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Did Dumbledore sneak Felix Felicis to Harry and the muggle-borns when the Chamber of Secrets was re-opened?

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Did Dumbledore sneak Felix Felicis to Harry and the muggle-borns when the Chamber of Secrets was re-opened? Empty Did Dumbledore sneak Felix Felicis to Harry and the muggle-borns when the Chamber of Secrets was re-opened?

Post  tfotrttttrotk Mon Sep 26, 2022 5:29 pm

Despite the basilisk's deadly gaze, venomous fangs, and massive size, Myrtle was the only one killed across the two openings of the Chamber of Secrets. According to the diary horcrux, the first time the Chamber was opened, the Basilisk "attacked several students, finally killing one." The only way in which a basilisk can "attack" someone without killing them or being discovered is by petrifying them, which would happen if they made indirect eye contact with it. "Several" generally means at-least three; in other words, at-least three students ran into the basilisk but managed to look it indirectly in the eyes before having the chance to look it directly in the eyes, despite the fact that when you unexpectedly run into a person or animal, you are much more likely to make direct eye contact with it than indirect eye contact.

And yet, it might have been more than pure luck that saved these muggle-borns. Perhaps they survived simply because Voldemort wanted them to. Now at sixteen, Voldemort didn't care about other people any more than he did when he rose to power. However, he was probably afraid that if students started dying, Hogwarts would close, as it almost did when he killed Myrtle. Therefore, his main goal would've been to scare all the muggle-borns out of Hogwarts without actually killing any. I think it's entirely possible that someone who looks at a basilisk that has one of its eyes closed will only be petrified, as that would count as an indirect form of eye contact. Since Voldemort had control over the basilisk, he would've been able to order it to make sure it had one of its eyes closed while on the loose. However, when this presumably failed to frighten enough of the non-petrified muggle-borns into leaving Hogwarts, that's probably when Voldemort decided to take it up a notch and start outright murdering muggle-borns with the basilisk, which would've been why he killed Myrtle.

While this would explain why most of the Basilisk's victims survived the first time the Chamber of Secrets was opened, it does not explain why all of the Basilisk's victims survived the second time. Mrs. Norris just happened to be next to a puddle of water; Colin just happened to have a camera on him; Nearly Headless Nick just happened to be gliding in front of Justin. Now, Hermione did know what she and Penelope were up against, which is why Hermione told Penelope to take out her mirror. But it seems like the other three victims only survived by sheer luck. Or did they?

Now I'm willing to believe that Mrs. Norris just got lucky. I can accept one lucky escape. But no way can I accept three lucky escapes in a row; unless, of course, there was some sort of luck potion involved. Well, we know that such a luck potion exists. Yes, I don't think there can be any doubt that Colin Creevey and Justin Finch-Fletchley were saved by Felix Felicis. As soon as Dumbledore saw Mrs. Norris petrified and the warning that the Chamber had been opened, he realized that all the muggle-born students were in grave danger. He didn't know what the monster was, just that it could petrify and kill people without leaving a mark. Therefore, it only would've been natural of Dumbledore to make sure the muggle-born students had all the luck they could. Since he knew Voldemort was behind this and that he was now also targeting Harry, Dumbledore also would've also wanted Harry to have all the luck he could. Seeing as how Snape was an expert at potions and that he had been working at Hogwarts for 11 years, he probably would've been able to brew up enough Felix Felicis by this point to keep Harry and the muggle-borns lucky 24/7 for the rest of that year. Dumbledore even had a perfect way of giving them Felix Felicis without their knowing about it; the Hogwarts house-elves. Just like muggle doctors use needles to inject fluids into their patients, the house-elves may very well have injected Felix Felicis into Harry and the muggle-borns every night while they were asleep, then magically healed their punctures, all on Dumbledore's orders.

Further proof of this is that even Harry and Hermione got unexpectedly lucky. As brilliant as Hermione is, I have a hard time believing that she was able to beat Dumbledore to figuring out what the monster was solely on her own merits, just because she had one piece of information Dumbledore didn't; that Harry could hear a voice nobody else could. The Basilisk page she got got ahold of was probably buried deep in an unexpected area of the library, where no one else would think to look under ordinary circumstances. And do I even need to talk about what happened when Harry entered the Chamber of Secrets? He "accidentally" summoned Fawkes, who happened to be the one resource capable of healing Basilisk wounds. He randomly decided to put the sorting hat on his head, and got pierced by a loose basilisk fang, resulting in him ending up with one of the few things capable of destroying horcruxes once he was healed. If that type of luck doesn't require a luck potion, I don't know what does.

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