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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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seems unlikely as he came out of volermorts wand in battle with harry

Posted by gordon from uk on March 17, 2007 01:42 AM

I do have one more doubt. i know this one is silly...can James survive in the form of Harry's patronus?

Posted by smk from Bahrain on March 17, 2007 02:43 AM

A Patronus comes from ones own heart, so in a way James is surviving, in a figurative sense, but not literally if thats what you mean.
Ive got an even stupider question if any of you can answer it-
If you someone with the AK, could you Transfigure them to look like someone else? Like if Regulus ed some random person, a Muggle for instance, the Ministry wouldn't pay any attention (we know that because they didn't notice when Frank Bryce was ed) and Regulus could Transfigure it to look like him. So when the body was found everyone would believe Regulus , when really he was in hiding.
Or is one faked per series the limit?

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on March 17, 2007 7:33 PM

Ashley, the answer to your question is in GOF I think. When Barty Crouch Jr is forced into confession by Dumbledore he confesses to ing his father. He then transfigured the body to look like a bone and buried it behind Hagrid's hut. So the answer is probably yes. Although transfiguring one person to look exactly like another is obviously very difficult if it is possible at all, or no one would bother with the polyjuice potion which as we know is tricky to brew and takes a month.
As for the limit of one faked per series - no idea. The idea of Regulus being around somewhere in disguise is interesting though. Not a stupid question at all.

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on March 18, 2007 12:14 AM

Ashley - i don't think thats entirely unplausable. I'd been thinking something similar.. could regulus still be alive, in hiding and doing Dumbledore's bidding? could that have been why James initially gave Dumbledore the cloak - to help conceal regulus in his mutiny against Voldamort?

I guess one flaw is that if that were so, the incident in the cave at the end of HBP seems a bit unnecessary, unless it was an of element of Dumbledore's master plan to take Harry away from hogwarts that night and apparently weaken himself to make his '' more convincing.. or something..

Posted by Ted on March 18, 2007 05:49 AM

Ashley: can a person transfigurate something into themselves? never knew that. then everyone can make duplicates of themselves right? what's the point?

Posted by smk on March 18, 2007 05:56 AM

I think one can easily transfigurate anything into an object, and objects into little animals. Very few wizards can transfigurate themselves into animals. And we haven't seen anyone transfigurating himself into a human being, although I'm sure that Dumbledore is able to do so.

If Barty Crouch was able to make an acceptable Moody, he wouldn't have had to drink Polyjuice every hour for months. So I don't think he could.

Then, maybe someone could transfigurate a person into someone else. Interesting thought about Regulus.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on March 19, 2007 09:47 AM

I can see that I have thoroughly confused several of you, so I make where I'm going with this explicitly clear.
My theory-in-the-making is that Regulus ed a Muggle. The Ministry wouldn't look into Muggle s so it wouldn't cause as much of an uproar as it would if it were a witch or wizard, and Regulus would be pleasing Lord Voldemort. So if Regulus ed a Muggle, he could Transfigure it to look like himself, i.e. a Regulus, which was really a Transfigured Muggle.
This would leave Regulus free to join forces with Dumbledore, and the body that Regulus Transfigured would be left for people to find, so that they believed it to be Regulus.
The reason I say that Regulus Transfigured the body is because if the body was under the influence of the Polyjuice Potion then Regulus would have to continue to give it to the body, and I don't think a body is well up to drinking potions.
My question for you all to help me answer is this:
Can you Transfigure something to look like a human?
And specifically to Smk:
The point of Transfiguring the body into Regulus is that when the body was found everyone would believe Regulus . Once the world thought Regulus was , then everyone would cease to search for him. The Eaters would stop trying to come after him, and he would no longer be of service to Voldemort, which leaves Regulus free to serve Dumbledore as a member of the Order of the Phoenix.

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on March 19, 2007 5:05 PM

While it's possible that Regulus might be alive, why, if he was helping Dumbledore, woudn't he say something about taking the locket and what it was? Obviously he didn't, because Dumbledore wouldn't have risked his own life, let alone Harry's by going after a horcrux that wasn't there.'

If Regulus is alive he's in hiding from everyone, just like Pettigrew was.

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on March 19, 2007 10:29 PM

Maybe Regulus didn't join Dumbledore, I don't know. Perhaps he was caught by the Eaters, or maybe the Eaters ed the Muggle so that Regulus' soul was still intact.
There are alot of holes in this, simply because I haven't thought about it alot yet.
If Regulus did join Dumbledore, maybe he kept the Horcrux a secret because he thought that Dumbledore already knew, or that he (Regulus) was the only one that deserved to know.
Or maybe Regulus is on his own, looking for the rest of the Horcruxes, and not trusting anyone for fear that the Eaters come after him.
Who really knows? I'm still working on this..

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on March 20, 2007 07:47 AM

Answering for the question from first page, The cloak can't be the "key" to home in godric's hollow because how did voldemort get in their house? hey, he didnt have cloak. But I think it may be something with harry gryffindor and this cloak, we see...

Posted by Agnes potter from legnica,poland on March 20, 2007 10:09 AM

It's quite impossible for either of them to have horcruxes because it would mean that they aren't actually as we have seen in voldy's case and we know that they both are (Godric Gryfindor and James Potter). Voldemort wasnt exactly was he? And dumbledore's horcrux being Fawkes the phoenix makes more sense to me.

Posted by Hasan from Jeddah,K.S.A on March 21, 2007 2:17 PM

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