Albus Dumbledore: gone or absent?
Wizard media from all over the world are bringing us a real sensation: all portraits of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore have disappeared! Even the ones from Chocolate Frog cards, which used to be his favourite!
As you probably remember, after Dumbledore had been excluded from Wizengamot and suspended as Headmaster, he said he cared about Chocolate Frog cards only! Reliable sources from the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts (sic!) confirmed disappearance of APWBD from the official portraits!
What the hell is going on? Is it an attack of Dark Forces? What kind of spell can wipe off a wizard’s portrait without any trace of intrusion? Why do some witnesses state they had seen a bright silvery-blue flash the moment before Dumbledore`s face disappeared? Why do we feel pleasant warmth if we touch the emptied portraits? It doesn’t look like a result of the Dark Charm!
Should we remember Albus`s own words: "After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure"? Moreover, should we associate these words to his another talk with HP – the one about the free-will choice in favour of either going back or going further?
The only thing we know for sure is that Dumbledore won all the battles in his duel with Voldemort. Even Dumbledore`s death worked good for him and ruined Voldemort`s plan.
What kind of plan did Voldemort have? He secretly created Horcruxes to have spare parts for his soul and gain immortality of some kind. What goals did he achieve in the end? Not many. He weakened his soul and, possibly, his mind; Dumbledore unveiled and destroyed his secret Horcruxes, and Voldemort lost (thanks God!) his game. What exactly were these Horcruxes? Some things containing heavily wounded parts of Voldemort’s soul. What kind of spell did Tom Riddle use in order to create Horcruxes? The Killing Curse, hatred and lust for power made up their basis.
Now let`s imagine an absolutely opposite plan: Dumbledore versus Voldemort for immortality. It means openness versus secrecy, strengthening versus weakening, love versus hatred. Love is Dumbledore`s most sophisticated and preferable weapon! To be more precise, it is a weapon equally effective for attack as well as defense!
Let`s use the Socratic method of thinking, which the Great Albus could use. What do you need to gain immortality? To strengthen your soul to the required level. How can you do it? By adding magic and love to your soul. However, there is a limit to how much your soul can accommodate! It means you should increase the volume of your soul by adding spare parts to it instead of dividing it into parts! But the question is: Where can you get these parts from? What is a part of a living soul? It is something under the influence of the soul and at the same time something that gives feedback to the main part of the soul, which is connected to the body.
As we all know, wizards’ portraits and photos have some special abilities: they can move, walk between frames and different portraits, and react to the outer world in the manner of their originals!
Is it just a manner or some real connection to the souls? Another question is: Do portraits make any harm to the souls of their originals? There has been no such evidence in the entire wizards’ history. Even Grindelwald and Voldemort have never used portraits to do harm to anybody. However, can they do any good to the souls of the originals? Maybe it depends not as much on people’s feelings as on the total quantity of the portraits! It’s undoubtedly just a theory, but…. if portraits` effect to souls is very weak, therefore one needs a great amount of his or her images to gain a noticeable effect.
Well, but who was the one mostly beloved by wizards all over the world and the one who had the biggest quantity of portraits painted during his life? It was Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore!
Speculating in the context our own newly-invented "conspiracy theory": Was it his secret plan? So deeply secret, it was absolutely unhidden and nobody ever guessed about it! Looks like old fox Albus has achieved his goal, like he always did, and gained real immortality!
And now let’s try to answer the most topical question: Is it possible that Albus Dumbledore is going to return and it`s time to collect all the parts of his soul?
Is he going to make a showy or a secret return? Both would be suitable for the Dumbledore we all knew and loved.