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Harry Potter Character - Albus Dumbledore

In Picture: Richard Harris as Dumbledore.

Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore (born c.1840) is a character in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. He has been the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for many years and considered to be one of the most powerful wizards in the world. Being benevolent, slightly eccentric, and powerful, he resembles an archetypal good wizard in the style of Merlin or Gandalf. He is sympathetic to Harry Potter's difficulties, and, as such, occasionally allows the young wizard more leeway than he would with others. He is described as the only wizard Lord Voldemort ever feared.
In Picture: Michael Gambon as Dumbledore.

Dumbledore is described as being tall and thin, with long hair and beard. He has blue eyes, a very long and crooked nose, and long fingers. He wears half-moon spectacles. He is also described as being very well-dressed in magnificent robes. He claims to have a scar above his left knee, its provenance unknown, which happens to be a perfect map of the London Underground. Dumbledore's Chocolate Frog card mentions that he enjoys chamber music and ten-pin bowling. He has a great affinity for sweets, magical and non-magical, and has frequently set the password for the gargoyle guarding his office door to be the name of various sweets. He is also a self-stated fan of knitting patterns, and once told Harry that one could never have enough socks.
The name Albus is from the Latin word albus ("white"), a frequently used symbol for good; "Dumbledore," which means "bumblebee," was picked by the author because she can see him humming while strolling along the halls of Hogwarts. Additionally, a Dumbledoor is an insect which visits the Shire each year in The Lord of the Rings, as mentioned in the poem Errantry by J.R.R. Tolkien.
In the movie versions, Dumbledore is played by actors of Irish origin. In the film adaptations of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Dumbledore was played by Richard Harris, who died in 2002 of Hodgkin's disease. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Dumbledore is played by Michael Gambon.
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