Re: DIVINATION TEST
- From: gjw <gjw@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 08:39:04 GMT
On Thu, 22 Feb 2007 21:52:15 GMT, gjw <gjw@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 21 Feb 2007 21:54:39 -0800, nystulc@xxxxxx wrote:
I suppose I should answer my own questions, so you can gloat if I'M
(Of course, by now, most people here can probably predict my answers.)
- Why did Dumbledore trust Snape so much?
He knew of his relationship with Lily. To double-check, he may also
have used a more impartial method of ascertaining the truth (e.g.
legilimency, pensieve memories, Veritaserum, etc.)
- What was the meaning of Dumbledore's "gleam of triumph"? (Or more
specifically, exactly how did using Harry's blood doom Voldemort?)
I'm still at a loss on this one. Somehow, I think it will cause a
repeat of the Godric's Hollow incident (only this time there will be
no horcruxes to save him). But I'm not sure why or how it will have
- Will Rowling cheat and somehow have Dumbledore turn up alive?
I hope to God not. As much as I'd like to see Dumbledore alive again,
a promise is a promise.
- Why did Snape defect to Dumbledore?
Because he found out Voldemort was targeting the Potters, and needed
Dumbledore's help in hiding Lily.
- Is Snape loyal to Voldemort? Is Snape loyal to Dumbledore?
To neither, IMO. He's loyal to his own agenda, and has played both of
them against each other. His agenda, however, shares a lot in common
with Dumbledore's, most notably the destruction of Voldemort.
- Did Snape murder Dumbledore (or did Dumbledore ask Snape to kill
He murdered him, in part because of the Unbreakable Vow, and in part
because he didn't want to be exposed in front of the other DE's and
lose his opportunity to strike at Voldemort.
- Why did Snape take the Unbreakable Vow in the first place?
It doesn't make sense, but I think that Rowling wants us to believe
that Snape took the Vow because he was pressured into it by
Bellatrix's taunts - that Snape was afraid that he didn't dare refuse
to take the Vow because it would expose him as disloyal.
That's how Rowling wants us to see it (I think), but in reality, all
Snape would have had to do was tell Bella that Voldemort had ordered
Draco to kill Dumbledore, not him - and stated that he had no
intentions of displeasing the Dark Lord to appease Bella's curiosity.
- Does Snape have a personal vendetta against Voldemort?
Yes. He wants revenge for Lily's murder.
- Did Snape like Lily?
Yes. Which is why he broke with Voldemort. The exact nature of their
relationship doesn't matter much - it could be love, friendship,
respect, grudging admiration - all that matters is that Snape cared
enough that he desperately wanted to keep her alive.
- Why did Voldemort hesitate before killing Lily?
Still not positive on this one. Perhaps Snape asked him to spare her
- so he made a half-hearted effort to spare her and then killed her
when she defied him again. Or perhaps Voldemort had some vague memory
of how ancient maternal magic worked, and thus subconsciously sensed
some danger over killing Lily first.
- Will Voldemort die, or will he end up trapped in some other
I can see it going either way. But dead is probably the better bet.
- If Voldemort dies, will someone kill him, or will he accidentally
kill himself (like he did at Godric's Hollow)?
I think he'll accidentally kill himself. It will not only bring the
plot in a neat circle, but it will spare Harry killing someone.
- If someone kills Voldemort will Harry kill him, or will someone
else kill him?
I suspect that Harry will not kill him directly. Harry will eliminate
his horcrux protection, then Voldemort will do something stupid
(thinking he's immortal) and get himself permanently killed. I do
suspect, though, that someone (Snape, Wormtail, Narcissa, Neville...)
will unexpectedly come to Harry's aid during the heat of the final
- Will any of the Trio die in book 7?
- Will both the Ron/Hermione and Harry/Ginny relationships survive
the last book?
If all four characters survive, yes. But I think there's a 50/50
chance that Ginny is going to die in book 7.
- Petunia seems to know more than we expected - what's going on
I have no idea. For a while, I thought she was going to turn out to
be a closet witch, but that isn't the case. Still, I'm curious to
know what Rowling has in mind. She's sitting on some kind of secret
that I can't guess...
- Which character will perform magic late in life?
Probably Filch. Second guess would be Mrs. Figg.
- How will Sirius' mirror play a role in the last book?
No idea. It could somehow be used to communicate with the dead Sirius
(a bizarre idea, I'll admit), or it could be used for more mundane
communication. But Rowling said we'd see it again...
- Is there something we're missing in JKR's "carefully worded"
I think there is, but I can't put a finger on it. I suspect that
she's worded the prophecy in such a way that it will explain (or
predict) some unforseen twist in the plot... But I don't know what it
- Is Harry a horcrux?
- Is Harry's scar a horcrux?
I'm still undecided on this one. But I'm not 100% sure. It would
certainly explain a lot, such as Dumbledore' comment that Voldemort
"put a bit of himself into you", or the fact that the scar caused him
pain based on Voldemort's emotions. Also, Dumbledore remarked that he
wouldn't get rid of Harry's scar even if he could, since "scars can
come in handy".
Here's a thought.... If Harry's scar is the final horcrux, containing
Voldemort's last soul-bit, and if Voldemort doesn't realize it, he
might cast an AK curse at Harry that could instead strike Harry's
scar, killing the last soul-bit within it (but not Harry), ending
Voldemort's protection... and perhaps resulting in another ricochet
that kills Voldemort simultaneously...
- Will there be any insight into the Potterverse's Afterlife in
book 7 (via the mirror, the Veil, or whatever)?
I think so. That Veil wasn't introduced without reason...