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The Dumbledore Family
Dumbledore, Aberforth Dumbledore, Aberforth
Aberforth Dumbledore may quite possibly be even stranger than his brother, Albus. He was prosecuted for using inappropriate charms on goats. The incident was all over the papers, but Aberforth paid no attention—though that may simply have been a case of illiteracy.

Member of the old Order of the Phoenix.

Aberforth and the barman of the Hog’s Head may be one and the same. The bar smells suspiciously of goats. This is a grumpy-looking old man with long gray hair and beard and wears glasses. His tall and thin stature is vaguely familiar. He caught Severus Snape eavesdropping on the meeting between Albus Dumbledore and Sybill Trelawney many years ago. He attends Albus’s funeral.

Dumbledore, Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, Albus Percival Wulfric Brian
Died:June 1997
Appearance:Tall, thin, and very old. Silver hair that was once auburn and beard are long enough to tuck into his belt. Light, bright and sparkling blues eyes that are behind half-moon spectacles. His nose is very long and crooked.
Wand arm:right
Pet(s):Fawkes (phoenix)
Hobbies:Tenpin bowling

Listening to chamber music
Eating sweets
Heart’s desire:A pair of thick, woolen socks
Titles:Headmaster of Hogwarts (temporarily suspended in ’93 & ’96)
Order of Merlin, First Class
Grand Sorcerer
Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot (demoted in ’95, reinstated in ’96)
Supreme Mugwump of the International Confederation of Wizards (voted out in ’95, reinstated in ’96)
Achievement(s):Discovery of the twelve uses of dragon’s blood
Occlumens & Legilimens
Chocolate Frog Card

Albus Dumbledore is widely proclaimed to be the greatest wizard in modern times. Exceptionally intelligent, yet remarkably eccentric, his reputation is at times controversial. It is difficult to deny his power, though those who want it certainly try. Dumbledore has a long history with Hogwarts School—first as a student, then as the Transfiguration teacher and later as the Headmaster. He always seems to know what goes on around the castle. Dumbledore was the one who arranged for Tom Riddle to attend Hogwarts; though he suspected there was something off about the boy, he hoped for the best. One of Dumbledore’s few weaknesses is his tendency to trust that the good side of people will win out. Unfortunately, he soon realized that he was wrong about Riddle and made sure to keep a close eye on him. Dumbledore was unable to stop Riddle from opening the Chamber of Secrets and causing the death of a student, but his mistrust kept Riddle from doing anything more at the school after that.

In 1945, Dumbledore defeated the dark wizard Grindelwald. He was offered the job of Minister of Magic several times, but he refused and was made Headmaster of Hogwarts around 1956. Riddle disappeared for years, then reemerged as Lord Voldemort, with only few knowing his original identity. He had asked Dumbledore for a position at Hogwarts, but Dumbledore firmly refused. When it was clear that Voldemort was unmercifully killing and causing destruction, Dumbledore founded the Order of the Phoenix to fight him and his followers. Even after so long, he remained the one person Voldemort feared. That is, until a prophecy was made that one would soon be born who had the power to defeat the Dark Lord. Dumbledore heard this prophecy when he was interviewing Sybill Trelawney for the Divination position. Severus Snape overheard the conversation and reported it to his master, being the good Death Eater that he was. Voldemort decided it was young Harry Potter that the prophecy referred to and set out to kill him. The Potters were members of the Order, and Dumbledore offered to be their Secret Keeper when they went into hiding. Unfortunately, they chose to use one of their friends, who ultimately betrayed them. Snape presumably regretted his involvement and went to Dumbledore for redemption. Apparently trusting him, Dumbledore hired him as the Potions Master at Hogwarts and asked him to become a double agent. After Voldemort’s attempt to murder Harry backfired and caused him to seemingly vanish from the world, the wizarding world rejoiced before returning to peace.

However, Albus Dumbledore did not believe for a second that Voldemort was completely dead. He sent Harry to live with his Muggle relatives and put a magical protection over him. When Harry started school at Hogwarts, Dumbledore had a dilemma on his hands: when to tell Harry about the prophecy? It would take him years to work up the will to do it. Meanwhile, Harry developed a habit of getting himself in trouble. Dumbledore had previously partnered with Nicolas Flamel, who was the only known maker of the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone. Knowing Voldemort would want it in his quest for immortality, Dumbledore decided to protect it inside Hogwarts. It seemed that Harry really was destined to go up against Voldemort, as he did it in his very first year trying to keep the Stone safe. The next year, the Chamber of Secrets was reopened and several students were petrified; the board of governors removed Dumbledore from school with an Order of Suspension. Luckily, since Harry remained loyal to Dumbledore, he was sent help in the form of Fawkes, the phoenix, and the sword of Gryffindor when he went into the Chamber. But even Dumbledore is not powerful enough to protect Harry all the time. During the Tri-Wizard Tournament, Harry was transported off Hogwarts grounds along with fellow student Cedric Diggory and put at the mercy of Lord Voldemort. Harry survived; Cedric did not. This also led to Voldemort’s return to physical form and power. Dumbledore would spend the next year trying to inform the wizarding world of the danger, but he would constantly be contradicted by the stubborn Ministry of Magic. He also reformed the Order of the Phoenix in preparation of the coming peril. Finally, things came to a head with a battle at the Ministry. Harry and his friends had been lured there by Voldemort, who hoped that he could trick Harry into obtaining the prophecy for him (as he had never heard it in its entirety). Dumbledore went to rescue them and ended up dueling with Voldemort himself. At this point, Dumbledore had no choice but to tell Harry about the prophecy. He admitted that his reasoning was flawed, since it had taken him until the end of Harry’s fifth year to come out with it. Dumbledore had begun to care so much about Harry that he could not bear to deliver the crushing news to one so young. He had tried to shelter Harry for so long, but he realized it was past time for Harry to come into his own. So over the course of the next year, Dumbledore passed to Harry all the information he had on how to defeat Voldemort, explaining that he used Horcruxes to hinder his death. He had already destroyed one earlier that year, reducing his wand arm to a shriveled, black mess. He understood that Harry was the only one who would be able to defeat Voldemort in the end. Still, he tried to help for as long as he could right up until he was murdered (an event that had been in the works all year). He had known Voldemort had ordered a student, Draco Malfoy, to kill him, but Dumbledore did nothing for fear of Draco’s own safety. Dumbledore, weakened from a Horcrux retrieval excursion, was shockingly killed by Snape, whom he had trusted implicitly. Though his love for people may have (to Voldemort’s delight) brought on his death, Dumbledore firmly believed that love, more powerful than any magic, would be what would save Harry in the end.

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