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by David Haber
On August 2, 2006, at the second night of the Harry, Carrie, and Garp event at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, J.K. Rowling says Dumbledore is . But is that the whole story? How does what J.K. has said relate to all of the clues and theories on this site?
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Dumbledore is like the greatest wizard of all time so he was obviously faking his . So seriously i think snape is good and dumbledore is not .
Posted by Belal from mississauga,ontario on October 21, 2006 10:41 AM
It just occurred to me- JK Rowling has always made a strong connection between Dumbledore and Fawkes. When Harry was in the Chamber of Secrets, Fawkes appeared as a substitute for Dumbledore. "'He's not as gone as you might think!' Harry retorted.... (enter Fawkes) The bird stopped singing. It sat still and warm next to Harry's cheek, gazing steadily at Riddle.... 'Fawkes?'Harry breathed, and he felt the bird's golden claws squeeze his shoulder gently." (315, US version) I might be reading too much into it, but it seems to me that Fawkes is acting rather as Dumbledore might in the situation. Also, in the fourth book, Fawkes helps Dumbledore comfort Harry after Voldemort comes back. I wonder if there's some sort of deeper connection between Fawkes and Dumbledore than just someone would have with a beautiful pet. I'm not saying I think the idea that Dumbledore is a Phoenix animagus is right necessarily, but there could be some sort of connection. I also think it is interesting that there is no mention of Fawkes after he cries all night, and then Harry sees a Phoenix rising from the flames of Dumbledore's tomb.
Posted by Chelsea from Ohio on October 21, 2006 2:43 PM
Wow! This site really helped me a lot. With all these clues, I think that Dumbledore isn't . Hope, we're right!
Posted by Carolina from California on October 21, 2006 3:29 PM
OK. According to J.K. Dumbledore is really . But aren’t we taking the concept of maybe a little to muggle-ish:
Again, clues can be found in each book:
Nearly Headless Nick is , but still he roams Hogwards. Moaning Myrtle is , but still she can be found in the girls’ lavatory or the prefects bathroom. Professor Bins is , but he still teaches. (If you (the reader) happen to be my boss… don’t even think about it!) So why couldn’t Dumbledore return as a ghost. J.K. put a clue in chapter 38 of Order of the Phoenix. Nearly Headless Nick sais the following: "Wizards can leave an imprint of themselves upon the earth, to walk palely where their living selves once trod... I was afraid of . I chose to remain behind. I sometimes wonder whether I oughtn't have... Well, that is neither here nor there... In fact, I am neither here nor there..." I don’t think that Dumbledore was afraid to , but if he planned to he could use this escape to be able to still help Harry.
I still put my money on 07-07-07 as the release date for the new book, so I think many know the answer the next day…
Posted by Angelo Luja from Buchten, The Netherlands on October 22, 2006 4:57 PM
I love this site, i can stop crying now! But i think the idea of Dumbledore having a horcrux is stupid (i take this back if it turns out to be wrong). Didn't Dumbledore AND Slughorn make it very clear that horcruxes were VERY dark magic. I don't think Dumbledore, who stood for everything good and pure, would use dark magic to the extent of extending life.
Posted by Claws Black from 12 Grimmauld Place on October 23, 2006 06:27 AM
Wow. I was in denial about Dumbledore's for the longest time, but finally I accepted it. Thanks to you guys, I'm in denial again. And don't worry- there is no e-sarcasm here.;D
Posted by Sarah from Atlantic City, New Jersey on October 23, 2006 2:26 PM
After reading these incredible therories i have come up with one of my own. As Dumbledore and the phoenix are linked, and we see Dumbledore emmited in flames at the end of the book, maybe he too like the phoenix would rise from the . Though, he could be re-born as someone else. J.K. Rowling has stated that Dumbledore is definately , but if he was re-born as someone else, he would not technically be Dumbledore himself! This means Dumbledore as WE know him is !
Posted by Sam from England on October 23, 2006 3:24 PM
After reading the entire discussion board there are a few things that I would like to have some others weigh in on.
1.) Harry has been dissapointingly weak in my opinion in all the books up to this point. From reading others' comments I feel like part of the reason nobody wants to think DD is is that he represented an absolute power equivilent to LV. If He is indeed (almost all the theories to the contrary have been brilliant) but.... If he were , maybe his either get harry to work harder to become a powerful wizard in DD's immage or in some way transfer some of his powers directly to harry. Why hasn't Harry tried to learn to become an Animigi like James? Occlemency? Improved dueling ss that can actually give him a chance against LV? Clearly something has to change. Harry lacks the ss to find the Horcruxes, destroy them or LV.
Posted by Erik from USA on October 23, 2006 9:09 PM
Someone on page one had an amazing theory, and I love it! Liz stated that her friend was confused about why Dobby and Kreacher weren't with Malfoy, and that he had said that he would throw himself off the topmost tower if he didn't suceed or whatever. That thought had not even occured to me! I think it either Dobby who threw himself of the tower, taking the Polyjuice potion for Dumbledore, since, Dumbledore being his master, would have had to anyway, or, Dumbledore was the one there, and did , at least in a sense. What if he d, but only his mind. He was phsyically alive, but mentally , if your with me here. And somehow, Fawkes, our dear pheonix, is tyed into this. I know this all sounds really confusing, but I know what I mean!
Posted by Sam Wright from United States on October 24, 2006 12:28 PM
I still think Dumbledore is alive and posative that Snape is still a good guy working on his orders. But, if what J.K. says is true, should we just forget about all the clues that make it seem like he really is alive (or but coming back)? I think she just said that to drop all conversation about Dumbledore completely, but still hiding something. Just because she said it, doesn't mean that we have to give up and just go with it. I'll keep on looking in the books for more help. Just don't give up. I was with you guys when i found this site.
Posted by Joey from Chicago, Illinois on October 24, 2006 4:31 PM
Errr... from a strict grammatical/syntactical point of view, J.K has NOT stated that Dumbledore is !
In the interview, J.K. Said "Well, Salman, your opinion, I would say is, right. But I see that I need to be a little more explicit and say that Dumbledore is definitely ."
Strictly speaking, she has stated that she NEEDS to be a little more explicit and SAY "Dumbledore is definately "... but that is not the same as actually SAYING it. (I NEED to fix my faulty car radio, but I havn't actually DONE it yet... )
Let me paraphrase J.K. to make my point clearer....
Well, Salman, your opinion, I would say is, right. But I see that, if I want to quash the rumours and speculation, then I need to be a little more explicit and say that Dumbledore is definitely . But then, if there is some truth in the 'Dumbledore is alive' rumours, then I do NOT need to be a little more explicit and say that Dumbledore is definately ."
Granted, this is a subtle and nit-picky point of grammer. But then words are J.K.'s world, and I'm sure she would be more than capable of this sort of conversational Judo if she wanted to.
Or it could just be that it was a casual comment, and to be taken at face value.
Posted by Nic from Nottingham, UK on October 25, 2006 07:45 AM
I agree totally with Erik (post 10/23). I think the room (always kept locked, that contains the power LV knows not but HP has in droves - paraphrasing here of course)at the Ministry of Magic has to play a role in Book 7. Somehow HP's got to bring his ss way up. An understanding of "the power he has that the Dark Lord knows not" would be paramount in addition to taking Snape's final lesson to heart (“Blocked again and again and again until you learn to keep your mouth shut and your mind closed, Potter!"). In other words stop telegraphing your punches.
Posted by bart from Denver, Colorado on October 25, 2006 08:23 AM
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