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Harry Potter

"I cared about you too much. I cared more for your happiness than your knowing the truth, more for
your peace of mind than my plan, more for your life than the lives that might be lost if the plan failed. In
other words, I acted exactly as Voldemort expects we fools who love to act."

—Dumbledore explaining his feelings for Harry[src]

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Harry Potter, his favourite student

Dumbledore was well known for the care and steadfast championing of Harry Potter. It was Dumbledore
who planned and wanted the infant Harry to be taken from the cottage at Godric's Hollow where Harry's
parents had been murdered, taking him away from his godfather and rightful guardian. He then left
Harry in the care of Harry's Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon in Surrey, Little Whinging, placing Harry on
the doorstep of their home, despite them not being named guardians in the event of James and Lily's
death. Despite being aware of the criminal abuse Harry had suffered while living with the Dursley family
through a contact, Arabella Figg, he did not step in to prevent the abuse Harry suffered as a child,
leaving him to suffer with his magical hating Aunt and Uncle and bullying cousin Dudley. Throughout
Harry's years at Hogwarts, Dumbledore provided him with protection and guidance, and supplemented
Harry's schooling with additional information about Lord Voldemort.

After the Rebirth of Lord Voldemort, Dumbledore, in an effort to prevent Voldemort from learning
certain details through his link to Harry, refused to disclose certain details to Harry. This caused some
friction between the two. When Dumbledore explained to Harry that he had done so because he cared a
great deal for him and wished to avoid Voldemort learning the true nature of their relationship, Harry
was still angry but was more understanding.

By Harry's sixth year, Albus Dumbledore took on the role of providing Harry with additional insights into
the origins of Lord Voldemort, as Voldemort's power was growing enormously stronger. He did this
largely through the use of the Pensieve. He entrusted Harry with the task of getting a final, crucial
memory from Horace Slughorn regarding Voldemort's knowledge of Horcruxes. When Dumbledore was
killed, Harry was devastated.

"You are talented, famous, and powerful — everything Horace values."

—Albus Dumbledore's opinion of Harry Potter[src]

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Harry Potter speaking with Albus Dumbledore in Limbo

Harry and Dumbledore forged a strong Student — Headmaster bond, comparable to that between two
close family members (most likely case of a great-grandfather — grandson), in spite of the century in
age difference. Harry felt comfortable enough around the impressive, intimidating figure of Dumbledore
to shout at him in frustration, cry out of grief, admit to his fears, and entrust him with his life.
Dumbledore in return considered Harry to be a talented and powerful wizard who had inherited his
parents' best qualities, noting that Harry was a leader of superior quality to himself, as Harry led
because others looked to him to lead them rather than because he had ever sought power or authority
for himself. He also had great faith in Harry as shown when Dumbledore was in a weakened state and
Harry, who had never Apparated beyond a few feet, had to Apparate them both back. Dumbledore told
Harry that he wasn't worried because he was with Harry.

Before the final event of the Battle of Hogwarts, after Harry sacrificed himself and was struck by
Voldemort's Killing Curse and nearly died back in the Forbidden Forest, his soul went to a place
resembling King's Cross Station, where Dumbledore was waiting to speak with him. The fact that
Dumbledore himself was there to meet Harry in a place between life and death attests to the bond of
fellowship between them. After the war, Harry also named his second son after Dumbledore.

Rubeus Hagrid

"I would trust Hagrid with my life."

—Albus Dumbledore's trust in Hagrid[src]


Rubeus Hagrid: his friend, colleague, and former student

Dumbledore displayed an innate trust of Rubeus Hagrid in every situation starting from when Hagrid
attended Hogwarts. Dumbledore believed that Hagrid did not open the Chamber of Secrets and asked
the former Headmaster Armando Dippet to train Hagrid as the gamekeeper so he could stay. Since that
time Dumbledore has shown many examples of his faith in Hagrid. For example, Hagrid is the one tasked
to protect Harry Potter as he is brought to live with the Dursleys, in addition he is asked to bring the
Philosopher's Stone back from Gringotts. Dumbledore also sent Hagrid on other important missions,
such as attempting to persuade the giants to join the side of the Order of the Phoenix. Dumbledore
additionally was the only one who supported Hagrid's decision to bring his giant half-brother Grawp
with him back to Hogwarts after his mission to recruit the giants failed, allowing Grawp to stay in the
Forbidden Forest and later having him sent to the mountains near Hogsmeade. Hagrid was also
devastated by Dumbledore's death in 1997. He was also right about telling Harry that Snape was on
Dumbledore's side. Hagrid in return greatly admired and trusted Dumbledore, and took extreme offence
to anyone who dared insult the Headmaster.
Minerva McGonagall

Minerva McGonagall: "Professor Dumbledore is a very great wizard, Potter, he has many demands on
his time —"

Harry Potter: "But this is important."

— Minerva McGonagall regarding Dumbledore's feelings towards Harry[src]


Minerva McGonagall: his friend, colleague, and former student

Minerva McGonagall knew Dumbledore for the majority of her life. She attended Hogwarts as a student
during Dumbledore's time as the Transfiguration Professor and later went on to replace him when he
took the position of Head of the school. She served for many years as his Deputy Headmistress, standing
in for him and even replacing him as standing Headmistress on several occasions.[25][33]

Minerva had great faith in Dumbledore, placing great stock in the differences between him and
Voldemort.[7] However, she did not hesitate to disagree with him when she felt the need to do so. She
was extremely opposed to his decision to place Harry Potter with the magical hating Petunia Dursley and
her family, calling them the "worst sort of Muggles imaginable."[43] She also served more than once to
bring Dumbledore back on track when he became distracted from the matter currently at hand.[39]

Dumbledore discovered Minerva in tears in her classroom late one evening, after she found out about
the marriage of a young love to another woman. She confessed the whole story to him and Albus
Dumbledore offered both comfort and wisdom; telling Minerva some of his own family history,
previously unknown to her. The confidences exchanged that night between two intensely private and
reserved characters were to form the basis of a lasting mutual esteem and friendship.

Minerva had no qualms about displaying her loyalty to Dumbledore. When Cornelius Fudge brought
Aurors to arrest Dumbledore in 1996, she boldly stepped forward and announced her intention to fight
the Aurors on his behalf. She only stepped back at Dumbledore's insistence when he reminded her that
Hogwarts and her students would need her in his absence.[32]

Minerva was devastated when Dumbledore was killed in 1997 during the Battle of the Astronomy
Tower, and attended his funeral.[25] A year later, when Harry Potter returned to Hogwarts on a mission
given to him by Dumbledore she did not question the decision of her dead friend, but immediately
sought to provide whatever assistance she could.[20]
Severus Snape


Severus Snape, a trusted ally, colleague, and former student

Snape's relationship with Dumbledore was one of close, but not indefinite trust. After indirectly and
accidentally sending Voldemort after Lily, Snape turned to Dumbledore to keep her safe. Dumbledore
chose to capitalise on Snape's remorse and initiated him into the Order of the Phoenix as a double

As a spy for the Order, Snape silently kept his place within the ranks of the Death Eaters, while informing
Dumbledore about their movements. He also adopted the role of secret agent for Voldemort, and
supplied him with strategic scraps of information about the Order. The content of these reports was
often dictated by Dumbledore. It is implied that Snape withheld little, if any, information from
Dumbledore that was relevant to the Order's success, while Snape deliberately did the opposite for

Snape and Dumbledore

"I am fortunate, extremely fortunate, that I have you, Severus..."

It is notable that Dumbledore did not confide completely in Snape, thereby minimizing the potential
damage that might occur if Snape was compromised. Snape resented Dumbledore's secrecy, and was
offended by this lack of faith in his abilities. However, when Snape discovered that he had been used as
a pawn in Harry's own destruction, he was horrified, seeing it as a calculated betrayal of Lily's memory.

Dumbledore clearly underestimated Snape's capacity for love, and years later was very surprised to
learn that Snape still maintained his devotion. Furthermore, he complimented Snape's bravery, stating
he was far braver than Igor Karkaroff and that sometimes they sorted too soon, leaving Snape
dumbstruck. But in contrast to this, Dumbledore overestimated Snape´s feelings to get over "old
grudges" and therefore assigned him to tutor Harry in Occlumency, which ended badly between the two

In 1996, Dumbledore was cursed by putting on Marvolo Gaunt's Ring, which was a Horcrux (he put it on
when he was distracted by finding out that it was the Resurrection Stone, hoping to talk to his dead
family). He managed to contact Severus who was able to contain the curse in his right hand. However,
Snape knew and told Dumbledore that the curse would get stronger and stronger and eventually kill him
painfully, giving him a prognosis of about a year. By this time, Dumbledore was aware of Voldemort's
plan to kill him through assigning Draco Malfoy by threatening to kill his parents. Knowing that he was
going to die in a year and to save Draco Malfoy's safety and his soul, he ordered Snape to give him a
quick and painless death when the time came. Snape, although resistant at first to killing Dumbledore,
carried it out at the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, when Draco Malfoy had managed to bring Death
Eaters into Hogwarts. Dumbledore also entrusted Snape with protecting the students once Hogwarts fell
into Voldemort's control.

It is notable that despite trusting Snape had reformed, Dumbledore never allowed him his coveted
position of professor of Defence Against the Dark Arts, ostensibly under the concern that it would cause
him to revert to "old habits". However, it is more likely that he did it out of a desire to protect Snape
from the jinx he believed Lord Voldemort had put on the job after failing to acquire the position himself.
This same jinx prevented any teacher from lasting more than twelve months at the post, sometimes
with fatal results. After being cursed by Marvolo Gaunt's ring and ordering Snape to kill him,
Dumbledore finally granted him the Defence Against the Dark Arts post, knowing that if Snape were to
kill him he would be vilified by the wizarding public and forced to abandon the post.

Elphias Doge

"Thought the sun shone out of my brother's every orifice, he did."

—Aberforth Dumbledore on Elphias Doge[src]


Elphias Doge, his friend for many years

Elphias Doge became a close friend of Dumbledore's during their first day at Hogwarts. Elphias suffered
from Dragon Pox, and everybody avoided him. Elphias thought Dumbledore was a very great wizard, and
a very great person, and believed that his many early losses endowed him with great humanity and
strong sympathy, as he stated in an obituary he wrote for Albus Dumbledore, after his death.

Elphias pitied Dumbledore about his father, mother, and sister, and had a highly opinion of him. Elphias
soon became a member of the Order of the Phoenix, an organisation that Dumbledore had led. He also
attended Albus Dumbledore's funeral.

Elphias also told Harry to never believe Rita Skeeter and Muriel's slanders about Albus Dumbledore's
family life, including that Ariana was a Squib. It is possible that Elphias Doge fought in the Battle of
Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger

"Headmaster, you've got to stop them. They've got the wrong man."

—Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley regarding Sirius[src]


Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, his former students

Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger were Harry Potter's best friends and, like Harry, they thought
Dumbledore was a great wizard. Dumbledore liked them too, despite that he wasn't as close to them as
he was to Harry.

After his death, he left Ron his Deluminator (a unique artefact created by Dumbledore himself) and
Hermione his copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard . These gifts were proven very useful, as Ron
abandoned Harry and Hermione formerly to find his family, and, when he wanted to come back to Harry
and Hermione, the Deluminator showed him the way. The trio also read the Tales of Beedle the Bard,
and learned about the Deathly Hallows. Harry, Ron and Hermione also visited Dumbledore's portrait,
after the Battle of Hogwarts.

Weasley family


The Weasley family

Apart from Ron, Dumbledore was respected greatly by the rest of the Weasley family. They considered
him as the greatest wizard of all time and supported him through everything (except Percy who
disbelieved him about Voldemort's return) and was even the Hogwarts Headmaster during the times in
which all the Weasleys attended Hogwarts.

Arthur and Molly Weasley always respected Dumbledore and were very loyal to him. Arthur, like
Dumbledore, believed in the equality of all witches, wizards and Muggles while Molly considered him a
great wizard who doesn't make mistakes. When the Ministry of Magic began to disbelieve Dumbledore
and Harry, they supported the two famous wizards rather than the Ministry and became members of
the second Order of the Phoenix.

Dumbledore's relationship with Bill happened to be a friendly one since they were both Gryffindors and
liked each other. It is very likely that he also had a good relationship with Charlie.
Percy also thought of Dumbledore as a great wizard, but sometimes odd. In 1995, Percy's relationship
with Dumbledore became antagonistic when he and Harry claimed that Voldemort had returned, Percy
was loyal to the Ministry and participated in discrediting Harry and Dumbledore altogether. When the
truth was revealed, Percy learned he had made a mistake and in 1997, attended Dumbledore's funeral.

Fred and George appeared to respect Dumbledore very much. Dumbledore also appeared to like the
twins, despite their mischief-making, but knew they were good people at heart. They even joined the
second Order of the Phoenix and even Dumbledore's Army.

Ginny Weasley admired Dumbledore a lot and became his student in 1992. Dumbledore comforted and
reassured Ginny after she was possessed by a fragment of Voldemort's soul and manipulated into
opening the Chamber of Secrets during the 1992–1993 school year. Ginny was one of the first people to
learn about Dumbledore's death, and the only one able to console Harry afterwards. Ginny also named
her younger son, Albus Severus Potter after Dumbledore.

James and Lily Potter

"James had showed it to me just few days previously. It explained much of his undetected wrongdoing
at school"

—Albus Dumbledore to Harry Potter[src]

Lily and James Potter

James and Lily Potter, his friends and former students

Dumbledore first met James Potter and Lily Evans during their first year at Hogwarts, where he was the
Headmaster. Dumbledore had a good relationship with both of them, knowing them both to be pure
souls. James had lent Dumbledore his Invisibility Cloak one of the three Deathly Hallows. After James's
death Dumbledore returned the cloak to James's son, Harry.

When the Potters became Voldemort's targets due to a prophecy made about their son and the Dark
Lord, Dumbledore attempted to protect them by casting the Fidelius Charm and offering to be their
Secret Keeper, but the role of Secret Keeper went instead to Peter Pettigrew, which turned out to be a
fatal mistake, as Peter turned out to be a spy, and he betrayed Lily and James to Voldemort, who killed
them. Dumbledore was very saddened by their deaths and dedicated the rest of his life to protecting
their son, Harry without giving him any happiness in his childhood. He often told Harry about the great
goodness of his parents, and repeatedly consoled him with the assurance that his parents would never
ever truly leave him because of their love for him. Dumbledore also believed that Harry's love for his
parents was his greatest power.

Dursley family

"Remember my last, Petunia"

—Albus Dumbledore's Howler to Petunia Dursley, reminding her of the protection that she gave


The Dursleys, whom he entrusted Harry Potter to

Dumbledore had been known to have at least some correspondence with the Dursley family before the
birth of their nephew. In 1971, Petunia Evans wrote a letter to Dumbledore asking if she could attend
Hogwarts along withher sister. Dumbledore kindly rejected her request due to her being a Muggle,
which had likely contributed to Petunia's already growing hatred of magic. Ten years later, Dumbledore
illegally dropped Petunia's nephew at her doorstep shortly after the murders of her sister and brother-
in-law, despite the fact they were not named guardian candidates of Harry in the events of James and
Lily's death. Dumbledore had hoped that doing so would ensure an ancient form of magic that Lily's
wilful loving sacrifice for her son had created. However, Petunia and her own husband both resented
Harry's presence for the next ten years.

After Harry had received his letter from Rubeus Hagrid, Vernon had denounced Dumbledore as a
"crackpot old fool" and refused to pay for Harry's school funds. In response to this irreverent outburst,
Hagrid gave a pig's tail to Vernon's son, Dudley Dursley. In the summer of 1995, Vernon was about to
throw Harry out of the house when Petunia received a Howler from Dumbledore simply stating
"Remember my last, Petunia." Less than a year later, Harry and Dumbledore were talking about why the
former had to stay at the Dursley house despite his miserable existence he endured there.

A couple of months later, Dumbledore met with the Dursleys for the final time in his life. During his visit
to their house, Dumbledore went over the protection that the Dursleys were affording Harry, Harry's
inheritance of Sirius Black's possessions, and current updates in the wizarding world. In addition,
Dumbledore chastised the Dursleys for their indulgence of their son, Dudley. Vernon and Petunia were
likely indignant at Dumbledore's remarks.

Sirius Black

"Sirius was a brave, clever, and energetic man, and such men are not usually content to sit at home in
hiding while they believe others to be in danger."
—Albus Dumbledore's opinion of Sirius[src]

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Sirius Black, his friend and former student

Dumbledore had also a good relationship with Sirius Black, James Potter's best friend and Harry Potter's
godfather, as well as a member of the Order of the Phoenix, an organisation that Dumbledore led to
oppose Voldemort and his followers. Like the rest of the wizarding world, Dumbledore initially believed
that Sirius was the one who betrayed Lily and James to Lord Voldemort (and helped to condemn him in
Azkaban with unproven statements and lack of evidence about his supposed betrayal), but, in 1994, he
learned that it was actually Peter Pettigrew. As he had no way to prove Sirius' innocence, despite being
Chief Warlock and having the power to give him a trial, Dumbledore compensated by helping Hermione
and Harry save Sirius from the Dementor's Kiss, and to escape from his Ministry captors, by means of a
Time-Turner and Buckbeak.

The two resumed their friendship, and Sirius helped Dumbledore to recall the Order of the Phoenix an
hour after Voldemort returned. However, their relationship was soon strained: Dumbledore forced Sirius
to stay at 12 Grimmauld Place on account of his being a wanted convict, and because he had a tendency
to act rashly, which could lead him to put himself in great danger. Though his intentions were noble,
Sirius could not bring himself to appreciate Dumbledore's thoughtfulness, as he utterly despised the
home which brought him many bitter, unhappy memories, and the fact that he was to be alone in the
house most of the time made it all the more intolerable. Nevertheless, he still trusted Dumbledore
enough to confide in him about how Harry felt Voldemort awaking inside him the night that Mr Weasley
was attacked. Dumbledore was devastated when Sirius died, believing that it was mostly his fault and
comforted Harry to the best of his ability, and expressed his belief that Sirius was a lively man of wit and
courage, with a deep and genuine concern for his loved ones, and would not hesitate to come to their
rescue even if it meant putting himself in danger. Sirius' death was also a factor that led to Dumbledore
confessing to Harry several things that had been kept secret from him, mainly about the true power of
his mother's sacrificial protection, and the prophecy about him and Voldemort.

Remus Lupin

"On a happier note, I am pleased to welcome two new teachers to our ranks this year. Firstly, Professor
Lupin who had kindly consented to fill the post of Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher"

—Albus Dumbledore introducing Remus[src]

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Remus Lupin: his friend, former student, and former colleague

Another good friend of Dumbledore was Remus Lupin, one of James's and Sirius's dearest friends, and a
werewolf. It was Dumbledore who, by several special precautions, ensured that Remus was able to
come to Hogwarts to receive a proper magical education despite his werewolf status. He became a
member of the Order of the Phoenix after his graduation. Later on, in 1993, Dumbledore gave him the
post of teaching Defence Against the Dark Arts, a decision some considered questionable. He even
helped Remus control his werewolf-side by having Snape brew the Wolfsbane Potion for him on a
regular basis. On his part, Remus confessed that Dumbledore's trust and exceptional kindness towards
him meant everything to him, given that the vast majority of the wizarding world shunned him because
of the deep prejudice towards werewolves, and Remus felt guilty for betraying this kindness by allowing
his three Marauder friends illegally become Animagi and roaming wild during their schooling years.
Despite this, after learning of Sirius's innocence, Dumbledore forgave Remus for his supposed betrayal,
understanding his Marauder friends only became Animagi to help Remus in his werewolf form and
considered it an extraordinary achievement. He rejoined the Order of the Phoenix when Dumbledore re-
instated it in 1995, and they both fought in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, where Remus
suffered a devastating loss: Sirius died in the hands of Bellatrix Lestrange. Later on, upon overhearing a
conversation about Harry's misgivings of Snape, he told Harry that to doubt Snape would be to doubt
Dumbledore. In 1997, Remus was devastated by Dumbledore's death after the Battle of the Astronomy
Tower, and later demonstrated his faith and loyalty to Dumbledore by fighting in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Alastor Moody

"That is not Alastor Moody. You have never known Alastor Moody. The real Alastor would never remove
you from my side, after what had happened..."

—Dumbledore, talking about Barty Crouch Jr[src]

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Alastor Moody, his friend

Alastor Moody was a prominent Auror and Dumbledore's close friend. They fought together in many
battles, and the intimacy of their friendship can be demonstrated by an instance where the usually
formidable, no-nonsense Moody actually teased Dumbledore for his hatred of the Dementors. In 1994,
Moody accepted Dumbledore's offer to teach Defence Against the Dark Arts, but was captured and
imprisoned by Barty Crouch Jr, who impersonated him during the 1994-1995 school year, in order to
send Harry Potter to Lord Voldemort.

Dumbledore and Moody fought along in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, where they suffered
a devastating loss: Sirius, one of their dear friends, was killed by Bellatrix Lestrange. Moody turned out
to be the next member of the Order to die after Dumbledore.

Albus Dumbledore had a very strong bond with Fawkes, his pet phoenix, who served as a messenger and
close companion. Dumbledore always looked after Fawkes when he was reborn after his countless
deaths and in return Fawkes was extremely loyal to him. Fawkes was willing to take a Killing Curse in
order to protect Dumbledore, and did so in order to defend him from Lord Voldemort. He also helped
Albus escape from several members of the Ministry of Magic when they tried to arrest him. When
Dumbledore died Fawkes mourned him by singing a lament and then left Hogwarts and was apparently
never seen again.

Order of the Phoenix

Draco Malfoy: "I was supposed to meet you here, but your phoenix lot got in the way!"

Dumbledore: "Yes, they do that."

— Draco to Dumbledore during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower[src]


The original Order of the Phoenix, his allies

The Order of the Phoenix was an organisation Dumbledore formed to oppose Voldemort and his forces.
He had good relationships with most of the members, such as his brother Aberforth, Elphias Doge,
Minerva McGonagall, Rubeus Hagrid, Severus Snape, James and Lily Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin,
and Alastor Moody.

He was also friends with Kingsley Shacklebolt, who believed in equality and fairness for all wizards and
witches and Muggles; Arabella Figg, whom he trusted to watch Harry Potter during his years at the
Dursley's house (and heard about the abuse Harry suffered while doing nothing); Nymphadora Tonks, an
Auror; Dedalus Diggle; Hestia Jones; Emmeline Vance; Sturgis Podmore; Mundungus Fletcher; and the
Weasley family. Emmeline Vance was killed by Death Eaters during the Second Wizarding War.

Other possible Dumbledore's friends who were killed or seriously injured during the First Wizarding War
were Edgar Bones, Caradoc Dearborn, Benjy Fenwick, Marlene McKinnon, Dorcas Meadowes, and
Fabian and Gideon Prewett, and Alice and Frank Longbottom, who were tortured into insanity by
Bellatrix Lestrange and Barty Crouch Jr

Dumbledore was also friend of many allies of the Order, including Olympe Maxime, the headmistress of
Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, whom he met during the Triwizard Tournament, his co-workers Filius
Flitwick, Pomona Sprout and Horace Slughorn, Augusta Longbottom, Ted and Andromeda Tonks. Other
allies of the Order were Dumbledore's students, Ginny Weasley, Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood,
Lee Jordan, and Percy Weasley. He also liked the house-elf Dobby, and pitied the house-elf Kreacher,
asking them to work at Hogwarts kitchens.

It is possible that all the members and allies of the Order who were neither killed nor imprisoned, fought
in the Battle of Hogwarts (except Arabella Figg, who was a Squib, and couldn't fight. However, she might
have helped in another way.)

Hogwarts staff


Dumbledore in-between Professors McGonagall and Sinistra

Except the already mentioned Minerva McGonagall, Rubeus Hagrid, Severus Snape, Remus Lupin, and
Alastor Moody, Dumbledore had many co-workers during his career at Hogwarts. Some of his earliest
co-workers were: Armando Dippet, the previous Headmaster, Dumbledore being notably among the
very few Dippet trusted apparently due to his teaching efficiency; Herbert Beery, the Herbology
Professor, who later resigned his teaching post at Hogwarts to go teaching at the Wizarding Academy of
Dramatic Arts, who Dumbledore was apparently on good terms with as despite Herbert being such an
enthusiast, he trusted Dumbledore enough to confide in him the personal fact that his first act made all
his other performances ruined; Galatea Merrythought, the Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor, who
retired before Dippet's death; Silvanus Kettleburn, the Care of Magical Creatures Professor; and Horace
Slughorn, the Potions master, who was hired twice, and gave Harry Potter his memory, helping him and
Dumbledore find and destroy Voldemort's Horcruxes.

After Dippet's death, he became the new Hogwarts headmaster. He also had a friendship with Filius
Flitwick, the Charms Professor and Head of Ravenclaw House, Pomona Sprout, the Herbology Professor
and Head of Hufflepuff House, and Poppy Pomfrey, the nurse.

Every Hogwarts staff member, with the exception of Dolores Umbridge, both respected and held a high
opinion of Dumbledore. Other staff were Argus Filch, the caretaker; Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank, the Care
of Magical Creatures Substitute Professor; Firenze, a centaur and the Divination Professor; Rolanda
Hooch, the Flying Instructor; Aurora Sinistra, the Astronomy Professor; Bathsheda Babbling, the Study of
Ancient Runes Professor; Septima Vector, the Arithmancy Professor; Irma Pince, the librarian; Cuthbert
Binns, a ghost and the History of Magic Professor; Charity Burbage the Muggle Studies Professor.

Dumbledore knew Gilderoy Lockhart, the Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor (1992-1993), when he
was still a student. It's unknown how Dumbledore viewed him but he apparently found Lockhart's antics
to be amusing instead of irritating rather than the other professors, as he kindly denied Lockhart's
proposal of starting a school newspaper rather than punishing him as many, if not all, of the other staff
members have been known to do out of dislike of Lockhart's vanity seeking. Due to his optimistic
personality and tendency to see the good in people in order to try to give them another chances, it can
be assumed that he may have once thought that Lockhart can overcome his love for vanity and become
a great wizard due to his talents. However, upon Lockhart modifying the memories of two wizards that
Dumbledore knew, Dumbledore, having never been fooled by Lockhart's tall tales, easily found out the
truth and immediately decided to appoint him as a Hogwarts professor to expose Lockhart's
fraudulence, and because Lockhart at the time was the only person willing to apply for the cursed
Defence against the Dark Arts post. Despite Dumbledore's evident dislike of Lockhart's deeds, he
neverthless did not seem to truly hate Lockhart, as he was cordial and polite to him whenever they
interacted and after the Memory Charm completely wiped out Lockhart's memories, Dumbledore was
compassionate enough that he decided to leave Lockhart in peace and did not expose his crimes, likely
as he pitied Lockhart and saw that having completely lost all of his popularity and with the remnants of
his magical brilliance now lost to him and his cunning now harmless, to condemn him to being eternally
despised by the wizarding community would be unnecessarily cruel, not to say that if he did reveal what
Lockhart had did, he would likely be either sentenced to Azkaban or heavily secured in St Mungo, both
fates that he seemingly deemed too cruel of a punishment for what Lockhart did.

Another Professor was Sybill Trelawney, who taught Divination. Dumbledore planned on discontinuing
Divination but went to her job interview out of politeness, by the end of the interview however, he has
summed her up as a fraud. When he heard her conceiving Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy, he hired
Trelawney to protect her from the Death Eaters. In 1995, when Dolores Umbridge sacked Trelawney and
tried to banish her from Hogwarts, it was Dumbledore who stepped in and told Umbridge he wished
that Trelawney remain at Hogwarts.

Quirinus Quirrell was the Muggle Studies Professor, before he started to teach Defence Against the Dark
Arts. It was unknown of Dumbledore's feelings towards him at the time but he likely saw Quirrell as
being a gifted wizard from his academical performances during his time as a student, considering that he
had been the Headmaster by the time Quirrell came to Hogwarts and appointed him in first Muggle
Studies before having him teach Defence Against the Dark Arts. It was unknown how he felt about
Quirrell's delicateness or if he knew of Quirrell's bitterness over his bullying making him desire to be
noticed, but it was likely that although he was concerned about it, ever the optimist, he had hoped that
Quirrell could overcome this with time. However, when Quirrell met Voldemort when he travelled
around the world, and shared his body with him and since then, he served him faithfully, trying to steal
the Philosopher's Stone and kill Harry Potter, Dumbledore quickly saw through Quirrell and after he was
killed by Harry Potter in 1992, being burned by Harry's touching, Dumbledore openly noted that
Quirrell's fate was well-deserved, noting on how Quirrell's hunger for power, hatred and ambitions
made him allow Voldemort to possess him and incapable of understanding love, fell victim to it, showing
his disgust at his former professor.
In 1995, Dolores Umbridge was appointed the Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor by the Ministry
of Magic. She was a sadistic woman who enjoyed punishing students. Umbridge became High Inquisitor
of Hogwarts, and later Headmistress. In the end of the year, she was chased by centaurs, and left

Every member of the Hogwarts staff was devastated by Dumbledore's death, and it is more than likely
that every member fought in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Dumbledore's Army

Albus Dumbledore: "Well, the game is up. Would you like a written confession from me, Cornelius — or
will a statement before these witnesses suffice?"

Cornelius Fudge: "Statement? What — I don't —?"

Albus Dumbledore: "Dumbledore's Army, Cornelius. Not Potter's Army. Dumbledore's Army"

— Albus Dumbledore and Cornelius Fudge discussing Dumbledore's Army[src]

Dumbledore's Army

Some members of Dumbledore's Army

Dumbledore's Army was an organisation formed and led by Harry Potter, in order to protect the
students of Hogwarts from Lord Voldemort.

Its members were Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasley, Neville Longbottom,
Luna Lovegood, Fred and George Weasley, Cho Chang, Dean Thomas, Seamus Finnigan, Parvati and
Padma Patil, Lavender Brown, Hannah Abbott, Ernie Macmillan, Susan Bones, Justin Finch-Fletchley,
Michael Corner, Terry Boot, Anthony Goldstein, Katie Bell, Alicia Spinnet, Angelina Johnson, Colin and
Dennis Creevey, Zacharias Smith and Marietta Edgecombe.

All of the members of Dumbledore's Army were devastated by Dumbledore's death, and it is possible
that all of them fought in the Battle of Hogwarts. Three of the members were killed: Fred Weasley,
Lavender Brown and Colin Creevey. The two defectors, Marietta Edgecombe and Zacharias Smith, are
the ones who did not believe in Dumbledore from the beginning, and did not participate in the final

Other friendships
During his life, Dumbledore became friend of many famous wizards and witches, such as Nicolas Flamel
and his wife, Perenelle, Bathilda Bagshot and Griselda Marchbanks. Nicolas Flamel and Perenelle were
over 650 years of age, when they agreed to destroy the Philosopher's Stone to thwart Lord Voldemort's
return. Bathilda Bagshot died a few months after Dumbledore, being killed by Voldemort.

Death Eaters

Bellatrix Lestrange

"...or dear Bellatrix, who likes to play with her food before she eats it..."

—Dumbledore regarding Bellatrix Lestrange's sadistic personality[src]


Bellatrix Lestrange, his former student

Bellatrix Lestrange was a Death Eater who fought in both Wizarding Wars. She was fanatically loyal to
Lord Voldemort who was her only true love and so, although reluctantly acknowledging Dumbledore as
a very powerful wizard, considered her master as the superior wizard. Bellatrix was among the few
people who knew of the plan to assassinate Dumbledore, and that Draco Malfoy had been assigned the
task of murdering him. Bellatrix did not live to discover that her initial suspicions of Snape's loyalty had
been correct, dying during a ferocious duel with Molly Weasley. Dumbledore recognised Bellatrix as an
incredibly dangerous and sadistic Death Eater, commenting to Severus Snape that, given the choice, he
would prefer to die a quick and clean death rather than fall prey to Bellatrix who tended to "play with
her food". Bellatrix also killed many of Dumbledore's friends, such as Sirius Black, Dobby the house-elf,
and Nymphadora Tonks.

Lucius Malfoy

Lucius Malfoy Profile

Lucius Malfoy, his former student

Lucius Malfoy was a prefect during Dumbledore's early years as Hogwarts Headmaster, and was among
the Death Eaters who avoided Azkaban after First Wizarding War. In 1991, Lucius's son, Draco, started
attending Hogwarts. The Malfoys had a strong dislike of Dumbledore due to his love and acceptance of
Muggle-borns and belief in Muggle rights. In 1992, Lucius manipulated Ginny Weasley into re-opening
the Chamber of Secrets by giving her Tom Riddle's Diary in order to stigmatise her father Arthur and kick
Dumbledore out of Hogwarts. This failed because Dumbledore was able to guess the truth, when Harry
Potter saved Ginny from the Basilisk. Dumbledore thus let Harry decide Lucius' punishment, which was
giving the Malfoy house-elf Dobby his freedom as a reward and let Lucius himself get stripped from his
position on the Hogwarts Board of Governors. In 1996, Dumbledore and Lucius fought in the Battle of
the Department of Mysteries. Lucius was stunned and imprisoned in Azkaban, failing to give Voldemort
the Prophecy about the Chosen one, so Voldemort became angry and made Draco a Death Eater and
ordered him to kill Dumbledore, otherwise he would kill his family. During a discussion about Horcruxes,
Dumbledore expressed to Harry a certain sympathy to Lucius, as he believed that Lucius was secretly
glad to be imprison for accidentally getting rid of his master's Horcrux diary and the debacle of the
prophecy retrieval. Draco attempted to kill Dumbledore, on Voldemort's orders, telling him that the
Dark Lord would kill him, if he didn't so. Dumbledore showed kindness and sympathy to Draco's plight,
sensing he wasn't capable of murder and suggested him to abandon Voldemort, and that he and his
mother would be hidden by the Order of the Phoenix. Draco would most likely have accepted, but was
interrupted by Death Eaters. A year later, the Malfoy family changed sides.

Peter Pettigrew

"You saved his life, Harry... he owes you a life-debt..."

—Albus Dumbledore regarding Pettigrew[src]

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Peter Pettigrew, his former student

Peter Pettigrew was a member of the Order of the Phoenix and another close friend of James Potter. It is
possible that he was a friend of Dumbledore. However, in 1981, Pettigrew betrayed James and Lily to
Voldemort in his role as their family Secret-Keeper and faked his own death by cutting off his finger in a
crowded London street which he blew up with the Blasting Curse in order to frame Sirius Black. Like the
rest of the wizarding world, Dumbledore initially believed that it was Sirius who was behind the Potters'
betrayal, and that Pettigrew died confronting him about their deaths. He learned the truth in 1994,
when Harry Potter saved Pettigrew's life from Sirius' and Remus Lupin's attempt to extinguish it for his
crime. After Harry saved Sirius from the Dementors, Dumbledore congratulated him by saying that as
long as Pettigrew was a Death Eater in a life-debt with the last Potter, he would requite. Dumbledore's
observation was proven true: Pettigrew attempted to strangle Harry during the Skirmish at Malfoy
Manor, but he hesitated when Harry reminded him of the debt, causing the silver hand that was given to
him by Voldemort to strangle and kill him.

Igor Karkaroff


Igor Karkaroff

Igor Karkaroff was a Death Eater in the First Wizarding War. Dumbledore participated in his trial, and
saw him betraying many Death Eaters to avoid imprisonment in Azkaban. After his release, he
abandoned Voldemort and became the Headmaster of Durmstrang Institute. He met Dumbledore in
1994, when he visited Hogwarts during the Triwizard Tournament. At first, the two headmasters greeted
each other as old friends, seemingly showing no animosity. However Karkaroff would later denounce
Dumbledore as a fraud who put Harry Potter's name in the Goblet of Fire, and was even more angry to
learn about Barty Crouch Snr's attack on Durmstrang champion Viktor Krum, suggesting that the British
Ministry of Magic was tainted with corruption. He left Hogwarts after Voldemort's rebirth, and was killed
by Death Eaters in 1995. Despite public appearances, Dumbledore thought Karkaroff was a coward.

Barty Crouch Jr

Barty Crouch, Jr

Barty Crouch Jr, his former student

Another very loyal Death Eater was Barty Crouch Jr, who was imprisoned in Azkaban by his father, but
escaped with the help of his mother. Crouch played a key-role in Voldemort's rebirth, after he captured
and imprisoned Alastor Moody, and took his form, to teach at Hogwarts, while Dumbledore thought he
was dead. Crouch put Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire, and helped him with the tasks of the Triwizard
Tournament, sending him to Voldemort. When Harry escaped, Crouch attempted to kill him, but was
stopped by Dumbledore. Barty Crouch was given the Dementor's Kiss in 1995. Dumbledore showed cold
fury and disgust at Crouch Jr's actions but was still disappointed and revolted when Cornelius Fudge
sentenced him to Dementor's Kiss as it both meant that Voldemort's return could no longer be testified
and that the Crouch family blood line had permanantly ended. This show that despite his disgust of
Crouch Jr's actions, he still had some pity for what Crouch Jr became.

Fenrir Greyback


Fenrir Greyback

Fenrir Greyback was a savage werewolf who seemed to have had dealings with Dumbledore in the past,
as Dumbledore was shocked that he, of all people, had come to Hogwarts the night that the Death
Eaters entered the Astronomy Tower. He was also disgusted that Greyback had started to attack outside
the full moon and enjoyed the taste of human flesh. Greyback offered to 'do Dumbledore for afters',
indicating that he would, possibly, maul him to death after attacking children within the castle. In fact,
Dumbledore seemed somewhat disappointed when he incorrectly believed that Draco would invite
Greyback into the castle.

Other Death Eaters

It is likely that Dumbledore knew and fought other Death Eaters during the Wars and attended their
trials if caught. It is certain that the Death Eaters both hated and yet feared Dumbledore.


Dumbledore's given names could be interpreted as representing the four primary divisions of the British

Albus could refer to bright, or white.

Albus may be the masculine form of "Alba", the Gaelic name for Scotland or an Italian word meaning
"sunrise", possibly alluding to the rebirth symbols associated with him (see Phoenix). It is also a Latin
word for white, and thus could be meant to invoke Good as traditionally associated with white, or
merely to refer to his long white hair and beard.

Percival is a legendary Arthurian knight from Wales involved in the Grail quest. In Le morte d'Arthur by
Thomas Mallory, Percival is both hero of the quest for the Grail and narrator of the tale, as is the case
for Dumbledore in parts of the story. It is a name which presumably comes from his father.

Clodius Albinus was a Roman usurper proclaimed emperor by the legions in Britain and Hispania upon
the murder of Pertinax in 193.

After Pertinax was assassinated, the praetorian prefect Aemilius Laetus and his men, who had arranged
the murder, "sold" the imperial throne to wealthy senator Didius Julianus, effectively crowning him
emperor, but a string of mutinies from the troops in the provinces meant the next emperor was far from
decided. Immediately afterwards, Pescennius Niger (possibly Phineas Nigellus Black) was proclaimed
emperor by the legions in Syria; Septimius Severus (Severus Snape) by the troops in Illyricum and
Pannonia; and Albinus by the armies in Britain and Gaul.

Wulfric is an Anglo-Saxon name found in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and could be representative of
England. Wulfric translates literally as "wolf-power", and is reminiscent of another similar name,
Beowulf, which means "powerful wolf-bear". The legendary hero Beowulf slew the monster Grendel as a
youth, a name similar to Gellert Grindelwald, the dark wizard Dumbledore defeated in his own youth.
Beowulf was fatally wounded by a dragon in a sea cave, and the only one who would help him was his
squire, an orphaned son of some loyal followers. Dumbledore was also severelly wounded by the potion
in The Cave and the orphaned follower is obviously Harry.

Brian is the name of the legendary Irish high-king and hero Brian Boru who defeated the Vikings at the
Battle of Clontarf near Dublin. Dumbledore himself was a veteran of many wizarding battles against Dark
wizards.. However, this name was probably chosen because of its comic mundanity compared to his
other four names.
Dumbledore is an old 18th century English word for 'bumblebee'. It is still used in Newfoundland,
Canada, to refer to a bumblebee. Rowling stated she imagined him flitting about the castle humming to

"Albus Dumbledore" may be inspired from JK Rowling's old school headmaster, Alfred Dunn.

The name Albus can also come from Latin origins and means pure or white. Albus can also be associated
with the Greek Goddess Aphrodite (the Goddess of Love) and viewed as having been "graced" by her.
According to Rowling herself, the first names of Albus Dumbledore and Rubeus Hagrid were chosen
based on "the white" and "the red", which were considered essential mystical components of alchemy.
Dumbledore was given the white for asceticism, "a spiritual theoretician, brilliant, idealised, and
somewhat detached".[44]