Albus Dumbledore facts

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– the only Headmaster that was laid to rest at Hogwarts.
– a Gryffindor
– speaks for JKR in the books, as he knows pretty much everything about the Harry Potter universe.
– derived from “bumblebee” because JKR imagined him walking around humming to himself a lot.
– was about 150 years old. However, on her website, JKR states that Dumbledore was born in 1881.
– was gay & he had fallen in love with Gellert Grindelwald, which was his great tragedy.
– harbored his love to Grindelwald because he thought Grindelwald was as brilliant as he was.
– is primarily self-taught, although he had access to superb teachers at Hogwarts.
– is similar in appearance and role to Gandalf from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.
– let Snape to be nasty to students because he believed horrible teachers like Snape are one of lessons in life.
– Albus is a Latin word for white.
– had to die because JKR thinks in these sort of epic sagas, the hero has to fight alone.
– regretted that it was he who had the burden of knowing. He would rather not know.
– had a hand in ending World War II when he defeated the dark wizard Grindelwald.
– saw himself redeemed in the eyes of his brother, and his entire family alive and together in Mirror of Erised.
– his boggart was the corpse of his sister, Ariana Dumbledore.
– is detached and likes to let people solve problems on their own.
– taught the Order of the Phoenix how to communicate by Patronuses.
– didn’t give Snape the Defence Against the Dark Arts job because he thought it would bring out the worst in Snape

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