Half-Blood Prince Death Clues
JK Rowling has hidden a lot of clues in HBP that tell us who is
going to die before they actually die! However, it takes a cunning eye to spot
- On page 113 of the American edition, Narcissa Malfoy says: "I see that being Dumbledore's favorite has given you a false sense of security, Harry Potter.
But Dumbledore won't always be there to protect you."
- On page 166 of the American edition, Harry, Ron, and Hermione talk about Dumbledore's arm and Hermione says, "It looks dead."
- On page 551 of the American edition, Dumbledore says to Harry: "If I tell you to leave me and save yourself, you will do as I tell you?"
- On page 573 of the American edition, the following occurred:
Dumbledore drank [the potion], and no sooner had he finished than he yelled, KILL ME!
This - this one will! gasped Harry. Just drink this . . . Itll be over . . . all over!
- On page 167 of the US edition:
"Well, there's one good thing," he said savagely. "Snape'll be gone by
the end of the year."
"What do you mean?" asked Ron.
"That job's jinxed. No one's lasted more than a year .... Quirrell
actually died doing it.... Personally, I'm going to keep my fingers
crossed for another death...."
As it turns out, it was a death that got Snape out of the job for next year
(presumably, anyway). - Thanks, Amy.
- On page 543 of the American version, Professor Trelawney gives a major clue about Dumbledores death when she explains how she is foreseeing calamity and disaster:
"If Dumbledore chooses to ignore the warnings the cards show-" Her bony hand closed suddenly around Harrys wrist. "Again and again, no matter how I lay them out," and she pulled a card dramatically from underneath her shawls. "The lightning struck tower," she whispered. Calamity. Disaster. Coming nearer all the time."
Seems as if another one of Trelawneys predictions was right. - Thanks, Chelsea
- On page 549 of the US HBP, Harry yells at Dumbledore:
"Haven't you noticed, Professor, how the people Snape hates tend to end up dead?"
You could relate this to the fact that Snape later stares at Dumbledore "with revulsion and hatred etched in the harsh lines of his face" before he kills him. This would suggest that Snape isn't actually working for the good side. - Thanks, Cristyn
- On page 197 of HBP (US Edition) Dumbledore says, "I make mistakes just like the next man. In
fact, being - forgive me - rather cleverer than most men, my mistakes tend to be
This could foreshadow the fact that Dumbledore's possible mistake in trusting Snape led to
his death. - Thanks, Danielle
- One of the chapters in this book is entitled "Phoenix's Lament." A lament is "a cry of sorrow or grief", so obviously Fawkes would lament over Dumbledore.