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Predictions on Questions & Topics that Should Be Answered in the Last Book (Part One)
All right, I thought for this editorial that I would try and put my spin on answers on some questions/topics that are supposed to be answered in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Some of these theories might be ridiculous, but then again the more ridiculous the more fun, right? All too soon we'll have the last book and there might not be any chance left to speculate about the following questions. And since there are quite a number of these questions to be answered in the last book I thought I'd break up this editorial into two parts, part one released in May and part two in June.
1. Harry having his mother�s eyes is very important to a future book.
Harry having his mother's eyes could mean that he could have her memories, and this could be important because he might be able to see through her eyes what she did the night Voldemort came to Godric's Hollow to kill Harry and James. Harry might be able to see what she did to reduce Voldemort to a mist, which Harry might be able to re-enact in the last book only stronger, this time doing away with Voldemort for good. I believe what his mother did was place a very strong Shield Charm around baby Harry that night. The Shield Charm, usually used to deflect minor jinxes and curses, has been given more and more prominence as the books have progressed.
He was improving so fast it was quite unnerving and when Harry taught them the Shield Charm - a means of deflecting minor jinxes so that they rebounded upon the attacker - only Hermione mastered the charm faster than Neville. (OOTP US ed., pg 553/OOTP UK ed., pg 488.)
"We've just developed this more serious line," said Fred. "Funny how it happened�" "You wouldn't believe how many people, even people who work at the Ministry, can't do a decent Shield Charm," said George. "'Course, they didn't have you teaching them, Harry." "That's right�Well, we thought Shield Hats were a bit of a laugh, you know, challenge your mate to jinx you while wearing it and watch his face when the jinx just bounces off. But the Ministry bought five hundred for all its support staff! And we're still getting massive orders!" "So we've expanded into a range of Shield Cloaks, Shield Gloves�" "�I mean, they wouldn't help much against the Unforgivable Curses, but for minor to moderate hexes or jinxes�" (HBP US ed., pg 119/HBP UK ed., pg 115-116.)
Although Snape did not know it, Harry had taught at least half the class (everyone who had been a member of the D.A.) how to perform a Shield Charm the previous year. � He turned his wand on Harry so fast that Harry reacted instinctively; all thought of nonverbal spells forgotten, he yelled, "Protego!" His Shield Charm was so strong Snape was knocked off-balance and hit a desk. The whole class had looked around and now watched as Snape righted himself, scowling. (HBP US ed., pg. 179-180. HBP UK ed., pg. 170-171.)
Fred and George state that the Shield Charm can't deflect Unforgivable Curses, but what if this is really JKR telling us that if one can produce such a strong Shield Charm that it actually can deflect an Unforgivable Curse? And what if Harry is the only one truly able to do this? It's possible that the reason for this progressive prominence of the Shield Charm is because it will be key to Harry defeating Voldemort in the last book.
2. JKR has said that we should be wondering why Professor Dumbledore did not try to kill Voldemort at the Ministry at the end of Phoenix.
We can think that Dumbledore did not try to kill Voldemort because of his knowledge of the Horcruxes and he knew that doing away with Voldemort at the Ministry would not have been enough and may even have reduced Voldemort back into a the mist that he had been at the beginning of the series and therefore possibly even harder to kill.
He may have also or only had the prophecy in mind and was thinking of the fact that only Harry is the one who can defeat Voldemort.
It is also possible that he knows of something else, something to do with both the mysterious other person who was at Godric's Hollow the night that Voldemort went to murder Harry and James, and Dumbledore's history with the dark wizard Grindelwald. Possibly Dumbledore knows that Grindelwald is dead but not gone from the earth, having chosen to be a ghost when he was killed. Voldemort might have taken Grindelwald's ghostly from inside himself through an alchemical, magical process in order to strengthen him and take steps to achieve his ultimate goal of immortality. It could be possible that Voldemort was strengthened by having two souls inside his body. Maybe Dumbledore knows that Grindelwald is not truly gone because his scar shaped as the London Underground, which he may have gotten from battling Grindelwald, has never disappeared, and maybe he knows that it would if Grindelwald was truly gone from the earth. So, if this is true, and Dumbledore knows that there is more than one soul inside Voldemort, he would know for sure that if he did try to kill Voldemort exactly what happened the night Lily protected Harry from Voldemort would happen again, and Voldemort would be reduced to a mist but not be killed. Maybe Dumbledore was thinking of the Dementor's Kiss when he said to Voldemort that there are worse things than death?
"What - they kill - ?" "Oh no," said Lupin. "Much worse than that. You can exist without your soul, you know, as long as your brain and heart are still working. But you'll have no sense of self anymore, no memory, no�anything. There's no chance of recovery. You'll just - exist. As an empty shell. And your soul is gone forever�lost." (POA US ed., pg. 247/POPA UK ed., pg. 183.)
Harry felt a chill in his stomach as Professor McGonagall struggled to find words to describe what had happened. He did not need her to finish her sentence. He knew what the dementor had must have done. It had administered its fatal kiss to Barty Crouch. It had sucked his soul out through its mouth. He was worse than dead." (GOF US ed., pg. 703/GOF UK ed., pg. 610.)
"You do not seek to kill me, Dumbledore?" called Voldemort, his scarlet eyes narrowed over the top of the shield. "Above such brutality, are you?" "We both know that there are other ways of destroying a man, Tom," Dumbledore said calmly, continuing to walk toward Voldemort as though he had not a fear in the world, as though nothing had happened to interrupt his stroll up the hall. "Merely taking your life would not satisfy me, I admit -" "There is nothing worse than death, Dumbledore!" snarled Voldemort. "You are quite wrong," said Dumbledore, still closing in upon Voldemort and speaking as lightly as though they were discussing the matter over drinks. (OOTP US ed., pg. 814/OOTP UK ed., pg. 718.)
Maybe he was thinking that the Kiss would be the best way to do away with Voldemort, to suck out all of the souls inside Voldemort, and to do away with the Voldemort Horcrux for now and then go on to destroy the remaining Horcruxes to truly and completely defeat and kill Voldemort? Maybe Dumbledore wasn't putting as much weight on the Prophecy's words as he might have been and was instead focused on how he himself could best do away with Voldemort so that Harry would not have to be forced to do so himself? Or at least help Harry on his mission to destroy Voldemort, which he was obviously doing in Prince by trying to locate and destroy the remaining Horcruxes, even though at the end of Phoenix he had told Harry the Prophecy's contents and that it's meaning was that Harry is the only one who can kill Voldemort.
Possibly Harry will learn of this from Dumbledore's portrait, which I think will give some guidance to Harry for all parts of his life. However, I do not believe that Dumbledore will play as instrumental a role in Harry destroying the Horcruxes and defeating Voldemort as he has in the past when he was alive. This is Harry's story, after all.
3. Dumbledore�s �gleam of triumph� will be enormously significant to Book 7.
I think it's possible that Dumbledore knows that Voldemort's having Harry's blood inside of him makes him weaker, in the sense that it keeps a part of him human, a part of him that can still be killed. If Voldemort ever does achieve his goal of immortality, it could be that bit of blood that helps Harry in defeating Voldemort, because his blood keeps him human, which is also mortal.
4. JKR has said that we should wonder why Dumbledore had James' invisibility cloak.
The fact that we should be asking this question must mean that Dumbledore had the cloak for more than safe-keeping and also that it wouldn't make sense that Dumbledore would need the cloak since we know that he knows of at least one other way to make himself invisible. Is it possible that Lily saw their deaths, but also Harry's future? Is it possible that Harry's parents knew that he would need the cloak in the first book, which could be why Dumbledore knew to give him the cloak at Christmas first year. Dumbledore certainly isn't a Seer, but Lily could very well have been one.
JKR has said that Harry will meet Snape again. This brings to light the questions of whether or not he's good or bad, did he really want to kill Dumbledore, are his loyalties really with Voldemort and were all of his explanations to Bellatrix at the beginning of Prince accurate, and did he love Lily? Why does he hate Harry so much? Will he die in the last book? Was he always marked for death but one of the characters given a reprieve? Was it possible that Dumbledore was referring to Snape kissing Florence behind the greenhouse bushes when he watched Bertha Jorkins in the Pensieve ratting out a boy and girl kissing behind the greenhouses?
Frowning slightly, he prodded the thoughts within the basin with the tip of his wand. Instantly, a figure rose out of it, a plump, scowling girl of about sixteen, who began to revolve slowly, with her feet still in the basin. She took no notice whatsoever of Harry or Professor Dumbledore. When she spoke, her voice echoed as Snape's had done, as though it were coming from the depths of the stone basin. "He put a hex on me, Professor Dumbledore, and I was only teasing him, sir, I only said I'd seen him kissing Florence behind the greenhouses last Thursday�" "But why, Bertha," said Dumbledore sadly, looking up at the now silently revolving girl, "why did you have to follow him in the first place?" (GOF US ed., pg 598-599/GOF UK ed., pg. 521-522.)
If so, then who was Florence and what happened to her? And how did Snape really feel about her?
I tend to think that Snape is not good. Harry has never liked him, which could be a sign of Harry's strong ability to see what people truly are through Legilimency. All of the reasons for his behaviour that Snape gave to Bellatrix at the beginning of Prince make sense and point to him being evil. I do think he is one of the characters who was marked for death in the last book but will get a reprieve, although the life he will lead thereafter will not be all that wonderful at all. It does seem very possible that it was Snape whom Bertha saw behind the greenhouses and that he hexed her, considering his efficiency with creating hexes and curses which we've seen in Prince with Levicorpus and Sectumsempra. I also do think there might have been an amorous affectation from Snape for Lily, although never acted upon by Snape due to his disdain at her bloodline. And JKR has said that she based Snape on a professor she had and did not like�it seems only fitting that Snape would not turn out to be a good person or have a very happy ending in the series then, doesn't it? Lockhart, after all, was based on someone she's known in real life and does not like very much, either, and, well�you get my point!
6. What Harry�s parents did for a living is important.
Well, JKR has said that they didn't have to have proper jobs because they could live off of James' inheritance. So whatever James and Lily did, either it wasn't a well-paying job or wasn't a paying job at all. So what did they do then? They could have been Aurors, or Unspeakables, or they could have been full-time Order members on the quest to defeat Voldemort by locating and destroying the remaining Horcruxes and then, eventually, Voldemort.
7. Why did Voldemort give Lily so many chances to live?
I think it's because he knew she was a Seer and Voldemort values prophecy. Possibly he thought he could also find out the true wording of the prophecy from her, without having to attempt to steal it from the Hall of Prophecies in the Ministry. He would also have her to provide him with prophecies/forewarnings of danger in the future.
8. Dumbledore's family is a "profitable line of inquiry", according to JKR.
I don't think Dumbledore's family relates to his ancestry. So we know that Dumbledore has Aberforth for a brother. But could he be related to someone else? How about Amycus and Alecto Carrow? They seemed to be awfully familiar with Dumbledore when they spoke and taunted him on the lightning struck tower in Prince. How did they know certain things about him? And does Dumbledore's family have anything to do with what he saw when he drank the potion at the end of Prince to get the locket? What exactly was it that he saw, anyway? My first impression was that he was sorry for having elicited pain and torture on people�but Dumbledore? Although, it could play back to his blushing at McGonagall's comment that he was too good to perform dark magic at the beginning of Stone. Maybe this is why Dumbledore wants to trust that Snape is truly good now and has changed his ways, because in believing in Snape it is the same as believing in himself. No one seems to be as strong and determined as Harry to be good in the books. Harry's insistence at never turning to the dark side in the first book is exceptional, not least of all because he was only eleven-years-old and what he is insistent on doing is something not very many people can do when tempted, even the older they are�possibly like Dumbledore? I also think that Dumbledore might have had a love but gave her up to fight good, which I think is something he will advise Harry against doing in Hallows, although for whom I don't know, but I do think that a life with his love is what Dumbledore sees in the Mirror of Erised. And what is going on with Aberforth? Since we know for sure that the barman at the Hog's Head is indeed Aberforth from JKR, he certainly seemed to be on somewhat friendly terms with Mundungus in Prince, so possibly he will be of help in locating Fletcher in Hallows so that Harry can find what he stole from 12 Grimmauld Place, which could very well be the real Lockhart Horcrux?
The street was not very busy; nobody was lingering to chat, just hurrying toward their destinations. The exceptions were two men a little ahead of them, standing just outside the Three Broomsticks. One was very tall and thin; squinting through his rain-washed glasses Harry recognized the barman who worked in the other Hogsmeade pub, the Hog's Head. (HBP US ed., pg. 244-245/HBP UK ed., pg. 230.)
9. Aunt Petunia
JKR has said that Petunia is not a witch nor a Squib; however, she has also said that there is �a little bit more to Aunt Petunia than meets the eye.� She has also said that Petunia's being a Squib is �a very good guess. Oh, I am giving a lot away here. I am being shockingly indiscreet.� I think it's possible that Petunia knows much about the Wizarding World because she has always been jealous of her sister Lily and has wanted to be a witch herself. This can be seen in her attitude when she is telling Harry the truth about his mother in Stone because she appears to be envious of Lily. It is understandable that she would want the attention lavished upon Lily by their parents to have been given to her as well, and to be able to accomplish amazing and wondrous things with magic and have the love of a wealthy and handsome man like James. It appears to me that she has eavesdropped on conversations her sister might have had with her wizarding friends. I think that Petunia's insistence on keeping such a clean house, which is evidenced throughout the books including when Hestia Jones notices how spotless the Dursley's house is in Phoenix and in Prince when Petunia is described as doing her nightly wipe-down of the kitchen surfaces when Dumbledore arrives to get Harry in the beginning of the book. And when Petunia was "oddly flushed" upon hearing that Harry would only be returning to Privet Drive in Prince, this flush could have been caused by embarrassment at a feeling of "not being good enough" for the Wizarding World. I think her relationship with her sister is what's important to Harry, so that it will foster an understanding that's necessary for Harry to have on his journey in Hallows. It might help him see things in other people more clearly and know whom to trust and how to read people, although he is also very good at seeing through people due to his ability with Legilimency. Petunia could also know about Harry's parents, specifically with James. She might know about his ancestry, which would be interesting for Harry to hear. She might have overhead Lily make a prophecy or hear that her sister was a Seer, which she could tell Harry, although probably in an annoyed or enraged state. She could also know the contents of the prophecy, and what it means who or what Harry might be truly in this life. We know from JKR that Petunia knows about the Dementors because of a conversation she overhead between Lily and someone else.
10. What did Dumbledore mean in his Howler to Aunt Petunia when he said, �Remember my last?�
The last letter Dumbledore gave Petunia, according to JKR, is the one he gave her when he also gave her Harry and left him on her doorstep that night in Stone. But JKR has also said that there were letters before then, so what exactly were those letters about then? Could they be ones informing her that Harry might be coming to stay with her for the next six years, because of a prophecy from Lily? Did they give insight into why? And who and what Harry might truly be? Is this information that she could give Harry in Hallows? Maybe the letters, or some of them, gave an explanation as to why Harry had to stay with Petunia, because of the ancient magic that Dumbledore evoked using the connection between Lily and Petunia's blood that would protect Harry. If there really was a prophecy from Lily about her and James' deaths and Harry's fate, then Dumbledore would have known in advance to invoke that ancient magic and would also know, because of his letters to Petunia alerting her that Harry could very well be coming to live at 4 Privet Drive, that Petunia would surely take him in for the next six years.
OK, that's ten questions for now. In June I will write up possible answers to other questions/topics that are likely to be answered in Hallows. Thanks!
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