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14 October 2006 @ 01:10
PS - Chapter 3 - The Letters from No One  
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wandrin_dreamerpan_alchemist on 21st October 2006 08:45 (UTC)
Dumbledore, tracking and the letters
How does Dumbledore know what to say on the envelopes? The addresses were exceptionally detailed; "the cupboard under the stairs", "the smallest bedroom" ... "the floor". (I am also refering to CoS here where it is said "Dumbledore already knows you're here, Harry - doesn't miss a trick, that man". [CoS; At Flourish and Blotts])

Although it is possible that the letters were charmed to address themselves, the conversation Dumbledore had with the Dursleys in HBP seems to imply that he did know more. (I also doubt Harry sat down and told him details of his upbringing...)

Is this a part of how he has been keeping an eye on Harry? (Dumbledore says to Harry, "... and I have watched you more closely than you can have imagined..." [OotP, The Lost Prophecy].) I am rather curious to know how Dumbledore had been watching Harry. We can rule out possessions, I think, because at this point, Harry didn't have anything that was his own. Vernon's attempt at 'shaking a tail', rules out possible squib intervention. Besides, I can't see Harry telling Mrs. Figg that he was living in a cupboard. What other way could he keep tabs on Harry?

I would also like to point out that Harry's state of living did noticably improve with the arrival of the first letter. It makes one wonder why no attempt had been made earlier. As I said in chapter 1, Dumbledore knew what circumstances could have possibly influenced Riddle. Why take the risk with Harry?
Ianus Incantatusjanus_incantus on 11th November 2006 22:25 (UTC)
Re: Dumbledore, tracking and the letters

Is this a part of how he has been keeping an eye on Harry? (Dumbledore says to Harry, "... and I have watched you more closely than you can have imagined..." [OotP, The Lost Prophecy].) I am rather curious to know how Dumbledore had been watching Harry. We can rule out possessions, I think, because at this point, Harry didn't have anything that was his own.
Could it have been something that the Dursleys have? I find a thought of a bewitched painting in their meticulously normal living room highly amusing. Or how about the infamous 'squeaky stair' on which I've seen a thread version #n in a certain HP related forum....
wandrin_dreamerpan_alchemist on 21st October 2006 08:51 (UTC)
Dudley
I am just wondering if this chapter could possibly be Dudley's worst memory.

I have a suspicion that it probably isn't, but one cannot deny that Dudders was truly miserable at this point in the book.

Just a thought.
Ianus Incantatusjanus_incantus on 11th November 2006 22:11 (UTC)
Dursleys
pan_alchemist
I would also like to point out that Harry's state of living did noticably improve with the arrival of the first letter. It makes one wonder why no attempt had been made earlier. As I said in chapter 1, Dumbledore knew what circumstances could have possibly influenced Riddle. Why take the risk with Harry?

I think there's noticeable difference between Harry and Tom here. As misguided and unpleasant as the Dursleys were with regard to Harry, they intentions were not profoundly and purposely malicious. Vernon says: 'Didn't we swear when we took him in we'd stamp out that dangerous nonsense?'. This seems to me be an indication that they actually did care about Harry at some level.
Ianus Incantatusjanus_incantus on 11th November 2006 22:19 (UTC)
Mrs Figg's Suspicious Injury - Part II
This chapter sheds more light, or rather more obscurity, on Mrs Figg's curiously broken leg. It is suggested she got the injury tripping over one of her cats. Provided the number of cats she has, this is not impossible, but she has been living with them for ages, so she should be quite used to dodging them.

I wonder if she could have got the injury from some much more dangerous activity. Could it even be related to the fact that Dumbledore and Flamell knew the Philosopher's Stone was in danger?
Ianus Incantatusjanus_incantus on 11th November 2006 22:31 (UTC)
Tin Foil: Vernon Is a Metamorphomagus
Just see how he changes colours when he sees the first letter to HArry.
Ianus Incantatusjanus_incantus on 11th November 2006 22:46 (UTC)
The Shack
Could the shack on the island have anything more into it? The description of it sounded a bit familiar from somewhere else. Could it hide a horcrux?