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Burning Day

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

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

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

Known Burning Days

Behind the scenes

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


Notes and references

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

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