The last day of the 12 days of Pottermore Christmas ends on a rather somber note.
Today’s riddle recalls the funeral of Professor Dumbledore, who died at the wand of Professor Snape (although remember, those two were in cahoots the whole time):
The funeral of a beloved headmaster and teacher,
brought tears of sadness from each man and creature,
but can you recall as best as you can,
the first name of this great man?
The answer is “Albus,” which is also the name Harry Potter gave to his second son. The scene opens up to Dumbledore’s funeral, with Hagrid carrying Dumbledore’s body to the marble table up front. Perhaps Rowling was trying to end things sort of the same way that British television series always have that one depressing Christmas special.
Once the scene is unlocked by clicking on the guest in the green robes in the front row, a passage appears regarding the Order of Merlin, one of the most prestigious awards given to witches and wizards. Dumbledore himself won the award for defeating the dark wizard Grindelwald, though the passage also notes that some less-than-deserving winners have also received the award. Controversial Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge gifted himself the award, and it was insinuated that Arcturus Black pretty much loaned the Ministry a “large amount of gold” to get one himself.