Albus Dumbledore

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Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is a major protagonist in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. For the majority of the series, he is the headmaster of the wizarding school Hogwarts. As part of his back-story, it is revealed that he is the founder and leader of the Order of the Phoenix, an organisation dedicated to fighting the main antagonist of the series, Lord Voldemort.

Rowling stated she chose the name Dumbledore, which is an Early Modern English word for "bumblebee",[1] because she "imagined him walking around humming to himself".[2]

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According to the author, she enjoys writing Dumbledore because he "is the epitome of goodness."[3] Rowling said that Dumbledore speaks for her, as he "knows pretty much everything" about the Harry Potter universe.[4] Rowling mentioned Dumbledore regrets "that he has always had to be the one who knew, and who had the burden of knowing. And he would rather not know."[5] As a mentor to the central character Harry Potter, "Dumbledore is a very wise man who knows that Harry is going to have to learn a few hard lessons to prepare him for what may be coming in his life. He allows Harry to get into what he wouldn’t allow another pupil to do, and he also unwillingly permits Harry to confront things he’d rather protect him from."[6] In a 1999 interview, Rowling stated that she imagined Dumbledore "more as a John Gielgud type, you know, quite elderly and - and quite stately."[7] During his time as a student, Dumbledore was in Gryffindor House.[8] Rowling claimed in an interview that Dumbledore was about 150 years old.[9] But then, on her website, she states that Dumbledore was born in 1881, making him either 115 or 116 when he died.

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