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    Marauder Era - year 1980 & 1981

    Hello -

    So I'm writing a Marauder Era fic at the heart of the war. I was reading DH, and the following bits caught my eye.

    I quote Dumbledore: “You have guessed, I know, why the Cloak was in my possession on the night your parents died. James had showed it to me just a few days previously.”

    While Lily’s letter said, “…Dumbledore still has his Invisibility Cloak, so no chance of little excursions.”

    James showed his Cloak to Dumbledore a few days prior to his death, but he (Dumbledore) also had it at the time of Harry's birthday, when Lily is presumbly writing this letter?

    Explain, please?

    (If anyone needs the full letter, I'll post it over.)


    Also Lily said in her letter to Sirius: “We were so sorry you couldn’t come, but the Order’s got to come first.”

    Lily is referring to Harry’s birthday, which Sirius did not attend. When she says, “Order’s got to come first” what impression does this specifically give of the situation of the Order at that time?

    Note, that this letter is written anytime between 31st July and 31st Oct (agree?), and also that, Peter is certainly a very aquainted spy by this time (the Order lost it's members very quickly during this period).

    I've three theories of my own. Care to tell which one seems more likely?

    - perhaps L/J are in hiding, and that's why Sirius cannot come visit;
    - maybe Dumbledore at this point of time was aware of a spy in the Order, and therefore wanted Lily and James to be cautious;
    - maybe Sirius was on a mission, and Lily expressed her understanding of the fact that the Order duty came first. I make this conjecture on the fact that Lily uses the word “couldn’t”, implying that Sirius may not have voluntarily been absent.

    So, what do you think?


    My last thread went unanswered regarding this. I've taken Sarah's permission to post the following questions again.

    Do you think Dumbledore told Lily and James about the prophecy? It could've meant their child after all.

    Do you think Dumbledore told Frank and Alice about the prophecy?

    Help appreciated!


    Disclaimer: All quotes from American version of DH by JK Rowling.

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    Hi there,

    Okay here's my theory. I had a few but having re-read King's Cross I've had to discard a theory or three

    Sirius sent Harry's birthday present late because he was busy on an Order mission. Also Lily may have been late in replying.

    perhaps L/J are in hiding, and that's why Sirius cannot come visit;
    I don't think this is the case, because Peter was allowed to visit. I don't think Dumbledore suspected anyone in particular. Harry also thinks that the reason Peter was depressed was because it was the last time he would see the Potters alive. This re-inforces the possibility that Lily's letter was written late. I think Sirius was on a mission at the time of the birthday party.
    maybe Dumbledore at this point of time was aware of a spy in the Order, and therefore wanted Lily and James to be cautious
    Peter Pettigrew was passing information at least a year before James and Lily died. Sirius and Remus confirm this in The Shrieking Shack. Each suspected the other.

    The Prophecy: I'm positive that James and Lily knew about the prophecy. James and Lily would not have gone into hiding for no reason. James especially would not have been content to stay at home unless he knew that Voldemort was after his son. I don't know about the Longbottoms. Snape tells Dumbledore that Voldemort has decided that Harry is the threat. I think that's probably when he told the Potters that they were the targets. If that's the case then perhaps the Longbottoms didn't need to know.

    There is always the chance, though, that Dumbledore decided both families should go into hiding in case Voldemort decided to do away with both children.

    Hope this helps


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