Dumbledore was the surname of a wizarding family famous for the achievements or notoriety of various members, particularly Albus Dumbledore. The family had both magical and Muggle heritage.[3]


The Dumbledores originally lived in Mould-on-the-Wold, but moved to Godric's Hollow after Percival Dumbledore was sent to Azkaban for attacking Muggles; he did not inform the authorities that his actions were in retaliation for the Muggles' traumatising attack on his daughter, Ariana. The Dumbledores were the subject of much gossip, since Ariana was rarely seen, and a fist fight broke out at her funeral between her older brothers.[4]

However, Albus Dumbledore soon became famous for his many accomplishments, including discovering the twelve uses of dragon's blood, defeating the Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald, and eventually becoming Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and leading the Order of the Phoenix.

Known members

Dumbledore family tree

Percival Dumbledore
(d. 1890)
Kendra Dumbledore
Albus Dumbledore
Aberforth Dumbledore
(b. 1884)
Ariana Dumbledore


Dumbledore is an old English word for "bumblebee". J. K. Rowling stated she imagined Albus Dumbledore flitting about Hogwarts Castle humming to himself.

Behind the scenes

  • Honoria was Albus Dumbledore's unmarried aunt. Her exact relationship to the family is unknown.
  • Jany Temime has claimed that the Dumbledores are Scottish.[5]
  • The description of Kendra is that she looked Native American, which might mean the Dumbledores were of Native American heritage.
  • The real-world Dumbledore family name can be traced back to Gloucestershire, England around the early 13th century.[6]
  • In 2005, Rowling stated in an interview that questions regarding Dumbledore's family "would be a profitable line of inquiry, more profitable than sweet wrappers," a reference to wild fan theories regarding the sweet wrappers given to Neville Longbottom by his mother, Alice Longbottom. When asked, however, if that should be talked about a bit more, she shut down any further mysteries, guarding the important revelations regarding the family that would be revealed in the final title of the series.[7]


Notes and references

  1. It was confirmed in an Empire interview (archived by SnitchSeeker) by directors, David Yates and David Heyman, and by Ezra Miller and J.K. Rowling herself that Credence is indeed Aurelius Dumbledore, the lost brother of Albus Dumbledore. Gellert Grindelwald was telling the truth.
  2. Aberforth Dumbledore is the last known male Dumbledore to be living after June 1997 and he has no children, so on his (eventual) death the family will be extinct in the male line.
  3. Kendra Dumbledore was a Muggle-born witch, making her three children half-bloods.
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  5. Chicago Scifi - "You're Aberforth"
  6. "Dumbledore Family Crest and Name History" at houseofnames.com
  7. Spartz, Anelli, Melissa an Emerson (16 July, 2005). The Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet interview Joanne Kathleen Rowling: Part Three. Accio Quote. Retrieved on 2020 June 11.

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