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Old 18-11-2004, 14:02   #1
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How does Dumbledore know?

When reading PS/SS again I wondered when Harry got his first then subsequent letters from Hogwarts how did Dumbledore know the exact location of Harry. For instance, the first letter was sent to

Mr H Potter
The Cupboard under the Stairs
4 Privet Drive
Little Whinging
Surrey

The Dursleys were very disturbed by this and considered that they were probably being watched so they switch Harry to a bedroom upstairs. Which Dumbledore obviously knew about as his next letter was addressed to Harry but said The smallest bedroom.

How did Dumbledore know this? Is he having the house watched and if so by whom? Is it the same people the Ministry use to keep track of those doing magic or do they just keep watch over Harry?
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Old 18-11-2004, 16:07   #2
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Re: How does Dumbledore know?

I guess Dumbledore is just all-knowing. I mean he is one of the most powerful wizards in the world and he seems to know everything, even though he never tells people until they've figured things out themselves. Maybe he just can sense Harry.

perhaps he became invisible (he says he doesn't need a cloak to be invisible in PS/SS) and have been checking in on Harry during his years before Hogwarts.
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Old 18-11-2004, 16:35   #3
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Re: How does Dumbledore know?

Interesting question...I've been thinking along the same lines since re-reading for the chapter by chapter excercise. Maybe Ms Figg is keeping a close eye on things, or Dumbledore knows an animagus who is small enough to get into the Dursley's house to spy on them for him. Or maybe there is some magic on the letters themselves that Let Dumbledore know whether Harry has been able to read them or not and they have a tracking spell on them so they automatically address themselves to Harry where ever he might be.

just a few speculative thoughts for ya...
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Old 18-11-2004, 18:29   #4
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Re: How does Dumbledore know?

I think the addressing of letters is a magical process in itself. Like all the letters that Harry sent to Sirius - There would have to be some sort of magical power for those to be delivered. He was constantly travelling around trying to avoid being caught and would have made it impossible to have a set location. Not to mention that most owls can't read - There would have to be something that lets them know where to go as well. Perhaps you just have to address it with a name and then magic does the rest.
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Old 18-11-2004, 20:01   #5
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Re: How does Dumbledore know?

Yet again just another good reason for Dumbledore to be an animagus... lol. I forgot about him being able to be invisible as well, thats interesting.
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Re: How does Dumbledore know?

I like Roosters idea of the magical addressing of letters - perhaps there is a clue in the green ink that it used - perhaps this is a little like Rita Skeeter's quill which was green and which could be dictated to. Perhaps Dumbledore dictates to a quill also and does a type of incantation that finds the addressee!
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Interesting question...I've been thinking along the same lines since re-reading for the chapter by chapter excercise. Maybe Ms Figg is keeping a close eye on things, or Dumbledore knows an animagus who is small enough to get into the Dursley's house to spy on them for him. Or maybe there is some magic on the letters themselves that Let Dumbledore know whether Harry has been able to read them or not and they have a tracking spell on them so they automatically address themselves to Harry where ever he might be.

just a few speculative thoughts for ya...
yeah i like the idea on Mrs figg tellin DD about what has happened to harry because everytime harry would need her as a babysitter harry aunt and uncle would have to tell her things or somethi like that
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