Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by

J. K. Rowling

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Kendra Dumbledore Character Analysis

Dumbledore's mother. She was a tall and austere woman who, by most accounts, ruled over her family with an iron fist. It's unclear if she was actually cruel or just afraid of losing her mentally ill daughter, Ariana, to St. Mungo's, but she was cold to her neighbors and many accuse her of keeping Ariana like a prisoner. Ariana kills Kendra by accident.
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Kendra Dumbledore Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The timeline below shows where the character Kendra 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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...Dumbledore planned to tour the world after finishing school, but the death of Dumbledore's mother, Kendra, meant that Dumbledore couldn't come. His sister Ariana died about a year later, and Doge... (full context)
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...Dumbledore's youthful interest in questionable beliefs and the Dark Arts, as well as "nastiness" concerning Kendra and Ariana, and the revelation that Dumbledore's famed defeat of Grindelwald wasn't spectacular. Skeeter mentions... (full context)
Chapter Eight
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...because Ariana was unwell. Muriel suggests that Ariana was kept locked in a cellar by Kendra and Dumbledore. (full context)
Chapter Eleven
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...photo of Dumbledore's family and an excerpt from Rita Skeeter's book. It talks about how Kendra moved the family to Godric's Hollow after Percival went to Azkaban and hid Ariana there.... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen
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...Harry. They continue to the graveyard and start to look through the headstones. Hermione finds Kendra and Ariana's graves, and Harry thinks that Rita Skeeter and Muriel were right about something.... (full context)
Chapter Eighteen
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...Dumbledore's "friend." They find the 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... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight
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...was sometimes dangerous. She loved Aberforth and would calm down for him. She accidentally killed Kendra when she was fourteen, and Dumbledore returned home to care for her. He began to... (full context)