In Order of the Phoenix, Petunia got a Howler which shouted Remember My Last!

We eventually learn that Dumbledore sent the Howler. Why didn't Harry recognize his voice?


An awful voice filled the kitchen, echoing in the confined space, issuing from the burning letter on the table. (OotP)

Clearly, Dumbledore had somehow magicked his voice for most dramatic effect (although it's possible that this was merely a standard effect of the Howler that was left un-opened for too long - canon isn't too clear), which is why Harry didn't recognize the voice.

Please note that the "standard effect" may be plausible - Mrs Weasley's Howler in CS was described thusly:

He thought for a moment it had exploded; a roar of sound filled the huge Hall, shaking dust from the ceiling.
Mrs Weasley's yells, a hundred times louder than usual, made the plates and spoons rattle on the table, and echoed deafeningly off the stone walls.

When a voice is raised to a certain amount of decibels, it becomes harder to figure out if it's a familiar voice.

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  • Also could add that Harry had never heard Albus yell, so he had no point of reference. Also, he did think it was a familiar voice, just not exactly who. – Möoz Dec 22 '14 at 19:06

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