Harry Potter

What Is Dumbledore’s Role In Harry Potter?

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Albus Dumbledore has always had a unique role within the Wizarding World. Hopefully, when the television series drops (if it does), we’ll get a more detailed look at his life and everything to do with him; moreover, that brings us to his role in the life of Harry Potter and his adventures across seven books.

It is no secret that Dumbledore is a very complex individual; from his past with Gellert Grindelwald to becoming Headmaster of Hogwarts to the leader of the Order of the Phoenix, let’s explore Albus Dumbledore and his role.

Dumbledore Founded The Order Of The Phoenix

During the first Wizarding War against Voldemort, Albus founded the Order of the Phoenix, a secret organisation that opposed the dark wizard and his followers. Amongst the members were Lily and James Potter, Harry Potter’s parents.

Peter Pettigrew, the Potters’ secret keeper and the man who betrayed them to Voldemort, was also a member, as he was seen in the original group photo. Dumbledore was the leader and the founder of both iterations. His leadership ended with his death during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower on June 30 1997.

After this date, Minerva McGonagall and Alastor Moody were both appointed leaders. McGonagall became the sole leader after Moody’s death during the Battle of the Seven Potters. She remained in the position until the end of the Second Wizarding War when the group was again disbanded.

If there was one person who knew Voldemort, it was Dumbledore, which was why the Dark Lord feared him. The Order of the Phoenix was started because Albus understood what drove the former Tom Riddle as he had seen it in Grindelwald.

Headmaster And Supporter Of Harry Potter

Dumbledore was among Harry’s most prominent supporters, especially when he arrived at Hogwarts. He even issued additional points to Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and Neville Longbottom, allowing Gryffindor to win the House Cup.

As Harry got older, Dumbledore’s role became more of a mentor. Albus would also become the namesake of one of Harry’s two sons.

However, before this, Dumbledore is the only person outside of Ron and Hermione who believes Harry when he reveals that Voldemort is back. It is because of this that he reinstates the Order of the Phoenix. He even bought in family members of Order members who were killed during the First Wizarding War. Among them are Arthur and Molly Weasley. Molly’s brothers, Fabian and Gideon, were killed during the first war.

It is also speculated that Molly named Fred and George under their uncles.

As the headmaster of Hogwarts, Dumbledore had some of his staff in the Order to watch things at the school. McGonagall and Snape were both members.


It was hinted in Deathly Hallows that there was more to Dumbledore’s relationship with Gellert Grindelwald than people seemed to realise. When it came to Voldemort rising to power, Dumbledore had seen this before with Grindelwald. He had once upon a time wanted to work with his former ally to bring about wizarding supremacy. However, he soon realised his mistake and jumped ship.

In conclusion, Dumbledore was able to spot the telltale signs with Voldemort (then Tom Riddle) from a mile off because the same indications had come about with Grindelwald, as both had the same end goal; triumph over non-wizards.

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C.J. Hawkings has written for the now-defunct Entertainment website, Movie Pilot and the still functioning WhatCulture and ScreenRant. She prides herself as a truth seeker and will do (almost) anything for coffee or Coke No Sugar. Oh! And food!

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