But the door would not open.
The Lost Prophecy
'Let me out,' Harry said yet again, in a voice that was cold and almost as calm as Dumbledore's.
The sun was rising properly now; there was a rim of dazzling orange visible over the mountains and the sky above it was colourless and bright. The light fell upon Dumbledore, upon the silver of his eyebrows and beard, upon the lines gouged deeply into his lace.
'If you proceed downstairs into the Department of Mysteries, Cornelius,' said Dumbledore - apparently satisfied that Harry was all right, and walking forwards so that the newcomers realised he was there for the first time (a few of them raised their wands; others simply looked amazed; the statues of the elf and goblin applauded and Fudge jumped so much that his slipper-clad feet left the floor) - 'you will find several escaped Death Eaters contained in the Death Chamber, bound by an Anti-Disapparation Jinx and awaiting your decision as to what to do with them.'
'No,' said Dumbledore simply.
It would not turn. He was shut in.
'Voldemort's aim in possessing you, as he demonstrated tonight, would not have been my destruction. It would have been yours. He hoped, when he possessed you briefly a short while ago, that I would sacrifice you in the hope of killing him. So you see, I have been trying, in distancing myself from you, to protect you, Harry. An old man s mistake . . ."
'Are you all right, Harry?'
'I still don't understand.'
Blinded and dying, every part of him screaming for release, Harry felt the creature use him again . . .
'She was quite right, Harry,' said Dumbledore. 'I warned Sirius when we adopted twelve Grimmauld Place as our Headquarters that Kreacher must be treated with kindness and respect. I also told him that Kreacher could be dangerous to us. I do not think Sirius took me very seriously, or that he ever saw Kreacher as a being with feelings as acute as a human's - '
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Harry could not speak. Phineas Nigellus did not know that Sirius was dead, but Harry could not tell him. To say it aloud would be to make it final, absolute, irretrievable.
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'Let me out,' he said. He was shaking from head to foot.
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Harry remembered the feeling that a dormant snake had risen in him, ready to strike, in those moments when he and Dumbledore had made eye-contact.
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But even as he shouted, another jet of green light flew at Dumbledore from Voldemort's wand and the snake struck - '
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Dumbledore lowered his hands and surveyed Harry through his half-moon glasses.
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Harry looked behind him, his heart pounding. Dumbledore was standing in front of the golden gates.
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'I know,' said Harry wearily.