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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Question; why is it that Dumbledore more than ones, even better: most private-lessons with Harry, states that he is more brighter, more intelligent and much quicker in his thinking-process than most if not all other (common) wizards. Maybe Rowling is trying to say, between sentences, that everything Dumbledore does is thought about. So when I'm right, it would mean that on the astronomytower Dumbledore acted from his ratio and that would mean that evertything stated on this site is all but gossip. Or am I being neurotic? Probably not, for in the last books Dumbledore has never said, read: not without apologizing in a humble way, he is better than most, again, if not all wizards.
Posted by Nick from Rotterdam, The Netherlands on October 17, 2006 11:58 PM
ok, i do not know if anyone else has posted this but someone said qoute
"I believe if you re-read all of chapter 2, you'll see that the exact details of Draco's task are never spoken outloud in that scene, we only learn of the details later.
If the exact nature of what Snape's promising to do are not spoken exactly, but possibly only an understanding between the parties, what promise is he held to, exactly?"
The task that Draco was given was to Dumbledore. not fix the cabinets, not to get the eaters in. therefore by ing Dumbly himself, did he not fufill his part of the vow thus releasing himself from ?
Posted by Ragge from Angleton, TX on October 19, 2006 5:02 PM
I have been harboring this theory for awhile but never really put it into words. After the scene on the astronomy tower I couldnt help but go back to the first lesson of snapes in the 6th book. There is much emphasis on the power of doing spells without words and having the other person repel them with equal concentration. Could this possibly be what happened between snape and dumbledore on the tower!?!
Posted by Danielle from MN on October 19, 2006 8:02 PM
I believe she (Umbridge) was only headmistress beacuse the Ministery wanted it and if you remember she couldn't get into the Head's office, but when Dumbledore "d" Professor McGonagall was able to get in as headmistress. There had to be some kind of magical connection to it somehow. Since Umbridge was chosen on a different view then I don't think that the school itself counts that.
Posted by Kay-Lynn Pack from Marysville MI on October 21, 2006 05:13 AM
OK, about the horcrux thing-
#1. Dumbledore couldn't have a horcrux, because they are evil.
#2. Nothing is said about a good version of a horcrux. However, I think it could be possible that there is one. One time AD told Harry that love is the best weapon of all. If you love someone (or thing) too much, you feel as if a part of you is missing when they . Maybe it is this that can create a good version of a horcrux-loving someone so much. No ing involved at all. So maybe Fawkes is Dumbledore's horcrux, in a way.
#3 Does anyone know latin and can translate horcrux?
Posted by Amy from Ohio on October 22, 2006 12:06 PM
It seems to me that portraits and pictures capture the subject's state of existance at the time. For example, when Colin took that picture of Harry and Lockhart in the second book, Harry was reluctant to have his picture taken. So, Harry was also reluctant to show himself in the picture. If this is true, then the state of Dumbledore is significant.
Posted by Mike from Minnesota on October 22, 2006 5:59 PM
You're theory is one to remember. I have been taught Latin at school but I am not able to translate 'horcrux' as one word. I can, however, decipher the word as a word that was put together by combining two other words, namely 'horreo' and 'crux'. 'Horreo' means horrible, duh, and 'crux' is equal to cross. By ing others you can walk the path of immortality, which is possible in HP that is filled with Christian morals.
However, I personally think that horcrux is a combination of the two french words 'hors', outside, and 'crux', essence or being. J.K. has taught French, so this would be more logical. So if we use this French translation, a horcrux would be a device to keep your essence: your being would be outside of your body insted of within. But mostly: if we use this translation your second theory is not only one to remember, but very plausible too.
Posted by Nick Batenburg from Rotterdam, The Netherlands on October 23, 2006 1:46 PM
I think that the task Draco was set went some thing along the lines of...
"get dumbledore out the way so i can fufil the prophecy"...
Posted by Ravenclaw Rambler from kent on October 23, 2006 1:47 PM
i dont know why i am posting on this one but if snape really is a good guy then does he really hate harry? and if he does...why? and if he doesnt than why is he pretending?
Posted by Carrie from North Dakota on October 27, 2006 6:17 PM
I have a question for Dave. Don�t you find it strange that Dumbledore did not inform Professor McGonagall about his search for the Horcruxes? He wants Harry to tell Ron and Hermione about the prophecy. Saying, I quote from HBP Chapter four:� I think they ought to know. You do them a disservice by not confiding something this important to them.�This tells us that Dumbledore knew that Harry shared his secrets with his best friends.
IF he really planned his together with Snape, would it not of been extremely important to tell his deputy headmistress, in this case Minerva McGonagall what he was up to? In no way do I want to discredit McGonagall, my blood runs cold just to THINK about it, but��.why did he not trust her with that? We know from reading *The Phoenix lament* in HBP that she wanted to know from Harry where he and Dumbledore had gone that evening!
Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on October 29, 2006 11:47 AM
Hey, these theories are great. Personally i believe Dumbledore is , but Snape is good and acted on orders (from Dumbledore) to him.
Anyway there was only really one theory i had a problem with which was the "Will The Real Dumbledore Please Stand Up?" one. I dont believe this simply on the basis of good story telling... we have already seen the whole 'person taking other person's appearence with polyjuice potion' thing (Barty Crouch JR and Moody) mainly, i just believe that JK is more creative than to reuse part of the plot.
Posted by Nadia from Australia on November 1, 2006 02:37 AM
I think Dumbledore is an Animagus and can turn into a phoenix.
Posted by Trevor from Murrieta,California on November 6, 2006 4:07 PM
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