The Question is Not Who, But How...
An original editorial by Victoria Sailard
Well, to be brief, Im almost sure this man is Godric Gryffindor (GG). He
looks like an old lion, he has MANE of TAWNY hair, yellowish eyes (which is
a common eye color for cats) and he is GRACEful, as all cats are. These details
cant be a mere coincidence! And I dont think JKR would give us so many
clues just to trick us again! Although I admit this could be an as-yet unknown
descendant of Gryffindor, introducing an entirely new character playing a major part in
the next to last book is scarcely probable, as many of you have already
So, this editorial is not devoted to the problem of WHO it is, but HOW we
can see a thousand-year old man again. First of all, I agree he is dead and
will not revive; but some of you keep forgetting we deal with the magic
world, so there are a lot of ways to "meet" a person after his death--and
thats what Im going to talk about.
1) GG as a painting. This was the first thing that came to my mind. We have
seen a lot of them in the Potterverse, and as the pictures can walk (and
hence limp), this is very possible.
2) GG as a ghost. Well, I dont really think this one is probable, because
ghosts dont limp and they are "pearly-white," so we wouldnt be able
to distinguish eye and hair color.
3) GG as a memory. As we know, memories can walk out of secret diaries, and
this means Godric should have left one and someone should be keeping it. Or
imagine Harry visiting the ruins of GODRICs Hollow (the place where his
family lived and where his parents died--the place where the whole story
actually begins) and accidentally finding old Godrics note-book
4) GG as a thought in a Pensieve. Im not sure thoughts can be saved
for such a long time, and that would mean someone put this particular thought
out of his brain forever, as Dumbledore and Snape returned their memories back after
using the Pensieve.
5) Harry (maybe not alone) watching GG on his second time-travel. Consider
JKR being asked "Will Harry time-travel again?" and her more-than-mysterious
answer "Not telling!" (AOL Online Chat, October 2000).
Travelling 1,000 years back--that would be really cool!
6) We shouldnt forget about the two-way mirror. Yes, I know Harry
couldnt contact Sirius in the end of the OotP, but maybe Sirius (or other
inhabitants of the next world) was not yet available for some reason.
I guess there are more ways to contact the dead in the magic world, but
these seem to be all that we know for now (or at least that I can remember).
If my theory is true and we are going to meet the famous GG himself, then a
lot more questions come into being. For instance, what sort of crucial information will he
give us?; how will he contribute to the end of the War?; why couldnt we see
him earlier?; maybe he knows how to vanquish Voldemort, his rivals
descendant? If we see more of GG in the next book, does this mean there will
be more of Salazar Slytherin as well? The longer I think about this, the
better I understand why JKR is not likely to run out of ideas
But there is one more thing:
7) If you put the description in
quotation marks, it may well be an extract from an ancient legend (as old as the Chamber of Secrets one), told
by Professor Binns or read by Hermione in Hogwarts: A History. And in that case we wont meet this lion-like
man at all! In my opinion, that is very likely to happen.
I hope now everyone is convinced the lion-like man could be Godric Gryffindor (I hope he is), but the extract
doesnt make the contents of Half-Blood Prince any clearer, and thats why I believe Im right. JKR loves
dropping hints that give us that exciting feeling of anticipation that makes us want to spend hours in front of a door
we cant open without her permission.