As you may have heard, Michael Gambon, the renowned British actor best known for portraying Professor Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter film series, passed away today. His commanding presence and warmth as Dumbledore left an indestructible mark on the wizarding world.

Gambon’s portrayal of Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter film series brought a new dimension to the beloved character. While taking over from Richard Harris after his passing, Gambon left a lasting mark with his interpretation of the role. Join us as we take a trip down memory lane and reflect on the ten most iconic moments of Gambon’s Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series. 

Warning: The following content contains spoilers! Read only if you’ve watched the entire series. If not, you should definitely have a marathon to binge-watch the entire series when you have the chance. 

The Introduction (Prisoner of Azkaban)

Gambon's portrayal of Dumbledore next ro Argus Filch with his cat.
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Gambon’s first appearance as Dumbledore in The Prisoner of Azkaban set the tone for his portrayal of the iconic character. He managed to capture a mix of authority and warmth, along with the hearts of millions of fans. 

“Did you put your name in the Goblet of Fire, Harry?” (Goblet of Fire)

Dumbledore talking to Harry.
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Gambon’s interpretation of Dumbledore’s stern response to Harry’s name appearing in The Goblet showcased Gambon’s ability to convey Dumbledore’s protective yet authoritative nature. Given that Dumbledore was typically quite calm, viewers were exposed to a more emotive, worried side of him that presented his care for Harry. 

The Duel with Voldemort (Order of the Phoenix)

Michael Gambon's Dumbledore dueling Voldemore.
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Dumbledore’s climactic duel against Voldemort in the Ministry of Magic was a visual spectacle and a testament to his power. Viewers were on the edge of their seats, watching two of the most powerful wizards compete against one another.

“You may not like him, Minister, but you can’t deny… Dumbledore’s got style.” (Order of the Phoenix)

Dumbledore and his pheonix.
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Dumbledore’s iconic exit, along with the witty delivery of this line, provided a moment of humour in a tense situation. Michael Gambon did an impeccable job portraying Dumbledore’s subtle sass in the most tasteful way.

The Pensieve Memories (Half-Blood Prince)

Michael Gambon as Dumbledore looking into penseive.
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The scene where Dumbledore shares the Half-Blood Prince’s past with Harry Potter through the pensieve is definitely an unforgettable one. This is where everything starts to make sense for both Harry and us as the viewers.

The Cave Sequence (Half-Blood Prince)

Gambon's Dumbledore and Harry Potter in the harrowing caves.
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In the harrowing cave scene, Gambon’s Dumbledore conveyed a sense of vulnerability and determination, making it one of the standout moments of the film series. This is the first time we see Dumbledore in a position of weakness, as he begs Harry for water. He still managed to pick himself and his wand back up and save the day yet again.

The Astronomy Tower Tragedy (Half-Blood Prince)

Harry Potter and Michael Gambon as Dumbledore on the Astronomy Tower.
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Gambon’s heart-wrenching performance during Dumbledore’s tragic demise left a lasting impact, highlighting the character’s selflessness. This is a moment all viewers try to block out their memories. However, we must remember that Dumbledore sacrificed himself for the greater good of the wizarding world which should be commended instead of ignored.

“I am not worried, Harry. I am with you.” (Half-Blood Prince)

GIF of Gambon's Dumbledore and Harry Potter.
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Dumbledore’s reassurance to Harry in the face of danger was delivered with a depth of emotion that resonated with fans.


“Don’t tell me now, you’ve grown to care for the boy?” (Deathly Hallows: Part 2)

GIF of snape speaking to Dumbledore.
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This scene was a shock to us all, including Harry. It was surprising to hear Dumbledore say this line considering how much he cares for Harry himself. This is when the truth behind everything is exposed, and as viewers, we are left questioning our judgements of Snape throughout the last eight movies.

The King’s Cross Encounter (Deathly Hallows: Part 2)

Michael Gambon's Dumbledore walking next to Harry Potter in the King's Cross.
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In the ethereal King’s Cross scene, Dumbledore imparted profound wisdom to Harry, emphasizing the power of choices and redemption. Viewers couldn’t be more thrilled to see Gambon appear in the final movie of the series. This moment ultimately instils Harry with the confidence and determination he needs to get back into the real world and defeat Voldemort. 

Michael Gambon - Dumbledore
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Michael Gambon’s portrayal of Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter film series left an indelible mark on the character’s legacy. His iconic moments showcased his range as an actor and his ability to capture the essence of Dumbledore’s wisdom, power, and compassion. These moments continue to enchant and inspire fans, reminding us of the magic that Gambon brought to the wizarding world.