ALL POSTS RE: HBP WILL HAVE MAJOR SPOILERS.
I will be lj-cutting and labelling them all.
JKR amazes me. She actually went there! And left us wondering, theorizing, and still not quite knowing whether Snape is Ever So Evil, or Dumbledore's, "through and through"!
*dies of sheer story glee*
I've been reading essays and thoughts on HBP all day, and NO ONE I've seen has mentioned this:
Where was Fawkes when Dumbledore was dying/being killed up on the Astronomy Tower?
This is the powerful, faithful pet that never seems to be far away from Dumbledore, who can teleport inside Hogwarts, who can heal poison with its tears, who caught and swallowed a Death Curse from Voldemort in OotP.
Fawkes is at Hogwarts, because not long afterwards we hear him singing his lament.
So where was he then? And what does that mean?
More thoughts tonight, as there are many to type up. :-)