Monday, April 1, 2013

A is for Albus

And so it begins...

This month, I'm participating in the A-Z Challenge. I'll be posting every day Monday - Saturday for the entire month of April. Each post will coincide with a letter of the alphabet. For each post, I will be writing mini-mini character analyses on some of my favorite YA characters. If you're a first time visitor or a new follower, please let me know in the comments section.

A is for Albus Dumbledore.

It seems fitting to start with a character like Dumbledore. J.K Rowling did an excellent job with his characterization. Being a moral center in her series, it would have been easy for her to make Dumbledore too perfect. But if any character is too perfect, then the character is flat. Flat=predictable=boring=blah. Major characters must be round in order for them to be relatable and to resonate.

Strengths: a leader, wise, forgiving, understanding, skilled, intelligent

What makes him a round character: his forgiving/trusting side is often referred to as a downfall, he's slightly arrogant, his brother doesn't like him, he doesn't explain his actions which sometimes frustrates Harry Potter

Why I love him: Albus is the type of person I want to trust and the type of leader I want to follow.

A special thanks to Arlee for starting this wonderful (and kind of terrifying) challenge!

1 down. 25 more posts to go.


  1. Great choice for A! I love Dumbledore; like you said, he could have been too perfect but I think his flaws are what make him such an excellent character.

  2. He wasn't perfect, but he was a great leader with charisma to boot.

  3. awesome a post! loooove dumbledore! great choice!

    happy a day!

  4. I am Soooo excited to read through your list of characters now!!! Yay! What a great A to Z topic! I may have to copy you next year.


    I love love love Albus Dumbledore.

  5. One of may favorites in all of literature. Life lessons can be pulled from his sentences.

  6. Great theme and great choice! Albus really is a perfectly well rounded character. Will be following you from a to z :)

  7. I like Albus...wouldn't it be great to have a mentor like him?

    Good luck with the challenge! I participated last year and had a blast!

    Donna L Martin

  8. LOVE Albus Dumbledore! Great theme!!

  9. Now I'm wondering if you could do the whole alphabet with just Harry Potter...

  10. Dumbledore was a great character, no argument.

  11. Greetings! Stopping by on the A-Z Blog Tour. Great stuff!! Keep it up. Only 25 to go. :) I think you will have no trouble at all!!!

    Best wishes!

  12. I miss reading the series with my middle school students! I quit teaching to be a mom full time. I can't wait til my girls are old eough the read the Potter books with me.

    New follower here. I'm stopping by from the "A to Z Challenge" and I look forward to visiting again!


  13. You described Albus perfectly. I think my biggest fault as a writer is characterization. It's easy to fall into the trap of the stereotypical characters.

    Stopping by from A-Z.

  14. Ahh..Albus is awesome! I think I would have had a really hard time choosing between Albus and Atticus. Ooh, such a tough call. Now I want to do an A v. A throwdown!

  15. I actually cried when he died.

    Dropping by from A to Z. First year participating and very excited.

    Brett Minor
    Transformed Nonconformist

  16. Love Albus! Great theme. Wish I would have thought of it.

    Visiting via A-Z and new follower. =]

  17. Got to confess: I haven't read a single Harry Potter story... not even one line...

  18. Hi Kimberly, I think of all the blogs I have visited on the list I am most excited at yours. I can't wait to read about all the characters. You started with a cracker!

  19. Ooo, great choice for A. Albus was seemingly so perfect, but he had quite the backstory with some big flaws. What a wonderful character. J.K. Rowling was masterful at characterization!

    Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

  20. I love everything about Albus. Everything! lol