Albus Dumbledore
Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is a major character in J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
Joanne "Jo" Rowling, OBE , better known as J. K. Rowling, is the British author of the Harry Potter fantasy series...

's Harry Potter
Harry Potter
Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of the adolescent wizard Harry Potter and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry...

series. For most of the series, he is the headmaster of the wizarding school Hogwarts
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry or simply Hogwarts is the primary setting for the first six books of the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, with each book lasting the equivalent of one school year. It is a fictional boarding school of magic for witches and wizards between the ages of...

. As part of his back-story, it is revealed that he is the founder and leader of the Order of the Phoenix, an organisation dedicated to fighting the main antagonist
An antagonist is a character, group of characters, or institution, that represents the opposition against which the protagonist must contend...

 of the series, Lord Voldemort
Lord Voldemort
Lord Voldemort is the main antagonist of the Harry Potter series written by British author J. K. Rowling. Voldemort first appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which was released in 1997...

Rowling stated she chose the name Dumbledore, which is an Early Modern English
Early Modern English
Early Modern English is the stage of the English language used from about the end of the Middle English period to 1650. Thus, the first edition of the King James Bible and the works of William Shakespeare both belong to the late phase of Early Modern English...

  word for "bumblebee
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", because of Dumbledore's love of music: she imagined him walking around "humming to himself a lot".
According to the author, she enjoys writing Dumbledore because he "is the epitome
An epitome is a summary or miniature form; an instance that represents a larger reality, also used as a synonym for embodiment....

 of goodness." Rowling said that Dumbledore speaks for her, as he "knows pretty much everything" about the Harry Potter universe
Harry Potter universe
The fictional universe of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series of fantasy novels comprises two separate and distinct societies: the wizarding world and the Muggle world...


"After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure."

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - 1997

"What happened down in the dungeons between you and Professor Quirrell is a complete secret, so, naturally the whole school knows."

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - 1997

"As much money and life as you could want! The two things most human beings would choose above all - the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them."

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - 1997

"Fear of a name increases fear of a thing itself."

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - 1997

"After all, it does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live."

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - 1997

"I believe your friends Misters Fred and George Weasley were responsible for trying to send you a toilet seat. No doubt they thought it would amuse you."

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - 1997

"I will only have truly left the school when none here are loyal to me"

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, when the Ministry has "got to act"-1998

"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."

Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets - 1998

"You think the dead we love ever truly leave us? You think that we don't recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble?"

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - 1999 "happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one remembers to turn on the light."- Harry Potter and the prisoner of askaban- 1999

"If your determination to shut your eyes will carry you so far, Cornelius, then we have reached a parting of the ways.You must act as you see fit and I must act as I see fit."

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - 2000