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"Well, I've always felt an affinity with the great magical birds. There's a story in my family that a phoenix will come to any Dumbledore who is in desperate need. They say my great-great-grandfather had one, but that it took flight when he died, never to return."
Albus Dumbledore[src]

Mr Dumbledore was the great-great-grandfather of Albus Dumbledore. He once owned a phoenix, but it took flight when he died and never returned. He was an example of a story told through multiple generations of the Dumbledore family that a phoenix would come to any Dumbledore who is in desperate need.[2]

Behind the scenes

  • J. K. Rowling has said that Fawkes had not served another human before Albus Dumbledore, meaning that these two phoenixes cannot be the same.[4]

Appearances

Notes and references


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