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Old October 11th, 2006, 4:08 pm
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What is the Importance of the Room of Requirement?

The room of requirement has been ever-present since Dumbledore mentioned it and Harry overheard it in GoF. It has been used as a bathroom for Dumbledore but, more importantly for the DA classes, for the mending of the vanishing cabinet by Malfoy and is the place where Harry has hidden the HBP potions book.


This begs the questions:

Q. What is the importance of the room of requirement?
A. I don’t know but, I want to know.

Q. Or how important will it be to the outcome of the plot?
A. I think very.

Q. Will Harry return to Hogwarts to retrieve Snape’s book?
A. I think so, it will help to know a few unforgivable curses let’s face it contrary to Hermione’s beliefs not everyone in the world, can be trusted no matter how much they plead their innocence after they have been caught in the act.

Q. What ELSE is hidden in the room?
A. Well J.K. Rowling was pretty descriptive of the room and there certainly were many more items there.

Q. Has anyone else hidden anything in the room that is important to the plot?
A. I can’t help thinking about the fact that there’s no mention of Voldemort being escorted in or out from Hogwarts when he came to request the Defence Against the Dark Arts job. And the following from the HBP (chapter 23, Horcruxes) seems to be a clue left by Rowling as she usually does about these things-

‘Do you think that’s why he (Voldemort)
really wanted to come back to Hogwarts,
sir?’ said Harry. ‘To try and find something
from one of the other founders?’

‘My thoughts precisely,’ said Dumbledore.
‘But unfortunately, that does not advance us
much further, for he was turned away, or so I
believe
, without the chance to search the
school. I am forced to conclude that he never
fulfilled his ambition of collecting four
founders’ objects.

As we very well know Dumbledore has overlooked things in the past and this might be something else that he has overlooked.

Q. What ELSE can the room become to accommodate Harry’s mission?
A. Can it really be turned into anything that one requires? If so, I don’t know what part it will play in the final book but “I would be prepared to bet – perhaps not my other hand – but a couple of fingers” that it is vitally important.

Can anyone else shed any light on this?



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Old October 11th, 2006, 4:18 pm
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Re: What is the Importance of the Room of Requirement?

I think it id there for when the characters need it. Hiding things, mainly


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Old October 11th, 2006, 4:23 pm
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Re: What is the Importance of the Room of Requirement?

I think that the Room of Requirement isn't grounded in Hogwarts. We know the Room is changeable, not only in it's contents but in it's SIZE. If any of you have read Raymond E Feist's books you'll know Nakor's sack is a moveable rift and he gets his oranges from an actual place, not by magic. I think the Room of Requirement is more like that, either it connects to a real place, or it's like a holodeck.

E.g. If you needed it to take you to - or show you - the location of the horcruxes, it would.


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Old October 11th, 2006, 4:44 pm
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Re: What is the Importance of the Room of Requirement?

Sorry, its a good theory but I can't agree with it. I believe that the Room of Requirement is the only room on that corridor (not necessarily the whole floor) and there is only the tapestry or painting- I forget which. And we know that things can be enchanted to stretch so that everything that is needed will fit into it, like the Weasleys' Ford Anglia...or Grimmauld Place even... That is how I see that whole corridor. I do believe that it is stationed in Hogwarts, or else the Death Eaters would just have been able to go to the place where the Room of Requirement is stationed and enter the castle that way. I think that it is more likely to be like a holodeck, but I still can't agree with it. I think that the room does turn into whatever you need it to be.


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Old October 11th, 2006, 5:32 pm
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Re: What is the Importance of the Room of Requirement?

I don't know what it will be there for, but I absolutely agree it's important.

I mean HELLO - JKR using it on her site as one of the most important things? Coincidence? I think not!


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Old October 11th, 2006, 5:55 pm
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Re: What is the Importance of the Room of Requirement?

i dunno, i think the room of requirement has served its purpose now, what with its extensive use in OOTP and as a place for the vanishing cabinet etc in HBP. we dont even know how much of book 7 will be set in Hogwarts as it is, so another version of 'oooh something's hidden in there' just seems a bit repetitive and pointless now...


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Old October 14th, 2006, 12:29 am
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Re: What is the Importance of the Room of Requirement?

I do think that the RoR is grounded in Hogwarts - it's a magical part of a magical place, but specific to the school.

It reminds me of what Dumbledore said in CoS - "....help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it." US ed. p. 264.

The room is perhaps, part of that "help". I mean it becomes what you "need" and gives you the tools you "need". You have to "ask" for the room and "ask" for what you need once you're in there.

Of course - help seems to come (to Harry at least) almost every time he asks for it, inside the school and out, but the RoR works for everyone in the school that has tried as far as we know.


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Old October 14th, 2006, 6:18 am
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Re: What is the Importance of the Room of Requirement?

If it can become what anyone wants the most or contain something that someone wants maybe Harry can find the remaining horcruexes there. I too think it is very importaint. I think Harry will go back to Hogwarts if not to attend school then to retrieve the book and/or something or things else.


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Old October 14th, 2006, 7:36 am
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Re: What is the Importance of the Room of Requirement?

Can someone post all the stuff we were shoen in there? I don't have the book handy and I forgot most of it.


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Old October 14th, 2006, 1:37 pm
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Re: What is the Importance of the Room of Requirement?

It has been pretty important in the last few book and I think it will have some importance in the last book. I wonder if anyone took the vanishing cabinet out of there? It could be a way for Harry to get in and out of the school when he needs to. Even if he doesn't go back to school he will need to go there for something or another. If the school closes there will be no need to get the vanishing cabinet out.


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Old October 14th, 2006, 4:42 pm
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Re: What is the Importance of the Room of Requirement?

In summary:
Room the size of a large cathedral...teetering piles of broken and damaged furniture....thousands and thousands of books...mountains of other forbidden items...
chipped bottles of congealed potions,
hats, jewels, cloaks,
what looked like dragon eggshells,
corked bottles - contents still shimmered evilly
several rusting swords
heavy, bloodstained axe
enormous stuffed troll
broken Vanishing cabinet
a large cupboard that seemed to have had acid thrown at its surface
something in a cage that had long since died, its skeleton had 5 legs
the chipped bust of an ugly old warlock
a dusty old wig
a tarnished tiara


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Old October 15th, 2006, 5:17 am
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In summary:
Room the size of a large cathedral...teetering piles of broken and damaged furniture....thousands and thousands of books...mountains of other forbidden items...
chipped bottles of congealed potions,
hats, jewels, cloaks,
what looked like dragon eggshells,
corked bottles - contents still shimmered evilly
several rusting swords
heavy, bloodstained axe
enormous stuffed troll
broken Vanishing cabinet
a large cupboard that seemed to have had acid thrown at its surface
something in a cage that had long since died, its skeleton had 5 legs
the chipped bust of an ugly old warlock
a dusty old wig
a tarnished tiara


Thank you FIREMANSWIFE! And GOd bless you if you are one!
Well, the only thing I get out of these things is:

Dragon eggshells: most likely from Norbert
Hats, jewels, cloaks: The jewels I'd like to know more about
Corked bottles, contents shimmering: could these be Pensieve memories?
Lg cupboard with acid thrown at it- might be interesting
Tarnished tiara: I said in another post that I thought this might be a clue pointing us to Aunt Muriel's tiara being possible horcrux
That's it for me- I do think we'll be seeing more of this room.


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Old October 15th, 2006, 8:05 am
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Re: What is the Importance of the Room of Requirement?

I agree to the point completely that the Room of requirements does hold Importance,but cant say about the exactness of it's importance..


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Old October 15th, 2006, 12:49 pm
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Re: What is the Importance of the Room of Requirement?

Rowling said in recent interviews that she has done that “Harry has amassed more knowledge than he realizes.” I think that the Room of Requirement is one of those things that Harry doesn’t know the importance of yet, he hid the Half Blood Prince in there – who knows what else is hidden there! Who knows what other item in there holds the “knowledge” JKR is talking about! It may very well play a huge part to Harry triumphing over Voldemort.


We know Voldemort wasn’t escorted out of the school when he got refused the job of DADA post. Could Voldemort have hidden anything in there while on his way out of the school?

‘Do you think that’s why he (Voldemort)
really wanted to come back to Hogwarts,
sir?’ said Harry. ‘To try and find something
from one of the other founders?’

‘My thoughts precisely,’ said Dumbledore.
‘But unfortunately, that does not advance us
much further, for he was turned away, or so I
believe
, without the chance to search the
school. I am forced to conclude that he never
fulfilled his ambition of collecting four
founders’ objects.


Note this said by Dumbledore: “for he was turned away, or so I believe”. Dumbledore is unsure.


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Old October 17th, 2006, 1:49 am
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Re: What is the Importance of the Room of Requirement?

The vanishing cabinets had probably been removed, possibly even on the night Dumbledore was murdered, because such a means to easily access the school is obviously a danger to everyone in it.

More to the point, fascinating as it might be to explore all the contents of the contents of the room of requirement when it turns into a place to hide things, I don't think Harry would devout the time to it as there's no reason to believe he'd find any horcrux-related information there. It is, after all, a banned subject at Hogwarts and one very few know about, and I can't imagine Voldemort leaving information about his plans to make horcruxes lying around.
Being able to be whatever you may need it to be, the room is very likely to be useful. The only possible thing I'm able to think about right now is becoming a place in which one can destroy a horcrux. It would obviously fill itself with the neccesary equipment to do it.


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Old October 17th, 2006, 11:05 am
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Re: What is the Importance of the Room of Requirement?

I think we will see the room of requirement in the final book, I think if any research needed to be done that would be one of the best places to do so.
It would be nice if one of the horcruxes was hidden in there, but I doubt it very much.


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Old November 8th, 2006, 4:26 pm
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Re: What is the Importance of the Room of Requirement?

I think so too, it's the perfect place for Harry to retreat as well.


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Re: What is the Importance of the Room of Requirement?

I see the importance of the room in the past and I could see i as a useful tool in the future. Talking about the vanishing cabinet brings one question to mind. Since its twin is at B and B, we know it is considered dark magic so how did it end up at Hogwarts and in the RoR?


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Old November 8th, 2006, 5:07 pm
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I see the importance of the room in the past and I could see i as a useful tool in the future. Talking about the vanishing cabinet brings one question to mind. Since its twin is at B and B, we know it is considered dark magic so how did it end up at Hogwarts and in the RoR?

Very good question.


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Old November 8th, 2006, 8:42 pm
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Re: What is the Importance of the Room of Requirement?

I think that the power that the room posesses will be very usefull, just by thinking of something you get everything you need. And it may be possiable that the founders have artifacts in it. It would make sense. and I really think that Harry will go back, and it would be just like JKR, to put something important in her describtion.


 
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