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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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What if Potter is not a descendant of Gryffindor and he's Salazar SLytherin descendant? Let's remember he's a parseltongue and he was nearly sent to Slytherin.

Posted by Andrew from Atlanta, Ga on January 20, 2007 5:48 PM

well i've had this feeling for ages that james was evil and is still evil. Harrys heard his mother but never his father. Prehaps he made a deal with voldermort when he was supposed to be buying time. But the cloak couldn't be dumbledores horcrux because he's and J.K has confirmed that.

Posted by joey mcjoe from i dunno on January 21, 2007 06:55 AM

Andrew, Voldy is the last decendent of Slytherin...not Harry. In CoS Dumbledore tells Harry that he "can speak Parseltongue, because Lord Voldemort--who is the last remaining descendant of Salazar Slytherin--can Speak Parseltongue."

DD then goes onto tell Harry that "only a true Gryffindor could have pulled that (the sword) out of the Hat."

Harry is probably a descendant of Gryffindor.

Posted by Heather from NJ on January 21, 2007 1:35 PM

The sorting hat used to belong to Godric Gryffindor. During the sorting hats song the hat says "twas Gryffindor who found the way, he whipped me off his head, the founders put some brains in me so i could choose instead". How? Could the founders have found a way of saving a part of themselves without using horccruxes? as JKR has said the hat is not a horcrux.

Posted by Fiona Williams from Minehead, Somerset on January 21, 2007 6:38 PM

Heather, Jo meant that Harry was not a descendant of Gryffindor. In an interview, when asked "that sort of shuts down Heir of Gryffindor [theories]?", she replied "Yeah. Well, yeah".

One question about the cloak is: "was the cloak still useful to the Potter?" and I would say no. Lily and James were obviously spending their time looking after Harry. And their worst fear was about Voldemort.

We know from OotP that most probably Voldemort, like Dumbledore, can see through invisibility cloaks: when he is inside Nagini, he sees Arthur Weasley under the coat. We could argue that maybe snakes can see through coats, but I don't think they do. At least, cats don't (see Miss Norris).

If James Potter knew that the coat wasn't useful to him at the time, he might have given it to Dumbledore for a better use.

Maybe, in book 7, Harry get to realize that invisibility cloak is useless in front of Voldemort.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on January 22, 2007 06:13 AM

it would not be good if voldemort has the cloak, then he could just walk up on you and you would not notice it until it was to late.

i don't think that the cloak is a horcrux, and harry is not in related to gryffindor.

there is a higher purpose for the cloak, but i don't know what.

Posted by anna on January 23, 2007 10:59 AM

Harry used the time tuner to go back on the night his parents were led and was under cloak and witnessed their to discover more information. He's the one who told dumbledore what had happpened and gave him the cloak during the missing day.

Posted by glorfindel from aberdeen uk on January 24, 2007 06:58 AM

I don't think Harry could have gone back to that night and not tried to intervene.
Remember in POA when he see's Pettigrew (in rat form) in Hagrids hut, it is only Hermione's presance that keeps Harry from going after him. I see no way he could just sit on the sidelines while his mother and father .
I also believe that since Dumbledore can make himself invisible with out a cloak, it is reasonable to assume that Morty can too. So he would not need a cloak.

Posted by Kevin from Wisconsin on January 24, 2007 10:14 AM

Glorfindel - Harry can't use a time turner. They no longer exist. The entire collection was destroyed during the fight at the ministry.

Posted by Michael Brinkley from Oceanside Ca on January 24, 2007 11:48 AM

ok but if james would come back to life and dumbledore is not , that would mean harry would have a lot of help in fighting voldemort and with the that wormtail owes him it would be difficult for voldemort to win this fight so how can these romours about harry's come true, who thinks this is true?

i also think that J.K is very very smart for being able to make 6/7 books all add up and have secrets hidden in the pages that when you read a book and think "well ive finished that now". the rest of the books always bring you back to reading that book, its all so interesting and i hate it when peaple think that just because they have read the first book they know what they need to know about harry potter but they never give themselves a chance to get into the greatness in the world of harry potter, its brilliant. oh and glorfindel how do you know this?

Posted by Natalie from Bromsgrove on January 24, 2007 1:06 PM

No one who is or was in OotP has a horcrux. Why do you think JKR has been ing off the people who supported Harry most? Harry needs to fight this final battle by himself.

Posted by Isabel from New York on January 24, 2007 3:37 PM

That is the conventional wisdom, Isabel, with which, by the way, I agree. Thanks for reminding us all of this important point.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on January 24, 2007 3:41 PM

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