"It destroyed her, what they did: She was never right again. She wouldn’t use magic, but she couldn’t get rid of it; it turned inward and drove her mad, it exploded out of her when she couldn’t control it, and at times she was strange and dangerous. But mostly she was sweet and scared and harmless."
--Aberforth Dumbledore about his sister Ariana (DH28)
"Don't hurt them, don't hurt them, please, please, its my fault, hurt me instead ..."
--Albus Dumbledore, reliving memories (HBP26)
Members of the Dumbledore family,
alphabetically by first name
(c. 1884 - present)
Albus Dumbledore's slightly odd younger brother, who tends bar at the Hog's Head (EBF). Member of the Order of the Phoenix (OP9), a mysterious fellow. He is three years younger than his brother Albus. (More...)
(1881 - 1997)
The oldest of the children
of Kendra and Percival Dumbledore, who grew up to be the most powerful
wizard of his time. Albus never got over his role in his sister's death.
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(born 1884 or 1885; died August 1899)
At the age of six, she was attacked by three young Muggles who had seen her performing magic and had panicked; she was so traumatized by the incident that she never recovered, and required constant care and supervision for the rest of her life. Since she could no longer control her magic and was thus a threat to wizarding secrecy, her family were desperate to conceal the full extent of her difficulties to prevent losing custody of her to St. Mungo's; her father went to Azkaban rather than admit to his reasons for attacking the Muggles who had hurt her, and her mother went to a lot of trouble to keep their neighbours at a distance after that, going so far as to relocate the family to Godric's Hollow (DH2, DH28).
Aberforth and her mother were her principal caregivers; upon their mother's death when Ariana was 14, Aberforth wanted to drop out of Hogwarts to take over looking after her, even though he would only have been 15 or 16 himself at the time, but Albus (then 17) insisted that Aberforth should go back to school in September. Unfortunately, Albus then met Gellert Grindelwald and was caught up in their joint plans to change the world, to the neglect of his responsibilities to Ariana. The same summer that Kendra Dumbledore died, the three young men then had a very violent quarrel which escalated into a duel; Ariana, upset by all the magic, attempted to intervene and was accidentally killed; it was never known who had struck the fatal blow (DH28). For the rest of his life Aberforth blamed his brother for Ariana's death, he broke Albus's nose at the funeral (DH18).
(? - early summer 1899)
Mother of Albus, Aberforth and Ariana Dumbledore; wife of Percival. In Rita Skeeter's gossipy book The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore, she is described as being "proud and haughty." She moved the family from Mould-on-the-Wold to Godric's Hollow after her husband Percival was imprisoned at Azkaban for attacking Muggles (DH11). Accidently killed by her 14-year-old daughter Ariana, who was mentally unstable. The family told everyone that Kendra was killed by a backfiring charm (DH18).
Father of Albus, Aberforth and Ariana Dumbledore; husband of Kendra. He got the reputation of being a Muggle-hater when he attacked the three Muggle boys who severely traumitized his daughter Ariana c. 1890, and was sent to Azkaban (DH2, DH28).
Primary editor: Lisa Waite Bunker.
Original page date 13 October, 2007; Last page update 13 October, 2007.