30 Days Hath Novembeard- Day 20
As you saw back on day 14 of Novembeard, wizard beards are quite the trend amongst elderly mentor-figures. Following in the footsteps of Gandalf the Grey, Albus Dumbledore sports yet another iconic beard.
Fortunately for us (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), we get two different Dumbledores throughout the Harry Potter saga. The late, great Richard Harris played him for the first two movies, then Michael Gambon took over the role. This gives Dumbledore two unique beard-styles. Harris’s beard is classic wizard, while Gambon’s adds a little pizzazz to the look.
Gambon’s Dumbledore is certainly a bit more eccentric than Harris’s, but he got some sweet dueling scenes with Voldemort and effectively made me sob at the end of Half-Blood Prince. In flashbacks we saw Dumbledore rocking a younger version of the wizard beard.
I like the look of movie-Dumbledore’s beard. In the chapter illustrations for the books, he had more of a Santa beard, which just doesn’t fit such an awesome and powerful wizard as Dumbles.
So here’s to you, Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. Your beard is a thing of beauty.
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