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Order of the Phoenix Ch. 23:

“And Dumbledore — what about Molly?” said Professor McGonagall, pausing at the door. “That will be a job for Fawkes when he has finished keeping a lookout for anybody approaching,” said Dumbledore. “But she may already know . . . that excellent clock of hers . . .” Harry knew Dumbledore was referring to the clock that told, not the time, but the whereabouts and conditions of the various Weasley family members, and with a pang he thought that Mr. Weasley’s hand must, even now, be pointing at “mortal peril.”

How did Dumbledore know about the clock?

Was Dumbledore ever at the Weasleys' house before the events of book 6?

  • @Bellatrix the question makes that kinf of obvious, as I'm curious how he knew about the clock before book 5. – TheAsh Nov 8 '17 at 18:24
  • @TheDarkLord - Shouldn't it be before book 5? – ibid Nov 8 '17 at 18:34
  • @ibid Possibly. Book six was the timeframe chosen by the questioner. – The Dark Lord Nov 8 '17 at 18:35
  • @ibid Book 6 was chosen because Dumbledore is there explicitly. Also Book 5 before the clock quote would be an acceptable answer. – TheAsh Nov 8 '17 at 18:36
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We don’t see Dumbledore visiting before mentioning the clock.

Dumbledore isn’t known to have visited the Weasley house before mentioning the clock to Harry. However, he could have visited them in time the reader doesn’t see (we don’t follow Dumbledore closely enough to account for everything he does). There are some things we can reason out for certain either would or wouldn’t have happened, but this doesn’t have a clear answer. It wouldn’t be odd or out-of-character for him to go to the Burrow, so we can’t eliminate the possibility that he might have visited them at some point. No visits are mentioned or referred to, though, so we can’t say for certain that he did. Even if he didn’t, his knowledge of the Weasley clock is still explainable. He could also know about the clock some other way, like through letters or from someone mentioning it to him. He doesn’t need to have seen it to know about it.

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    Given how much OotP v2.0 uses it, it's likely that it was used by OotP v1.0 as well. – Acccumulation Nov 9 '17 at 3:39
  • @Acccumulation It’s possible - but the Weasleys (Arthur and his wife) weren’t part of the original Order, so the Burrow might not have been a meeting place then. – Bellatrix Nov 9 '17 at 4:09

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