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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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Dave is right, Snape was borrowing Dumbledore's Pensieve. It says so in OotP Chapter Twenty-Four OCCLUMENCY I quote:

Harry's attention was drawn towards the desk, where a shallow stone basin engraved with runes and symbols lay in a pool of candlelight. Harry recognized it at once - it was Dumbledore's Pensieve.

Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on December 16, 2006 1:24 PM

I have a response to question #4. If Dumbledore drank the Draught of Living in the Astronomy Tower, he would still be alive, and the spell put on Harry wouldn't have been broken. Plus, when would he have had the time to drink the potion from when Snape blasted him with the spell (which I am positively certain was NOT Avada Kedavra) to the time he hit the ground? I know that it's a long drop, but it seems kind of pointless to drink the potion between getting hit by a spell and your actual when you hit the ground.

Also, if he had to drink the potion to get to the Horcrux, wouldn't he have just fallen down ""? No, I think the potion was meant to torture the drinker, make him weaker. Dumbledore said a few pages earlier that Voldemort liked to weaken his victims.

I think that since the potion has not been prominent since HP1, it come into play in HP7. All the other ones have.

When did Veritaserum come up in HBP?

Posted by Sarah from Hogwarts on December 16, 2006 8:51 PM

Question 2a: Remember when Dumbledore was ostracised in Order of the Pheonix? Umbridge still couldn't get into Dumbledores office even though she assumed the duties of Hedmistriss. Im not going to spend the time to look for the text reference from the book, but I remember it being said the office only opens itself to the true headmaster. Therefore Umbridge would never have a portait in the office, alive or !

Posted by Tim from Chicago, Illinois USA on December 18, 2006 12:26 AM

In response to "DUMBLEDORE'S BIG CHILL" there is a logical reason as to why Harry was immobilized, not because Harry needed to see Dumbledore , because Dumbledore didn't want Harry to . Just like in Order of the Phoenix, Hermione tells Harry that he likes to play the Hero and save the day. This is why Dumbledore immobilised him, never in a million years would Harry sit back and let Draco (if he had wanted to) Dumbledore, thus Harry would attack or overcome Malfoy and this would lead to the Eaters finding Harry and ing him.

I also think that THE FLYING AVADA KEDAVRA is an ingenius article which I am extremely embarassed to say that I didn't pickup while I was reading the Half Blood Prince

FAWKES' LAMENT was also a very interesting read it seems to be very likely that Fawkes is indeed healing DUMBLEDORE!

Posted by DEGRUSSA from Ravenclaw Common Room, Hogwarts on December 20, 2006 11:16 PM

I've been thinking about the unbreakable vow. There's something fishy about the part where Snape's hand twitches. I think because Narcissa didn't complete her sentence before Snape's hand twitched, the vow was incomplete, even though we saw the ribbony flame. Maybe the ribbony flame appeared because of her second part of the sentence. There was also an awkward silence before the part where the ribbony flame appears, so this may mean something. Another thing I thought of is this: Narcissa says "To carry out the great deed that the Great Lord has ordered Draco to perform," She doesn't say which great deed. Maybe Draco had another deed fromt he great lord that she doesn't know of. Maybe the great lord told Draco to make fun of Harry, for example, or maybe the great deed wasn't exactly to Dumbledore, but to hurt him, or attempt to him. The great deed wasn't made very clear in the book. Maybe Snape did carry out a deed that was set to Draco from Voldemort, but maybe this deed wasn't to Dumbledore, but something else. Maybe Narcissa was supossed to make the deed that Voldemort gave to Draco clear, maybe she had to state the specific deed.

Posted by Dumbledore's Fan on December 24, 2006 08:18 AM

About Dolores Umbridge's portrait- i don't think she was truly a headmistress of Hogwarts, so her portrait wouldn't be on display. It states in book 5 that the office would only be home to the rightful headmaster, and since it barricaded itself against Umbridge, her portrait would not be put up. Anyway, who would want a Ministry spy in Hogwarts?

I cant wait till book 7!

Posted by Irrelevant from Westford, Mass on December 25, 2006 09:09 AM

At the end of HBP, when Professor McGonagall (as acting Headmaster) is in the Headmaster's office conferring with other Hogwarts personnel about what to do...why in the world would she not seek advice from Dumbledore's Headmaster Portrait? We know that the portraits of the various past headmasters can speak, and are pledged to support the current headmaster. Is it possible that McGonagall (as one of Dubledore's staunchest supporters and confidants) is in on Dumbledore's plan, and KNOWS that the Headmaster Portrait is just there for show?

Posted by David Gardner from Birmingham, AL on December 29, 2006 10:28 AM

Exactly, why in the world did she not seek advice from Dumbledore's Portrait?

After rereading that part in HBP, where Minerva McGonagall learns of Dumbledore's , it seems that she was not a moment alone in her "new office" after Dumbledore had "gone". Therefore, she had no opportunity to talk to Dumbledore's Portrait.
Even though she was the headmaster's Deputy-Headmistress, she knew definitely not where Professor Dumbledore and Harry had gone that faithful night and what they had been up to.

I am beginning to think THIS is a MYSTERY! Dumbledore was a very great man, (we are always told by good old Hagrid) the smartest wizard of a century. This intelligent man leaves a seventeen year old student all alone without instructions what to do, if he, AD should ? There seems to be absolutely no battle-plan in case something went wrong-

When they return from the cave, he insists that Harry must go at once to get Snape. The same Snape who �s� Dumbledore the same night? Did our beloved Headmaster worry about a MOLE?

Posted by Mistral from Switzerland on December 30, 2006 06:02 AM

I think Albus just made a scene. He was away from Hogwarts sometimes. He found the Cave where Voldemort had been. He made the door, he made the lake, he made the fake neckless and the white body's he controlled them. In the book it was said that only a powerfull wizard could control the creatures.

Posted by Fan from Holland on December 30, 2006 06:58 AM

I like the idea of a 'mole' at Hogwarts and it's tempting to suspect Minerva McGonagall since she's close to Dumbledore but yet not close enough to know his plans (taking things at face value-which is risky, understanding Rowling's tricks).

However, since she knew Dumbledore gave Harry to the Dursleys, wouldn't that clear her? All she had to do was get a piece of Hogwarts stationery, write a letter to Petunia, stating that other plans were made, get Harry and him.

The problem with the mole idea is finding someone who's a major character but someone we won't suspect....

Posted by Linda from Fort Wayne, IN on December 30, 2006 12:00 PM

On the subject of why Dumbledore had his memory in a bottle instead of just using his own memory, I think its pretty obvious. He wants Harry to have access to the memory if he needs look at it again later. Regardless of whether or not he knew he would soon be gone, he would still want a backup copy for Harry in case anything happened to him.

Posted by Josh from Seattle, WA on December 31, 2006 3:22 PM

I think Dumbledore trusts Snape, because if Snape betrayed Dumbledore, Fawkes would know it at once (he can sense loyalty from far away, and even at Hogwarts, as he did for Harry) and warn Dumbledore. Most probably, Fawkes has been the best guaranty for the Order of Phoenix to detect betrayals - as good as Hermione's curse on Marietta. That should explain the name "Order of Phoenix", the order is managed by Dumbledore, but somehow regulated by Fawkes.

I guess that if Dumbledore if not physically present in book 7 (but only through his portraits), Fawkes play a prominent role. And Harry definitely must learn occlumancy, because - as Snape told him - he can be guessed too easily.

Posted by hl from strasbourg, france on January 2, 2007 09:06 AM

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