Age: 114 (Summer 1881)Gender: Male Blood Status: Half Wand Description: 15", Elder, Thestral tail hair core
Height: 5' 11"Eye Colour: Silver, formerly auburn Hair Colour: Blue Physical Attributes: Albus Dumbledore was tall and thin, with silver hair and beard (auburn in his youth) so long that they could be tucked into his belt. He had a very long and crooked nose that looked as if it had been broken at least twice. (It is speculated that his brother's punch during their sister's funeral may have played a role in shaping his nose.) He was also said to have long and skilful fingers. His eyes were described to be a brilliant, soul-piercing shade of blue, and usually twinkled with kindness and mischief.
When he became genuinely angry, however, Dumbledore would transform from a benign-looking, bright-eyed old man into a wizard even more terrifying than Lord Voldemort himself, with a face that was a classic portrait of cold fury and an aura of power that made him seem as if he was giving off burning heat. Indeed, Harry had — after witnessing a rare moment of Dumbledore's furious rage — confessed to fully understanding why people always said that Dumbledore was the only wizard Voldemort had ever feared.
Dumbledore wore half-moon spectacles and a colourful array of robes, ranging from purple to crimson-red. He once claimed to have a scar above his left knee in the precise shape of a map of the London Underground, but whether or not he actually did is unknown. His demeanour was often — if not always — serene and ethereal, and he usually spoke in a calm, pleasant voice even when Harry thought that he was actually furious.
During the last year of his life, Dumbledore's right hand was scarred when he donned Marvolo Gaunt's Ring, which was cursed. Had Severus Snape not intervened with a counter-curse, Dumbledore would have died much more quickly. Regardless, the curse left his hand blackened and dead-looking, and no amount of healing could repair the appearance. According to Snape, the curse would eventually spread itself from the contained hand, and Dumbledore was doomed to die in no more than one year's time. Whether this means the blackening dead-look appearance would spread throughout the entire body is unknown.
Death, however, served to restore him to full health and strength: his spirit was described as walking sprightly and upright, with hands that were both whole and white and undamaged, and looking exactly how Harry remembered him to be.
Considered to be the most powerful wizard of his time, Dumbledore was benevolent and wise, a good wizard in the style of Merlin. He almost constantly gave off an aura of serenity and composure, rarely displaying intense emotions of anger or fear. He spoke in a calm, collected voice, being reasonable and kind, but firm. Yet, despite his benign nature, it is said that Dumbledore was the only wizard Lord Voldemort ever truly feared.
Dumbledore was very eccentric and even slightly effeminate; he was very fond of knitting patterns and frequently wore flamboyant clothing (at one point, he is seen wearing a flowered bonnet). In particular, he had an odd taste in sweets: he enjoyed Muggle sweets relatively unknown in the wizarding world such as sherbet lemons, and the password to his office, supposedly that of his current favourite sweet, was often peculiar choices such as Acid Pops and Cockroach Clusters. He was also known for his odd displays of whimsicality; he often used humor to make people feel comfortable in his presence. Dumbledore has been known to be quite philosophical; often, very few people have the understanding (or patience) to comprehend his philosophies.
As a supremely talented wizard, Dumbledore showed numerous examples of extraordinary abilities. His capabilities as a wizard were combined with a kind of cunning and subtlety of mind that allowed him to comprehend human nature and turn the better aspects of humanity (trust, love, and friendship) to Voldemort's disadvantage in particular. Yet, despite his many talents and accomplishments, Dumbledore was never arrogant, self-important, or pompous, and in this he stands above the other great wizards of his day. He was however very aware of his supreme talent and intelligence, and did not hold back when reminding people of this fact. Dumbledore acknowledges that everyone has their own weaknesses, with him being no exception. At the same time, he also acknowledges that people become strong by first accepting said weaknesses.
More than anything else, Dumbledore was motivated by his belief in the power of the human spirit. He also had a deep capacity for love, frequently reminding Harry that love was the greatest magic of all. This perhaps stemmed from his "great tragedy" of his affections for Gellert Grindelwald, whom Dumbledore not only loved, but greatly admired for his innovative ideas. Dumbledore believed in the good in everyone and insisted on giving second chances. The greatest example of this is Dumbledore's relationship with Severus Snape, in whom Dumbledore was willing to hold a considerable amount of faith after having shown remorse. Dumbledore even saw a possibility for good in Voldemort as a child, and was open to giving him a second chance, despite the fact that Voldemort had already revealed himself to be a cruel psychopath even at that young age.
Dumbledore was highly perceptive and emotionally intelligent; his knowledge of people's true personality went beyond being simply a good judge of character. This is never more apparent than in his complex insights into Voldemort's psyche, which he pieced together with Harry to deduce where the Horcruxes were hidden.
As well as him having little fear of death believing it was the 'next great adventure' he was also very brave and resilient against some of the things he did fear. For example, he discussed with Severus Snape that he would rather have a peaceful, painless and respectful death and arranged it with him, he was willing to sacrifice his comfort, health and sanity and subject himself to severe pain if he thought it was needed. An example of this was in The Cave, when knowing that the Potion would cause him severe pain and distress (without knowing exactly what would happen to him), he was not hesitant in deciding that it must be him to drink it not Harry. However, he knew Harry's life was more important as Dumbledore already had only a few months to live.
However, in spite of Dumbledore's many extraordinary qualities, he was also a somewhat Machiavellian figure. He could be stoically pragmatic and prone to lies and secrecy, despite some of the people around him having proven themselves to be deserving of his trust. He spent a short portion of his youth concocting plans with Gellert Grindelwald for global domination over Muggles, in the process treating his ill sister with neglect. Dumbledore was not a deliberately cruel man, but at times he was too far-sighted, making choices that he believed to be for the benefit of humanity even if it deeply hurt some of the people around him. Though his tendency towards this type of behaviour decreased with age, he somewhat manipulatively took advantage of Severus Snape's emotions. He also avoided direct contact with Harry Potter following Lord Voldemort's rebirth, fearing that Voldemort could use the connection between them to discover the true nature of Dumbledore and Harry's relationship and use it against Dumbledore.
Though he was not vain or conceited, he displayed no false modesty regarding his power and intelligence. He openly acknowledged that he thought of himself as having "high brainpower" and that he was "rather cleverer than most men." It should be noted however, that though he was fully aware of his extraordinary intelligence and power, he was also well aware of his own flaws and he went out of his way to keep them in check. For instance, on the occasion when he stated that he was cleverer than most, he immediately followed this statement with the caveat that his brilliance caused his mistakes to be correspondingly spectacular.
Dumbledore's greatest personality flaw, which he explained to Harry in 1998, was his desire for power. This stemmed primarily from his understanding of how exceptionally talented and intelligent he was, which led to a desire for fame, acknowledgment and glory in his younger days. He eventually found that those best suited for power are those who do not seek it. When he and Gellert Grindelwald were in school, they made plans to enslave Muggles and re-establish wizards as the natural rulers of the world. However, when his sister Ariana Dumbledore was killed during a duel between himself, Aberforth Dumbledore, and Grindelwald, any desire to accomplish this goal left him. In fact, the incident led to him declining any attempts by others to offer him any more power beyond that which he held as the Hogwarts headmaster.
Dumbledore was haunted by his sad family history. In particular, he was riddled with guilt over the circumstances surrounding the death of his sister. He felt enormous remorse for his selfishness and was tortured for the rest of his life by the possibility that he might have been the one who cast the spell that killed his sister, to the point that he delayed facing Grindelwald until there was no other choice because he was afraid of what his former friend might know about the death of Ariana. When he looked into the Mirror of Erised, he saw himself redeemed in the eyes of his brother and his entire family alive and together.
At time Dumbledore could feel the pressure of his role in the world acutely, and relied on his Pensieve to deal with them. He kept vials of memories which he could view in his Pensieve, some of which were his own. He often used this to find connections he might have missed before, and also when he felt he had "too many memories".
Relationships:Pet/Familiar: Phoenix named Fawkes
Family:Mother: Kendra Dumbledore (deceased) Father: Percival Dumbledore (deceased) Siblings:
- Aberforth Dumbledore (brother)
- Ariana Dumbledore (sister) (deceased)
OtherNationality: British Birthplace: Mould-on-the-Wold, England Your characters view on Voldemort: Against
Former House: Gryffindor