Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

by

J. K. Rowling

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Albus Dumbledore Character Analysis

The headmaster at Hogwarts. He's an old wizard and is supposedly the only wizard that Voldemort ever feared. Harry admires Dumbledore greatly and feels safe with him at school; he reasons that Dumbledore will be able to keep him safe from Sirius Black. However, Harry, Ron, and Hermione do question Dumbledore's judgment when it comes to hiring, given that they suspect Professor Snape of trying to poison Professor Lupin. In the Shrieking Shack, however, Lupin shares that Dumbledore has been generous to him for many years: he allowed Lupin to attend Hogwarts as a child and made sure that he had a safe place to transform into a werewolf, and as an adult, Dumbledore was willing to hire Lupin when most wizards are afraid of him. Dumbledore is very willing to change his beliefs depending on what he hears; he believes Sirius's story of innocence after Sirius is captured. He also believes in justice and helping it along whenever he can. For this reason he sends Harry and Hermione back in time to save Sirius and Buckbeak, as he recognizes that it's impossible to save them otherwise.

Albus Dumbledore Quotes in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban quotes below are all either spoken by Albus Dumbledore or refer to Albus 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban published in 2001.
Chapter Nine Quotes

"Didn't they want to help, sir?" said Percy.

"Oh yes," said Dumbledore coldly. "But I'm afraid no dementor will cross the threshold of this castle while I am headmaster."

Related Symbols: Dementors
Page Number: 165
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Chapter Twenty-One Quotes

"Yes, I do," said Dumbledore quietly. "But I have no power to make other men see the truth, or to overrule the Minister of Magic..."

Harry stared up into the grave face and felt as though the ground beneath him were falling sharply away. He had grown used to the idea that Dumbledore could solve anything. He had expected Dumbledore to pull some amazing solution out of thin air. But no...their last hope was gone."

Page Number: 393
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Chapter Twenty-Two Quotes

"It didn't make any difference," said Harry bitterly. "Pettigrew got away."

"Didn't make any difference?" said Dumbledore quietly. "It made all the difference in the world, Harry. You helped uncover the truth. You saved an innocent man from a terrible fate."

Related Characters: Harry Potter (speaker), Albus Dumbledore (speaker), Sirius Black, Scabbers/Peter Pettigrew
Page Number: 425
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Albus Dumbledore Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The timeline below shows where the character Albus Dumbledore appears in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Four
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...Harry will bring back Voldemort. Mrs. Weasley points out that Harry will be safe while Dumbledore is around and Mr. Weasley concedes that the Azkaban guards will be at Hogwarts, thereby... (full context)
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...why he doesn't feel more scared, but he does agree with Mrs. Weasley that with Dumbledore, he'll be safe. He also wonders what the deal is with the Azkaban guards, since... (full context)
Chapter Five
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...that people are pointing at him. Before he can tell Ron what McGonagall wanted, Professor Dumbledore stands to address the school. He explains that the dementors of Azkaban are at the... (full context)
Chapter Eight
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...but drops his pompous attitude when he gets to the portrait hole. He sends for Dumbledore, who arrives nearly instantly, and Harry finally sees that the Fat Lady's portrait has been... (full context)
Chapter Nine
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Dumbledore summons the entire school to the Great Hall. He announces that the students will sleep... (full context)
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At about three in the morning, Dumbledore finds Percy near Harry, Ron, and Hermione. They pretend to sleep so they can listen.... (full context)
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...then Madam Pomfrey kicks the team out. Hermione and Ron stay and tell Harry that Dumbledore was furious with the dementors. Harry is barely listening; he's thinking about the screaming in... (full context)
Chapter Ten
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...almost touches Harry's shoulder and then curtly says that the dementors are getting angry since Dumbledore won't let them on the grounds. He says that at Azkaban, which is on an... (full context)
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...best man and is Harry's godfather. Fudge says that when the Potters went into hiding, Dumbledore suggested they use the Fidelius Charm, which hides a secret inside a single person. Black... (full context)
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...went to fetch Harry. Sirius had asked for Harry and when Hagrid insisted on following Dumbledore's orders, Sirius lent Hagrid his flying motorbike. Fudge continues the story and says that Peter... (full context)
Chapter Eleven
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...a good defense, but Hagrid cries that the Committee members are Lucius Malfoy's cronies and Dumbledore is too busy to help. Harry can't bring himself to mention Black, so he suggests... (full context)
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...middle of the room for the few teachers and students still at school for Christmas. Dumbledore greets everyone warmly, makes Snape hold one end of his Christmas cracker, and puts on... (full context)
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As the group begins to eat, Trelawney comes into the Great Hall. Dumbledore draws up a chair for her, but Trelawney refuses to sit down since she'd be... (full context)
Chapter Fourteen
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...didn't care about rules either. Harry snaps, tells Snape to shut up, and says that Dumbledore shared that his dad saved Snape's life. Snape asks if Harry knows the details. Harry... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen
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...a milk jug and it shatters. Hermione takes over for Hagrid and Hagrid explains that Dumbledore can't do anything, but he'll sit with Hagrid during the execution. Hermione offers to stay,... (full context)
Chapter Eighteen
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...he was bitten as a small boy and back then, the Wolfsbane Potion didn't exist. Dumbledore allowed Lupin to attend school and built the tunnel and the Shrieking Shack to keep... (full context)
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...now, as he's been inadvertently helping Sirius all along. He says that he never told Dumbledore that Sirius was an Animagus, as that would mean admitting that he betrayed Dumbledore's trust... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One
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...is an Animagus, but Madam Pomfrey shoves chocolate in Harry's mouth so he stops speaking. Dumbledore arrives and calmly asks to speak with Harry and Hermione. Snape, incensed, asks if his... (full context)
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As soon as the door closes, Harry and Hermione start to tell Dumbledore what they know, but he stops them. He reminds them that there's no proof of... (full context)
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Hermione admits she doesn't understand what Dumbledore wants them to do. They puzzle over what happened three hours ago and Harry realizes... (full context)
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Harry and Hermione watch Dumbledore, Fudge, Macnair, and the Committee member leave the castle, and see Hagrid escort the trio... (full context)
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...sight. They watch Ron fight with Scabbers and watch Sirius drag Ron through the roots. Dumbledore walks Macnair, Fudge, and the Committee member back to the castle and minutes later, Lupin... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Two
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...avoid him and finally make it to the corridor and the hospital wing. They see Dumbledore step out of the door and run forward. He smiles at them and Harry tells... (full context)
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...hear Snape's voice getting closer, shouting that Harry has something to do with Sirius's escape. Dumbledore looks calm as Snape tells Harry to reveal what he did, but Dumbledore asks Snape... (full context)
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...find the passages out of the castle. A knock on the door interrupts them and Dumbledore arrives to tell Lupin that his carriage is ready. Lupin bids Harry goodbye, shakes Dumbledore's... (full context)
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...Lupin's chair and says that what he did didn't make any difference since Pettigrew escaped. Dumbledore quietly says that Harry saved an innocent man and discovered the truth. This jogs Harry's... (full context)
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Harry admits that he thought James conjured his Patronus across the lake. Dumbledore says that it's an easy mistake given how much Harry resembles his father, but Harry... (full context)
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...the students get their exam results. Harry somehow makes it through Potions, but he suspects Dumbledore didn't allow Snape to fail him. In classes Snape seems to hate Harry even more. (full context)
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...and apologizes for scaring Harry in his dog form. He also encloses a note for Dumbledore giving Harry permission to visit Hogsmeade and says that Ron can keep the owl. Ron... (full context)