Potter Portaits #2: Dumbledore(and Fawkes)
Our second Potter character is Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore and his pet phoenix, Fawkes.

I wish every Harry Potter character had a pet instead of just most of them. I enjoy having their pets in there.

I wonder if anyone else didn't read the Harry Potter novels for a while because they picked up a copy, saw the name "Professor Dumbledore" in the synopsis and thought, "Nope. Too stupid." I had to hear how good the series was several more times after that before giving them a chance.

Dumbledore is a great example of a delightful literary type: the gentile wise old man who is also secretly a complete badass. One of my favorite moments of the entire series belongs to old Albus. It's when the ministry of magic comes to arrest him, and he responds: "Well, it's just that you seem to be labouring under the delusion that I am going to - what is the phrase? - come quietly. I am afraid I am not going to come quitely at all, Cornelius." And then BOOM. Complete badass.

Dumbledore loves candy, which is why he's depicted here enjoying one of his favorites: lemon drops. Loving candy is kind of a dangerous thing to do in the wizarding world since there are chocolate frogs that will jump away from you, exploding candy's that might actually kill you (unlike that urban legend about Jerry "Leave it To Beaver" Mathers), and of course those Every Flavor Beans might be delicious or might be Shaq's armpit flavored.

Another favorite A. P. W. B. Dumbledore quote: "Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young."

True dat, Wulfric. Pass the candy.

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