| .: Miscellaneous Magic :.|
All right, here is an editorial for every miscellaneous theory I have that doesn't have enough meat to it to constitute an entire editorial unto itself. Some of these theories might have worked their way into previous editorials of mine, but here they are laid out and touched upon rather than incorporated as a smaller element in a larger theory. I hope you'll find this a fun and interesting read!
Do you know what Harry's parents look like?
JKR: "Yes. I've even drawn a picture of how they look. Harry has his father and mother's good looks. But he has his mother's eyes and that's very important in a future book." (The Boston Globe, October 18, 1999.)
"You're a good boy," said Professor Slughorn, tears trickling down his fat cheeks into his walrus mustache. "And you've got her eyes�" (HBP, US ed. p491/HBP UK ed. p459.)
We all know that Harry having his mother's eyes is significant, but what exactly does this mean?
An idea is that Harry having his mother's eyes means that he has her memories, that he can see things through her eyes. And through her eyes, through her memories, Harry will be able to see what really happened the night that Voldemort went to Godric's Hollow when he was a baby to kill him and his father. Possibly Harry will also see his mother's memories of her friends and family. Most notably the realization that a romance with Lupin would have been too serious for her, whereas one with James provided her with just the right amount of seriousness and fun. And that Petunia was always very much jealous of Lily, who had a fantastic life as a witch, going off to Hogwarts, having their parents' pride bestowed upon her, getting to do all sorts of fun and dangerous things with magic, and then marrying James, a "prince." Could Petunia's secret desire to be a witch and the shame she feels at being a "filthy muggle" be why she is always seen cleaning her house, almost obsessively so?
The kitchen door had opened, and there stood Harry's aunt, wearing rubber gloves and a housecoat over her nightdress, clearly halfway through ehr usual pre-bedtime wipe-down of all the kitchen surfaces. (HBP, US ed., p46/HBP, UK ed., p49.)
Through his mother's eyes, Harry could also learn that his mother was a True Seer. Lily might have had a vision of what she had to do to keep Harry safe the night that Voldemort came to Godric's Hollow. And she did it, but it meant her staying in that house and dying, otherwise she would never have stayed in that house. She would have taken Harry and run, just as James told her to do. Her being a Seer is why Voldemort didn't want to kill Lily too after he'd already killed Harry's father. He wanted her on his side because he believes in prophecy, and True Seer abilities are very rare.
Which leads me to Harry having Seer abilities as well.
"There isn't any Seer blood in your family, is there?" she inquired curiously, as they sat side by side on a train rattling toward the heart of the city. "No," said Harry, thinking of Professor Trelawney and feeling insulted. (OOTP, US ed., p482/OOTP, UK ed., p426.)
This conversation Harry has with Tonks appears to be foreshadowing of this.
"-it's just your mother's genes coming out in you!" "Oh�yeah, maybe," said Harry, relieved. (HBP, US ed., p475/HBP, UK ed., p444.)
It would be humorously ironic if Harry did turn out to have Seer blood in his family since Professor Trelawney's predictions have been proven true on more than one occasion now, the most recent one being, of course, when she had predicted Professor Dumbledore's death in Book 6.
"If Dumbledore chooses to ignore the warnings the cards show-" Her bony hand closed suddenly around Harry's wrist. "Again and again, no matter how I lay them out-" And she pulled a card dramatically from underneath her shawls. "-the lightning-struck tower," she whispered. "Calamity. Disaster. Coming nearer all the time�" (HBP, US ed., p543/HBP, UK ed., p507.)
And of course, this amusing bit:
"Two of Spades: conflict," she murmured, as she passed the place where Harry crouched, hidden. "Seven of spades: an ill omen. Ten of spades: violence. Knave of spades: a dark young man, possibly troubled, one who dislikes the questioner -" She stopped dead, right on the other side of Harry's statue. (HBP, US ed., p195/HBP, UK ed., p185.)
All of Professor Trelawney's predictions could turn out to be accurate, even when she predicts the death of a student each year, because she's right, they will die one day since everyone does die, and she never said that they'd die that year. And if Harry was the one who stood up first at the dinner table that Christmas, then it could very well turn out to be him dying one minute before Ron, when they're both very old and have lived very happy lives.
And of course, when talking about True Seers Ron must be included considering all of the predictions he's made since Book 1 that have come true, even though he's made them in an offhand, no chance of happening way.
"What's the point?" he said dully. "We've got about as much chance of winning the Quidditch Cup this year as Dad's got of becoming Minister of Magic�" (OOTP, US ed., p652/OOTP, UK ed., p575.)
When talking about True Seers, Dean deserves a mention as well. Dean might have inherited Seer abilities from his father, which is why Voldemort wanted Dean's father on their side and his Death Eaters killed him when he refused. Dean might very well have been right at the end of Book 3 when he said/predicted that they would have a vampire as a DADA professor�
Voldemort might have also wanted Neville's father on his side, too, if Neville's father turns out to be a remote viewer. This could be why those Death Eaters went to Neville's parents' house that night when Neville was a baby and tortured his parents to get them to say where Voldemort was, because they knew that Neville's father could tell. Remote viewing could be a rare ability, too, just as True Seer abilities, and Neville inherited this ability from his father.
Is there only one phoenix left in the world-Fawkes? Did Dumbledore know that Voldemort would want Fawkes to get a phoenix egg out of Fawkes to achieve immortality as ancient Egypt's Pharaoh Hatshepsut might have done, so Dumbledore found Fawkes and kept him away from Voldemort all these years?
Will Mundungus Fletcher help find where Pharaoh Hatshepsut's Benu Egg (a Phoenix Egg) is in Egypt, the egg that she acquired on her expedition to Punt and which might have aided her in achieving true immortality, something Voldemort has always coveted? Mundungus might know thieves and grave robbers all over the world, and his thieving friends in Egypt just might have a clue as to where the Benu Egg might be. Voldemort and his Death Eaters could know the Egg's location because Wormtail, as a rat, could learn this information from other rats that run throughout the dark tunnels of the Egyptian pyramids.
Chocolate frog cards could play a pivotal role in the last book! Possibly everyone who is close to Harry will have to carry a chocolate frog card to help keep them safe from being kidnapped by Voldemort and used as bait, but not just any card; it would have to be one of Dumbledore because they are not ordinary cards in that Dumbledore can spy and communicate back to his original self-now in the painting-through them and carry that information to others by traveling through other portraits just as Phineus Nigellus does, for example. He had that done to his cards so that he could spy on Voldemort when Voldemort was at Hogwarts.
"But Dumbledore says he doesn't care what they do as long as they don't take him off the Chocolate Frog cards," said Bill, grinning. (OOTP, US ed., p95/OOTP, UK ed., p90.)
Might there have been another prophecy that Dumbledore heard? This one referring to the rise of a new Dark Lord after the fall of Grindelwald? Could this prophecy have been one of the ones that smashed at the Ministry at the end of Book 5, the one that had two voices, two Seers? Was one of those Seers related to Dean Thomas and the other to Professor Trelawney?
"�at the Solstice will come a new�" said the figure of an old, bearded man. � "�and none will come after�" said the figure of a young woman. (OOTP, US ed., p 785/OOTP, UK ed., p692.)
Possibly Dumbledore knew that Tom Riddle might be the one to whom the prophecy about a new Dark Lord rising after Grindelwald referred. Voldemort was born on December 31st, which might be close enough to the winter solstice to term his birth date as a solstice one. Maybe Dumbledore made it so that Voldemort's wand had one feather from Fawkes and that another wand was made that also had a feather from Fawkes, so that something like what happened at the end of Book 4 when Harry and Voldemort dueled would be able to happen, that it could help whoever might be able to defeat Voldemort, whoever was destined to have that wand, which would only ever go to the one who was destined to fight Voldemort. But Voldemort will very likely have a new wand in Book 7, because Ollivander, whom Harry has never really liked, might inform Voldemort of all of this and will make a new wand for Voldemort. After all, there didn't seem to be much of a struggle when the Death Eaters came for Ollivander, was there, so Ollivander might have no problem at all helping Voldemort?...
"Talking of Diagon Alley," said Mr. Weasley, "looks like Ollivander's gone, too." "The wandmaker?" said Ginny, looking startled. "That's the one. Shop's empty. No sign of a struggle. No one knows whether he left voluntarily or was kidnapped." (HBP, US ed., p106/HBP, UK ed., p104.)
Could it be that the reason why Dumbledore's scar never vanished is because it was made from Grindelwald, who is not really gone, just defeated, because he chose to become a ghost in death and whose ghostly form Voldemort took inside his body to strengthen it and be another step closer to being invincible and achieving his desired immortality? This could explain who the other person was the night that Voldemort went to Godric's Hollow to murder Harry and James. Will Dumbledore's scare vanish at the end of Book 7 when Harry does away with both Voldemort and Grindelwald? Will Harry's scar vanish then, too?
If Harry does return to Hogwarts in Book 7, then there will most likely be a new DADA professor. This could be Percy Weasley, stationed there by the Ministry of Magic and the possibly corrupt and evil Rufus Scrimgeour. Amelia Bones might have been murdered by Death Eaters because she was the one who was most likely to be the next Minister, and they wanted Rufus Scrimgeour in office instead. As a Hogwarts' professor, Percy could be instrumental in gaining useful information on Harry to pass back to the Minister, who might pass it along to Voldemort and his Death Eaters. This could effect Parvati and Padma Patil if they return to Hogwarts in Book 7 if we take into consideration Professor Trelawney's warning to Parvati third year to beware of a red-haired man. Possibly Professor Trelawney's warning referred to Padma's bad date with Ron at the Yule Ball, but it might have a deeper meaning than that.
"By the way, my dear," she shot suddenly to Parvati Patil, "beware a red-haired man." Parvati gave a startled look at Ron, who was right behind her, and edged her chair away from him. (POA, US ed., p 103.POA, UK ed., p80.)
At the end of Book 7, Rufus Scrimgeour could then be replaced as Minister by Arthur Weasley, and Percy could be replaced as DADA professor by Lupin, if he manages to be cured of being a werewolf in the book.
We know that there will be someone who exhibits magical abilities later in life, and we also now know from the rumour section of JKR's official site that this is not Aunt Petunia.
Aunt Petunia will start exhibiting magical tendencies
No, she won't. Aunt Petunia has never performed magic, nor will she ever be able to do so.
Could it be Filch, who so desperately wants to be able to perform magic that he enlists the help of a KwikSpell course in Book 2 and in Book 5 happily accepts Professor Umbridge's reprimand for using a Stunning spell even though she was the one who had shot the spell?
"Don't Stun them, Filch!" shouted Umbridge angrily, for all the world as though it had been his suggestion. "Right you are, Headmistress!" wheezed Filch, who was a Squib and could no more have Stunned the fireworks than swallowed them. (OOTP, US ed., p633/OOTP, UK ed., p557.)
Filch might be granted a bit of magical ability by Voldemort because he promises to help Voldemort in a way that only someone near Harry at Hogwarts can. However, if Harry does defeat Voldemort by the end of Book 7, then Filch will most likely lose his position at Hogwarts, and Crabbe and Goyle could replace Filch and Mrs. Norris at Hogwarts.
"I have no idea," said Snape coldly. "Potter, when I want nonsense shouted at me I shall give you a Babbling Beverage. And Crabbe, loosen your hold a little, if Longbottom suffocates it will mean a lot of tedious paperwork, and I am afraid I shall have to mention it on your reference if ever you apply for a job." (OOTP, US ed., p746/OOTP, UK ed., p657.)
Which leads to Draco, who has progressed on to OWL Potions, will teach potions, just like Snape did, when Slughorn retires.
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