The Missing Mirror
"Secrets and lies, that's how we grew up, and
was a natural."
Notes by Michele L. Worley
Page editor Belinda Hobbs
U.S. hardcover edition: pages 554 - 570
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 447 - 459
? May 1998
In which HRH return to
are pursued by Death Eaters,
and are rescued by
Aberforth Dumbledore, who
advises them to give up their quest, and explains why he doesn't blindly
trust his late brother's judgement by telling them the true story of the
life and death of Ariana Dumbledore.
Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:
the twin of the one he had broken nearly two years before.
Bought it from
Dung about a year ago
When my sister was six years old, she was attacked, set upon,
by three Muggle boys.
if the Ministry had known what Ariana had become, she'd have been locked up
in St. Mungo's for good.
We moved house
Then, when she was fourteen
See, I wasn't there.
I didn't care about school, I'd have stayed home and done it.
but he did all right for a few weeks
But after a few weeks of it
It was nearly time for me to go back to Hogwarts
He had a bit of a track record already
dementors all around the
boundary walls, regular patrols inside the school from what my sources
tell me. The place has never been so heavily guarded.
Characters introduced in this chapter:
Characters returning in this chapter:
Characters mentioned in this chapter:
(as "Mr. Brilliant")
Lestrange, Bellatrix Black
(as the Dark Lord, Voldemort, You-Know-Who)
(unnamed) three Muggle boys who attacked Ariana
Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:
Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:
Exceptional character moments:
Aberforth, covering for the
kids - and pointing out to the
Death Eaters that without
his pub, they won't have a place to run their shady sidelines (and of
course they have some).
Aberforth's verbal portrait of
his brother - more concerned with his own intellectual pursuits, ambitions,
and personal glory than with the mundane job of looking out for his own
Links and Resources:
items and devices
(International Statute of Secrecy)
Order of the Phoenix
"Brains like that, you could be a Death Eater, son."
"Nice job, I hope? Pleasant? Easy? Sort of thing you'd expect an
unqualified wizard kid to be able to do without overstretching
"Thought the sun shone out of my brother's every orifice, he did. Well,
so did plenty of people, you three included, by the looks of it."
"Funny thing, how many of the people my brother cared about very much
ended up in a worse state than if he'd left 'em well alone."
Begins immediately after the previous chapter, on the same evening in May.
Ariana's age at the time she was attacked, which when put together with the
information from Albus's
obituary (DH2) gives us enough
information to figure out Albus',
Aberforth's, and Ariana's