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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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somewhere somebody wondered if shadows of all magic appear at priori incantatem (hexes, jinxes, charms) or just curses. at the quidditch world cup, a shadow of the dark mark came out of harry's wand. as it is just some smoke in the sky, i don't think you'd need a curse to conjure the dark mark. that would mean the shadow of any magic should have come out of lv's wand at the graveyard, right? i forgot what the thing that happened at the world cup was called, but i'm pretty sure the word 'priori'is in that too. so i don't think he made any horcruxes after ing lily and james, and before ing frank bryce

i do however think somebody else has made a horcrux. LV said something like: 'I have gone further along the path of immortality than anyone else... ' that suggests that there are more.

Posted by nynke from groningen, the netherlands on December 27, 2006 6:41 PM

I have read all the comments and I started thinking about that fatal night in Godric Hollow. What if Voldemort was going to make a horcrux that night but that too backfired. What if maybe instead of his horcrux, it produced one for Lily and that is why Harry "has his mother's eyes." There was alot of misdirected magic that night so anything may have been possible.

Posted by Chris from Albany,NY on December 28, 2006 6:47 PM

Interesting idea, but it doesn't logically follow, because if there was a Lily horcrux, then she wouldn't have d. But we know she's because she came out Voldemort's wand during the Priori Incantatem at the end of Goblet of Fire.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on December 28, 2006 7:14 PM

omg. what if one of the horcrux was something really special to Harry. Something that he couldnt give up. ohhhhhh that would be bad. i mean voldemort knows everything about harry. every move that is made on what he knows about him...

Posted by Jessica from Los Angeles, CA on December 28, 2006 7:31 PM

Maybe Voldemort could not get to an article of Godric Gryffindor's so he made a horcrux from the trophy he (Tom Riddle) received for special services to the school. I doubt very much the cloak is a horcrux but I do think it has other magical properties that we don't know about.

Posted by Chris from Albany, NY on December 28, 2006 8:52 PM

I don't think the cloak could belong to Godric Gryffindor, because Dumbledore said the only heirloom of Gryffindor's was the sword and that was safe, Dumbledore would not have taken such good care over the cloak if he didn't know it was Gryffindor's, the cloak cannot belong to Gryffindor. But well dont on your theroy, I enjoyed reading it and can't wait until 7/7/7!

Posted by Henry Posta from Johannesburg on December 29, 2006 10:41 AM

It's kind of hard to see the cloak as a horcrux, I mean I understand why you think that it's important. I have a feeling that even before Harry was old enough, Dumbledore knew that the cloak would help him out of tight spots, and it has. But what gets me is what happened to it after it was left on the tower Dumbledore d (sorry but J.K. Rowling states that Dumbledore is and not come back and apologized to for ing the main purpose). Weird, eh?

Posted by Chelsi from Tipton, CA on December 30, 2006 04:24 AM

I think that it is unlikely that Dumbledore or James had a Horcrux because neither of them would have commited a .

Posted by spoorthi from bangalore,karnataka on December 30, 2006 07:33 AM

I agree with all the people who says the cloak cant be a horcrux. You do have to someone to make a horcrux and why would James or Godric do that unless they suddenly turned bad which i doubt!

Posted by Nusrath Khan from England on December 30, 2006 1:42 PM

Not to add fuel to the fire, but lets face it, Godrick Griffondore lived a thousand years ago... they calculated the value of human life differently back then.. People were ed for s, duels were fought to the , armoured knights ed poorly armed foot solders wholesale..

I don't think a Horcrux would have been considered such an "Evil" thing in those times...

I would't be surprized if each of the founders had made a Horcrux.

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on December 30, 2006 3:17 PM

Giving the cloak to Dumbledore seems to be a premeditaed act since Dumbledore was also given the number of their vault at the bank and the key. Maybe they just gave it to him so that if anything happened to them, Harry would have them. Dumbledore was sort of an Executor of their estate, sort of.

Posted by Chris from Albany, NY on December 30, 2006 5:58 PM

Chris, I'm sure Dumbledore was a sort of Executor to many peoples estates. He was the leader of the Order after all aside from being considered one of the greatest wizards of all time.

Posted by Rane on December 31, 2006 10:27 AM

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