Remembering the Sad Story of Ariana, Albus Dumbledore's Troubled and Ill-Fated Sister

POPSUGAR Entertainment | 11/17/2018 | Ryan Roschke
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Warning: Big spoilers for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald ahead!

The complicated thing about the Fantastic Beasts franchise is that it really fills in the blanks of the Wizarding World's history. Oftentimes, that means we're getting introduced to things that don't get a single mention in the original Harry Potter book series. Take, for instance, the Dumbledore family, which experiences a strange expansion in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. At the end of the film, we find out Creedence is actually a member of the door family: his name is Aurelius. While this is an entirely new character hitherto unheard of in the Harry Potter world, we do hear about one member of the family that definitely rings a bell: Ariana Dumbledore, Albus's ill-fated sister. Did you forget about her tragic story? That's what we're here for. The biography is available on Pottermore, but we're pulling out top highlights.

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Though Ariana only gets a small mention in The Crimes of Grindelwald, she's actually a significant component of the relationship between Albus and Gellert. We learn the entire backstory during the seventh book in the series: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The first part of her tragic tale largely comes from Aberforth, the curmudgeonly bartender at the Hog's Head Pub who is actually Albus's brother. In the book, he reveals Ariana was attacked by brutish boys at a very young age:

"When my sister was six years old, she was attacked, set upon, by three Muggle boys. They'd seen her doing magic, spying through the back garden hedge: she was a kid, she couldn't control it, no witch or wizard can at that age. What they saw scared them, I expect. They forced their way through the hedge, and when she couldn't show them the trick, they got a bit carried...
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