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Kendra Dumbledore
Kendra Dumbledore
Biographical information
Born

c. 1851[1]

Died

June or July 1899[2] (aged 48)

Blood status

Muggle-born(possible Native American background)

Marital status

Widowed

Physical information
Species

Human

Gender

Female

Hair colour

jet black

Eye colour

Dark

Family information
Family members
Affiliation
Loyalty

Dumbledore family

"Kendra was a fine woman."
Elphias Doge on Kendra.[src]

Kendra Dumbledore (c. 1851[1] — early summer 1899[2]) was a Muggle-born[3] witch, the wife of Percival Dumbledore, and the mother of Albus, Aberforth and Ariana.

Biography

Muriel: "... a terrifying woman, simply terrifying. Muggle-born, though I heard she pretended otherwise-"
Elphias Doge: "She never pretended anything of the sort! Kendra was a fine woman."
Muriel: "-proud and very domineering, the sort of witch who would have been mortified to produce a Squib..."
Muriel gossiping about the Dumbledores in 1997[src]

After her daughter was attacked by Muggle boys who saw her perform magic, Kendra moved the family to Godric's Hollow, while her husband was imprisoned in Azkaban for taking revenge upon the Muggles who hurt Ariana Dumbledore. Percival Dumbledore did not reveal his reasons to the Ministry of Magic, and both he and Kendra kept the attack a secret, out of fear that Ariana would be considered a threat to the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy and confined to St Mungo's, as the attack left the young witch mentally disturbed and unable to control her magic.

While her husband was imprisoned and her sons attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Kendra took care of Ariana. Rumours, spread by people such as Muriel and her cousin Lancelot, suggested that Kendra was keeping her "Squib" daughter locked up in a cellar. When Ariana was fourteen years old, she lost control of her magic, and the explosion caused by a Backfiring Jinx killed Kendra.

After Kendra's death, the cause of which "nobody ever seemed sure", according to Muriel, Ariana was taken care of by her older brother Albus, and eventually killed in a three-way duel between Albus, Aberforth, and Gellert Grindelwald.

Physical appearance

Kendra had jet black hair which she tended to wear in a high bun, dark eyes, high cheekbones, and a straight nose. Harry Potter, upon seeing a photograph of her, thought she looked Native American, possibly indicating her heritage. He also thought her face had a "carved quality", and noted her expression as being "formally composed".

Personality and traits

"I knew my brother, Potter. He learned secrecy at our mother's knee. Secrets and lies, that's how we grew up, and Albus... he was a natural."
Aberforth Dumbledore to Harry Potter in 1998[src]

Little is known about Kendra Dumbledore, but much was said about her in gossip. Muriel deemed her a proud, terrifying woman who cared a great deal for her reputation and pretended not to be Muggle-born, apparently aspiring to higher social status. However, Muriel gossiped maliciously about many people, thus her opinion is not necessarily near to the truth. Statements made by her son Aberforth suggest that Kendra made keeping the secret of her daughter's condition her priority, and was strict with her children about following her example. She seems to have kept herself isolated from other people. Given her manner of death and Aberforth's claim that he was able to get Ariana to eat and to calm down when Kendra could not, she may have had a difficult relationship with her daughter, as well as her sons.

Relationships

Children

"...my father went after the bastards that did it, and attacked them. And they locked him up in Azkaban for it. He never said why he'd done it, because if the Ministry had known what Ariana had become, she'd have been locked up in St. Mungo's for good... We had to keep her safe and quiet. We moved house, put it about she was ill, and my mother looked after her, and tried to keep her calm and happy."
Aberforth Dumbledore on Percival and Kendra Dumbledore[src]
Ariana Dumbledore Hog's Head
Ariana
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Kendra was devastated by her daughter's attack. Percival Dumbledore, her husband, retaliated against the Muggle boys who assaulted Ariana, and was sent to Azkaban. He never told the Ministry of Magic his reasons, knowing that if her condition were discovered, Ariana would be permanently confined to St Mungo's as a threat to the Statute of Secrecy. To maintain this secrecy, Kendra moved her family to Godric's Hollow and looked after Ariana. However, they may not have been very close, as Ariana's brother Aberforth was the only one able to keep her calm. Eventually, Ariana accidentally killed her mother in an explosion of uncontrollable magic.[4]

"'The Warlock's Hairy Heart', however, does not appear to have been modified or much criticised in the hundreds of years since it was first written; the story as I eventually read it in the original runes was almost exactly that which my mother had told me."
Albus Dumbledore[src]

Kendra's relationship with her two sons, Albus and Aberforth Dumbledore, is largely unknown. She read The Warlock's Hairy Heart from The Tales of Beedle the Bard to Albus at least, implying she at least tried to have a good relationship with them. However, Aberforth bitterly stated that they learnt lies and secrets from her. When Albus looked into the Mirror of Erised, he saw his family alive and whole.

Etymology

  • Kendra is a name of disputed origin. It may come from Anglo-Saxon meaning "understanding, knowledge". It may be a variation of the English name Kenda, meaning "water baby", or Dakota, meaning "magical power". Alternatively, it may come from the name Kendrick, which is either derived from Welsh for "greatest champion" or Anglo-Saxon for "family ruler".

Behind the scenes

Appearances

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (see this image)
  2. 2.0 2.1 In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 18, it is stated that Albus Dumbledore received an owl informing him of Kendra's death shortly after he left Hogwarts in mid-June 1899.
  3. Muriel claimed her to be Muggle-born and that she attempted to hide that fact. Doge, although he stated that she did nothing of the sort, did not contradict the claim about her heritage
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 28 (The Missing Mirror)
  5. See this image.

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