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The Will of Albus Dumbledore

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"A brutal triple murder by the bridegroom's mother might put a bit of a damper on the wedding." -- Ron Weasley


Harry celebrates his seventeenth birthday and his coming of age. Rufus Scrimgeour arrives with Arthur Weasley to deliver the bequests of Albus Dumbledore to Harry, Ron, and Hermione.  Scrimgeour attempts to get information from them about why Dumbledore remembered them in his will. Scrimgeour and Harry argue and the Minister leaves in anger. Harry, Ron and Hermione wait until after dark and then they meet to discuss what was bequeathed to them. 

Calendar and Dates

Harry's birthday is 31 July.

Interesting facts and notes

He was walking along a mountain road in the cool, blue light of dawn.

Since we learn within two paragraphs that the sun has not yet risen at the Burrow, this might help us narrow down the location of the village that Voldemort is about to enter. It's interesting that he's on foot rather than having Apparated.

a mountainous horizon and the outline of the little village cradled in a deep valley

Again, these details might help us narrow down the location.

'I think,' he said slowly, 'he's got something to do with Quidditch. There's some connection, but I can't - I can't think what it is.'

The connection is Viktor Krum - Gregorovitch made Krum's wand, according to Mr. Ollivander during the Weighing of the Wands almost three years previous to this.

(I remembered this before checking the master index or reading any further. Is that sad?)

it'll be because the thirty-one days are up

But would this be thirty-one days since the death, since the funeral, or since the reading of the will? If it is thirty-one days since the death, that gives us another piece of information in determining the date of the battle of the Tower.

Voldemort chased me across three counties

This would have been from Little Whinging to wherever the Tonks' home is (DH4).

Exceptional character moments

Hermione shows she has some Quidditch knowledge i.e. Snitches have flesh memories.

Memorable lines

"'Dragomir Gorgovitch, Chaser, transferred to the Chudley Cannons for a record fee two years ago. Record-holder for most Quaffle drops in a season.' 'No, said Harry. 'I'm definitely not thinking of Gorgovitch.' 'I try not to, either,' said Ron."

Harry thought that answering questions correctly was such a deeply ingrained habit she could not suppress the urge.

"'Are you planning to follow a career in Magical Law, Miss Granger?' asked Scrimgeour. 'No I'm not,' retorted Hermione. 'I'm hoping to do some good in the world!'"

"'Interesting theory,' said Harry. 'Has anyone ever tried sticking a sword in Voldemort?'"

"'It's time you learned some respect!' 'It's time you earned it.'"

Words and phrases

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DH 7 — The Will of Albus Dumbledore
Abbreviation DH7
Canonicity Primary Canon


The Ministry of Magic spent thirty-one days looking over the contents of Dumbledore's will. It makes one wonder if they did the same to Sirius's will. Did Dumbledore prevent the Ministry from looking too far into Harry's inheritance? Harry inherited a house that was under the Fidelius Charm, so the Ministry couldn't access it, but, as Hermione points out, they were aware of the change of ownership. - C.M.

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