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Aberforth Dumbledore Character Analysis: Bar Tender, Goat Lover, and Hero

Aberforth Dumbledore Character Analysis: Bar Tender, Goat Lover, and Hero

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Aberforth Dumbledore is the younger brother of Albus Dumbledore, however he did not have a good relationship with his brother following the death of their sister Ariana. He works as the barman at the Hog’s Head Inn in Hogsmeade and was a member of the Order of the Phoenix during both Wizarding Wars.

Aberforth was instrumental in saving Harry and others from Malfoy Manor and helping Harry return to Hogwarts. He smuggled many members of the Order of the Phoenix in and out of the school.

About Aberforth Dumbledore

Born1883/4
Blood StatusHalf Blood
OccupationHog’s Head Bartender
Member of the Order of the Phoenix
PatronusGoat
HouseGryffindor (presumed)
WandUnknown
Zodiac SignVirgo (speculative)

Aberforth Dumbledore Early Life

Aberforth Dumbledore is one of the three children of Percival and Kendra Dumbledore. His older brother is Albus Dumbledore, the Hogwarts headmaster, and his younger sister was called Ariana.

Ariana was a powerful witch from a young age and performed many acts of involuntary magic. One day three muggle boys saw her and attacked her in fear. She was mentally and emotionally scarred by the attack and could no longer control her magic, which would burst out of her in unexpected and dangerous ways.

Angered by what had happened, Percival Dumbledore attacked the boys in vigilante justice. He refused to explain his actions as he did not want his daughter carted off to St Mungo’s. Instead, he went to Azkaban, where he died.

Their mother Kendra moved the family to Godric’s Hollow where she could care for Ariana in secret and keep her with the family. Aberforth believed that he was Ariana’s favorite and was the only one who could calm her down during a bad fit.

I could get her to eat when she wouldn’t do it for my mother, I could calm her down, when she was in one of her rages, and when she was quiet, she used to help me feed the goats.

Aberforth Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Aberforth started attending Hogwarts in 1895 and was probably in Gryffindor house like his older brother Albus. He was very much in the shadow of his talented older brother, but was known as an excellent dueller. This left his mother at home alone with Ariana most of the time. Tragedy struck and Kendra was killed during one of Ariana’s fits.

Aberforth and the Death of Ariana

When Kendra died, Aberforth wanted to leave school to take care of Ariana. But Albus, who had just graduated, insisted that Aberforth finish school and that he would take care of their sister. Aberforth acquiesced.

But when Aberforth came home for the holidays he was shocked to see that Albus was neglecting his sister’s care as he was spending all his time with the great-nephew of their neighbor, Gellert Grindelwald. It seemed that the two were planning to travel the world in search of the Deathly Hallows and to make plans for wizarding domination.

Aberforth confronted his brother. He pointed out that his plans for wizarding domination were madness, and more than that, that he could not drag Ariana along on his adventures. Very reluctantly Albus saw sense.

Outraged by Aberforth’s interference, Grindelwald attacked Aberforth with the Cruciatus Curse. When Albus stepped in to protect his brother, the three ended up in a duel. This distressed Ariana, who also tried to help with her wild magic. During the conflict, she was hit by a stray curse and killed. Grindelwald fled.

Aberforth always blamed Albus for what happened to Ariana. He punched Albus in the face at Ariana’s funeral, breaking his nose.

Young Aberforth Dumbledore

Aberforth at the Hog’s Head

At some point after these events, Aberforth became the barman at the Hog’s Head Inn in Hogsmeade. Although he remained angry at his brother, he still helped him. He was presumably the barman at the Hog’s Head who warned Albus that Tom Riddle and his followers were waiting for Albus there on one occasion.

When the wizarding war broke out in earnest, Aberforth again looked past his resentment of his brother to join the Order of the Phoenix and resist Lord Voldemort.

It was presumably Aberforth who banned Mundungus Fletcher from the Hog’s Head for life in 1975. This is why Mundungus had to disguise himself as a witch when he went there to monitor Harry 20 years later.

Albus Dumbledore also chose to conduct teacher interviews at the bar in 1980. When he met with Sybill Trelawney, she revealed the prophecy about Lord Voldemort and Harry Potter to Albus. Severus Snape, who was also awaiting interview, was caught eavesdropping. But he was caught after only hearing the first half of the prophecy. It was presumably Aberforth who caught him.

Aberforth and the Goat Scandal

Between the wizarding wars, in 1982, Aberforth was prosecuted by the Wizengamot for using inappropriate charms on a goat. It caused a minor scandal and was widely reported, presumably due to his relationship with his famous brother. Dumbledore mentioned the incident to Harry.

My own brother, Aberforth, was prosecuted for practicing inappropriate charms on a goat. It was all over the papers, but did Aberforth hide? No, he did not! He held his head high and went about his business as usual.”

Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Aberforth continued to grudgingly cooperate with his brother at this time. For example, in 1988/9 he held a letter from Albus to pass to the Jacob’s siblings.

Aberforth saves Harry

Aberforth worked as an operative for the Order of the Phoenix during the Second Wizarding War, but at a distance. He was never seen at 12 Grimmauld Place. He attended his brother’s funeral at Hogwarts when he died.

When he encountered Mundungus Fletcher at the Three Broomsticks selling stolen property from Sirius Black’s house after his death, he bought Black’s two-way mirror. Sirius had given the other part to Harry so that they could communicate when they needed to. However, Harry only opened the mirror after Sirius’ death.

When Harry looked into the mirror, he would often see a bright blue eye that he thought looked like Dumbledore’s, but it was in fact Aberforth’s.

It was through this two-way mirror that Aberforth knew that Harry was in trouble. When he saw the eye in the mirror, in his desperation Harry shouted for help and told the mirror that he was at Malfoy Manor. Aberforth sent Dobby the house-elf to save Harry and his friends. Unfortunately, the elf was killed in the incident.

Aberforth and the Hogwarts Resistance

There were many secret passages in and out of Hogwarts. One led from a portrait of Ariana in Aberforth’s pub to the Room of Requirement in Hogwarts. It is unclear if this passage was always there, or if the room created the passage to help the students hiding from the new Death Eater regime.

Aberforth provided the persecuted students, led by Neville Longbottom, with food. This was essential as the Room itself was unable to produce food.

Aberforth Dumbledore during the Battle of Hogwarts

Aberforth Smuggling Harry, Ron, and Hermione into Hogwarts

When Harry, Ron, and Hermione arrived at Hogsmeade to try and gain access to Hogwarts to find the Ravenclaw Diadem Horcrux, they set off a Caterwauling Charm when they landed in Hogsmeade. This alerted Death Eaters to their arrival and Harry had to create a Patronus to stave off the Dementors.

To cover their arrival, Aberforth set off his own goat Patronus charm and claimed that he was the one who set off the alarm. It was similar enough to Harry’s stag to confuse the Death Eaters.

Aberforth hid Harry, Ron, and Hermione, but advised them to get as far away as possible the next day as the war was already lost. When Harry responded that he could not because Dumbledore left him a task to do, Aberforth responded that Albus was always giving young people dangerous tasks without proper explanation.

Did he now? Nice job, I hope? Pleasant? Easy? Sort of thing you would expect an unqualified wizard kid to be able to do without over-stretching themselves?

Aberforth Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Death Hallows.

Following this interaction, Harry told Aberforth about the remorse that Albus Dumbledore felt after drinking the Drink of Despair to retrieve the Slytherin amulet Horcrux. This softened Aberforth and he agreed to help the trio.

He sent the portrait of his sister to get Neville Longbottom from the Room of Requirement so that he could guide them back to Hogwarts.

Aberforth and the Battle of Hogwarts

Aberforth ferried many people in and out of Hogwarts before the Battle of Hogwarts. He let many of the Order of the Phoenix and Harry’s old school colleagues enter. He also allowed underage students to be evacuated out through his bar.

Aberforth noted that they should have held the Slytherin students as hostages, and only sneered when Harry noted that Dumbledore would never have done it.

Aberforth then entered Hogwarts to join the battle himself. He yelled encouragement to Ginny as she fought, and told Tonks that Remus Lupin was last seen dueling Dolohov. He himself was seen stunning Rookwood.

Aberforth survived the battle and was seen in the Great Hall talking to Dean Thomas and Seamus Finnigan in the aftermath. He later returned to his quiet life at the Hog’s Head.

Aberforth Dumbledore with Dean Thomas and Seamus Finnigan following the Battle of Hogwarts

Aberforth Dumbledore Personality Type & Traits

Aberforth generally comes across as cynical about the world, no doubt as a result of losing his father, mother, and sister at a young age. As his only surviving family member, he blamed Albus for many of his problems.

Aberforth was not known to be book smart like Albus, but was good at dueling. This combined with his ability to care for animals suggests that he preferred action in the real world to intellectual contemplation.

Despite his issues with his brother, he supported him and the Order of the Phoenix throughout his life. He believed in doing what was right, even if it was with little grace.

Aberforth Dumbledore Zodiac Sign & Birthday

Aberforth was born in 1883/4, but his exact birthday is unknown. Nevertheless, fans suspect that he may be a Virgo. This sign has a particular affinity for animals and often prefers their company to human company.

People born under Virgo also tend to be both intelligent and practical and often have a no-nonsense approach to life’s challenges.

Aberforth Dumbledore Patronus?

Aberforth’s Patronus takes the form of a goat. We see this when he releases it at Hogsmeade to cover Harry’s arrival. Aberforth had an affinity with goats from a young age as he would care for the goats at his mother’s house in Godric’s Hollow.

They presumably offered him companionship outside of the turbulent household dominated by a controlling Kendra, unstable Ariana, and absent Albus.

Why does Aberforth resent his brother Albus Dumbledore?

Aberforth resented Albus because he blamed him for their sister Ariana’s death. He believed that Albus neglected his sister as he spent time with his friend Gellert Grindelwald. It was also Grindelwald that caused the conflict in which Ariana died.

Aberforth also did not believe that Albus felt true remorse for Ariana’s death for most of his life. He only began to change his mind after Harry told him about Albus’ regret when drinking the Drink of Despair.

Why did Aberforth Dumbledore have Sirius’ Mirror?

Aberforth bought Sirius’ half of the two-way mirror from Mundungus Fletcher when he encountered him selling items he had stolen from 12 Grimmauld Place. He presumably recognized the mirror for what it was and considered something worth holding onto for an emergency.