It is time for a brief Harry Potter discussion pertaining to the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. If you have yet to read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, turn back now. Spoilers ahead!
Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?
Let me start by saying that I am one of the many who are convinced that Dumbledore is not dead. JK Rowling gave way too many clues that would suggest his demise was created to trick the Death Eaters. Here are a couple quotes thanks to the help of Beyond Hogwarts:
The door burst open and somebody erupted through it and shouted, "Expelliarmus!" Harry's body became instantly rigid and immobile, and he felt himself fall back against the tower wall, propped like an unsteady statue, unable to move or speak.
He could not understand how it happened -- Expelliarmus was not a Freezing Charm -- Then, by the light of the Mark, he saw Dumbledore's wand flying in an arc over the edge of the ramparts and understood... Dumbledore had wordlessly immobilzed Harry, and the second he had taken to perform this spell had cost him the chance of defending himself.
One of the important new lessons in Half-Blood Prince was performing spells without words. All a good wizard has to do is think of the spell he or she wants.
By Dumbledore freezing Harry he admits that he does not want to be helped - something was already set to play out. Snape steps up to the plate and 'kills' Dumbledore, or did he?
Based on previous descriptions of how the Avada Kedavra spell works, the green blast causes victims to crumble to the ground. When Dumbledore is hit with the spell he is blasted into the air. Coincidence? Probably. Those who favor the 'Dumbledore is Not Dead' theory think that Snape silently performed another spell while shouting Avada Kedavra. Possible and plausible.
Snape raised his wand and pointed it directly at Dumbledore. "Avada Kedavra!" A jet of green light shot from the end of Snape's wand and hit Dumbledore squarely in the chest. Harry's scream of horror never left him; silently he was forced to watch as Dumbledore was blasted into the air. For a split second, he seemed to hang suspended beneath the shining skull, and then he slowly fell backward, like a great rag doll, over the battlements and out of sight.
A couple other small details I noticed in HBP that suggest otherwise include:
1. No confirmation of body - Dumbledore is wrapped in velvet.
2. When the Phoenix sings Harry realizes that the music helps heal his pain. The Phoenix, the phoenix, the phoenix!
Dumbledore was sure to point out that the Phoenix can recycle its life by catching on fire and rising from the ashes. The funeral ends with Dumbledore, you guessed it, catching on fire. When the flames subside all we see is a marble tomb. That's right, still no body. Can Dumbledore match the Phoenix by resurrection through flame?
Or what if Dumbledore, who spent a good deal of time figuring out how Voldemort created Horcruxes, had the Phoenix become a horcrux of his own?
It is obvious that the truth to Dumbledore's demise is still under debate, but certain people are beginning to weigh in. Entertainment Weekly recently 'confirmed' that Dumbledore is in fact dead for Deathly Hallows. It's just too bad that JK Rowling doesn't exactly agree.
In a recent interview with the Guardian, Dan Radliffe reports on words straight from the author's mouth:
'Jo came down to the set at one point and I said, "Oh hello, why are you here today?" And she said, "Oh I just needed a break from the book - Dumbledore's giving me a lot of trouble." And I said, "But isn't he dead?" And she said, "Well, yeah, but it's more complex ..." I was like, [briskly] "OK, I'm not gonna ask anything else!"'
If EW and Rowling are both right, it would suggest that Dumbledore has taken on the Obi-Wan Kenobi role by giving advice through one of the framed paintings of old headmasters.
I'd rather he were alive, however.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hits shelves on July 21st.
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