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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 an individual that once owned a phoenix, but it took flight when he died and never returned. He was an example of a story in the Dumbledore family that a phoenix would come to any Dumbledore who is in desperate need.[2]

Behind the scenes

  • Considering the immense lifespan of Phoenixes, it is possible that there is in fact only one Phoenix, Fawkes, that follows different members of the Dumbledore family, though J. K. Rowling has said that Fawkes had not served another human before Albus Dumbledore.[3]


Notes and references

  1. Percival, his great-grandson, was born at least by 1864, so he must have been alive by then.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay, Scene 28
  3. Edinburgh "cub reporter" press conference, ITV, 16 July 2005
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