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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.

Fudge, Cornelius Oswald Fudge, Cornelius Oswald
Cornelius Oswald Fudge is a portly, little man with rumpled, gray hair and small feet. He normally wears a pinstriped bottle-green suit, scarlet tie, long black cloak, pointed purple boots and a lime-green bowler that he twirls in his hands when nervous. He was the Minister of Magic until 1996; prior to becoming Minister, Fudge was Junior Minister in the Department of Magical Catastrophes. He became Minister over Bartemius Crouch, whom the public lost confidence in after his son was revealed to be a Death Eater. Fudge used to ask Albus Dumbledore for advice every day until he got it into his head that Dumbledore was after his job. When Dumbledore and Harry Potter began claiming that Voldemort had returned in 1995, Fudge just refused to believe them. He had enough to deal with without their nonsense. He used the Daily Prophet to circulate rumors saying Dumbledore had lost his mind and made it clear that anyone supporting Dumbledore had no place in the Ministry. He did the same thing with Potter and hoped to discredit him further by expelling him from school for defending himself against Dementors. Fudge wanted more control over Hogwarts and passed many decrees throughout the year to get it. He stationed a Ministry official, Dolores Umbridge, at the school as the DADA professor. Umbridge got progressively more power as she became the High Inquisitor and then interim Headmistress. They did not allow the students to actually perform any spells in DADA because Fudge was afraid Dumbledore would use them to form an army against the Ministry. It was not until he was faced with Voldemort in the Ministry itself that he was forced to admit the truth. By that time, however, he had wasted an entire year insisting to the public that they were safe and preoccupied with foolish worries about losing his job. So of course, the magical community screamed for his resignation. Fudge was removed from office in July of ’96, but he stayed on in an advisory capacity, mainly filling the Muggle Prime Minister in on current events.

Marchbanks, Griselda Marchbanks, Griselda
Griselda Marchbanks is tiny, stooped, wrinkly and slightly deaf. The Head of the Wizarding Examinations Authority, she is old enough to have examined Albus Dumbledore for his Transfiguration and Charms N.E.W.T.s. She was a Wizengamot elder, but she remained loyal to Dumbledore and resigned in protest of the introduction of the Hogwarts High Inquisitor. Following this, the Daily Prophet defamed her character by linking her to subversive goblin groups. Griselda is a friend of Augusta Longbottom.

Ogden, Tiberius Ogden, Tiberius
Tiberius Ogden was a Wizengamot elder, but he remained loyal to Albus Dumbledore and resigned in protest of the introduction of the Hogwarts High Inquisitor. He gossiped about Harry Potter’s Patronus with his friend, Professor Tofty. (Other known Ogdens: Bob Ogden, Ogden’s Old Firewhisky; Tiberius)

Umbridge, Dolores Jane Umbridge, Dolores Jane
Dolores Umbridge is a squat witch with short, curly mouse-brown hair in which she places a horrible pink Alice band that matches the fluffy pink cardigan she wears over her robes. She has a pallid, toadlike face and bulging, pouchy eyes. She’ll also wear a black velvet bow on top of her head that looks like a large fly perched on top of an even larger toad. Her broad, flabby face includes a very wide, slack mouth out of which come the most infuriating statements (made all the worse by her fluttery, girlish, high-pitched voice). She uses her thick, stubby fingers with ugly old rings to hold her unusually short wand.

The simpering witch is the Senior Undersecretary to the Minister and sits to the right of the Minister on the Wizengamot. She absolutely loathes part-humans. She drafted an anti-werewolf legislation in ’94 and campaigned to have merpeople rounded up and tagged in ’95. Also in the summer of ’95, Umbridge sent dementors after Harry Potter to silence him. When Albus Dumbledore could not find a Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher quick enough, the Ministry of Magic passed a new law that allowed them to place one. So Umbridge became the DADA professor at Hogwarts (1995-96). In September, she was elected as Hogwart’s first and only High Inquisitor to allow even more Ministry meddling. This allowed her to evaluate and dismiss other teachers, which she soon did. After Dumbledore was forced to leave Hogwarts, Umbridge instated herself as Headmistress as well.

Her reign of terror at Hogwarts included censorship, invasion of privacy, and corporal punishment/torture. Umbridge chose a select few students and named them the Inquisitorial Squad, giving them privileges to carry out her orders. Her detentions consisted of students using a special quill to carve lines into their hands until they bled. She was even unstable enough to attempt the Cruciatus Curse on a student (Potter) in front of others. However, they tricked her into going into the Forbidden Forest where she proceeded to insult a herd of centaurs. The centaurs carried her off, but Dumbledore eventually went to retrieve her. She spent some time in the hospital wing in a state of shock, and from that point on she had an irrational fear of hoof noises. Umbridge no longer had a job at Hogwarts but was still welcome at the corrupt Ministry.

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