Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore

born summer 1881; died June 1997
Gryffindor? 1892-1899
Chief Warlock of Wizengamot; Founder, Order of the Phoenix;
Transfiguration Professor and later Headmaster of Hogwarts

Dumbledore and Fawkes, by Heather Campbell

“Dumbledore, which means ‘bumblebee’ in Old English… seemed to suit the headmaster, because one of his passions is music and I imagined him walking around humming to himself…. I like ‘Dumbledore’ – it sounds endearing and strangely impressive at the same time.”

–J.K. Rowling (March 1999 & October 1999)


Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, by Michael Greenholt

“Welcome,” [Dumbledore] said. “Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts! Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!”
“Thank you!”
He sat back down. Everybody clapped and cheered. Harry didn’t know whether to laugh or not.
“Is he – a bit mad?” he asked Percy uncertainly.
“Mad?” said Percy airily. “He’s a genius! Best wizard in the world! But he is a bit mad, yes.”

The Only One He Ever Feared, by VivalaVida

Professor McGonagall [sounded] half exasperated, half admiring. “But you’re different. Everyone knows you’re the only one You-Know- oh, all right, Voldemort, was frightened of.”
“You flatter me,” said Dumbledore calmly. “Voldemort had powers I will never have.”
“It’s only because you’re too – well – noble to use them.”

Albus Dumbledore, by White Elzora

“Great man, Dumbledore. ‘S long as we’ve got him, I’m not too worried.” (GF37)

Dumbly, by Amanda Grazini

“It is a long time since my last visit,” said Dumbledore, peering down his crooked nose at Uncle Vernon. “I must say, your agapanthus are flourishing.” (HBP3)

Harry and Dumbledore, by glockgal

“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.”

–J.K. Rowling (June 2003)


Albus, by Abigail Larson

“Harry, I owe you an explanation,” said Dumbledore. “An explanation of an old man’s mistakes. For I see now that what I have done… bears all the hallmarks of the failings of age. Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.” (OP37)

Too Many Things, by MartinTenbones

“Immense brainpower [has created] some problems… for Dumbledore, because his wisdom has isolated him, and I think you can see that in the books, because where is his equal, where is his confidante, where is his partner? He has none of those things. He’s always the one who gives, he’s always the one who has the insight and has the knowledge…. I see him as isolated, and a few people have said to me rightly I think, that he is detached.”

–J.K. Rowling (July 2005)


Dumbledore's Choice, by Fox Estacado Arts

“I acted exactly as Voldemort expects we fools who love to act. Is there a defense? I defy anyone who has watched you as I have… not to want to save you more pain than you had already suffered. What did I care if numbers of nameless and faceless people and creatures were slaughtered in the vague future, if in the here and now you were alive, and well, and happy? I never dreamed that I would have such a person on my hands.” (OP37)

Dumbledore, by Patilda

(by Patilda)

At that moment, Harry fully understood for the first time why people said Dumbledore was the only wizard Voldemort had ever feared. The look upon Dumbledore’s face as he stared down at the unconscious form of Mad-Eye Moody was more terrible than Harry could have ever imagined…. A sense of power radiated from Dumbledore as though he were giving off burning heat. (GF35)

Albus Dumbledore, by Agatha Macpie

“You seem to be labouring under the delusion that I am going to – what is the phrase? – come quietly. I am afraid I am not going to come quietly at all, Cornelius. I have absolutely no intention of being sent to Azkaban. I could break out, of course – but what a waste of time, and frankly, I can think of a whole host of things I would rather be doing.” (OP27)

Dumbledore, by Glockgal

“Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory.” (GF37)

Albus, by Katrina 'Rohanelf' Young

“I didn’t mean that,” said Harry….. “It’s… he left me a job.”
“Did he now?” said Aberforth. “Nice job, I hope? Pleasant? Easy? Sort of thing you’d expect an unqualified wizard kid to be able to do without overstretching themselves?”…
“I knew my brother, Potter. He learned secrecy at our mother’s knee. Secrets and lies, that’s how we grew up, and Albus… he was a natural.”

Dumbledore Worrying, by Cambryn

(by Cambryn)

“It was part of Harry becoming a man to realize that even this man he revered is alone, had his frailties, had made his mistakes. After all, Dumbledore is, although he seems to be so benign for six books, he’s quite a Machiavellian figure really. He’s pulling a lot of strings. Harry has been a puppet to an extent.”

–J.K. Rowling (October 2007)


Dumbledore, by LMRourke

And [Harry’s] fury at Dumbledore broke over him now like lava, scorching him inside, wiping out every other feeling. Out of sheer desperation they had talked themselves into believing that Godric’s Hollow held answers, convinced themselves that they were supposed to go back, that it was all part of some secret path laid out for them by Dumbledore; but there was no map, no plan. Dumbledore had left them to grope in the darkness. (DH18)

Kings Cross, by Lisa Villella

“The Hallows, the Hallows,” murmured Dumbledore. “A desperate man’s dream!”
“But they’re real!”
“Real, and dangerous, and a lure for fools,” said Dumbledore. “And I was such a fool.”

Dumbledore, by Caladan

(by Caladan)

“And then, of course, he came….”
Dumbledore looked directly into Harry’s eyes again.
“Grindelwald. You cannot imagine how his ideas caught me, Harry, inflamed me. Muggles forced into subservience. We wizards triumphant. Grindelwald and I, the glorious young leaders of the revolution….”

Grindelwald & Dumbledore, by Caladan

(by Caladan)

“Dumbledore, who was the great defender of Love, and who sincerely believed that Love was the greatest, most powerful, force in the universe, was himself made a fool of by Love…. In his youth, he was – he became infatuated with a man who was almost his dark twin. He was as brilliant, he was morally bankrupt, and Dumbledore lost his moral compass. He wanted to believe that Grindelwald was what he wanted him to be, which is what I think, particularly, a young person’s love tends to do. We fill in the blanks in the beloved’s personality with the virtues we would like them to have. So Dumbledore was wrong.”

–J.K. Rowling (December 2007)


Professor Dumbledore, by Laurence Peguy

“He was never free,” said Harry…. “The night that your brother died, he drank a potion that drove him out of his mind. He started screaming, pleading with someone who wasn’t there. ‘Don’t hurt them, please… hurt me instead….’ If you’d seen him then, you wouldn’t say he was free.” (DH28)

The White Tomb, by MartinTenbones

Albus Dumbledore was never proud or vain; he could find something to value in anyone, however apparently insignificant or wretched, and I believe that his early losses endowed him with great humanity and sympathy…. He died as he lived: working always for the greater good and, to his last hour, as willing to stretch out a hand to a small boy with dragon pox as he was on the day that I met him. (DH2)

Dumbledore, by FizzingWhizbees

“And now, Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” (HBP3)

47 Responses to “Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore”

  1. This is wonderful.

  2. I can honestly say that the Character Portraits section is now my favorite part of this website. I can’t wait for more and I think I ::squee!d:: more than I did when you started posting Essays or when I first discovered this website. :) Genius, Josie, pure genius.

  3. Wow! Congratulations Josie! Fantastic! I’m excited that there’s more to come once all the book chapters are done!! I love the Dumbledore & Grindelwald piece by Caladan.

  4. This is definitely going to be an amazing addition to the already wonderful site!!

  5. Congrats on so many views Josie! and thank you so much for posting this portrait of Dumbledore. It is wonderful.
    I feel like you should be getting the reward for so many page views and you have rewarded us with more of your brilliant work instead.
    Thank you so much for this and please do keep up the good work!

  6. Congratulations on the million pageviews! That’s quite an accomplishment, and with such an awesome website as this you completely deserve it. Great job :)
    I also wanted to say that I really like the idea of Character Portraits, and I can’t wait for the next one :)
    Congrats again!

  7. This is fantastic! I actually started tearing up because Dumbledore just has the best quotes! And the portrait witht eh Mirror of Erised is positively heart-wrenching. I really can’t wait to see more of these character pages, and with the wealth of characters in HP, you’ll be kept busy for a while yet!

  8. Congratulations Josie on your milestone! I never thought of Dumbledore has having red hair while he was young. Was that ever described and/or implied in the books? I love the artwork, I love your insights on the series, and I love all of the contributions by other readers who help me look at the series in a completely different light. Thank you for making such a timeless website for Harry Potter!

  9. I love this new section!! =)
    Thank you Josie for all your amazing work and many cobgratulations on this big day!!

    Reading some of the quotes with a post-7th book perspective made me see them in a new light. Especially when Dumbledore talks about Cedric, who died just because he got in the way… Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but knowing how Ariana died makes me read so much more into Dumbledore’s words about innocent people dying and making a choice between what’s right and what’s easy…

    Chiyou: it is repeatedly stated throughout the series that Dumbledore had auburn air. Usually when we see him in memories of the past, as in books 2, 4 and 6.

  10. Irene M.

    Thanks! I’m on Book 4 (again, haha!) right now, so I’ll be sure to pay attention to it! :)

  11. I just wanted to say THANK YOU to you for putting this site together! You have made me appreciate the series on a whole new level. I found your site searching online one night and absolutely fell in love with it. I have gotten about 5 or 6 of my friends to be avid followers as well! Your “something you may not have noticed” and “something to remember” sections on each chapter have given us hours of good conversation! You are doing such an amazing job and I just wanted to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

  12. I’ve been lurking for quite a while, but now seems like a good time to emerge and say how much I enjoy this well-managed site, with its thoughtful commentary and fabulous art. This page of glorious Dumbledores is a perfect example of why I’m excited every time I see a blog entry appear on my feed. Thank you!

  13. This is really great Josie! It’s a great addition to the site! Can’t wait to see who’s next!

    And also congrats on your million views!! I really love going through the nostalgic tour induced by your posts and I’m sure everyone feels the same^^

  14. Irene: Holy cow, thank you for sharing that thought! That quote is one of the most beautifully spoken in the books, and now, as with so many other parts of the story, has another, deeper layer to think out.

  15. Congratulations! And WOW! I am so happy to know we all will have many future postings to look forward to!

    I love the picture by glockgal, it seems to me to capture DD personality and his style.


  16. Josie, please do the twins’ character portrait soon. Then if I ever need a laugh I’ll know right where to go.

  17. I agree with Caroline. You should do the twins next. After all as Harry said when giving them the twiwizard winnings

    “But I could do with a few laughs. We could all do with a few laughs. I’ve got a feeling we’re going to need them . . .”

    This great!!!

  18. Hi, Josie – as probably one of the older fans of Harry Potter, I want to say how very glad I am that I came upon this website a year or so ago and how much I have enjoyed it. Congratulations on your millionth viewings – I am sure that like me everyone has found that each “click” has been worth it. And this new addition to the site is wonderful and really something to look forward to. I love the picture by ‘VivalaVida’, and also the ‘glockgal’ -keep up the good work, we all really appreciate it and look forward to future posts.

  19. Thanks for the very kind words, everyone. One of the unexpected joys of this site has been interacting with all of you. I’m blessed with thoughtful, respectful, and interesting readers and it certainly adds to the fun of creating new pages.

    Phoebe/Jessica (and others who are wondering), sadly I don’t expect to add to this section until I’ve finished posting Deathly Hallows. One of the lessons I learned in my time on staff at the Lexicon is that it’s a bad idea to dive into a new project before finishing an old one – you tend to end up with a site full of unfinished projects. So this page was a one-time treat, for now. But I’ll get there down the road. ;)

  20. Like the others I would just like to say a huge thank you for creating this site. I was directed here by a friend on Leaky and loved it straight away. It has also opened up the world of fan art which I’m also grateful for.

    As for this page, I love seeing all the different versions of Dumbledore. It’s amazing how people can interpret the same words completely differently. None of these drawings represent MY Dumbledore but I can see a few details in certain ones that get close. I’m also glad that you’ve given us something to look forward to after you’ve finished with the chapters (which are going far too quickly).

    Anyway, thanks once again

    (from a different Amy to the one above)

  21. I loved it! Especially JKR’s quotes :D wonderful job

  22. What always amazed me that in the train of mysterious old-fashioned names there’s “Brian”. I have at least three Brians in my list of acquaintances. Why does the greatest wizard in history has a common modern name in his name?

  23. Just Googled it, and according to Wikipedia, “the name is derived from an Old Celtic word meaning “high” or “noble”. For example the element bre means “hill”; which could be transferred to mean “eminence” or “exalted one”. I retract my amazement.

  24. Sabila, I’ve also heard a suggestion (unconfirmed by Rowling) that ‘Brian’ may be a reference to Monty Python (link). Rowling is known to be a Monty Python fan and there are other subtle references in the books (like chocolate frogs). But I think I like your explanation better.

  25. Wow, this is great. Also, the comment about Cedric/Arianna is interesting. Oh, Dumbledore…

  26. this is absolutely incredible. dumbledore is of course such a mind-blowing and amazing character to explore. such a wonderful job!

  27. This is fabulous. And it’s better than you won’t be adding to it until you finish DH — it’s like there are more chapters to come, even after the end.

    Great quotes, too.

  28. That was supposed to be “it’s better THAT” not “than.”

  29. Great section!

  30. This is an awesome addition to the website. I hope there are more of these to come!

  31. This is great! By the way, the last quote was HBP, not DH.

  32. Thanks Will – fixed!

  33. My favorite quote about Dumbledore is one by Phineas Nigellus at the end of OP27: “You know, Minister, I disagree with Dumbledore on many counts … but you cannot deny he’s got style….” ^_^

  34. Beautiful. Can’t wait to see the others.

  35. These are incredible. Just wanted to say I’m so glad you included that last quote from HP6 – I’d been waiting for it all the way down the page; my favourite line from all the books!
    Thanks, can’t wait for more!

  36. I love this site. I just discovered it yesterday. I am currently doing a Harry Potter unit with my fourth and fifth grade resouce students and I am now showing them the pictures before each chapter that we read in “Sorcerer’s Stone”. They love it. We are going to go back and look at the artwork for the chapters that we have already read next week. They want to see it all.

    I was reading your introduction to Dumbledore. Wasn’t he also the Supreme Mugwump of the International Confederation of Wizards? I don’t think you listed that accomplishment of his.

    This site has so much of the wonderful artwork that I have enjoyed over the years and best of all, it is all in one place! Thank you, Thank you!!!!


  37. Kay, thanks for your kind words! Dumbledore had a number of distinctive honors that I neglected to mention at the top of the page; there were simply so many that when I included them all it looked messy. So I decided to stick with the ones I thought were most relevant to the story.

    Say hi and thanks to your students for me – wish I could have read Harry Potter in school!

  38. Very nicely done! I’m glad you included that last quote- it’s one of my favorites! D was quite a character! And- in the end- Doge’s take on Dumbledore (always working for the greater good) was probably the best assessment of his character- so I’m glad that was included, too. Will be eagerly waiting for more analyses! :)

  39. Dumbledore was definitely a Gryffindor. This is stated in PS as one of Hermione’s many random facts.

  40. GhV: The book says “I hear Dumbledore himself was in it” which still doesn’t lead me to believe it’s a fact (like if it had been printed on a Chocolate Frog or something) but I think JKR said in an interview he was Gryffindor which led to a very long discussion on one of the chapters. :)

  41. Alright this is just amazing! Thanks so much, Josie, for compiling these awesome quotes and pictures! This is the coolest website ive “stumbleupon”ed in a long time! Thank you so much for the interesting reading and beautiful art, and congradulations that you hit one million views this year! Please continue <3

  42. Brilliant! I love the website, and each image…

  43. This is stunningly Beautiful. The art is spectacular and the quotes are perfect. I just love Dumbledore, and thanks for putting in the “I won’t come quietly” quote, its one of my favourite from the books! Your website shows the deapth, subtly and maturity that Harry Potter has, and which so many people overlook. (God, brilliant art and Harry Potter all on the same website, its like a dream come true!)

  44. Absolutely stunning. It’s extremely difficult to capture Dumbledore’s character in a few quotes and images, but this article comes very close to capturing the enigma that is APWBD. Brilliantly done. P.S. My favorite image on this page is the one with young Albus and Grindelwald by Caladan.

  45. This website is so wonderful. I cannot wait to see it grow. As an avid-Harry Potter fan, if you need any help with its expansion, I’d love to be the one to do it!

  46. Thanks Katie! This has been a one-person operation from day one and at the moment I’m planning to keep it that way. But I appreciate your kind words, and your offer. :)

  47. Lovely stuff. These quotes capture Dumbles’ very essence.
    I’ve heard that “Albus Dumbledore” could also mean White Hat.
    I love the complexity of Dumbles’ character. Maybe the reason he believes so much in 2nd chances is because of the mistakes he made in his youth.
    Okay, now for the long note:

    Dumbles’ main problem is that he’s had no-one he can really confide in for most of his life. I mean, he’s isolated from everyone because he’s a genius, but further isolated from other geniuses because he’s gay. 1891 & years of his growing up were roughly the time of Machiavellianism. Greater good and all that. The only one he’s ever tried to open up to was Gellert Grindlewald. And look how that turned out. As he’s a genius of the mind, he thinks he knows best and few question him. But he’s still human and still makes mistakes.
    I really feel sorry for him sometimes.

    In first year, if Harry had not faced Quirrellmort in a relatively safe environment such the school, where help was only a few floors up, I am not sure if he would have been as prepared for Riddle in second year and the risen Voldemort in fourth. I think not. Dumbles never thought he would be away when Harry faced him, either. He thought Fudge was genuine. But it has been speculated that he was throughly fed up with Fudge wanting advice and could possibly have used something like a Thestral to get to the Ministry (in fifth yr, Hagrid says Dumbledore uses them for long journeys sometimes). Then Fudge may have tried to invent something to keep him there, so he wasn’t able to Apparate back quickly. (“Oh Albus, didn’t expect to see you here… But I’ve got all these things to do, could you help me?”)
    In second year, I wouldn’t be surprised if Myrtle didn’t trust teachers, especially those who were students/ teachers at the time of her death. I mean, they did nothing and how was she to know that one of them wasn’t the culprit… Remember how insecure and paranoid she is? Dumbles would’ve had a hard time getting anything out of her about her death in my opinion. He knew it was probably a Basilisk, but didn’t know where to find it. He is a wizard as well, so may not be the best at using logic (ie, mirrors on the corners or something?)
    By third year, I think Fudge was losing confidence with Dumbles. If its a majority govt overrules thingy… Individual power can only take you so far.
    As for placing him with the Dursleys, he has a thing of seeing the best in everyone. After all, to most wizards-of-Light, family is sacred.
    The long and the short of it, as far as I can gather, is this: Dumbles cares too much. He’s said so himself.
    When he left Harry with the Dursleys, he expected Harry to have a bit of a rough time of it – but not to the extent that it happened. Not tell him he was magic? Yes (come on, he prepared Hagrid to get him). Treat him like house-elf? No.
    Dumbles knew, in 1981, that Harry could have a “reasonable” childhood, but must be toughened up to an extent as a weapon. Then Harry went to school… Dumbles met him… And he wormed his way into Dumbles’ heart.
    The plan was thrown right out the window!
    Dumbles appears a bit callous in DH: Prince’s Tale, when he’s telling Severus that Harry has to die, because Harry had to believe he was a goner for the Choice to be properly activated. I mean, he closes his eyes!

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