Albus Ignatius Cauldwell (b. 25 December – 31 December) was an Irish half-blood wizard of the Cauldwell and Potter families, the only son of half-breed witch Ember Cauldwell and her former fiancée Darien Irvine Sr. He was the maternal half-brother of Atria Hilliard and paternal half-brother of Mya and Darien Irvine Jr. He was also the distant cousin and adoptive brother of Musidora Cauldwell. Albus' birth was swift and clandestine, and much of his life growing up was spent under the scrutiny of the media, who were keen to know more about his father's absence and his mother's lengthy disappearance from the wizarding world.
Upon attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Albus was Sorted into Ravenclaw House on account of his intelligence and sharp wit. He was renowned for his arrogance and incessant sarcasm, which both annoyed and humoured the people around him.
Life after Hogwarts
Death and post-mortem
"I've decided I'm not scared of death. It's not really the end, is it? Not if we make sure it isn't. I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die, so I plan to live my life the way I want to."
—Albus and his views on death and the afterlife
Personality and traits
"I know most people don't like me. I don't care. I don't like most people."
—One of Albus's many contentious statements
Magical abilities and skills
"I wish that you were free to follow your heart, but you have inherited these abilities, and they come at a cost."
—Ember to Albus regarding his half-breed abilities
"She's your guardian angel."
—Musidora on the nature of Albus and Sylvie's relationship
"Yeah, that's right! He's my friend and he's crazy!"
—Albus using Leo to warn off bullies
Albus: "You're strong. "
Maggie: "That's the nicest thing you've ever said to me."
Albus: "Well, don't get used to it. You're still very strange and annoying."
— Maggie visits Albus in the hospital
Albus means "white" or "bright" in Latin. It may also refer to the the masculine form of "Alba", the Gaelic name for Scotland or an Italian word meaning "sunrise".
Ignatius is a male given name of presumed Latin or Etruscan origin, believed to mean "fiery one" (compare the word "ignite").
The surname Cauldwell is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational surname deriving from any one of the places called "Caldwell" in North Yorkshire and Warwickshire. It means "the cold spring, or stream".
Roman: You're too sarcastic. Too insensitive. Albus: Insensitive? Roman, great leaders of the future never apologise for being themselves. Give it twenty years and I'll be on the posters in every dormitory here.
Ilenka: It seems our invitation gt lost in the mail. Albus: I didn't send one. I'd say my hand got tired from writing so many but I just didn't want you here.
Albus: That's what I do. I talk and I know things.
Sylvie: Were you speaking to yourself, just then? Albus: Seems like it's the only way of ensuring an intelligent conversation around here.
Albus: A wise man once said that the true history of the world is the history of late night conversations on rooftops. Sylvie: Who said that? Albus: Me. Just now.
Albus: I didn't know your granddad; he sounds nice but I didn't know him. Look, your family's splintering right now, but it won't fall apart because of you. Because you're holding them together. And from that sound of it, he wouldn't have wanted you to let go. So don't. Sylvie: You can be very bitter at times, Albus. But when you are nice, you are nice.
Albus: Don't let another person ruin your day. Ruin your own damn day.
Ember: Please, Albus, no more shenanigans. Albus: Mum, I haven't shenaniganned in about four years. I've hooliganned, I've no-good-nicked, I've ne'er-done-well, just yesterday I found myself rabble-rousing...
Atria: Whose... whose shoe is it? Albus: It's the missing boy's. Atria: Oh my god. Oh my god. I don't like this. Albus: Yeah, well, how do you think the poor fecker feels, running around the woods with only one bloody shoe!
Albus: Once you've accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.
Albus: Harbingers of death. Sounds great when you say it out loud. Atria: Doesn't it? Albus: I should add that to my resume. Atria: Oh, don't worry, it's already on my Ministry applications.
Margaret: I want to run towards something, not away. Albus: I'm sorry, but who invited the mighty midget into the group?!
Albus: Life is a sexually transmitted disease. It's spread by people having sex. And then in the end, it kills you.
Dr. Curae: Albus, what did you think when you stood on that bridge? Albus: That I'm going to be in control. I'm not going to let some defect come take me when I least expect it. Dr. Curae: Is that how you plan to do it? Jump off a bridge? Albus: Who cares? Dr. Curae: I care. Albus: Well, you shouldn't. It's my call, my life, it doesn't concern you. Dr. Curae: But if I found a human being lying dead in the street, broken, I think it'd take a while to get that image out of my head. Albus: Yeah... but that'd be your problem.
Leo: I'm not that entertaining. Albus: On the contrary; your frequent stupidity entertains me greatly.
Albus: Why is anyone in such a hurry to grow up? Life is like a bludger. It's bearing down on you, and guess what? It's going to hit you! So you can either start flying when it's far off in the distance, or you can just accept your fate, pull up a chair and just watch it come.
Albus: That was so cool. Musidora: Cool Albus: By cool, I mean wrong and stupid.