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Percival Dumbledore Character Analysis: Muggle Hater?

Percival Dumbledore Character Analysis: Muggle Hater?

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Percival Dumbledore was the father of Albus, Aberforth, and Ariana Dumbledore. He was sent to Azkaban, where he died, for attacking three muggle boys. Percival refused to tell authorities that this was because they had attacked and traumatized his six-year-old daughter. He became known as an infamous muggle hater.

About Percival Dumbledore

BornPre-1864 – shortly after 1891
Blood StatusHalf-Blood
Zodiac SignLeo (speculative)

Percival was probably a half-blood wizard, who married the probably muggle-born Kendra. Living in the wizarding village of Mould-on-the-Wold, together the couple had three children in the 1880s, Albus, Aberforth, and Ariana.

When Ariana was six, some muggle boys saw her practicing magic. They were scared by what they saw and attacked her. She never recovered from the attack that left her deeply emotionally scarred. She could no longer control her magic, which would burst out of her in dangerous ways.

According to Aberforth:

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.

Aberforth Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Percival’s silence meant that many assumed he was a muggle hater. When Albus started school at Hogwarts, many assumed that he was a muggle hater as well.

Percival eventually died in Azkaban, no doubt due to the soul-destroying influence of the Dementors.

Percival Dumbledore Personality Type & Traits

While we know little about Percival, he must have been a sensitive and caring individual. His attack on the muggles came from a place of deep love for his daughter. Those with the biggest hearts and the deepest love are most affected by the influence of the Dementors, which may be why he did not survive long in Azkaban.

Percival Dumbledore Zodiac Sign & Birthday

Percival must have been born before 1864 to be old enough to be the father of his eldest son, Albus, born in 1881. The attack on Ariana must have happened in 1891, to be when Ariana was six and shortly before Albus started at Hogwarts. Percival died not long later.

Though we are not told Percival’s zodiac sign, he may be a Leo. People born under this sign have big hearts and a fiercely protective of their loved ones. They also have a hot temper and a tendency to act rashly. They give so much of themselves that they would be a feast for the Dementors.