*I'm not even sure I believe this myself!
*I'm not even sure I believe this myself!
The Fountain of Magical Brethren was crucial foreshadowing.
The fountain was located in the Atrium of the Ministry of Magic, and it featured a wizard, a witch, a house-elf, a centaur, and a goblin, all idyllically united. At the end of OotP, this fountain is used as shelter by Harry, and is blasted to bits by Voldemort.
Also, over the course of the series characters from these various “Magical Brethren” have been introduced. And, in the cases of Dobby and Firenze, these brethren have forsaken the ways of their own people in order to live with and help Harry and the other wizarding folk. JKR has also introduced a fourth “Magical Brother” in the form of Grawp.
So, my theory is that just like in the battle in the Ministry Atrium, at some point in DH Harry will need to “take shelter” behind a unified force of “Magical Brethren” including Dobby (and possibly Kreacher and Winky), Firenze (and possibly other centaurs), one or more goblin characters who will be introduced in DH (possibly as guests at Bill’s wedding), and potentially Grawp.
This time around, instead of being destroyed by Voldemort like the fountain was, this group of truly united “Magical Brethren” will stand firm, and play a crucial role in leading to Harry’s ultimate success.
It took two people to get the locket Horcrux, Dumbledore made a point of saying a person couldn't've done it alone. Therefore RAB was not acting alone. The question now is, who was he acting with? I say Snape. Snape for a few reasons, 1) it would be a pretty effective way of clearing his name once Harry found out, AND if he came to Dumbledore, spilled the beans about the Horcruxes, Voldemort's one and only weakness (even if Dumbledore had already figured it out through his own guesswork), I'd say that's a pretty ironclad reason to trust him, eh? 2) Dumbledore asked specifically for Snape after all this, as if Snape knew the details of what had happened, only Snape could be the one to see him right then. This could be explained by a number of things, but hear me out. 3) Two old schoolmates, now Death Eaters, fresh out of Hogwarts and both having second thoughts? It only makes sense that they'd team up.
I think when 16 year old RAB and 17 year old Snape took the locket, Snape replaced the potion with something of his own. Because they assumed Voldemort would be the one to go after the locket next, he filled the potion that, while it might not kill the drinker, severely weaken him. My theory (and all of the internets's, I'm guessing?) is that Snape and Dumbledore had agreed that Snape would kill him, the potion was going to weaken Dumbledore to a state where he'd be useless, but not dead. If Dumbledore wasn't dead by Snape's doing, Snape would die, because of the Unbreakable Vow. Dumbledore knew the locket was a dud, knew exactly where to go to get to the entrance, knew where to go for the boat, knew there were inferni, because of Snape, because Snape had been there before.
gksfdgadf There's a bit more evidence and thoughts I'd like to share, but I really want to post this before going to work today, so I'll edit it later! Thanks for reading!
What if Regulus Black wasn't killed completely and instead became a ghoul in the bathroom of his old home to protect the locket he stole until the Order banished him during OotP?
I have no logic or reasoning for this other that the fact it popped up randomly in a dream I had last night and was still there in the morning...;p
Crookshanks immediately dislikes Scabbers/Wormtail, pouncing on him at every opportunity. He makes friends with Sirius...steals the sheet of passwords from Neville's bedside table (which means he can read, methinks), learns how to open the tunnel through the Whomping Willow...I mean, this is one cool cat!
Or is he?
The definition give in Fantastic beasts is: Kneazle (NEE-zul)
That said, maybe I'm just blowing hot air, but Kneazles seem to be very VERY smart. There is also an interview with JKR where this question was posed:
Is there something more to the cats appearing in the books than first meets the eye? (i.e. Mrs. Figg's cats, Crookshanks, Prof. McGonagall as a cat, etc.)
Ooooo, another good question. Let's see what I can tell you without giving anything away....erm....no, can't do it, sorry.
So...my wacko theory is...
Ron's Uncle Bilius, (who is probably Arthur's brother), you know, the one that saw a Grim an died 24 hours later? Well, what if he just disappeared? What if he was an Animagus, and trapped in his Animagus form? What if Crookshanks, who seems to get along very well for a cat with a big shaggy black dog, is really Bilius Weasley, trapped for 20 odd years as a cat? I mean, Weasleys certain seem to take to Hermione, don't they?
- Canon/JKR interview: Dumbledore has devised a way for Order members to communicate by sending a Patronus.
- Canon: To conjure a Patronus, it is essential to concentrate on some very strong, positive memory.
- Strongly implied in canon: Snape can communicate by Patronus. (In the Dumbledore-tells-all scene at the end of OotP, he informs Harry that Snape communicated with Sirius, and that the Order has ways of communicating that are more reliable than Umbridge's Floo.)
- Follows from the preceding: Snape can conjure a Patronus.
- Snape has some very strong, positive memory. (What could it be?)
- If Snape were fundamentally evil, would he be able to conjure a Patronus at all?
The tables will be turned in DH; Hermione, having spent most of HBP warning against following the notes in the book, will realise that the spells and potion making hints could be really useful to the Trio in their Horcrux hunt.
Harry, however, will want nothing to do with the book because of his extreme hatred of Snape and so Hermione will have to talk him into retrieving it and using it.
(I like this idea, but it's more than likely we've seen the last of that book and no-one will give it a second thought in DH.)
My personal theory comes from a comment JKR made about "What question should someone have asked you?"
She said that no one has ever asked about how Dumbledore got James Potter's invisibility cloak to give to Harry.
So, I think that Remus was out doing patrols around James and Lily's hideout, wearing the invisibility cloak. Peter knew this, and was with Voldie on the awful day. He or Voldie stunned the hell out of Remus (most likely Peter, as Voldie would have just AK'd)
The next day, Dumbledore arrived, sent in Hagrid to pick up Harry, and found Remus, still out cold (cause we know Dumbledore can see through invisibility cloaks). Remus proceeded to go insane for a couple of years, as his entire life had fallen down around him, and Dumbledore had to deal with that for a while, hence the delay in getting to Privet Drive. Remus still though Sirius was the secret keeper, and told Dumbledore so, after sirius had already lent Hagrid his motorbike.
anyway...something like that. I definitely think there's more to Remus and that night!
I'm sure I'l be posting more soon!