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Ariana Dumbledore

"... at times she was strange and dangerous.  But mostly she was sweet and scared and harmless."
-- Aberforth Dumbledore (DH28)

Ariana Dumbledore

Ariana Dumbledore was the younger sister of Albus and Aberforth – Albus’s junior by four years, Aberforth’s by one.  At six years old, she was attacked by three muggle boys and was severely traumatized by the event.  Her father, Percival, was imprisoned for seeking revenge on the boys.  As a result of the attack, Ariana’s magic was too unstable to send her to Hogwarts.  Her mother, Kendra, moved the family from Mould-on-the-Wold to Godric’s Hollow and hid Ariana to keep her out of St. Mungo’s.

Years later in 1899, Ariana accidentally killed Kendra during one of her rages.  Albus was forced to put his world tour on hold to take care of Ariana, even though Aberforth (who claimed to be her favorite) offered to be her caretaker.  Albus, Aberforth, and Grindelwald had an argument about the responsibility of taking care of Ariana, which turned into a violent duel, where Ariana was killed by a stray spell.  She was buried next to her mother in Godric’s Hollow under the epitaph “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Ariana was then forgotten by history, except in the Hog’s Head, where Aberforth kept a portrait of her for the next century.  She was brought to the fore of the news cycle when Albus died, being mentioned in Elphias Doge’s obituary of Albus and in Rita Skeeter’s salacious biography, The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore, though neither source knew the full story of Ariana’s tragic life.  Her portrait played a small but key role in the Battle of Hogwarts by providing passage from Hogsmeade to Hogwarts via the Room of Requirement.


Unable to control her magic due to trauma.



Cf. Beth March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. -BB

Pensieve (Comments)

  • Nettie Lachryme

    A https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/315d3b987e19e05ddf311ce7f1f895eae2918f7afb0d3b92534ae4f207186803.jpg riana Dumbledore, obscurise or diseased?

    Ariana Dumbledore is a very private character about whom there is no evidence to corroborate that she was just ill when she killed her mother. The little that we do know, about her shows that she killed her mother in a rage and yet ,thanks to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, we can now diagnose Ariana with the rare case of being ana obscurise. Now this may not be true but it is a very likely theory. This may also mean that the case of her death was not a rogue spell, however this would be insinuating that both Aberforth and Albus have lied but the Dumbledore family, no one can deny, were known for keeping secrets. What do you think, was Ariana an obscurise or was she indeed just ill?

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