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Why did Dumbledore have James' cloak?

by David Haber

On a new post on her official web site, J.K. Rowling admitted she made a mistake in New York when she was asked, what question have you never been asked that you ought to have been asked? She now says the question should have been, Why did Dumbledore have James' invisibility cloak at the time of James' death, given that Dumbledore could make himself invisible without a cloak?

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I believe Dumbledore said "the seventh part of LV soul, however maimed, resides inside his regenerated body. That was the part of him that lived a spectral existence for so many years during his exile, without that, he has no self at all. that seventh piece of soul be the last that anybody wishing to Voldemort must attack- the piece that lives in his body." Quoted from page 503 american version of HBP. So that means there were only six horcruxes. Plus the part of soul in LV. Which equals seven. The seven part soul is the most magical not eight part soul.

Posted by tonya from cordele, ga on October 5, 2006 10:17 AM

the cloak that crouch jr had contains his fathers remaines and is buried in front of hagrids. we find this out in book four.

Posted by john rinaldi from fairlee vt on October 5, 2006 10:44 AM

Tonya, thank you. So that means the 6 horcruxes must be destroyed BEFORE the 7th can be dealt with. But even with my faulty logic, that should still leave just 3 horcruxes.

Posted by John from Riverside, CA on October 5, 2006 2:42 PM

Didn't he transfigure his father's body into a bone? I don't remember him burying the cloak too.

Posted by tracy on October 5, 2006 2:49 PM

Lets see, Harry destroyed diary in COS that was one. Next, Dumbledore destroyed the ring, that's two. The locket which we all believe I think at Grimuald Place is three, but we aren't sure if that one was destroyed. Remember harry couldn't open it. Maybe Regalus was ed before he could destroy it, we don't know. But lets just say he did, then yes there are three more horcruxes and we already know what two of them are. The cup of Hufflepuff, and the snake Nagini. But what is the other one? Alot of suggestions about the cloak or even Harry. I for one am extremly anxious for the next book to find out how much of the guess work is accurate.

Posted by tonya from cordele, ga on October 5, 2006 3:07 PM

Are we sure Nagini is a horcrux? Or do we only suspect it might be?

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on October 5, 2006 3:23 PM

There's been a lot of speculation about Nagini being a Horcrux because DD believed she might be. He wasn't sure and DD did say that making a horcrux out of a living being wasn't a good idea. That could be a red herring. If so, there are two unknown Horcruxes.

I don't know if Harry is a Horcrux (only JKR knows for sure) but his connections to LV, his scar, Harry having "remembered" the name Tom Riddle when he found the diary as though he was an old friend, having LV in his thoughts and vv and other clues we've received during the course of six books need something to tie them up neatly. It does seem like a possibility to me.

Posted by Hannah from Los Angeles on October 5, 2006 4:32 PM

...or it could just be Voldemort and Harry's occulmency-speed-dial connection...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on October 5, 2006 4:45 PM

In CoS (p.333, American paperback), DD told Harry that LV "transferred some of his own powers to you the night he gave you that scar. Not something he intended to do, I'm sure...." Why doesn't matter if the speed-dial connection was unintentional but how LV did it, I think, leads us down the "Is he or isn't he a Horcrux" path. Everyone probably disagree but accidental or not, it seems possible, to me, that Harry or his scar could be a Horcrux.

Posted by Hannah from Los Angeles on October 5, 2006 5:09 PM

The one thing I can say for sure Dave is I'm not SURE about anything anymore! Thank you for this's so much fun!

Posted by tracy on October 5, 2006 6:05 PM

Dave, Tracy and JohnR, GOF pp 690-1 American ED "...I transfigured my father's body. He became a bone... I buried it, while wearing the Invisibility Cloak, in the freshly dug earth in front of Hagrid's cabin." We have a missing cloak.

Back to horcrux's. Personally I favor Nagini, LV's wand and HufflePuff's Cup. I think his wand would have been important to him because (like the dairy proved he was slytherins hier) it proved he was a wizard,.

I am firmly against Harry being a horcrux because LV wouldn't want to destroy a horcrux, AND remember in OOtP when he and DD faced off. He entered Harry's body and challenged DD to destroy both Harry and him. Doesn't fit or feel right.

Posted by John from Riverside, CA on October 5, 2006 11:05 PM

Nagini being a Horcrux is unlikely. She's not exactly a turtle to have a life of say 150-200 years. Being a snake, she'll pretty soon. Why would Voldemort put a bit of his soul knowingly into something he knows has a short life?

Posted by Aditi Dani from Nagpur, India on October 5, 2006 11:23 PM

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