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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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Very true. But the two possiblities we're discussing are (a) Dumbledore's or (b) Dumbledore's pretending he's . Same outcome, either cause. Involuntary retirement.

I think my point in the original article still stands. The picture is just not a definitive indication of Dumbledore's current health, one way or the other.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on September 27, 2006 10:31 AM

What a neat site. Can someone help me out because my memory is a bit dusty and I don't have the books available at the the grand scheme of things what reasoning is given for the unshakable trust that has been built between Dumbledore and Snape? It seems that JK took every opportunity to make not only the heros in her story but also the readers despise and disapprove of Snape. I can recall comments (not accurately) that Dumbledore had his reasons for trusting him when no one, main characters and fans, did not. I suppose I am having trouble understanding why she went to such lengths to build this faith (in the eyes of such a wise and powerful wizard) just to abate it so easily. Am I really supposed to buy into the fact that Dumbledore, so wise and true, was that naive? Also, it seemed liked Dumbledore's was a bit meritless and he certainly demanded more respect than the wimpy demise he met by someone he alone trusted for reasons that weren't fully explained. Or maybe they were and I don't remember.

Posted by Jamie England from Atlanta, GA on September 30, 2006 8:58 PM

I found only one place where the Headmasters are referred to as and that is ONLY after DD is "ed" and Harry is the one that "thinks" it. I just reread the whole series, (that was one of the things I was looking out for) only one mention of headmasters. I have no idea what this means, but it is very interesting.

Posted by Angela from wichita falls tx on October 3, 2006 6:28 PM

I believe that the memories are in vials because they were not his own. It may not be possible to pull someone else�s memories from your own mind.

Posted by Christina from Canada on October 4, 2006 07:44 AM

If he has a portait it does mean he's . I just found this interview at Quick Quotes:

"All the paintings we have seen at Hogwarts are of people. They seem to be living through their portraits. How is this so? If there was a painting of Harry�s parents, would he be able to obtain advice from them?"

"That is a very good question. They are all of people; they are not as fully realised as ghosts, as you have probably noticed. The place where you see them really talk is in Dumbledore�s office, primarily; the idea is that the previous headmasters and headmistresses leave behind a faint imprint of themselves. They leave their aura, almost, in the office and they can give some counsel to the present occupant, but it is not like being a ghost. They repeat catchphrases, almost. The portrait of Sirius� mother is not a very 3D personality; she is not very fully realised. She repeats catchphrases that she had when she was alive. If Harry had a portrait of his parents it would not help him a great deal. If he could meet them as ghosts, that would be a much more meaningful interaction, but as Nick explained at the end of Phoenix�I am straying into dangerous territory, but I think you probably know what he explained�there are some people who would not come back as ghosts because they are unafraid, or less afraid, of ."

Posted by Christina from Canada on October 4, 2006 1:32 PM

Once again, it's a very fine point. This interview is PRE-Half-Blood Prince. JK confirms all of the people we've seen in portraits, particularly in Dumbledore's office, and that of Sirius' mum in Sirius' house, are of people.

That still does not prove that you HAVE to be to be on a portrait in the headmaster's office. It only means that all of the subjects of portraits currently in Dumbledore's office (before the addition of Dumbledore's portrait) are currently .

See the difference?

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on October 4, 2006 1:38 PM

okay, ive been waiting to be able to post a comment here forever!
concerning umbridge: she wasn't actually the headmaster of hogwarts! if you remeber she wasn't even able to get into the headmasters office because macgonnagal is the next in line for the job.
concerning portraits: exactly right. all the headmasters are former headmasters that go back over at least a thousand years. of course THEY'RE all !

Posted by Sydney Schultz from Canada on October 6, 2006 07:47 AM

Why can't someone use a timeturner to go back and prevent Dumbledore from being ed so that another "innocent life can be spared?"

Posted by Jim Craig from Sydney Australia on October 7, 2006 2:19 PM

1. I beleive that Snape did fulfill his vow and Dumbledore is .

2. Even if you don't have to be for your portrait to be in the headmaster's office, Dumbledore is even JKR said that he was. Also Umbridge was the ministry's headmistress not Hogwart's.

3. I also beleive this is the reason Umbridge was at the .

4. I think the Draught of the Living play into the plot somehow but not to prove that Dumbledore is alive. I think that it be used to keep from from a curse that is hidden around a Horcrux.

5. I don't that just because the memory was in a bottle that it wasn't Dumbledore's. I think that when Dumbledore was trying to remember some kind of clue that he might have missed about Voldemort, he thought of this memory. But when he thought o fit he wasn't in his office so he put it in a bottle so he wouldn't forget to do it.

Posted by Curtis from Wylie, Texas on October 10, 2006 4:00 PM

I beleive that Hermione mentioned in POA that the Ministry provides the time-turner to students. (I might have to recheck this but I think it's right.) But if this is true then this possibility would be unlikely. Not many people in the ministry agreed with Dumbledore so I don't think they would want him alive again.

Posted by Curtis from Wylie, Texas on October 10, 2006 4:17 PM

"It's called a time turner and I got it from Professor McGonagall on our first day back. I've been using it all year to get to all my lessons. Professor McGonagall made me swear I wouldn't tell anyone. She had to write all sorts of letters to the Ministry of Magic so I could have one." -- Hermione, POA, Chapter 21

Posted by Curtis from Wylie, Texas on October 12, 2006 2:06 PM

But the unbreakable vow thing, snape is not cause he DID it, he protected Draco Malfoy! Voldemort would have ed draco if draco didn't Dumbledore, but Snape did it for him! He protected Draco Malfoy!

Posted by Hanna from Russia on October 13, 2006 05:51 AM

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