Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is the character we all think of when we hear the words Hogwarts headmaster. It would not be wrong if we say that if Dumbledore was not on Harry’s side, he would have been doomed. Like everyone else, Albus Dumbledore has an interesting past and there are things that happened before the events of the Harry Potter series and these are some of them:
Dumbledore’s mother was muggle born:
Just like Harry, Dumbledore also had a muggle born mother and a pureblood father that made him a half-blood wizard. His blood status made him sympathetic and kind towards muggles and he believed that the blood status should not define a wizard. After his mother died he went through a tough time and moved to Godric’s hollow.
He was a brilliant student:
Dumbledore was the most brilliant student Hogwarts had ever seen. He was incredibly bright and gifted and was also kind. He got constant validation from his academic achievements and that might have led him to become a bit proud of his abilities that added to his friendship with Grindelwald.
The death of his mother:
Ariana Dumbledore had a very disturbing childhood and was one attacked by three muggle boys. The attack traumatized her and affected her so much that her magical abilities could not be controlled anymore. She could only use magic when she had emotional outbursts and one such outburst resulted in an explosion that killed her own mother.
Percival Dumbledore’s scandal:
After Ariana was attacked by the three muggle boys, Dumbledore’s father was furious and he tracked down the three boys and attacked them. Even though his intention was to take revenge for his child’s misery but attacking muggles was obviously a crime. For this he was sent to Azkaban for a long time and his wife had to raise three children alone.
Dumbledore taught Transfiguration:
We all know that before he became the headmaster, He taught Hogwarts for many years but a lot of people don’t know that he taught Transfiguration just like Minerva McGonagall and he was a great teacher.
He wrote for a transfiguration magazine:
His love for Transfiguration was not just limited to his teaching as he also wrote a column for a magazine called ‘Transfiguration today’. He loved his job as a writer as much as he loved to teach. Dumbledore was always gifted with the ability to think and write and his words were always worth quoting.
He hired Trelawney to protect her:
Dumbledore wasn’t a fan of Sybil Trelawney at first and he had a dislike for the art of divination. He knew that Trelawney was mostly a fraud and only found her useful when she made the prophecy about Voldemort. He knew that the death eaters would hunt her down to take her to Voldemort and therefore he provided her with a job and shelter at Hogwarts.
His friendship with Grindelwald:
Dumbledore’s friendship with Grindelwald is probably the most controversial parts of his life for the sole reason that Dumbledore supported him in many of his dark endeavours. Dumbledore was influenced by his love and respect for his friend and he therefore looked past his flaws and malicious intentions for the ‘greater good’.
He helped Newt Scamander with his book:
The author of the book ‘Fantastic Beasts and where to find them’ was one of the favorite students of Dumbledore. He supported Newt in his interest of magical beasts and becoming a magizoologist. The sequel to the Fantastic Beasts series will reveal more about his relationship with Newt.
He won the Order of Merlin:
Only a few wizards win the greatest honour that is Order of Merlin (first class) for their contributions in the wizarding world and Dumbledore is one of them. It is the biggest achievement for a wizard and won it for defeating Gellert Grindelwald in a duel and for ridding the wizarding world of his terror.