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"Fascinating creatures, phoenixes. They can carry immensely heavy loads, their tears have healing powers, and they make highly faithful pets."
Albus Dumbledore[src]

The phoenix is a magical creature, a scarlet bird with a golden tail, about the size of a swan. Phoenixes are immortal, regenerating themselves by bursting into flames at the end of their lives and rising from the ashes as chicks. Their song is magical and their tears have healing properties.

Albus Dumbledore has a pet phoenix named Fawkes.