There were a lot of family connections between everyone and everyone in HP... Harry and Ignotus, Voldemort and Slytherin, the Blacks and everyone else (Tonks, Weasleys, etc...)

Was there any info (canon or JKR) that Dumbledore was related to anyone? He lived in Godric's Hollow, but that is not necessarily a basis for any leaps of logic.

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Dumbledore was related to his immediate family: His father, who was sentenced to life in Azkaban for killing the three Muggles who attacked Dumbledore's younger sister Ariana. Aberforth Dumbledore is Albus's brother, and he runs the Hog's Head inn in Hogsmeade. Dumbledore's mother, Kendra, was accidentally killed by Ariana, during one of her out-of-control fits. The family was not originally from Godric's Hollow, so I don't think there's a significance to Dumbledore, Godric's Hollow, and Godric Gryffindor. Because Dumbledore has red hair and blue eyes, there have been a thousand theories that Dumbledore is a Weasley, particularly Ron. JKR has debunked all these rumours. There is nothing in canon that identifies further individuals as being related to Dumbledore except the following.

Dumbledore also has a "maiden aunt" Honoria, who called off her engagement to a wizard in the Improper Use of Magic Office because she discovered "he had a hairy heart". It was rumoured, however, that she actually discovered him in the act of fondling some Horklumps, which she found deeply shocking (Tales of Beetle the Bard - page 106 - Collector's Edition).

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    " JKR has debunked all these rumours." - what, no quote? hell just froze over :) Commented Feb 3, 2012 at 21:40
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    "fondling some Horklumps" - that just sound like a REALLY bad fanfic :) Commented Feb 3, 2012 at 21:40
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    @DVK I'm distracted by fonts fOnTs FONTS! Re: Horklumps, IKR? Harry Potter and the Traumatised Horklumps . . . (I suppose you want me to dig up that quote, don't you? ;) ) Commented Feb 3, 2012 at 22:29
  • No quote, no love... err... accept. Commented Feb 4, 2012 at 0:44
  • But. . . what about the Horklumps. . . ? Commented Feb 4, 2012 at 2:32

Might Dumbledore be related to Harry, as in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Dumbledore says that a phoenix will go to any Dumbledore in need, and Fawkes went to Harry's side in the Chamber of Secrets.

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    Sent by Dumbledore
    – Valorum
    Commented Jul 21, 2019 at 9:59
  • @Valorum still though it's an interesting thought. Has JKR addressed it?
    – KeyWeeUsr
    Commented Jul 21, 2019 at 10:10
  • Repeatedly, I think.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jul 21, 2019 at 10:12
  • Addressed here, though it was closed as a duplicate of this one.
    – F1Krazy
    Commented Jul 21, 2019 at 10:19

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