Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by

J. K. Rowling

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Aberforth Dumbledore Character Analysis

Dumbledore's younger brother. They look much the same, but unlike Dumbledore, Aberforth never had a love for school and he's a relatively unambitious person. He and Dumbledore had an okay relationship as children, but their relationship soured after their mother, Kendra, died, and Dumbledore returned home to care for their younger and mentally ill sister, Ariana. Aberforth had a close relationship with Ariana and wanted to drop out of Hogwarts to care for her, but Dumbledore wouldn't let him. This resulted in a fight at Ariana's funeral in which Aberforth punched Dumbledore, breaking his nose. Aberforth remains extremely loyal to his family and to Ariana specifically throughout his life, and he expresses disdain and disapproval for Dumbledore. Harry realizes that he's the barman at the Hog's Head in Hogsmeade when the trio Apparate there in preparation to infiltrate Hogwarts. Aberforth shows Harry at that point that he cares much more about caring for those he loves than bigger-picture ideas, as he believes that it's futile to fight Dumbledore and thinks that he'll be safe working with the Death Eaters. He does, however, reveal that he's been helping Harry and is the owner of the blue eye Harry sees at several points in a mirror fragment.

Aberforth Dumbledore Quotes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows quotes below are all either spoken by Aberforth Dumbledore or refer to Aberforth Dumbledore. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic Inc. edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows published in 2007.
Chapter Twenty-Eight Quotes

He did not want to express the doubts and uncertainties about Dumbledore that had riddled him for months now. He had made his choice while he dug Dobby's grave, he had decided to continue along the winding, dangerous path indicated for him by Albus Dumbledore, to accept that he had not been told everything that he wanted to know, but simply to trust. He had no desire to doubt again; he did not want to hear anything that would deflect him from his purpose.

Page Number: 563
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Chapter Twenty-Nine Quotes

Dumbledore had warned him against telling anyone but Ron and Hermione about the Horcruxes. Secrets and lies, that's how we grew up, and Albus...he was a natural...Was he turning into Dumbledore, keeping his secrets clutched to his chest, afraid to trust? But Dumbledore had trusted Snape, and where had that led? To murder at the top of the highest tower...

"All right," he said quietly to the other two.

Page Number: 583
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Aberforth Dumbledore Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The timeline below shows where the character Aberforth Dumbledore appears in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Two
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Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
...a brilliant student, went on to win prizes, and loved to teach. When his brother Aberforth arrived at Hogwarts three years later, the boys turned out to be very different but... (full context)
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Knowledge and Power Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
...later, and Doge came home for the funeral to find Dumbledore miserable and estranged from Aberforth. Doge briefly recounts Dumbledore's biggest triumphs over the next few decades and then says that... (full context)
Chapter Eight
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
...shame, while Doge insists that Ariana was just unwell. Muriel cackles as she says that Aberforth broke Dumbledore's nose at Ariana's funeral, and Dumbledore didn't defend himself. Harry doesn't know what's... (full context)
Chapter Eighteen
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
...corresponding chapter and read about how Dumbledore returned home after Kendra's death to care for Aberforth and Ariana. Rita Skeeter writes that thanks to Veritaserum, she was able to interview Bathilda... (full context)
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Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
Two months later, Ariana died, Grindelwald decided to go home, and Aberforth blamed Dumbledore for Ariana's death. There was a fight between the brothers at the funeral,... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
...The barman comes upstairs. He has piercing blue eyes, and Harry realizes that this is Aberforth. He has the other enchanted mirror, and he sent Dobby. (full context)
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Aberforth brings the trio food and tells them to get out of Hogsmeade. Harry says he... (full context)
Knowledge and Power Theme Icon
Hermione says that Dumbledore cared about Harry, but Aberforth spits that lots of people Dumbledore "cared" about suffered. Aberforth angrily says that when Ariana... (full context)
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Aberforth says that Grindelwald left and Dumbledore was then free of his burdens. Harry says that... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Nine
Grief and Coming of Age Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
...hugs Ron and Hermione. Harry notices that he's bruised and looks rough. Neville brightly tells Aberforth that people will be Apparating into the bar and should be let through, and then... (full context)
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
...has expanded as more students have had to go into hiding. They get food from Aberforth. (full context)
Chapter Thirty-One
Choices, Redemption, and Morality Theme Icon
Friendship, Community, and Resistance Theme Icon
...the diadem is: in the Room of Requirement. Harry passes Fred and then comes upon Aberforth, who asks Harry why he didn't keep a few Slytherin kids hostage. Harry says that... (full context)