Chapter 5-37 The Lost Prophecy
- Harry is back in Dumbledore's office. He keeps thinking it's his fault
Sirius is dead. Phineas Nigellus asks
Harry why he's in Dumbledore's office. The other Headmasters
wake up and Harry wants to leave but the office is locked.
- Dumbledore arrives through
the fireplace and puts Fawkes back on its tray
of soft ashes. Dumbledore tells him all the other students are all right.
- Harry is angry at himself and Dumbledore. Dumbledore tells Harry pain
is part of being human and Harry gets furious, trashing silver instruments
and saying that then he doesn't want to be human; he's had enough. Harry
wants to leave but Dumbledore does not let him. Dumbledore says Harry
is not nearly as angry with him as he ought to be. Dumbledore considers
it his fault that Sirius died. Not completely responsible. Sirius was
brave, clever and energetic, but not someone to sit safe at home. Nevertheless
Harry should never have had to believe Sirius was in danger. That's
what Dumbledore should have made sure of.
- Dumbledore starts to explain about Harry's Scar and his mental connection with Voldemort.
Because he suspected a two-way influence, he told Snape to teach Harry
Occlumency. He could not do it himself,
risking Voldemort using Harry to spy on him. He even
felt a shadow of Voldemort stir behind Harry's eyes on the rare occasions
they had close contact the past year. By keeping Harry at a distance
he had been trying to protect him.
- The night Mr. Weasley was attacked, Voldemort realized he could use
Harry to trick him into getting the Prophecy he has been desperate to hear ever
since he regained his body.
- Harry feels guilty. Dumbledore tells him Kreacher lied to Harry when he checked for
Sirius. After Sirius told Kreacher to 'get out' he took it literally
and went to Narcissa Malfoy.
- Snape also checked on Sirius after Harry's cryptic warning. The Order
has other methods of communicating. When Harry didn't come back from
the Forest, he alerted the Order members who went to the Ministry at
once. Snape requested Sirius stay at Grimmauld Place and he went to
the Forest to search for Harry. Sirius however went to the Ministry
too and instructed Kreacher to tell Dumbledore where they had gone.
Kreacher had told Narcissa that Sirius cares most about you and that
Harry considered him a mixture of father and brother. Kreacher injured
Buckbeak to keep Sirius out of the way the
moment Harry would check in Grimmauld Place. Dumbledore is good in Legilimency
and knew whether Kreacher was lying or not. He 'persuaded' him to tell
the full story. Although Kreacher did bad things, he has been made the
way he is by his family.
- Harry argues with Dumbledore about Snape but Dumbledore has convincing explanations
for Harry's doubts.
- Dumbledore explains why Harry had to grow up at the Dursleys. He was
protected there by an ancient magic. The fact that Harry's mother died
to save him gave him a protection that flows in his veins. Harry is
protected by his mother's blood. Dumbledore left him with her sister
and only remaining relative Petunia. By taking Harry in, Petunia
sealed the charm Dumbledore had placed upon Harry. The bond of blood
became the strongest shield Dumbledore could give Harry. It was Dumbledore
who sent the Howler last year to remind Petunia.
- Five years ago Harry survived an encounter with Voldemort. At that
time Dumbledore could not tell Harry why Voldemort wants to kill Harry.
In the second year, he survived an encounter again. In the fourth year
another time. Then Dumbledore should have told Harry everythihg but
he still cared too much about Harry's happiness to put another burden
- Now Dumbledore does. He tells Harry Voldemort wants to kill Harry
because of a prophecy made shortly after his birth. Voldemort knew it
had been made but not its full contents. He wants it. He wants the knowledge
of how to destroy Harry.
- Harry says the prophecy is smashed, but Dumbledore responds that what
has smashed is only a record, kept by the Department of Mysteries. Dumbledore
reveals that he was the one to whom the prophecy was made. He can recall
- It was sixteen years ago, when in the Hog's Head he was seeing an applicant for
the post of Divination teacher.
- Dumbledore takes his Pensieve and with
his wand prods it. A figure rises, it's Sybill Trelawney and Harry hears the
Dumbledore explains that it means that the person who has the only chance
of conquering Voldemort was born at the end of july, nearly sixteen
years ago. This boy would be born to parents who had already defied
Voldemort three times.
|`The one with the power to vanquish the Dark
Lord approaches. born to those who have thrice defied him, born
as the seventh month dies . and the Dark Lord will mark him as
his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not . and
either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live
while the other survives . the one with the power to vanquish
the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies .'
- Then he tells Harry that at that time it could have been him or Neville.
The official record of the prophecy was re-labelled by the keeper of
the Hall of Prophecy after Voldemort's
attack on Harry as a child. After Harry got his scar it made Harry the
person about whom the prophecy was made. Dumbledore could have chosen
a pure-blood, Neville, but chose Harry, a half-blood. Harry escaped
Voldemort four times so far.
- Voldemort acted at once because the eavesdropper in the Hog's Head
only heard the first two lines. He did not know there might be danger;
Harry has power the Dark Lord knows not. Harry says he doesn't
- Dumbledore tells him that in the Department of Mysteries there
is a room that is kept locked at all times. It contains a force more
wonderful and terrible than death, than human intelligence, then the
forces of nature. It's also the most mysterious. This power Harry possesses
in such quantities and which Voldemort has not at all. This power took
Harry to save Sirius, and saved him from possession by Voldemort because
he could not bear to reside in a body full of the force he detests.
- The end of the prophecy means that one of them, either Harry or Voldemort,
has to kill the other.