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Wanted Wizards
« on: October 10, 2004, 09:27:26 AM »


For weeks now, this subject has been on my mind and I can't find an answer:
If Hedwig could find Dumbledore or Sirius without an adress, why doesn't the Ministry of Magic just follow an owl to a criminal's hiding place and capture he/her! It doesn't make sense!
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Re: Wanted Wizards
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2004, 11:36:07 AM »

Brilliant question, Cerberus!  I've often just wondered, even before your question, how do the owls know where to find someone?
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Re: Wanted Wizards
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2004, 12:30:17 PM »

Well, Harry wanted Hedwig to find Sirius, yes? And Sirius would want her to find him? Maybe there's some sort of enchantment to make youself unfinable by owls you don't want to get.

But I don't know how on earth owls always find their target.
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Re: Wanted Wizards
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2004, 08:13:40 PM »

JKR addressed this question in the FAQ section of her site. She said that wizards can make themselves unplottable just as they can make buildings unplottable. She said "Lord Voldemort would have been found long ago if it had been as simple as sending him an owl!"
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Re: Wanted Wizards
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2004, 10:16:52 AM »

So, if that's the case, if LV is unplottable, wouldn't Sirius be as well?  Otherwise, why haven't the Ministry been able to find him up until now?  And if he did make himself unplottable, how has Hedwig always found him??
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Re: Wanted Wizards
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2004, 12:57:32 PM »

Hmm... that's a good point. Maybe since Hedwig had met Sirius, she could find him? Maybe Sirius could make himself plottable to specific birds?
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Re: Wanted Wizards
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2004, 04:48:51 PM »

Yeah. Hedwig knew Harry trusted Sirius, so maybe it's a person/owl mind-reading-thing?

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Re: Wanted Wizards
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2004, 02:27:58 PM »

Right, but Hermione didn't want those letters in the GoF, and yet the owls kept coming. Neither did Hagrid, and he still received them.
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Re: Wanted Wizards
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2004, 02:48:56 PM »

I think we should just chalk it up to a great question with no available answer. 

10 points, Cerberus!
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Re: Wanted Wizards
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2004, 03:04:16 PM »

Yeah, but they didn't go to any lengths to avoid them, at least not that we saw. Maybe it's too complicated for your average, non-most-wanted wizards to avoid being found by owls to worry about it. Only those on the run have the need to go to the lengths required to make themselves unplottable?
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Re: Wanted Wizards
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2004, 08:54:35 AM »

ITA with you, Ping. We know that there are several concealment and disguise spells, it's only a matter of degree to make it so that nobody can find you at all, including owls.
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Re: Wanted Wizards
« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2004, 09:07:37 PM »

Perhaps something in the message being delivered helps the owl home in....

After all, every message that we've actually read shows the name of the recipient.  Maybe there's something in that that lets the owl know where to go?
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