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|born=[[1880s|1884]]{{Ref|<ref name="Age">His brother, Albus, was born in 1881. {{DH}} states that Aberforth entered Hogwarts three years after his brother, indicating a birth year of 1884.</ref>}} <br/>[[Great Britain]] or [[Ireland]]<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2000/0700-swns-alfie.htm|World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling]</ref>
 
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{{Quote|&hellip;my rough, unlettered, and infinitely more admirable brother.|[[Albus Dumbledore]] on Aberforth|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Quote|&hellip;my rough, unlettered, and infinitely more admirable brother.|[[Albus Dumbledore]] on Aberforth|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
'''Aberforth Dumbledore''' (b. [[1880s|1884]]) was a [[half-blood]] [[Wizardkind|wizard]], the second son of [[Percival Dumbledore|Percival]] and [[Kendra Dumbledore]], younger brother of [[Albus Dumbledore|Albus]], and older brother of [[Ariana Dumbledore|Ariana]]. He attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] between [[1890s|1895]] and [[1900s|1902]]. His father&mdash;who had been sentenced to prison for attacking three [[Muggle]]s&mdash;died in [[Azkaban]] when Aberforth was young, and his mother and sister were later accidentally killed. Due to these familial tensions over many years, Aberforth did not have a good relationship with his brother, Albus.
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'''Aberforth Dumbledore''' (b. [[1880s|1884]]) was a [[half-blood]] [[Wizardkind|wizard]], the second son of [[Percival Dumbledore|Percival]] and [[Kendra Dumbledore]], younger brother of [[Albus Dumbledore|Albus]], and older brother of [[Ariana Dumbledore|Ariana]]. He attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] between [[1890s|1895]] and [[1900s|1902]]. His father &mdash; who had been sentenced to prison for attacking three [[Muggle]]s &mdash; died in [[Azkaban]] when Aberforth was young, and his mother and sister were later accidentally killed. Due to these familial tensions over many years, Aberforth did not have a good relationship with his brother, Albus. Many years later, [[Albus Dumbledore|his brother]] became the longest and most noted [[Headmaster]] of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] and was even considered as the greatest wizard of all time.
   
 
Aberforth was the owner and barman of the [[Hog's Head Inn]] in [[Hogsmeade]], and was a member of the original [[Order of the Phoenix]] during the [[First Wizarding War]]. In [[1998]], he assisted [[Harry Potter]], [[Ronald Weasley]] and [[Hermione Granger]] from a distance during their [[Horcrux hunt]], sending the [[House-elf]] [[Dobby]] to help them escape from [[Malfoy Manor]]. He later allowed them to use a secret tunnel that connected the Hog's Head to Hogwarts when the trio arrived in [[Hogsmeade]]. He subsequently fought in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] and survived the [[Second Wizarding War]]. He continued to live in Hogsmeade, tending to his [[goat]]s.
 
Aberforth was the owner and barman of the [[Hog's Head Inn]] in [[Hogsmeade]], and was a member of the original [[Order of the Phoenix]] during the [[First Wizarding War]]. In [[1998]], he assisted [[Harry Potter]], [[Ronald Weasley]] and [[Hermione Granger]] from a distance during their [[Horcrux hunt]], sending the [[House-elf]] [[Dobby]] to help them escape from [[Malfoy Manor]]. He later allowed them to use a secret tunnel that connected the Hog's Head to Hogwarts when the trio arrived in [[Hogsmeade]]. He subsequently fought in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] and survived the [[Second Wizarding War]]. He continued to live in Hogsmeade, tending to his [[goat]]s.
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{{Quote|They were not alike; Aberforth was never bookish and, unlike Albus, preferred to settle arguments by duelling rather than through reasoned discussion. In fairness to Aberforth, it must be admitted that living in Albus's shadow cannot have been an altogether comfortable experience.|Description of the Dumbledore brothers by Elphias Doge|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Quote|They were not alike; Aberforth was never bookish and, unlike Albus, preferred to settle arguments by duelling rather than through reasoned discussion. In fairness to Aberforth, it must be admitted that living in Albus's shadow cannot have been an altogether comfortable experience.|Description of the Dumbledore brothers by Elphias Doge|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
[[File:Ariana Dumbledore Hog's Head.jpg|thumb|left|Aberforth was Ariana's favourite brother]]
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[[File:Ariana_Dumbledore_Hog's_Head.jpg|thumb|left|155px|Aberforth was Ariana's favourite brother]]
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Aberforth was the middle child of [[Percival Dumbledore|Percival]] and [[Kendra Dumbledore]], younger brother to [[Albus Dumbledore|Albus]] and older brother to [[Ariana Dumbledore|Ariana]].<ref name="DH C2" /> The family lived in [[Mould-on-the-Wold]],<ref name="DH C11">{{BookChapter|{{DH}}|11|The Bribe}}</ref> and Aberforth's favourite tale while growing up was ''[[Grumble the Grubby Goat]]'' from ''[[The Tales of Beedle the Bard]]''.<ref name="Beedle" /> The [[Dumbledore family]] was traumatised when Ariana, then six years old, was attacked by three [[Muggle]] boys who had seen her performing [[magic]]. The attack left Ariana half-insane and unable to control her magic. Their father cursed the boys in retaliation, and was arrested for it. He did not reveal to the authorities the reason for his attack, as Ariana would have been taken from the family as a threat to the [[International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy|Statute of Secrecy]] and placed in [[St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries]] permanently. Percival was imprisoned in [[Azkaban]], and Kendra moved the family to [[Godric's Hollow]], putting out a story that Ariana was ill and needed to remain at home.<ref name="DH C28" /> This story led to the assumption that Ariana was a [[Squib]].<ref name="DH C8" />
 
Aberforth was the middle child of [[Percival Dumbledore|Percival]] and [[Kendra Dumbledore]], younger brother to [[Albus Dumbledore|Albus]] and older brother to [[Ariana Dumbledore|Ariana]].<ref name="DH C2" /> The family lived in [[Mould-on-the-Wold]],<ref name="DH C11">{{BookChapter|{{DH}}|11|The Bribe}}</ref> and Aberforth's favourite tale while growing up was ''[[Grumble the Grubby Goat]]'' from ''[[The Tales of Beedle the Bard]]''.<ref name="Beedle" /> The [[Dumbledore family]] was traumatised when Ariana, then six years old, was attacked by three [[Muggle]] boys who had seen her performing [[magic]]. The attack left Ariana half-insane and unable to control her magic. Their father cursed the boys in retaliation, and was arrested for it. He did not reveal to the authorities the reason for his attack, as Ariana would have been taken from the family as a threat to the [[International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy|Statute of Secrecy]] and placed in [[St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries]] permanently. Percival was imprisoned in [[Azkaban]], and Kendra moved the family to [[Godric's Hollow]], putting out a story that Ariana was ill and needed to remain at home.<ref name="DH C28" /> This story led to the assumption that Ariana was a [[Squib]].<ref name="DH C8" />
   
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===Tragedy===
 
===Tragedy===
[[File:Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore.JPG|thumb|Aberforth's brother Albus with his friend Gellert Grindelwald.]]
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[[File:Gellert_Grindelwald_and_Albus_Dumbledore.JPG|thumb|155px|Aberforth's brother Albus with his friend Gellert Grindelwald]]
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Aberforth was Ariana's favourite sibling, and he took part responsibility of taking care of her. However, he was not at home when Ariana lost control of her magic and accidentally killed their mother. Following his mother's passing, Aberforth wanted to drop out and take over the care of his sister, but Albus would not allow it, as he wanted his younger brother to complete his education, although he bitterly resented having to abandon his grand plans.<ref name="DH C28" /> By this time, Aberforth was described as a "wayward" young man, known to chuck goat dung at their neighbours and inclined to get into [[duel]]s with those he had disagreements with.<ref name="DH C18">{{BookChapter|{{DH}}|18|The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore}}</ref>
 
Aberforth was Ariana's favourite sibling, and he took part responsibility of taking care of her. However, he was not at home when Ariana lost control of her magic and accidentally killed their mother. Following his mother's passing, Aberforth wanted to drop out and take over the care of his sister, but Albus would not allow it, as he wanted his younger brother to complete his education, although he bitterly resented having to abandon his grand plans.<ref name="DH C28" /> By this time, Aberforth was described as a "wayward" young man, known to chuck goat dung at their neighbours and inclined to get into [[duel]]s with those he had disagreements with.<ref name="DH C18">{{BookChapter|{{DH}}|18|The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore}}</ref>
   
 
When [[Gellert Grindelwald]] came to [[Godric's Hollow]], he and Albus instantly struck up a friendship, together dreaming of finding the [[Deathly Hallows]] and leading a revolution that would make Muggles subservient to wizards. When Aberforth pointed out that Albus could not be the heroic leader of the revolution with Ariana in tow, Grindelwald became furious and used the [[Cruciatus Curse]] on Aberforth. Albus tried to protect his brother and a three-way [[Duel at Godric's Hollow|duel]] broke out. While the three battled, Ariana tried to help her brother, but a stray curse from one of them hit Ariana, killing her.<ref name="DH C28" /> Aberforth blamed Albus for Ariana's death, going as far as to physically assault his brother at their sister's funeral and actually breaking Albus's nose.<ref name="DH C8" /> He continued to resent his brother for years, despite Albus's immense feelings of regret, of which Aberforth did not know.<ref name="DH C28" />
 
When [[Gellert Grindelwald]] came to [[Godric's Hollow]], he and Albus instantly struck up a friendship, together dreaming of finding the [[Deathly Hallows]] and leading a revolution that would make Muggles subservient to wizards. When Aberforth pointed out that Albus could not be the heroic leader of the revolution with Ariana in tow, Grindelwald became furious and used the [[Cruciatus Curse]] on Aberforth. Albus tried to protect his brother and a three-way [[Duel at Godric's Hollow|duel]] broke out. While the three battled, Ariana tried to help her brother, but a stray curse from one of them hit Ariana, killing her.<ref name="DH C28" /> Aberforth blamed Albus for Ariana's death, going as far as to physically assault his brother at their sister's funeral and actually breaking Albus's nose.<ref name="DH C8" /> He continued to resent his brother for years, despite Albus's immense feelings of regret, of which Aberforth did not know.<ref name="DH C28" />
   
===First Wizarding War===
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===Wizarding Wars===
[[File:Aberforth1.PNG|thumb|left|Aberforth at the Hog's Head pub]]
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[[File:Aberforth1.PNG|thumb|left|155px|Aberforth at the Hog's Head pub]]
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At some point, Aberforth became the barman of the [[Hog's Head Inn]] in Hogsmeade village. When [[Tom Riddle]] returned to Hogwarts to apply for the [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] post, Albus revealed that he had connections with the local barman, who told him about Riddle's compatriots awaiting him in the Hog's Head.<ref name="HBP C20">{{BookChapter|{{HBP}}|20|Lord Voldemort's Request}}</ref> Later, when the [[First Wizarding War]] broke out, Aberforth joined the [[Order of the Phoenix]], opposing Lord Voldemort and his [[Death Eaters]].<ref name="OOTP C9" />
 
At some point, Aberforth became the barman of the [[Hog's Head Inn]] in Hogsmeade village. When [[Tom Riddle]] returned to Hogwarts to apply for the [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] post, Albus revealed that he had connections with the local barman, who told him about Riddle's compatriots awaiting him in the Hog's Head.<ref name="HBP C20">{{BookChapter|{{HBP}}|20|Lord Voldemort's Request}}</ref> Later, when the [[First Wizarding War]] broke out, Aberforth joined the [[Order of the Phoenix]], opposing Lord Voldemort and his [[Death Eaters]].<ref name="OOTP C9" />
   
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In [[1980]], Albus visited the Hog's Head to interview [[Sybill Trelawney]] for the position of [[Divination]] professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. [[Severus Snape]], a Death Eater, overheard part of Trelawney's [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] about [[Harry Potter]] and Lord Voldemort. Snape was unable to hear its entirety, however, as Aberforth caught him eavesdropping and threw him out.<ref name="OOTP C37">{{BookChapter|{{OOTP}}|37|The Lost Prophecy}}</ref><ref name="DH C33">{{BookChapter|{{DH}}|33|The Prince's Tale}}</ref>
 
In [[1980]], Albus visited the Hog's Head to interview [[Sybill Trelawney]] for the position of [[Divination]] professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. [[Severus Snape]], a Death Eater, overheard part of Trelawney's [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] about [[Harry Potter]] and Lord Voldemort. Snape was unable to hear its entirety, however, as Aberforth caught him eavesdropping and threw him out.<ref name="OOTP C37">{{BookChapter|{{OOTP}}|37|The Lost Prophecy}}</ref><ref name="DH C33">{{BookChapter|{{DH}}|33|The Prince's Tale}}</ref>
   
Around [[1982]], Aberforth was prosecuted by the [[Wizengamot]] for "using inappropriate charms on a goat," causing a "minor scandal" that was widely reported in the papers. According to his brother, Aberforth did not let the gossip get him down or force him into hiding. However, Albus was not certain if this was due to bravery, as he claimed not to be completely sure Aberforth could read.<ref name="GOF C24" />
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Around [[1982]], Aberforth was prosecuted by the [[Wizengamot]] for "using [[Aberforth Dumbledore's goat charm|inappropriate charms]] on a goat," causing a "minor scandal" that was widely reported in the papers. According to his brother, Aberforth did not let the gossip get him down or force him into hiding. However, Albus was not certain if this was due to bravery, as he claimed not to be completely sure Aberforth could read.<ref name="GOF C24" />
   
 
====1995-1996====
 
====1995-1996====
[[File:Hhmeeting.jpg|thumb|300px|Dumbledore's Army gathering in the Hog's Head.]]
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[[File:Hhmeeting.jpg|thumb|240px|Dumbledore's Army gathering in the Hog's Head]]
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In [[1995]], [[Harry Potter]] and a large number of students arrived in the Hog's Head to discuss learning [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] from Harry. Aberforth served the large group [[Butterbeer]].<ref name="OOTP 16">{{BookChapter|{{OOTP}}|16|In The Hog's Head}}</ref>
 
In [[1995]], [[Harry Potter]] and a large number of students arrived in the Hog's Head to discuss learning [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] from Harry. Aberforth served the large group [[Butterbeer]].<ref name="OOTP 16">{{BookChapter|{{OOTP}}|16|In The Hog's Head}}</ref>
   
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====Funeral of Albus Dumbledore====
 
====Funeral of Albus Dumbledore====
[[File:Albus Dumbledore's Funeral - 2nd Concept Artwork.jpg|thumb|left|200px|The funeral of Albus Dumbledore.]]
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[[File:Albus_Dumbledore's_Funeral_-_2nd_Concept_Artwork.jpg|thumb|left|240x240px|The funeral of Albus Dumbledore]]
   
In [[1997]], the [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower]] took place at Hogwarts, culminating with the death of Albus Dumbledore at the hands of Severus Snape who (although this was unknown to everyone at the time besides the deceased Dumbledore) was working under Albus's orders. A great number of people attended his funeral, including Aberforth, Hogwarts students, professors, old friends, Hogsmeade residents, Order of the Phoenix members and Ministry of Magic officials.<ref name="HBP C30">{{BookChapter|{{HBP}}|30|The White Tomb}}</ref>
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In [[1997]], the [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower]] took place at Hogwarts, culminating with the death of Albus Dumbledore at the hands of Severus Snape who (although this was unknown to everyone else at the time besides the deceased Dumbledore) was working under Albus's orders. A great number of people attended his funeral, including Aberforth, Hogwarts students, professors, old friends, Hogsmeade residents, Order of the Phoenix members and Ministry of Magic officials.<ref name="HBP C30">{{BookChapter|{{HBP}}|30|The White Tomb}}</ref>
   
====Voldemort's infiltration of Hogwarts====
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====Voldemort's Infiltration of Hogwarts====
The next year, since Dumbledore had died and couldn't protect the school from Death Eaters, Lord Voldemort managed to take over Hogwarts. Snape became Headmaster, and Alecto and Amycus Carrow, two Death Eaters, became Deputy Headmasters. The Carrows liked punishing students, and were cruel and sadistic. They used their power to torture the students who opposed them. Aberforth's pub was used as passageway into Hogwarts to the Room of Requirement, he supplied the students in hiding with food and water.<ref name="DH C28" />
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The next year, since Dumbledore had died and could not protect the school from Death Eaters, Lord Voldemort managed to take over Hogwarts. Snape became Headmaster, and Alecto and Amycus Carrow, two Death Eaters, became Deputy Headmasters. The Carrows liked punishing students, and were cruel and sadistic. They used their power to torture the students who opposed them. Aberforth's pub was used as passageway into Hogwarts to the Room of Requirement, he supplied the students in hiding with food and water.<ref name="DH C28" />
   
 
Deciding to look for the next of Lord Voldemort's [[Horcrux]]es in the Death Eater-controlled [[Hogwarts Castle]], Harry, Hermione, and Ron Apparated into [[Hogsmeade]] village, setting off a [[Caterwauling Charm]] that alerted Death Eaters to their arrival. As they were hidden under the Invisibility Cloak, the Death Eaters decided to send [[Dementor]]s to find Harry. The Dementors, sensing fear, rapidly closed in, and Harry cast a [[Patronus Charm]] to repel them. A door creaked open behind, and Aberforth waved the trio in. Aberforth then convinced the Death Eaters that he set off the alarm by letting his cat out, and it was his goat Patronus, not Harry's [[Deer|stag]], that they actually saw.<ref name="DH C28" />
 
Deciding to look for the next of Lord Voldemort's [[Horcrux]]es in the Death Eater-controlled [[Hogwarts Castle]], Harry, Hermione, and Ron Apparated into [[Hogsmeade]] village, setting off a [[Caterwauling Charm]] that alerted Death Eaters to their arrival. As they were hidden under the Invisibility Cloak, the Death Eaters decided to send [[Dementor]]s to find Harry. The Dementors, sensing fear, rapidly closed in, and Harry cast a [[Patronus Charm]] to repel them. A door creaked open behind, and Aberforth waved the trio in. Aberforth then convinced the Death Eaters that he set off the alarm by letting his cat out, and it was his goat Patronus, not Harry's [[Deer|stag]], that they actually saw.<ref name="DH C28" />
   
[[File:Mirror.png|thumb|Aberforth looking out of the mirror fragment.]]
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[[File:Aberforth's_reflection.png|thumb|240px|Aberforth looking out of the mirror fragment]]
Harry recognized the man as Aberforth Dumbledore, Albus' younger brother. Aberforth wanted them to escape the village the next morning, believing the Order of the Phoenix finished, Voldemort had already won the war, and those still fighting were only deluding themselves. When Harry refused, saying he must complete Dumbledore's mission, Aberforth berated Harry for following his brother, and asked if he knows the entire truth about him. Harry, already doubting Dumbledore's intentions, was unable to respond. With little prodding, Aberforth related the true story about their childhood.<ref name="DH C28" />
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Harry recognised the man as Aberforth Dumbledore, Albus' younger brother. Aberforth wanted them to escape the village the next morning, believing the Order of the Phoenix finished, Voldemort had already won the war, and those still fighting were only deluding themselves. When Harry refused, saying he must complete Dumbledore's mission, Aberforth berated Harry for following his brother, and asked if he knows the entire truth about him. Harry, already doubting Dumbledore's intentions, was unable to respond. With little prodding, Aberforth related the true story about their childhood.<ref name="DH C28" />
   
 
====Battle of Hogwarts====
 
====Battle of Hogwarts====
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a-b|Harry Potter|It's...he left me a job.|Aberforth|Did he now? Nice job, I hope? Pleasant? Easy? Sort of thing you'd expect an unqualified wizard kid to be able to do without over-stretching themselves?|I — it's not easy, no. But I've got to —|Got to? Why got to? He's dead, isn't he? Let it go, boy, before you follow him! Save yourself!|Aberforth on the task his brother left to Harry Potter|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a-b|Harry Potter|It's...he left me a job.|Aberforth|Did he now? Nice job, I hope? Pleasant? Easy? Sort of thing you'd expect an unqualified wizard kid to be able to do without over-stretching themselves?|I — it's not easy, no. But I've got to —|Got to? Why got to? He's dead, isn't he? Let it go, boy, before you follow him! Save yourself!|Aberforth on the task his brother left to Harry Potter|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:2010_harry_potter_and_the_deathly_hallows_p2_091.jpg|thumb|left|230x230px|The Trio talking with Aberforth before the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]]]
   
 
Despite hearing of Dumbledore's past, Harry intended to complete Dumbledore's mission, with or without Aberforth's help to get inside Hogwarts. Bowing to the inevitable, Aberforth addressed Ariana's portrait, and she disappeared down a long, dark tunnel, soon returning with another figure; [[Neville Longbottom]]. Neville led the three back to the [[Room of Requirement]], and alerted the Order of the Phoenix that Harry had arrived at the school. The Hog's Head then became the main transportation hub for the outgoing students and the incoming Order members prior to the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] through a secret passageway behind a portrait of his sister Ariana.<ref name="DH C29" /><ref name="DH C30">{{BookChapter|{{DH}}|30|The Sacking of Severus Snape}}</ref>
 
Despite hearing of Dumbledore's past, Harry intended to complete Dumbledore's mission, with or without Aberforth's help to get inside Hogwarts. Bowing to the inevitable, Aberforth addressed Ariana's portrait, and she disappeared down a long, dark tunnel, soon returning with another figure; [[Neville Longbottom]]. Neville led the three back to the [[Room of Requirement]], and alerted the Order of the Phoenix that Harry had arrived at the school. The Hog's Head then became the main transportation hub for the outgoing students and the incoming Order members prior to the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] through a secret passageway behind a portrait of his sister Ariana.<ref name="DH C29" /><ref name="DH C30">{{BookChapter|{{DH}}|30|The Sacking of Severus Snape}}</ref>
   
[[File:AberforthBattle.jpg|thumb|left|Aberforth during the Battle of Hogwarts]]
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[[File:AberforthBattle.jpg|thumb|220px|Aberforth during the Battle of Hogwarts]]
Aberforth fought in the battle; he entered Hogwarts to complain to Harry about how hundreds of evacuating students were thundering through his pub, and that they should have kept some [[Slytherin]] students as hostage against parenting Death Eaters, to which Harry countered that it would not stop Voldemort and that Albus would never do it. Aberforth sneered at the latter theory before leaving to defend the castle.<ref name="DH C31">{{BookChapter|{{DH}}|31|The Battle of Hogwarts}}</ref> During the battle, he offered encouragement to [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny]] when she fought some Death Eaters. When Tonks asks if he has seen Remus, Aberforth replied that he was last seen duelling Dolohov.<ref name="DH C31"/> In the renewed battle, Aberforth Stunned Rookwood as he headed into the Great Hall.<ref name="DH C36">{{BookChapter|{{DH}}|36|The Flaw In The Plan}}</ref> After the battle, he talked with Dean Thomas and Seamus Finnigan.<ref name="DHF" />
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Aberforth fought in the battle; he entered Hogwarts to complain to Harry about how hundreds of evacuating students were thundering through his pub, and that they should have kept some [[Slytherin]] students as hostage against parenting Death Eaters, to which Harry countered that it would not stop Voldemort and that Albus would never do it. Aberforth sneered at the latter theory before leaving to defend the castle.<ref name="DH C31">{{BookChapter|{{DH}}|31|The Battle of Hogwarts}}</ref> During the battle, he offered encouragement to [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny]] when she fought some Death Eaters. When Tonks asks if he has seen Remus, Aberforth replied that he was last seen duelling Dolohov.<ref name="DH C31" /> In the renewed battle, Aberforth Stunned Rookwood as he headed into the Great Hall.<ref name="DH C36">{{BookChapter|{{DH}}|36|The Flaw In The Plan}}</ref> After the battle, he talked with Dean Thomas and Seamus Finnigan.<ref name="DHF" />
   
 
===Later life===
 
===Later life===
 
Aberforth survived the final battle of the [[Second Wizarding War]]. After [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]]'s defeat, he returned to his former life, "still at the Hog's Head, playing with his goats."<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2007/0730-bloomsbury-chat.html 30 July 2007 Bloomsbury Webchat with J.K. Rowling]</ref>
 
Aberforth survived the final battle of the [[Second Wizarding War]]. After [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]]'s defeat, he returned to his former life, "still at the Hog's Head, playing with his goats."<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2007/0730-bloomsbury-chat.html 30 July 2007 Bloomsbury Webchat with J.K. Rowling]</ref>
[[File:Seamus Dean Aberforth.jpg|thumb|Aberforth with [[Dean Thomas|Dean]] and [[Seamus Finnigan|Seamus]] after the [[Battle of Hogwarts|battle]].]]
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[[File:Seamus_Dean_Aberforth.jpg|thumb|left|230x230px|Aberforth with [[Dean Thomas|Dean]] and [[Seamus Finnigan|Seamus]] after the [[Battle of Hogwarts|battle]].]]
   
 
==Physical appearance==
 
==Physical appearance==
[[File:Menterisihirid-5.jpg|thumb|right|Aberforth in 1998]]
 
 
{{Quote|The barman grunted. Harry approached him, looking up into the face, trying to see past the long, stringy, wiry grey hair and beard. He wore spectacles. Behind the dirty lenses, the eyes were a piercing, brilliant blue.|Description of Aberforth|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Quote|The barman grunted. Harry approached him, looking up into the face, trying to see past the long, stringy, wiry grey hair and beard. He wore spectacles. Behind the dirty lenses, the eyes were a piercing, brilliant blue.|Description of Aberforth|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
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{{Dialogue a-b|Ron Weasley|The silver doe. Was that you too?... Someone sent a doe Patronus to us!|Aberforth|Brains like that, you could be a Death Eater, son. Haven't I just proven my Patronus is a goat?|Aberforth to [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Ron Weasley|The silver doe. Was that you too?... Someone sent a doe Patronus to us!|Aberforth|Brains like that, you could be a Death Eater, son. Haven't I just proven my Patronus is a goat?|Aberforth to [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
Aberforth is regarded by most people who are familiar with him as odd and gruff. [[Alastor Moody]], who met him at the taking of the photo of the original Order, only described him as a "strange bloke".<ref name="OOTP C9" /> He has a curious fondness for goats,<ref name="GOF C24" /> and dealt with a great many dodgy customers at the [[Hog's Head Inn]].<ref name="OOTP C9" /> He also has a long memory; he once placed a life-time ban from the Hog's Head on [[Mundungus Fletcher]] for offending him.<ref name="OOTP C17" /> Aberforth had a sharp wit and was a talented [[duel]]list, though he had no interest in academic matters.<ref name="DH C28" /><ref name="DH C31" />
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Aberforth is regarded by most people who are familiar with him as odd and gruff. [[Alastor Moody]], who met him at the taking of the photo of the original Order, only described him as a "strange bloke".<ref name="OOTP C9" /> He has a curious fondness for goats,<ref name="GOF C24" /> and dealt with a great many dodgy customers at the [[Hog's Head Inn]].<ref name="OOTP C9" /> He also has a long memory; he once placed a lifetime ban from the Hog's Head on [[Mundungus Fletcher]] for offending him.<ref name="OOTP C17" /> Aberforth had a sharp wit and was a talented [[duel]]list, though he had no interest in academic matters. He was a very terse person, commenting that the trio were being "<u>''Bloody fools''</u>''.''"<ref name="DH C28" /><ref name="DH C31" />
   
Aberforth generally seems cynical and bad-tempered, such as when he sarcastically pointed out to [[Harry Potter]] how little [[Albus Dumbledore]] had really told him even while putting an enormous responsibility on his shoulders. However, his actions sometimes seem to belie this. For example, despite generally disliking his older brother for his glory-seeking, and blaming him for their younger sister's death, the two obviously maintained contact with one another, and Aberforth joined the [[Order of the Phoenix]], which Albus founded and led. Also, in spite of claiming earlier that "You-Know-Who's won, it's over, and anyone who's pretending different's kidding themselves", he fought bravely and selflessly at the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]. His unwillingly courageous nature shows itself in one of his last conversations with Harry; after Harry thanked him for saving his and his friends' lives twice, Aberforth gruffly retorted, "Look after 'em, then. I might not be able to save 'em a third time".<ref name="DH C28" />
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Aberforth generally seems cynical and bad-tempered, such as when he sarcastically pointed out to [[Harry Potter]] how little [[Albus Dumbledore]] had really told him even while putting an enormous responsibility on his shoulders. However, his actions sometimes seem to belie this. For example, despite generally disliking his older brother for his glory-seeking, and blaming him for their younger sister's death, the two obviously maintained contact with one another, and Aberforth joined the [[Order of the Phoenix]], which Albus founded and led. Also, in spite of claiming earlier that "You-Know-Who's won, it's over, and anyone who's pretending different's kidding themselves", he fought bravely and selflessly at the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]. His unwillingly courageous nature shows itself in one of his last conversations with Harry; after Harry thanked him for saving his and his friends' lives twice, Aberforth gruffly retorted, "Look after 'em, then. I might not be able to save 'em a third time".<ref name="DH C28" /> Aberforth was rather willing to use underhanded tactics against his foes, as he suggested to Harry to hold [[Slytherin]] students hostage against their parents who also served as [[Death Eaters]].
   
 
==Magical abilities and skills==
 
==Magical abilities and skills==
 
[[File:Goat Patronus.jpg|thumb|right|Aberforth's Patronus]]
 
[[File:Goat Patronus.jpg|thumb|right|Aberforth's Patronus]]
*'''[[Patronus Charm]]:''' Aberforth was capable of summoning a Corporeal [[Patronus Charm|Patronus]] which took the form of a [[wikipedia:Goat|goat]].<ref name="DH C28" />
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*'''[[Patronus Charm]]''': Aberforth was able to conjure a corporeal [[Patronus Charm|Patronus]] which is very advanced magic, his Patronus took the form of a [[wikipedia:Goat|goat]].<ref name="DH C28" />
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*'''[[Charm]]s''': Aberforth Dumbledore once used a [[Aberforth Dumbledore's goat charm|charm to keep a goat clean and its horns curly]], and was prosecuted because that charm was considered inappropriate.
*'''[[Duel]]ing:''' Though not as powerful as his brother, Aberforth was nevertheless a talented duelist, being able to survive the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], and defeating [[Augustus Rookwood]] in the process.<ref name="DH C31" /> It was also said that Aberforth preferred to settle things by duelling rather than negotiating.<ref name="DH C2" /> He also participated in the three-way duel between himself, Albus and Gellert Grindelwald, both of whom would eventually become two of the most powerful wizards who had ever existed.<ref name="DH C28" />
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*'''[[Duel]]ing''': Though not as powerful as his brother, Aberforth was nevertheless a talented duelist, being able to survive the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], and defeating [[Augustus Rookwood]] in the process.<ref name="DH C31" /> It was also said that Aberforth preferred to settle things by duelling rather than negotiating.<ref name="DH C2" /> He also participated in the three-way duel between himself, Albus and Gellert Grindelwald, both of whom would eventually become two of the most powerful wizards who had ever existed.<ref name="DH C28" />
   
 
==Relationships==
 
==Relationships==
 
===Parents===
 
===Parents===
Aberforth's relationship with his parents isn't very well known. His [[Percival Dumbledore|father]] was imprisoned in [[Azkaban]] after he used illegal spells on three Muggle boys who attacked Ariana. His [[Kendra Dumbledore|mother]] was described as a good woman, and it is possible that she and Aberforth had a good relationship; however, Kendra was accidentally killed by Ariana. Aberforth was devastated by her death.<ref name="DH C28" />
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[[File:Percival Dumbledore.png|thumb|left|125px|Abeforth's father, [[Percival Dumbledore|Percival]]]]
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Aberforth's relationship with his parents is not very well known. His [[Percival Dumbledore|father]] was imprisoned in [[Azkaban]] after he used illegal spells on three Muggle boys who attacked Ariana. Because of this, it's likely that, like Albus, Aberforth did not hold Percival in high regard. His [[Kendra Dumbledore|mother]] was described as a good woman, and it is possible that she and Aberforth had a good relationship; however, Kendra was accidentally killed by Ariana. Aberforth was devastated by her death.<ref name="DH C28" />
   
 
===Ariana Dumbledore===
 
===Ariana Dumbledore===
[[File:ArianaDumbledorePortrait.jpg|thumb|left|150px|Aberforth's portrait of Ariana]]
 
 
{{Quote|I was her favourite... She liked me best.|Aberforth on his sister|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Quote|I was her favourite... She liked me best.|Aberforth on his sister|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
Aberforth Dumbledore was [[Ariana Dumbledore]]'s older brother. She seemed to have preferred him rather than their eldest brother, Albus Dumbledore. After her attack, Aberforth was the only one who could calm her down when she flew into a rage, something even their [[Kendra Dumbledore|mother]] could not always accomplish. The two often fed goats together in their free time. Aberforth was not present when Ariana lost control of her [[magic]] and accidentally killed their mother. He believed that he would have been able to prevent the death of his mother. After the unfortunate incident, he wanted to take care of Ariana, but their older brother [[Albus Dumbledore|Albus]] insisted that Aberforth complete his education at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] first. Soon after, Albus became friends with [[Gellert Grindelwald]], and Aberforth stepped in when they began making plans for world domination and [[Muggle]] subjugation, pointing out that Ariana was in no state to be dragged along with them. This resulted in a three-way [[Duel at Godric's Hollow|duel]] between Ariana's brothers and Grindelwald. Ariana tried to interfere, and was inadvertently killed by one of them, which devastated Aberforth and caused an unending rift between him and Albus. It is unknown who actually cast the spell which led to her death. At Ariana's funeral, Aberforth broke his brother's nose and shouted at him that her death was all his fault. Long after Ariana's death, Aberforth continued to keep a [[Portraits|portrait]] of his late sister in the [[Hog's Head Inn]], symbolizing his affection for her. It concealed a secret passage to the [[Room of Requirement]] in [[Hogwarts Castle]].<ref name="DH C28" />
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[[File:ArianaDumbledorePortrait.jpg|thumb|160px|Aberforth's portrait of Ariana]]
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Aberforth Dumbledore was [[Ariana Dumbledore]]'s older brother. She seemed to have preferred him rather than their eldest brother, Albus Dumbledore. After her attack, Aberforth was the only one who could calm her down when she flew into a rage, something even their [[Kendra Dumbledore|mother]] could not always accomplish. The two often fed goats together in their free time. Aberforth was not present when Ariana lost control of her [[magic]] and accidentally killed their mother. He believed that he would have been able to prevent the death of his mother. After the unfortunate incident, he wanted to take care of Ariana, but their older brother [[Albus Dumbledore|Albus]] insisted that Aberforth complete his education at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] first.
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Soon after, Albus became friends with [[Gellert Grindelwald]], and Aberforth stepped in when they began making plans for world domination and [[Muggle]] subjugation, pointing out that Ariana was in no state to be dragged along with them. This resulted in a three-way [[Duel at Godric's Hollow|duel]] between Ariana's brothers and Grindelwald. Ariana tried to interfere, and was inadvertently killed by one of them, which devastated Aberforth and caused an unending rift between him and Albus. It is unknown who actually cast the spell which led to her death. At Ariana's funeral, Aberforth broke his brother's nose and shouted at him that her death was all his fault. Long after Ariana's death, Aberforth continued to keep a [[Portraits|portrait]] of his late sister in the [[Hog's Head Inn]], symbolizing his affection for her. It concealed a secret passage to the [[Room of Requirement]] in [[Hogwarts Castle]].<ref name="DH C28" />
   
 
===Albus Dumbledore===
 
===Albus Dumbledore===
[[File:Harry potter hbp51.jpg|thumb|180px|Albus Dumbledore.]]{{Dialogue a-b-a|Dumbledore|Then if I were to go to the Hog's Head tonight, I would not find a group of them --- [[Nott]], [[Rosier]], [[Mulciber (Riddle-era)|Mulciber]], [[Antonin Dolohov|Dolohov]] --- awaiting your return?...|Tom Riddle|You are omniscient as ever, Dumbledore.|Oh no, merely friendly with the local barmen.|Dumbledore talking about his brother Aberforth|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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{{Dialogue a-b-a|Dumbledore|Then if I were to go to the Hog's Head tonight, I would not find a group of them [[Nott]], [[Rosier]], [[Mulciber (Riddle-era)|Mulciber]], [[Antonin Dolohov|Dolohov]] awaiting your return?...|Tom Riddle|You are omniscient as ever, Dumbledore.|Oh no, merely friendly with the local barmen.|Dumbledore talking about his brother Aberforth|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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[[File:Dumblyd.PNG|thumb|right|150px|Albus Dumbledore, his brother]]
   
 
Aberforth and his brother had a strained, often acrimonious, relationship most of their lives. Aberforth was resentful and bitter about the immense degree of attention received by Albus, and spent most of his time caring for his sick younger sister, [[Ariana Dumbledore|Ariana]]. After the death of [[Kendra Dumbledore]], Albus was left to care for his brother and sister. When Albus and his friend, Gellert Grindelwald, announced their plan to travel and take Ariana with them, Aberforth bluntly told him that Ariana would not be accompanying. Grindelwald initiated a duel that resulted in Ariana's death, and Aberforth blamed this on Albus,<ref name="DH C28" /> shouting at him at Ariana's funeral and breaking his nose.<ref name="DH C8" /> After this, the two had relatively little contact, although Aberforth did join the original [[Order of the Phoenix]] during the [[First Wizarding War]],<ref name="OOTP C9" /> as well as attended his brother's [[Funeral of Albus Dumbledore|funeral]] in 1997.<ref name="HBP C30" />
 
Aberforth and his brother had a strained, often acrimonious, relationship most of their lives. Aberforth was resentful and bitter about the immense degree of attention received by Albus, and spent most of his time caring for his sick younger sister, [[Ariana Dumbledore|Ariana]]. After the death of [[Kendra Dumbledore]], Albus was left to care for his brother and sister. When Albus and his friend, Gellert Grindelwald, announced their plan to travel and take Ariana with them, Aberforth bluntly told him that Ariana would not be accompanying. Grindelwald initiated a duel that resulted in Ariana's death, and Aberforth blamed this on Albus,<ref name="DH C28" /> shouting at him at Ariana's funeral and breaking his nose.<ref name="DH C8" /> After this, the two had relatively little contact, although Aberforth did join the original [[Order of the Phoenix]] during the [[First Wizarding War]],<ref name="OOTP C9" /> as well as attended his brother's [[Funeral of Albus Dumbledore|funeral]] in 1997.<ref name="HBP C30" />
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===Gellert Grindelwald===
 
===Gellert Grindelwald===
[[File:GellertGrindelwaldHarryPotterPagetoScreen.JPG|thumb|Gellert Grindelwald]]
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[[File:GellertGrindelwaldHarryPotterPagetoScreen.JPG|thumb|150px|[[Gellert Grindelwald]]]]
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Aberforth disliked [[Gellert Grindelwald]] immensely. Grindelwald was Albus's friend after [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]. While Aberforth was taking care of Ariana, Albus and Grindelwald were planning to enslave the Muggles. As the two boys were planning to travel around the world, they also planned to take Ariana with them. Aberforth opposed them, telling them that he would be able to take care of Ariana once more. Then Grindelwald became very angry and used the [[Cruciatus Curse]] on Aberforth; Albus then defended his brother and the three boys had a duel, in which Ariana was accidentally killed by one of them. Grindelwald escaped and left the country. Aberforth retained bitter memories towards Grindelwald for many years after their fateful encounter, and when he recounted the events that led to his sister's death Harry noted the "positively dangerous" look that came over his face when Grindelwald's name was mentioned.<ref name="DH C28" />
 
Aberforth disliked [[Gellert Grindelwald]] immensely. Grindelwald was Albus's friend after [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]. While Aberforth was taking care of Ariana, Albus and Grindelwald were planning to enslave the Muggles. As the two boys were planning to travel around the world, they also planned to take Ariana with them. Aberforth opposed them, telling them that he would be able to take care of Ariana once more. Then Grindelwald became very angry and used the [[Cruciatus Curse]] on Aberforth; Albus then defended his brother and the three boys had a duel, in which Ariana was accidentally killed by one of them. Grindelwald escaped and left the country. Aberforth retained bitter memories towards Grindelwald for many years after their fateful encounter, and when he recounted the events that led to his sister's death Harry noted the "positively dangerous" look that came over his face when Grindelwald's name was mentioned.<ref name="DH C28" />
   
 
===Harry Potter===
 
===Harry Potter===
[[File:Two-way mirror.jpg|thumb|left|[[Harry Potter]] in the [[Two-way Mirror]]]]
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{{Quote|That's a boy's answer. A boy... You don't strike me as a fool, Harry Potter.|Aberforth to Harry Potter|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
Aberforth became friends with [[Harry Potter]] before the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]. Aberforth had previously helped Harry, Ron and Hermione while they were captured by [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] and other [[Death Eaters]] in the [[Malfoy Manor]]. Aberforth's possession of one of the two-way mirrors became a great help to Harry and his companions.<ref name="DH C28" />
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[[File:PromoHP7_Harry_Potter.jpg|thumb|left|145px|Harry Potter]]
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Aberforth became friends with [[Harry Potter]] before the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]. Aberforth had previously helped Harry, Ron and Hermione while they were captured by [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] and other [[Death Eaters]] at [[Malfoy Manor]]. Aberforth's possession of one of the two-way mirrors became a great help to Harry and his companions.<ref name="DH C28" /> It can be said that if Aberforth didn't have the mirror and hadn't sent Dobby to the Trio's aid then Harry and his friends would have most likely died at Malfoy Manor.
   
 
Aberforth narrated to Harry the story of his early life. Harry pitied him, and was almost devastated when he heard it all. Harry also argued with Aberforth when he told Harry to leave Hogsmeade, in order to save his own skin. However, they later both fought at the Battle of Hogwarts and survived the war. It is conceivable that they remained in contact afterwards.<ref name="DH C28" />
 
Aberforth narrated to Harry the story of his early life. Harry pitied him, and was almost devastated when he heard it all. Harry also argued with Aberforth when he told Harry to leave Hogsmeade, in order to save his own skin. However, they later both fought at the Battle of Hogwarts and survived the war. It is conceivable that they remained in contact afterwards.<ref name="DH C28" />
   
 
===Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger===
 
===Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger===
[[File:P8 HPDH2-11284.jpg|thumb|Aberforth with Ron and Hermione]]
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[[File:Ronhermyhbp.jpg|thumb|225px| Ron and Hermione]]
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Aberforth met [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] and [[Hermione Granger]] in [[1998]], before the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]. As Ron and Hermione were Harry's friends, they visited [[Hogsmeade]] in order to get into [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]. Aberforth helped them, while telling them the story of his family life. Ron and Hermione were both shocked. They later fought at the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] with Aberforth and they all survived the war. It is possible that they remained in contact later on.<ref name="DH C28" />
 
Aberforth met [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] and [[Hermione Granger]] in [[1998]], before the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]. As Ron and Hermione were Harry's friends, they visited [[Hogsmeade]] in order to get into [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]. Aberforth helped them, while telling them the story of his family life. Ron and Hermione were both shocked. They later fought at the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] with Aberforth and they all survived the war. It is possible that they remained in contact later on.<ref name="DH C28" />
   
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{{Dialogue a-b-a|Aberforth Dumbledore|Thought he'd be with you. Where've you left him?|Harry Potter|He's dead. Bellatrix Lestrange killed him.|I'm sorry to hear it. I liked that elf.|Aberforth and Harry Potter discussing Dobby's fate|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Aberforth Dumbledore|Thought he'd be with you. Where've you left him?|Harry Potter|He's dead. Bellatrix Lestrange killed him.|I'm sorry to hear it. I liked that elf.|Aberforth and Harry Potter discussing Dobby's fate|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
[[File:Dobbyattaks.jpg|thumb|left|[[Dobby]]]]
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[[File:DOBBY2.jpg|thumb|left|140px|[[Dobby]]]]
Over the course of his employment at Hogwarts, [[Dobby]], a [[house-elf]], became close friends with Aberforth, and spent much time at Aberforth's home in [[Hogsmeade]], getting to and from the school through a secret tunnel. As Aberforth was an old and grumpy person, he didn't have a good relationship with many people. However, Aberforth himself stated that he liked Dobby. In [[1998]], [[Harry Potter]] and his friends were captured by [[Snatchers]] and imprisoned at the [[Malfoy Manor]] cellar. Harry asked for help while looking at a two-way mirror; Aberforth had the other mirror. He sent Dobby to rescue them; the house-elf did so, but was killed by [[Bellatrix Lestrange]]. After that, Aberforth told Harry, Ron and Hermione that he was really sorry, as he liked Dobby.<ref name="DH C28" />
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Over the course of his employment at Hogwarts, [[Dobby]], a [[house-elf]], became close friends with Aberforth, and spent much time at Aberforth's home in [[Hogsmeade]], getting to and from the school through a secret tunnel. As Aberforth was an old and grumpy person, he did not have a good relationship with many people. However, Aberforth himself stated that he liked Dobby.
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In [[1998]], [[Harry Potter]] and his friends were captured by [[Snatchers]] and imprisoned at the [[Malfoy Manor]] cellar. Harry asked for help while looking at a two-way mirror; Aberforth had the other mirror. He sent Dobby to rescue them; the house-elf did so, but was killed by [[Bellatrix Lestrange]].<ref name="DH C28" />
   
 
===Order of the Phoenix members===
 
===Order of the Phoenix members===
[[File:OotP.jpg|thumb|right|300px|The original [[Order of the Phoenix]].]]
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[[File:Ootp.png|thumb|240px|The original [[Order of the Phoenix]]]]
 
Although he had a good relationship with some members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]], Aberforth was described as a "strange bloke" by [[Alastor Moody]].<ref name="OOTP C9" /> He also fought in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] in [[1998]]. Aberforth seemed to know [[Remus Lupin]], [[Nymphadora Tonks]] and [[Fred and George Weasley]]. He saw Lupin fighting with [[Antonin Dolohov]] and he told Tonks so. He met many allies of the Order during the Battle of Hogwarts, when many people were getting into [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] through a portrait-hole in a room of his pub.<ref name="DH C31" />
 
Although he had a good relationship with some members of the [[Order of the Phoenix]], Aberforth was described as a "strange bloke" by [[Alastor Moody]].<ref name="OOTP C9" /> He also fought in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] in [[1998]]. Aberforth seemed to know [[Remus Lupin]], [[Nymphadora Tonks]] and [[Fred and George Weasley]]. He saw Lupin fighting with [[Antonin Dolohov]] and he told Tonks so. He met many allies of the Order during the Battle of Hogwarts, when many people were getting into [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] through a portrait-hole in a room of his pub.<ref name="DH C31" />
   
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==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
In Welsh, ''Aberforth'' means "from the river".<ref>[http://www.mugglenet.com/books/name_origins.shtml MuggleNet: Name Origins]</ref> Dumbledore is Old English for "bumblebee".
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In Welsh, ''Aberforth'' means "from the river".<ref>[http://www.mugglenet.com/books/name_origins.shtml MuggleNet: Name Origins]</ref> Dumbledore is Old English for "bumblebee". When breaking down the etymology of Dumbledore, ''dora'' is the Old English word for humble-bee, which became ''dore ''or ''dorre ''in Middle English. Also in Old English ''Aber'' means "the river mouth", and would look like Æbber when written in Old English. (See Æbbercurnig here: http://www.oldenglishtranslator.co.uk/index.htm).
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
[[File:LEGO Aberforth.png|thumb|Aberforth as a LEGO minifigure]]
 
[[File:LEGO Aberforth.png|thumb|Aberforth as a LEGO minifigure]]
 
*Aberforth appears briefly in the [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' played by [[Jim McManus]] and is portrayed by [[Ciarán Hinds]] in the [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (film)|two-part film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''.
 
*Aberforth appears briefly in the [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' played by [[Jim McManus]] and is portrayed by [[Ciarán Hinds]] in the [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (film)|two-part film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''.
*Though in the books his Patronus is a Goat, in {{DHF2}} he produces a non-corporeal Patronus while fending off hundreds of Dementors.
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*Though in the books his Patronus is a goat, in {{DHF2}} he produces a non-corporeal Patronus while fending off hundreds of Dementors.
 
*The character first appeared as the innkeeper at the Hog's Head in ''Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'', though he was not revealed to be Aberforth in the books until the final installment. Many fans, however, made the connection through the hints provided. When asked about the various hints, [[Harry Potter (book series)|''Harry Potter'' series]] author [[J. K. Rowling]] at first coyly stated "I was quite proud of that clue," but then admitted "Well yes, obviously."<ref name="edinburhg">[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2004/0804-ebf.htm Edinburgh Book Festival Interview]</ref>
 
*The character first appeared as the innkeeper at the Hog's Head in ''Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'', though he was not revealed to be Aberforth in the books until the final installment. Many fans, however, made the connection through the hints provided. When asked about the various hints, [[Harry Potter (book series)|''Harry Potter'' series]] author [[J. K. Rowling]] at first coyly stated "I was quite proud of that clue," but then admitted "Well yes, obviously."<ref name="edinburhg">[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2004/0804-ebf.htm Edinburgh Book Festival Interview]</ref>
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*In a 2005 interview, when asked who her favourite member of the Order of the Phoenix was, J. K. Rowling stated that "...there is one member of the Order of the Phoenix that you have not yet met properly and you will, well, you know that they are a member, but you haven't really met them properly yet and you will meet them in [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows|seven]], so I am looking forward to that." It is likely that Rowling was referring to Aberforth, as readers had "met" him as the owner of the Hog's Head, but at the time did not yet know him for who he was.<ref name="cubreporter">[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2005/0705-edinburgh-ITVcubreporters.htm Edinburgh "cub reporter" Press Conference, available via Accio Quote!]</ref>
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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AberforthInfobox
Aberforth Dumbledore
Biographical information
Born

1884[1]
Great Britain or Ireland[2]

Blood status

Half-blood[3]

Also known as

Ab[4]

Physical information
Species

Human[5]

Gender

Male[5]

Hair colour

Grey[6]

Eye colour

Bright blue[7]

Skin colour

White[6]

Family information
Family members
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Patronus

Goat[7]

Affiliation
Occupation

Owner and Barman of the Hog's Head Inn[7]

Loyalty
"…my rough, unlettered, and infinitely more admirable brother."
Albus Dumbledore on Aberforth[src]

Aberforth Dumbledore (b. 1884) was a half-blood wizard, the second son of Percival and Kendra Dumbledore, younger brother of Albus, and older brother of Ariana. He attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry between 1895 and 1902. His father — who had been sentenced to prison for attacking three Muggles — died in Azkaban when Aberforth was young, and his mother and sister were later accidentally killed. Due to these familial tensions over many years, Aberforth did not have a good relationship with his brother, Albus. Many years later, his brother became the longest and most noted Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was even considered as the greatest wizard of all time.

Aberforth was the owner and barman of the Hog's Head Inn in Hogsmeade, and was a member of the original Order of the Phoenix during the First Wizarding War. In 1998, he assisted Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger from a distance during their Horcrux hunt, sending the House-elf Dobby to help them escape from Malfoy Manor. He later allowed them to use a secret tunnel that connected the Hog's Head to Hogwarts when the trio arrived in Hogsmeade. He subsequently fought in the Battle of Hogwarts and survived the Second Wizarding War. He continued to live in Hogsmeade, tending to his goats.

BiographyEdit

Family lifeEdit

"They were not alike; Aberforth was never bookish and, unlike Albus, preferred to settle arguments by duelling rather than through reasoned discussion. In fairness to Aberforth, it must be admitted that living in Albus's shadow cannot have been an altogether comfortable experience."
—Description of the Dumbledore brothers by Elphias Doge[src]
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Aberforth was Ariana's favourite brother

Aberforth was the middle child of Percival and Kendra Dumbledore, younger brother to Albus and older brother to Ariana.[8] The family lived in Mould-on-the-Wold,[11] and Aberforth's favourite tale while growing up was Grumble the Grubby Goat from The Tales of Beedle the Bard.[9] The Dumbledore family was traumatised when Ariana, then six years old, was attacked by three Muggle boys who had seen her performing magic. The attack left Ariana half-insane and unable to control her magic. Their father cursed the boys in retaliation, and was arrested for it. He did not reveal to the authorities the reason for his attack, as Ariana would have been taken from the family as a threat to the Statute of Secrecy and placed in St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries permanently. Percival was imprisoned in Azkaban, and Kendra moved the family to Godric's Hollow, putting out a story that Ariana was ill and needed to remain at home.[7] This story led to the assumption that Ariana was a Squib.[3]

Aberforth attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry between 1895 and 1902.[12] Unlike Albus, Aberforth preferred to solve his differences by duelling, rather than dialogue. He was in Albus's shadow, as his brother was an extraordinarily talented and academic Wizard.[8]

TragedyEdit

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Aberforth's brother Albus with his friend Gellert Grindelwald

Aberforth was Ariana's favourite sibling, and he took part responsibility of taking care of her. However, he was not at home when Ariana lost control of her magic and accidentally killed their mother. Following his mother's passing, Aberforth wanted to drop out and take over the care of his sister, but Albus would not allow it, as he wanted his younger brother to complete his education, although he bitterly resented having to abandon his grand plans.[7] By this time, Aberforth was described as a "wayward" young man, known to chuck goat dung at their neighbours and inclined to get into duels with those he had disagreements with.[13]

When Gellert Grindelwald came to Godric's Hollow, he and Albus instantly struck up a friendship, together dreaming of finding the Deathly Hallows and leading a revolution that would make Muggles subservient to wizards. When Aberforth pointed out that Albus could not be the heroic leader of the revolution with Ariana in tow, Grindelwald became furious and used the Cruciatus Curse on Aberforth. Albus tried to protect his brother and a three-way duel broke out. While the three battled, Ariana tried to help her brother, but a stray curse from one of them hit Ariana, killing her.[7] Aberforth blamed Albus for Ariana's death, going as far as to physically assault his brother at their sister's funeral and actually breaking Albus's nose.[3] He continued to resent his brother for years, despite Albus's immense feelings of regret, of which Aberforth did not know.[7]

Wizarding WarsEdit

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Aberforth at the Hog's Head pub

At some point, Aberforth became the barman of the Hog's Head Inn in Hogsmeade village. When Tom Riddle returned to Hogwarts to apply for the Defence Against the Dark Arts post, Albus revealed that he had connections with the local barman, who told him about Riddle's compatriots awaiting him in the Hog's Head.[14] Later, when the First Wizarding War broke out, Aberforth joined the Order of the Phoenix, opposing Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters.[10]

Sometime around 1975, Mundungus Fletcher was banned from Hog's Head for life. Sirius Black later noted that Aberforth has a good memory for who he has thrown out of his tavern.[15]

In 1980, Albus visited the Hog's Head to interview Sybill Trelawney for the position of Divination professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Severus Snape, a Death Eater, overheard part of Trelawney's prophecy about Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort. Snape was unable to hear its entirety, however, as Aberforth caught him eavesdropping and threw him out.[16][17]

Around 1982, Aberforth was prosecuted by the Wizengamot for "using inappropriate charms on a goat," causing a "minor scandal" that was widely reported in the papers. According to his brother, Aberforth did not let the gossip get him down or force him into hiding. However, Albus was not certain if this was due to bravery, as he claimed not to be completely sure Aberforth could read.[5]

1995-1996Edit

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Dumbledore's Army gathering in the Hog's Head

In 1995, Harry Potter and a large number of students arrived in the Hog's Head to discuss learning Defence Against the Dark Arts from Harry. Aberforth served the large group Butterbeer.[18]

In 1996, Aberforth met with Mundungus Fletcher outside the Three Broomsticks Inn, who appeared to be selling stolen goods from 12 Grimmauld Place to him; one of those items was Sirius Black's two-way mirror. The exchange was observed by Harry Potter, who attempted to confront Mundungus following Aberforth's departure.[19]

Funeral of Albus DumbledoreEdit

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The funeral of Albus Dumbledore

In 1997, the Battle of the Astronomy Tower took place at Hogwarts, culminating with the death of Albus Dumbledore at the hands of Severus Snape who (although this was unknown to everyone else at the time besides the deceased Dumbledore) was working under Albus's orders. A great number of people attended his funeral, including Aberforth, Hogwarts students, professors, old friends, Hogsmeade residents, Order of the Phoenix members and Ministry of Magic officials.[20]

Voldemort's Infiltration of HogwartsEdit

The next year, since Dumbledore had died and could not protect the school from Death Eaters, Lord Voldemort managed to take over Hogwarts. Snape became Headmaster, and Alecto and Amycus Carrow, two Death Eaters, became Deputy Headmasters. The Carrows liked punishing students, and were cruel and sadistic. They used their power to torture the students who opposed them. Aberforth's pub was used as passageway into Hogwarts to the Room of Requirement, he supplied the students in hiding with food and water.[7]

Deciding to look for the next of Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes in the Death Eater-controlled Hogwarts Castle, Harry, Hermione, and Ron Apparated into Hogsmeade village, setting off a Caterwauling Charm that alerted Death Eaters to their arrival. As they were hidden under the Invisibility Cloak, the Death Eaters decided to send Dementors to find Harry. The Dementors, sensing fear, rapidly closed in, and Harry cast a Patronus Charm to repel them. A door creaked open behind, and Aberforth waved the trio in. Aberforth then convinced the Death Eaters that he set off the alarm by letting his cat out, and it was his goat Patronus, not Harry's stag, that they actually saw.[7]

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Aberforth looking out of the mirror fragment

Harry recognised the man as Aberforth Dumbledore, Albus' younger brother. Aberforth wanted them to escape the village the next morning, believing the Order of the Phoenix finished, Voldemort had already won the war, and those still fighting were only deluding themselves. When Harry refused, saying he must complete Dumbledore's mission, Aberforth berated Harry for following his brother, and asked if he knows the entire truth about him. Harry, already doubting Dumbledore's intentions, was unable to respond. With little prodding, Aberforth related the true story about their childhood.[7]

Battle of HogwartsEdit

Harry Potter: "It's...he left me a job."
Aberforth: "Did he now? Nice job, I hope? Pleasant? Easy? Sort of thing you'd expect an unqualified wizard kid to be able to do without over-stretching themselves?"
Harry Potter: "I — it's not easy, no. But I've got to —"
Aberforth: "Got to? Why got to? He's dead, isn't he? Let it go, boy, before you follow him! Save yourself!"
— Aberforth on the task his brother left to Harry Potter[src]
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The Trio talking with Aberforth before the Battle of Hogwarts

Despite hearing of Dumbledore's past, Harry intended to complete Dumbledore's mission, with or without Aberforth's help to get inside Hogwarts. Bowing to the inevitable, Aberforth addressed Ariana's portrait, and she disappeared down a long, dark tunnel, soon returning with another figure; Neville Longbottom. Neville led the three back to the Room of Requirement, and alerted the Order of the Phoenix that Harry had arrived at the school. The Hog's Head then became the main transportation hub for the outgoing students and the incoming Order members prior to the Battle of Hogwarts through a secret passageway behind a portrait of his sister Ariana.[4][21]

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Aberforth during the Battle of Hogwarts

Aberforth fought in the battle; he entered Hogwarts to complain to Harry about how hundreds of evacuating students were thundering through his pub, and that they should have kept some Slytherin students as hostage against parenting Death Eaters, to which Harry countered that it would not stop Voldemort and that Albus would never do it. Aberforth sneered at the latter theory before leaving to defend the castle.[22] During the battle, he offered encouragement to Ginny when she fought some Death Eaters. When Tonks asks if he has seen Remus, Aberforth replied that he was last seen duelling Dolohov.[22] In the renewed battle, Aberforth Stunned Rookwood as he headed into the Great Hall.[23] After the battle, he talked with Dean Thomas and Seamus Finnigan.[6]

Later lifeEdit

Aberforth survived the final battle of the Second Wizarding War. After Voldemort's defeat, he returned to his former life, "still at the Hog's Head, playing with his goats."[24]

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Aberforth with Dean and Seamus after the battle.

Physical appearanceEdit

"The barman grunted. Harry approached him, looking up into the face, trying to see past the long, stringy, wiry grey hair and beard. He wore spectacles. Behind the dirty lenses, the eyes were a piercing, brilliant blue."
—Description of Aberforth[src]

Aberforth Dumbledore, like his brother, wore spectacles and had very bright blue eyes. He was also tall and thin, with a great deal of long, stringy grey hair and beard. Harry thought he was a rather grumpy-looking old man. He also had an appearance "like a goat".

Personality and traitsEdit

Ron Weasley: "The silver doe. Was that you too?... Someone sent a doe Patronus to us!"
Aberforth: "Brains like that, you could be a Death Eater, son. Haven't I just proven my Patronus is a goat?"
— Aberforth to Ron Weasley[src]

Aberforth is regarded by most people who are familiar with him as odd and gruff. Alastor Moody, who met him at the taking of the photo of the original Order, only described him as a "strange bloke".[10] He has a curious fondness for goats,[5] and dealt with a great many dodgy customers at the Hog's Head Inn.[10] He also has a long memory; he once placed a lifetime ban from the Hog's Head on Mundungus Fletcher for offending him.[15] Aberforth had a sharp wit and was a talented duellist, though he had no interest in academic matters. He was a very terse person, commenting that the trio were being "Bloody fools."[7][22]

Aberforth generally seems cynical and bad-tempered, such as when he sarcastically pointed out to Harry Potter how little Albus Dumbledore had really told him even while putting an enormous responsibility on his shoulders. However, his actions sometimes seem to belie this. For example, despite generally disliking his older brother for his glory-seeking, and blaming him for their younger sister's death, the two obviously maintained contact with one another, and Aberforth joined the Order of the Phoenix, which Albus founded and led. Also, in spite of claiming earlier that "You-Know-Who's won, it's over, and anyone who's pretending different's kidding themselves", he fought bravely and selflessly at the Battle of Hogwarts. His unwillingly courageous nature shows itself in one of his last conversations with Harry; after Harry thanked him for saving his and his friends' lives twice, Aberforth gruffly retorted, "Look after 'em, then. I might not be able to save 'em a third time".[7] Aberforth was rather willing to use underhanded tactics against his foes, as he suggested to Harry to hold Slytherin students hostage against their parents who also served as Death Eaters.

Magical abilities and skillsEdit

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Aberforth's Patronus

  • Patronus Charm: Aberforth was able to conjure a corporeal Patronus which is very advanced magic, his Patronus took the form of a goat.[7]
  • Charms: Aberforth Dumbledore once used a charm to keep a goat clean and its horns curly, and was prosecuted because that charm was considered inappropriate.
  • Dueling: Though not as powerful as his brother, Aberforth was nevertheless a talented duelist, being able to survive the Battle of Hogwarts, and defeating Augustus Rookwood in the process.[22] It was also said that Aberforth preferred to settle things by duelling rather than negotiating.[8] He also participated in the three-way duel between himself, Albus and Gellert Grindelwald, both of whom would eventually become two of the most powerful wizards who had ever existed.[7]

RelationshipsEdit

ParentsEdit

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Abeforth's father, Percival

Aberforth's relationship with his parents is not very well known. His father was imprisoned in Azkaban after he used illegal spells on three Muggle boys who attacked Ariana. Because of this, it's likely that, like Albus, Aberforth did not hold Percival in high regard. His mother was described as a good woman, and it is possible that she and Aberforth had a good relationship; however, Kendra was accidentally killed by Ariana. Aberforth was devastated by her death.[7]

Ariana DumbledoreEdit

"I was her favourite... She liked me best."
—Aberforth on his sister[src]
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Aberforth's portrait of Ariana

Aberforth Dumbledore was Ariana Dumbledore's older brother. She seemed to have preferred him rather than their eldest brother, Albus Dumbledore. After her attack, Aberforth was the only one who could calm her down when she flew into a rage, something even their mother could not always accomplish. The two often fed goats together in their free time. Aberforth was not present when Ariana lost control of her magic and accidentally killed their mother. He believed that he would have been able to prevent the death of his mother. After the unfortunate incident, he wanted to take care of Ariana, but their older brother Albus insisted that Aberforth complete his education at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry first.

Soon after, Albus became friends with Gellert Grindelwald, and Aberforth stepped in when they began making plans for world domination and Muggle subjugation, pointing out that Ariana was in no state to be dragged along with them. This resulted in a three-way duel between Ariana's brothers and Grindelwald. Ariana tried to interfere, and was inadvertently killed by one of them, which devastated Aberforth and caused an unending rift between him and Albus. It is unknown who actually cast the spell which led to her death. At Ariana's funeral, Aberforth broke his brother's nose and shouted at him that her death was all his fault. Long after Ariana's death, Aberforth continued to keep a portrait of his late sister in the Hog's Head Inn, symbolizing his affection for her. It concealed a secret passage to the Room of Requirement in Hogwarts Castle.[7]

Albus DumbledoreEdit

Dumbledore: "Then if I were to go to the Hog's Head tonight, I would not find a group of them — Nott, Rosier, Mulciber, Dolohov — awaiting your return?..."
Tom Riddle: "You are omniscient as ever, Dumbledore."
Dumbledore: "Oh no, merely friendly with the local barmen."
— Dumbledore talking about his brother Aberforth[src]
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Albus Dumbledore, his brother

Aberforth and his brother had a strained, often acrimonious, relationship most of their lives. Aberforth was resentful and bitter about the immense degree of attention received by Albus, and spent most of his time caring for his sick younger sister, Ariana. After the death of Kendra Dumbledore, Albus was left to care for his brother and sister. When Albus and his friend, Gellert Grindelwald, announced their plan to travel and take Ariana with them, Aberforth bluntly told him that Ariana would not be accompanying. Grindelwald initiated a duel that resulted in Ariana's death, and Aberforth blamed this on Albus,[7] shouting at him at Ariana's funeral and breaking his nose.[3] After this, the two had relatively little contact, although Aberforth did join the original Order of the Phoenix during the First Wizarding War,[10] as well as attended his brother's funeral in 1997.[20]

Aberforth forgave his late brother after Harry explained Albus' drinking of the Drink of Despair, and fought in the defence of his brother's school, the first of the Hogsmeade residents to do so. Although Albus initially was resentful towards Aberforth for dragging him down from fame and glory with the responsibility of being head of the family, Albus loved his brother dearly, and came to respect and admire him greatly for his devotion to Ariana.[7]

Gellert GrindelwaldEdit

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Gellert Grindelwald

Aberforth disliked Gellert Grindelwald immensely. Grindelwald was Albus's friend after Hogwarts. While Aberforth was taking care of Ariana, Albus and Grindelwald were planning to enslave the Muggles. As the two boys were planning to travel around the world, they also planned to take Ariana with them. Aberforth opposed them, telling them that he would be able to take care of Ariana once more. Then Grindelwald became very angry and used the Cruciatus Curse on Aberforth; Albus then defended his brother and the three boys had a duel, in which Ariana was accidentally killed by one of them. Grindelwald escaped and left the country. Aberforth retained bitter memories towards Grindelwald for many years after their fateful encounter, and when he recounted the events that led to his sister's death Harry noted the "positively dangerous" look that came over his face when Grindelwald's name was mentioned.[7]

Harry PotterEdit

"That's a boy's answer. A boy... You don't strike me as a fool, Harry Potter."
—Aberforth to Harry Potter[src]
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Harry Potter

Aberforth became friends with Harry Potter before the Battle of Hogwarts. Aberforth had previously helped Harry, Ron and Hermione while they were captured by Bellatrix Lestrange and other Death Eaters at Malfoy Manor. Aberforth's possession of one of the two-way mirrors became a great help to Harry and his companions.[7] It can be said that if Aberforth didn't have the mirror and hadn't sent Dobby to the Trio's aid then Harry and his friends would have most likely died at Malfoy Manor.

Aberforth narrated to Harry the story of his early life. Harry pitied him, and was almost devastated when he heard it all. Harry also argued with Aberforth when he told Harry to leave Hogsmeade, in order to save his own skin. However, they later both fought at the Battle of Hogwarts and survived the war. It is conceivable that they remained in contact afterwards.[7]

Ron Weasley and Hermione GrangerEdit

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Ron and Hermione

Aberforth met Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger in 1998, before the Battle of Hogwarts. As Ron and Hermione were Harry's friends, they visited Hogsmeade in order to get into Hogwarts. Aberforth helped them, while telling them the story of his family life. Ron and Hermione were both shocked. They later fought at the Battle of Hogwarts with Aberforth and they all survived the war. It is possible that they remained in contact later on.[7]

DobbyEdit

Aberforth Dumbledore: "Thought he'd be with you. Where've you left him?"
Harry Potter: "He's dead. Bellatrix Lestrange killed him."
Aberforth Dumbledore: "I'm sorry to hear it. I liked that elf."
— Aberforth and Harry Potter discussing Dobby's fate[src]
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Dobby

Over the course of his employment at Hogwarts, Dobby, a house-elf, became close friends with Aberforth, and spent much time at Aberforth's home in Hogsmeade, getting to and from the school through a secret tunnel. As Aberforth was an old and grumpy person, he did not have a good relationship with many people. However, Aberforth himself stated that he liked Dobby.

In 1998, Harry Potter and his friends were captured by Snatchers and imprisoned at the Malfoy Manor cellar. Harry asked for help while looking at a two-way mirror; Aberforth had the other mirror. He sent Dobby to rescue them; the house-elf did so, but was killed by Bellatrix Lestrange.[7]

Order of the Phoenix membersEdit

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The original Order of the Phoenix

Although he had a good relationship with some members of the Order of the Phoenix, Aberforth was described as a "strange bloke" by Alastor Moody.[10] He also fought in the Battle of Hogwarts in 1998. Aberforth seemed to know Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks and Fred and George Weasley. He saw Lupin fighting with Antonin Dolohov and he told Tonks so. He met many allies of the Order during the Battle of Hogwarts, when many people were getting into Hogwarts through a portrait-hole in a room of his pub.[22]

Aberforth has a mixed relationship with Mundungus Fletcher. While Aberforth banned Mundungus for life from the bar for offending him,[15] the two remained in touch, with Mundungus selling stolen goods to Aberforth.[19]

EtymologyEdit

In Welsh, Aberforth means "from the river".[25] Dumbledore is Old English for "bumblebee". When breaking down the etymology of Dumbledore, dora is the Old English word for humble-bee, which became dore or dorre in Middle English. Also in Old English Aber means "the river mouth", and would look like Æbber when written in Old English. (See Æbbercurnig here: http://www.oldenglishtranslator.co.uk/index.htm).

Behind the scenesEdit

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Aberforth as a LEGO minifigure

  • Aberforth appears briefly in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix played by Jim McManus and is portrayed by Ciarán Hinds in the two-part film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
  • Though in the books his Patronus is a goat, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 he produces a non-corporeal Patronus while fending off hundreds of Dementors.
  • The character first appeared as the innkeeper at the Hog's Head in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, though he was not revealed to be Aberforth in the books until the final installment. Many fans, however, made the connection through the hints provided. When asked about the various hints, Harry Potter series author J. K. Rowling at first coyly stated "I was quite proud of that clue," but then admitted "Well yes, obviously."[26]
  • In a 2005 interview, when asked who her favourite member of the Order of the Phoenix was, J. K. Rowling stated that "...there is one member of the Order of the Phoenix that you have not yet met properly and you will, well, you know that they are a member, but you haven't really met them properly yet and you will meet them in seven, so I am looking forward to that." It is likely that Rowling was referring to Aberforth, as readers had "met" him as the owner of the Hog's Head, but at the time did not yet know him for who he was.[27]

AppearancesEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. His brother, Albus, was born in 1881. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows states that Aberforth entered Hogwarts three years after his brother, indicating a birth year of 1884.
  2. Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 8 (The Wedding)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 29 (The Lost Diadem)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 24 (Rita Skeeter's Scoop)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (film)
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 7.15 7.16 7.17 7.18 7.19 7.20 7.21 7.22 7.23 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 28 (The Missing Mirror)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 2 (In Memoriam)
  9. 9.0 9.1 The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 9 (The Woes of Mrs Weasley)
  11. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 11 (The Bribe)
  12. Based on a birthdate of 1884, Aberforth would have attended Hogwarts between these dates, starting at age eleven and continuing for seven years.
  13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 18 (The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore)
  14. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 20 (Lord Voldemort's Request)
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 17 (Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four)
  16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 37 (The Lost Prophecy)
  17. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 33 (The Prince's Tale)
  18. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 16 (In The Hog's Head)
  19. 19.0 19.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 12 (Silver and Opals)
  20. 20.0 20.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 30 (The White Tomb)
  21. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 30 (The Sacking of Severus Snape)
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 31 (The Battle of Hogwarts)
  23. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 36 (The Flaw In The Plan)
  24. 30 July 2007 Bloomsbury Webchat with J.K. Rowling
  25. MuggleNet: Name Origins
  26. Edinburgh Book Festival Interview
  27. Edinburgh "cub reporter" Press Conference, available via Accio Quote!
  28. The card "Hagrid and the Stranger" depicts the Hog's Head Inn, and a man is visible behind the bar. While he looks far younger than Aberforth, this can be attributed to the identity of the barman being unknown when the cards were made.
Order of the Phoenix
Phoenix
Founder:
Albus Dumbledore
Original Order of of the Phoenix:
Aberforth Dumbledore | Alastor Moody | Alice Longbottom | Arabella Figg | Benjy Fenwick | Caradoc Dearborn | Dedalus Diggle | Dorcas Meadowes | Edgar Bones | Elphias Doge | Emmeline Vance | Fabian Prewett | Frank Longbottom | Gideon Prewett | Hestia Jones (possibly) | James Potter | Lily Potter | Marlene McKinnon | Minerva McGonagall | Mundungus Fletcher | Peter Pettigrew (defected) | Remus Lupin | Rubeus Hagrid | Severus Snape | Sirius Black | Sturgis Podmore
Reconstituted Order of the Phoenix:
Aberforth Dumbledore | Alastor Moody | Arabella Figg | Arthur Weasley | Bill Weasley | Charlie Weasley | Dedalus Diggle | Elphias Doge | Emmeline Vance | Fleur Delacour | Fred Weasley | George Weasley | Harry Potter | Hermione Granger | Hestia Jones | Kingsley Shacklebolt | Minerva McGonagall | Molly Weasley | Mundungus Fletcher | Nymphadora Tonks | Remus Lupin | Ron Weasley | Rubeus Hagrid | Severus Snape | Sirius Black | Sturgis Podmore
Order of the Phoenix allies:
Andromeda Tonks | Augusta Longbottom | Dobby | Filius Flitwick | Ginny Weasley | Grawp | Horace Slughorn | Kreacher | Lee Jordan | Luna Lovegood | Muriel |
Neville Longbottom | Oliver Wood | Olympe Maxime | Percy Weasley | Pomona Sprout | Ted Tonks | Westinburgh family | Winky | Karkus | Karkus's wife
Other affiliations:
Dumbledore's Army | Forbidden Forest Centaur colony | Headless Hunt | Hogwarts Hippogriff herd | Hogwarts house-elves | Hogwarts Ghosts | Hogwarts Staff |
Hogwarts students | Hogwarts Thestral herd | Ministry of Magic | Giant colony (Karkus's control)


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