A Phoenix is a fictional creature from the Harry Potter Universe.

Species Information
Related toBirds
Distinguishing FeaturesScarlet and gold feathers
Ministry Danger ClassificationXXXX
Country of OriginGlobal

[edit] Background

In Mythology, the phoenix is a sacred bird, born of fire. Tales of it can be found in Greek, Roman, Persian, Chinese, Egyptian and Phoenician stories. It is a large bird with beautiful feathers of gold and scarlet, and in the series these are used to make wands, for example, Harry's wand is made of holly and phoenix tail feather.

In mythology, the phoenix has a life span of 500 to 1000 years, and at the end of this, it builds a nest out of twigs that then ignite, consuming both bird and nest in flame. Once reduced to ashes, a baby phoenix is born, ready to follow the life cycle. The new phoenix will then live for the same amount of time as its old self, and the first thing it will do is emblam its ashes in myrrh and deposit it in Heliopolis, the city of the sun in Egypt. This ability to be reborn implies that a phoenix is in fact immortal, but whether it is the same bird made new or the previous bird's offspring born in fire is unknown.

Phoenix have many magical abilities, and are famed for their beautiful song. After the death of Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Fawkes sings a lament, mourning his master and then flies away, never to return. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, it is shown that they have astounding healing properties in their tears, as Fawkes uses his to restore a fatal wound caused by the fangs of a Basilisk on Harry's arm.

[edit] History

A Phoenix first appears in the series in the Chamber of Secrets. Harry is in Dumbledore's office, alone with the bird as it bursts into flames, startling him. Dumbledore then explains the nature of the phoenix and lifts Fawkes from the ashes, a baby once more and places him on his perch. Later in the book, Fawkes brings Harry the Sorting Hat and blinds Slytherin's basilisk to improve harry's chances of killing it.

Fawkes acts as a form of messenger bird to Albus Dumbledore, much like the way Hedwig the owl serves Harry. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Fawkes helps Dumbledore escape when the ministry tries to arrest him, and swallows a Killing Curse aimed at Dumbledore by Voldemort, bursting into flame to be reborn once more.

After the Battle of the Astronomy Tower in the Half-Blood Prince, Fawkes takes his leave, singing one last lament.

Prior to the series and Voldemort's first rise to power, Fawkees provided two feathers to Ollivander to make two wands, a very rare moment, as if the two wands should ever meet, an effect known as Priori Incantatem to occur.

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