Fawkes is Albus Dumbledore's pet phoenix. Fawkes is an intensely magical creature, possessing a number of incredible magical abilities, the precise extent of which is unknown. Phoenix tail feathers are suitable for inclusion in some wands; Fawkes himself provided the feathers for both Lord Voldemort's and Harry Potter's wands. Whenever Fawkes dies, whether by violence or of old age, he bursts into flame and is promptly reborn out of the ashes as a baby phoenix. As an adult, he is about swan-sized and possesses magnificent red and gold plumage, but infant stage Fawkes has the appearance of a newborn chicken and in his geriatric stages he has dull, limp plumage like a "half-plucked turkey".
Fawkes plays a special role in Chamber of Secrets: He is summoned by Harry's loyalty to Albus Dumbledore to the aid of the protagonist as he (Harry) fights against Salazar Slytherin's basilisk, the monstrous serpent that lives in Hogwarts and is controlled by Tom Riddle's diary through Ginny Weasley. Fawkes gouges the basilisk's eyes out, blinding it and eliminating its ability to kill with its gaze. Harry is later wounded by the basilisk's fang; he nearly dies from the venom, but Fawkes heals the wound with his tears. (Phoenix tears have healing powers and are the only antidote for basilisk venom). Fawkes then brings Harry, Ginny, Ron and Gilderoy Lockhart back up to the castle, bearing their combined weight as they hold his tail feathers.
During the confrontation between Voldemort and Dumbledore in the Ministry of Magic towards the fifth book's end, Fawkes saves Dumbledore's life by swallowing a Killing Curse from Voldemort. Fawkes then bursts into flame and is reborn as a chick from the ashes. After Dumbledore's death in Half-Blood Prince, Fawkes is heard singing a lament for him. When the singing stops, Harry knows that Fawkes has left Hogwarts forever. It is unknown what becomes of Fawkes afterwards. He makes no appearances in Deathly Hallows except in a flashback from Severus Snape's final memories.



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