"It's a shame you had to see him on a Burning Day. He's really very handsome most of the time, wonderful red and gold plumage."
Albus Dumbledore introduces Harry Potter to Fawkes[src]

Fawkes on his burning day, just before his death-and-rebirth

Burning Day is the name of the day in which a Phoenix bursts into flame and is reborn from the ashes.[1] A Phoenix at this stage of its life is described as "decrepit-looking" and resembling "a half-plucked turkey". After bursting into flame, the Phoenix emerges from its own ashes as a newborn, which Harry Potter regarded as "quite as ugly as the old one".[1]

Known Burning Days

Behind the scenes

On 18 June, 1996, Fawkes swallowed a Killing Curse cast by Lord Voldemort, at which point he burst into flames and was reborn.[2] It is unknown if this counts as a Burning Day, as his death was not by natural causes.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 12 (The Polyjuice Potion)
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 36 (The Only One He Ever Feared)
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