and moving which he is not yet .


Andre Ay

Posted by Andre Ay from Leipzig, Germany on September 11, 2006 10:44 AM

I think Albus Dumbledore can have a portrait whether his body is or whether his body and soul are both . I suspect the truth of the matter is that his body is . His soul, or at least a part of it, is maintained in Fawkes as a Horcrux. So, Dumbledore can be brought back to a living body just as Voldemort was at the graveyard. Whther this actually happens or not is yet to be seen.

Posted by Jan-Marie Spanard from Newcomb, NY on September 11, 2006 2:30 PM

I just developed a theory, based on the Pensieve question: Snape and Dumbledore switched places! Snape would be ed (in Dumbledore's place) and Dumbledore would infiltrate in Voldemorts army. It's crazy, and I don't have evidence besides that, but who knows?

Posted by Aerendyll on September 13, 2006 06:09 AM

snape really can't be that bad. when the girls were outside his office and he ran out and told them to help flitwick, they did. they had taken the lucky potion, so it must have been the better thing not to stop snape, but to help flitwick, so snape couldnt have been doing something that bad

Posted by dianna black from riverton, UT on September 13, 2006 07:34 AM

This is an amazing website,and I really do hope Dumbledore is alive. But..

As Harry said, just as Snape was about to him, he had never heard Dumbledore act like this before, he had never heard Dumbledore beg, he was begging for his life. ("oh, god when i read that sentence i cryed") BUT!

Remember in the GOF, when Harry saw His parents and Cedirc Diggory and the old man Frank.. And Dumbledore said it wasnt possible for the to become living once again.
I think this play a big part in the 7th book

Posted by Nicole from NJ on September 13, 2006 08:17 AM

As to the Unbreakable Vow and issue, I think that it is up to the third person to determine whether or not the vow has been broken. This would explain why Bellatrix was needed to seal the vow and her surprise at being picked, after all, Snape would be giving her a lot of power over his life.

But this also means that as long as Bellatrix BELIEVES that Snape fulfilled the vow, he is safe. If fact, there may be a spell to lift the vow now that it is no longer needed.

Posted by Saint Cad from Los Angeles, CA on September 13, 2006 1:35 PM

"I suspect the truth of the matter is that his body is . His soul, or at least a part of it, is maintained in Fawkes as a Horcrux."

Dumbledore has a horcrux?! Whom did he in order to split his soul?

Posted by Saint Cad from Los Angeles, CA on September 13, 2006 1:37 PM

People say that Dumbledore's portrait means he is , since he has joined the ranks of the other headmasters and mistresses. Well, if the only people who know he's not are Snape and Dumbledore himself, how would whatever person making these portraits know he wasn't ? As far as anyone one dealing with the portraits is concernd, Dumbledore is , so it's time to add him to the wall.

This would also explain why Umbridge's portrait wasn't there, since she was still alive, though personally I believe the theory that Headmasters and Mistresses are added once not serving there anymore, and Umbridge doesn't count because she was appointed by the ministry.

However, what I have explained here would support both theories as entirely possible.

Posted by Phabio on September 16, 2006 12:09 PM

Also, which I didn't mention above, I believe I found a bigger loophole in the Unbreakable Vow theory.

As Narcissa was making the vow, she said-

"And, should it prove necessary... if it seems Draco fail..." whispered Narcissa (Snape's had twitched withen hers, but he did not draw away), " you carry out the deed that the Dark Lord has ordered Draco to perform?"

Emphasis on 'should it prove necessary'.

If Snape was the one who was to carry out Draco's deed if he failed, then he would decide when and if it was necessary to carry it out. If he never found it necessary, then he could cheat the vow.

I also thought of another unanswerable question and a possible explanation: Why would Dumbledore plan his in the first place? He was the only person the wizarding community could look up to, he was the most powerful wizard besides Voldemort.

Well obviously, if he stayed at Hogqarts, his loyal follower would also stay. Yes, that is Harry. If he hadn't faked his , Harry wouldn't've left Hogwarts for his Horcrux quest.

Posted by Phabio on September 16, 2006 12:30 PM

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