We all know Dumbledore as the Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and a mentor to Harry Potter. But this immensely powerful wizard lived a lifetime before Harry ever stepped onto Hogwarts’ grounds.
Here’s few fascinating facts about Dumbledore .
LANGUAGES OF THE UNKNOWN.
Dumbledore is more than just a powerful wizard, he is also incredibly smart. He understands at least three magical languages, including Merpeople’s Mermish and Goblin’s Gobbledegook. He also studied Parseltongue, the snake language spoken by Harry, Voldemort, and Salazar Slytherin.
While there is no evidence that he can actually speak the language himself, Dumbledore has proven he understands it, which is a feat in itself. Ron learned to mimic the sounds Harry made while speaking the snake language, so Dumbledore likely possesses that ability as well. He probably learned Parsel tongue in an attempt to better understand Voldemort.
HE ONCE TAUGHT TRANSFIGURATION
Dumbledore became Headmaster of Hogwarts sometime around 1970. Prior to that, he was a professor. We learned in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald that he first taught Defense Against the Dark Arts, as he showed students how to defend themselves against boggarts.
Ultimately though, he taught Transfiguration, which according to Rowling is “very hard work,” and more scientific than many other magical disciplines. Fans have theorized that he turned to teaching to try to squash his desire for power. Of course, becoming Headmaster is a form of power, but not quite the same kind that Grindelwald was after.
HIS WAND HAS A THESTRAL HAIR CORE
Dumbledore wields the limitlessly powerful Elder Wand, a Deathly Hallow and present from Death itself. It only makes sense that the core of that wand is the hair of a thestral, the creatures that bring the carriages from the train to Hogwarts and can only be seen after witnessing a death firsthand. Dumbledore’s life has always been plagued by death and tragedy, so it seems fitting his wand would have a thestral hair core.
HE CAN PERFORM MAGIC WITHOUT A WAND
Performing magic without a wand is no small feat. Only the most powerful wizards have this ability, and as we all know, Dumbledore is clearly one of the most powerful wizards. He’s proven his magical prowess both with and without a wand on numerous occasions.His powers knows no bounds and is absolutely limitless!
HE CAN BECOME INVISIBLE WITHOUT AN INVISIBILITY CLOAK
Harry’s invisibility cloak is a one of a kind item, a Deathly Hallow created by Death himself, but this easy to miss throwaway line spoken by Dumbledore just further proves how powerful he really is. The Disillusionment Charm camouflages a wizard among their surroundings, but Dumbledore used an advanced version of the spell which could make him truly invisible.
HE WAS A GRYFFINDOR.
Dumbledore has never failed to prove himself daring and courageous, just as any good Gryffindor would be. While he’s obviously partial to Harry and his friends, his bias toward Gryffindor is even more personal than that. It was his own house when he was in school, and as Headmaster, there’s nothing stopping him from randomly handing out extra house points to the scarlet and gold lions whenever he deems fit.
HE IS THE ONLY PERSON BESIDES HARRY TO HAVE ACQUIRED ALL THREE DEATHLY HALLOWS
Dumbledore won the Elder Wand after defeating Grindelwald and continued to use it until his own death. He also acquired both the Resurrection Stone and Invisibility Cloak, meaning throughout the course of his life, he had access to all three of the Deathly Hallows. Harry Potter later did the same, making them the only two wizards to have ever had all three.
HE IS THE ONLY WIZARD TO HAVE BEEN BURIED AT HOGWARTS
Any other headmaster would want to be buried with his or her family, and not at the school they work at. However, Hogwarts truly was Dumbledore’s home, and the students and faculty his family.
Because he lost most of his family fairly young and he largely blames himself for their fates, there was probably also the guilt of being buried near them that kept him from going back to Godric’s Hollow to be laid to rest.Anyways,He was the only wizard to have ever rested at Hogwarts after death.
HE LIVED FOR 115 YEARS!
The silver-haired wizard clearly looks old, but it’s still surprising that Dumbledore was as old as he was at the end of his life, and he didn’t even die from old age. According to Pottermore, Albus was born in 1881 and died in 1997 at the ripe old age of 115. That’s impressive, to say the least.
HE HAD A LONG LONG LONG..WELL A LONG NAME!
The iconic Hogwarts Headmaster’s full name was Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. Which begs the question, who needs three middle names? The best wizard ever, that’s who.
Dumbledore was gay. JK Rowling made the announcement of the Headmasters sexuality around the time that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie was being filmed. This prompted the writers to make alterations to the script.
Allegedly, there was a scene where Dumbledore was reminiscing about his past loves. But while reading over the movie, Rowling crossed out that line and simply scrawled “Dumbledore is gay” over it.
Along with being a perfect student, he was a great teacher and a leader too. Following the path of righteousness, Dumbledore slowly rose and became the greatest wizard of all time.
*even for Hogwarts standards*
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