Dumbledore dies in book 6

A portrait appears of him (same as all other former headmasters) in his old office and is able to talk, display emotions, and show intelligence.

If this is really


Why didn't someone find a way to make a portrait for Lily and James Potter, so that they(their portrait that seems to be exactly the) could communicate, not just for Harry's sake, but there would definitely be some propoganda and strategic value for them being able to communicate.

  • (a) it's not Dumbledore from beyond the grave; it's pretty much just a good copy as I understand it (b) Lily and James didn't know they were going to die until they did, how would that have been set up? – Radhil Feb 25 '17 at 14:49
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    I don't think these are duplicates. The old question basically asks the difference between paintings and photos. The new question asks why no one made a painting of Lily and James. – robopuppy Feb 25 '17 at 15:04
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    @robopuppy - Which the top answer to the other question also addresses "JKR: If Harry had a portrait of his parents it would not help him a great deal." – Valorum Feb 25 '17 at 15:13
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    @Valorum - In the interview, JK Rowling said that it wouldn't help Harry, but there are reasons beyond Harry that someone would try, JK Rowling never said that it wasn't possible. By the way, this question is not just asking about Harry, and the answer you cited, doesn't fully answer my question. – Hyperdrive Enthusiast Feb 25 '17 at 15:55
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    @CreationEdge But it doesn't really address what it takes to make a portrait other than the vague assertion that it takes "complex magic." The Pottermore entry on portraits makes it clear, for example, that making a portrait that is "like the dead Hogwarts Headmasters" is very time consuming for the subjects. This is a probable reason why James and Lily who were busy being involved in a war and hiding from Voldemort didn't have one done. Nowhere is this addressed in the answer. – robopuppy Feb 25 '17 at 18:45

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