Time Turners
Chess is brought up time a number of times in the 6 published books, and plays a major role in Book 1. I am wondering if this is not Her way of suggesting that the entire thing has been a great game of chess between good and evil, and that every character is a chess piece. In order to win at chess, the strategy must involve sacrificing key pieces---we have certainly seen that on both sides. I think this points once again to the idea that Dumbledore planned the whole thing and has been implementing his plan----like playing an unfathomably huge, high stakes chess match----for at least 16 years, and perhaps as long as 50 years. He realized at some point that he (Dumbledore) was one of the pieces that had to be sacrificed in order to put Harry in position to corner the "king".

(Also, notice who sacrifices himself so that Harry can move forward to the final confrontation in Book 1---could this be a bit of foreshadowing?)



Time Turners
i think your spot on, and i certainly hope that it isnt foreshadowing, even if ron did sacrifice himself, i think with the other people who die harry would probably go mad with grief


Time Turners
All the world's a board and all the men and women merely pieces.
The individual does not matter most, it is the goal that matters: sounds like a most excellent reason for all the sacrifice.

Sometimes we do become caught up in our own part and forget the whole.

This idea fits in with the circular time idea (in another thread: ourborous or however you spell it) because the good and evil contend with each other, one pushing the other back for a time, only to be pushed back later.

This struggle makes me think of a fractal (

and how the struggle of Draco and Harry might mirror the struggle of James and Snape might mirror the struggle of DD and Voldy might mirror the struggle of ...

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Night Patroll
Very good catch Mr. Bandaman!

I played chess quite bit in college, and one friend of mine would beat me nearly every time . . . why? I didn't figure it out for a very long time. Finaly I saw it . . . I never took a pawn, but almost always got his queen. There was forthought involved in leaving that poor queen abandoned - unguarded, and without any danger to the piece I would use to take her. But . . . In giving up that queen, he lured me where he wanted me, and it wasn't long after that, the game ended. Is Dumbledor's sacrifice the Queen that will put Voldemort's defenses down? Will it lure him in for mate?


Time Turners
Excellent link, Seeker---I'd not read that before, but it more or less underlines what I'd been thinking.

In reading it I stumbled onto a phrase that made me think of another theory that's out there----it says that in the game of chess you have to keep your opponent guessing as to what your next move might be.....a Seer would obviously be very good at chess (or any game of strategy)......Ron is very good at chess.....another hint that he "possesses the sight"? Maybe....