I believe that Prof. Dumbledore has some kind of magic homing
Harry that allows him to know where he is at all times. Our first
this is the case are the detailed addresses written on Harry's letters
SS. Not only does Dumbledore know where Harry is, but exactly what
is staying in. (I am assuming that it is Dumbledore who sent those
to Harry, since we know it is Dumbledore who finally dispatched Hagrid
hand deliver the last one). More proof that Dumbledore knows where
at all times is during the Mirror of Erised scene when Dumbledore
p.212 of SS, "So-back again, Harry?" impling that he knows
Harry has been
there before, (to see the Mirror of Erised) and more than once. In
instance, Dumbledore hints that Harry had walked right past him without
seeing him and that's how he knew he was there, but that doesn't explain
Dumbledore knew he was there all the other times. And thirdly, more
is in COS on page 43 when they all receive their school letters and
Weasley says "Dumbledore already knows you're here, Harry-doesn't
trick, that man."
My main question is whether this honing device
that Dumbledore has is either
1) something similar to the Weasley's Grandfather clock described
(but more sophisticated) that he would keep in his office, or
2) it is more like a watch or a map (like the Marauder's Map) that
he carries around with
him at all times.
In either case it must be more detailed than
the Weasley's clock. The
grandfather clock Harry saw at the Weasley's burrow, described in
page 151 "had nine golden hands, and each of them engraved
with on the
Weasley family's names (and) .descriptions of where each family
be. "Home," "school," and "work,"."traveling,"
"prison,"."mortal peril." (I do think it would
be useful if Harry's clock
said mortal peril, as well!)
Whereas, Dumbledore's clock, watch, map (or
whatever it is) allows
Dumbledore to know with much greater detail Harry's location. In
letters have exact locations such as "The Cupboard Under the
Smallest Bedroom," "Room 17 Railview Hotel," and
finally, "The Floor,
Hut-on-the-Rock, the Sea". Since it would be hard to have all
locations written in detail on one clock like the Weasley's, Dumbledore's
device has to be much more sophisticated. It could still look like
but the words could change to state the precise location.
So that gets me to my question as to whether
this device is located in
Dumbledore's office or if it is something he carries around with
him, like a
watch or map. At the end of SS, when Dumbledore is called to the
of Magic, he tells Harry on page 297, "No sooner had I reached
it became clear to me that the place I should be was the one I had
left." and that he realized this before he got the owl from
did he know this because he was wearing some sort of device that
that Harry had gone through the trap door? Or did he just get a
something wasn't right?
Another example is in the GOF (page 558)
when Harry runs to Dumbledore's
office after he finds Mr. Crouch in the woods. Just as he can't
the password and Snape is holding him up, Dumbledore opens the door.
this because something in this office told him that Harry was there?
One point I don't understand is at the end
of GOF when Harry takes the
Portkey to the graveyard, Dumbledore doesn't seem to know he had
where he had gone to. Otherwise, wouldn't Dumbledore have gone after
Is this because he was at the tournament and he didn't have the
him at the time or didn't think he needed to look at it since he
had no way
of knowing anything was wrong in the first place? However, after
takes Harry to his office, Dumbledore seems to be able to find him
quickly in there.
It's funny that the Weasley's Grandfather
Clock doesn't show up until the
fourth book, but they decided to include it in the second movie.
There is a
clock described in the second book (COS), but its not the same one.
clock in the second book is described on page 34, "written
around the edge
were things like Time to Make Tea, Time to Feed the Chickens, and
late." I am inclined to think the Grandfather clock in GOF
significant to the plot or they wouldn't have added it to the second
like that. I know they may have thought the Grandfather clock would
more of a laugh, but I still think it has more significance and
they choose it instead.
& Sharon Bauckman)