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|born=[[October]], [[1630s|1637]]<ref name="Birth">In the [[:File:Flying Ford Anglia Mystifies Muggles.png|newspaper held up by Snape]] in the [[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|''Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'' film]] (set in [[1992]]), Dippet is said to have been born three hundred and fifty-five years before, in [[October]]. This places his date of birth in October [[1630s|1637]].</ref>
|died=Between [[1 September]] <ref name="paper"/> and [[18 December]], [[1992]] <ref name="EBF">[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2004/0804-ebf.htm J.K. Rowling at the Edinburgh Book Festival (15 August, 2004)]</ref> (aged 354 or 355)
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|died=[[1950s|1956]]<ref name="Death">According to [[J.K. Rowling]] at the Edinburgh Book Festival ([http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2004/0804-ebf.htm J.K. Rowling at the Edinburgh Book Festival (15 August, 2004) source]), headmasters only get their portrait hung in the [[headmaster's office|office]] if they die holding the title of headmaster. As Dippet's portrait was shown hanging in the office in the [[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|''Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'' film]] and ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', this means that he must have died in office. As Dumbledore became headmaster in [[1950s|1956]] with Dippet as his predecessor, this would imply that Dippet died that year.</ref> (aged 318)
 
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{{Quote|We are honour-bound to give service to the present Headmaster of Hogwarts! Shame on you, Phineas!|Dippet's portrait scorning [[Phineas Nigellus Black]].|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
 
{{Quote|We are honour-bound to give service to the present Headmaster of Hogwarts! Shame on you, Phineas!|Dippet's portrait scorning [[Phineas Nigellus Black]].|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
'''Professor Armando Dippet''' ([[October]], [[1630s|1637]]—late [[1992]]) was [[Headmaster]] of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], and the predecessor of [[Albus Dumbledore]] in the post. He was a "nearly bald and a somewhat feeble" man in his elderly years.
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'''Professor Armando Dippet''' ([[October]], [[1630s|1637]]<ref name="Birth" />—[[1950s|1956]]<ref name="Death" />) was [[Headmaster]] of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], and the predecessor of [[Albus Dumbledore]] in the post. He was a "nearly bald and a somewhat feeble" man in his elderly years.
   
 
Dippet served as [[Headmaster]] in the [[1940s]] at least. It was during his tenure that the [[Chamber of Secrets]] was first opened by [[Tom Riddle]] since its creation by [[Salazar Slytherin]] in around [[First millennium A.D.|A.D. 993]]. Unknowingly, Dippet was indirectly responsible for the end of the attacks by telling [[Tom Riddle|Riddle]] that the school would have to be [[Closure of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|closed]] if said attacks continued. Dippet was also responsible for the expulsion of [[Rubeus Hagrid]] after Riddle framed him with the attacks.
 
Dippet served as [[Headmaster]] in the [[1940s]] at least. It was during his tenure that the [[Chamber of Secrets]] was first opened by [[Tom Riddle]] since its creation by [[Salazar Slytherin]] in around [[First millennium A.D.|A.D. 993]]. Unknowingly, Dippet was indirectly responsible for the end of the attacks by telling [[Tom Riddle|Riddle]] that the school would have to be [[Closure of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|closed]] if said attacks continued. Dippet was also responsible for the expulsion of [[Rubeus Hagrid]] after Riddle framed him with the attacks.
   
Following his retirement, Dippet was accused of the [[Flying Ford Anglia]] incident in [[1992]] by [[Leonora Gore]] and [[Daphne Maubyslin]]. He died before [[December]] of the same year, and, ever since, his portrait hangs in the [[Headmaster's office]]. He is featured on a [[Chocolate Frog Cards|Chocolate Frog Card]].
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Following his death in [[1950s|1956]], his portrait was hung in the [[headmaster's office]], and Dumbledore succeeded him.
 
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
===Early life===
 
===Early life===
Armando Dippet was born in [[October]] [[1630s|1637]].<ref name="paper"/> At some point prior to his magical education, he purchased or inherited his wand.<ref name="CSgbc">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)]]'' - GBC version</ref>
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Armando Dippet was born in [[October]] [[1630s|1637]].<ref name="Birth" /> At some point prior to his magical education, he purchased or inherited his wand.<ref name="CSgbc">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)]]'' - GBC version</ref>
   
It is possible that he attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], being [[sorting ceremony|Sorted]] in [[1640s|1649]].
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It is possible that he attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], being [[sorting ceremony|Sorted]] in [[1640s|1649]]. If so, he must have been sorted into [[Gryffindor]], [[Hufflepuff]] or [[Ravenclaw]].<ref name="DH16" />
   
It is also probable that he had high [[Ordinary Wizarding Level|O.W.L.]] and [[Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test|N.E.W.T.]] grades, as he later became Headmaster of Hogwarts, most likely succeeding [[Newton Scamander]], a famed [[Magizoologist]].
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It is also probable that he had high [[Ordinary Wizarding Level|O.W.L.]] and [[Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test|N.E.W.T.]] grades, as he later became Headmaster of Hogwarts.
   
 
===As Headmaster of Hogwarts===
 
===As Headmaster of Hogwarts===
 
====Early years====
 
====Early years====
[[File:Dippet and friends.png|thumb|left|350px|Dippet speaking with some of his employees.]]
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[[File:Dippet_and_friends.png|thumb|right|250px|Dippet speaking with some of his employees.]]
Professor Dippet became [[Headmaster]] of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] in the early [[20th century|twentieth century]].<ref name="TBB">''[[The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real)|The Tales of Beedle the Bard]]'' - ''Albus Dumbledore on "''The Fountain of Fair Fortune''"''</ref> In his position, it is likely he was responsible for the employment of [[Horace Slughorn]],<ref name="HBP5">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 5 (''Excess of Phlegm'')</ref> [[Albus Dumbledore]],<ref name="CS13"/> [[Herbert Beery]],<ref name="TBB"/> [[Silvanus Kettleburn]]<ref name="TBB"/> and possibly [[Galatea Merrythought]]<ref name="HBP17">''[[Harry Potter and the Half- Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 17 (''A Sluggish Memory'')</ref> as teachers at Hogwarts.
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Professor Dippet became [[Headmaster]] of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] in the early [[20th century|twentieth century]].<ref name="TBB">''[[The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real)|The Tales of Beedle the Bard]]'' - ''Albus Dumbledore on "''The Fountain of Fair Fortune''"''</ref> In his position, it is likely he was responsible for the employment of [[Horace Slughorn]],<ref name="HBP5">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 5 (''Excess of Phlegm'')</ref> [[Albus Dumbledore]],<ref name="CS13" /> [[Herbert Beery]],<ref name="TBB" /> [[Silvanus Kettleburn]]<ref name="TBB" /> and possibly [[Galatea Merrythought]]<ref name="HBP17">''[[Harry Potter and the Half- Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 17 (''A Sluggish Memory'')</ref> as teachers at Hogwarts.
   
 
====Christmas pantomime====
 
====Christmas pantomime====
 
{{Quote|The night's entertainment concluded with a packed hospital wing...|[[Albus Dumbledore]]|The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real)}}
 
{{Quote|The night's entertainment concluded with a packed hospital wing...|[[Albus Dumbledore]]|The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real)}}
During Dippet's tenure as Headmaster, [[Herbert Beery]], then-Herbology master, proposed an adaptation of ''[[The Fountain of Fair Fortune]]'' as a Christmas treat for both staff and students. The show, however, was a fiasco: the students [[Girl who played Amata|playing Amata]] and [[Boy who played Sir Luckless|Sir Luckless]] had been boyfriend and girlfriend until one hour before the show, at which point [[Boy who played Sir Luckless|"Sir Luckless"]] dumped her for [[Girl who played Asha|"Asha"]]. During the play, the [[Engorgement Charm|Engorged]] [[Ashwinder]] portraying the Worm (provided by the reckless Professor [[Silvanus Kettleburn]]) exploded in a shower of hot sparks and dust, filling the [[Great Hall]] with smoke and fragments of the scenery. While the Ashwinder's eggs set fire to the floorboards, [[Girl who played Amata|"Amata"]] and [[Girl who played Asha|"Asha"]] started [[duel]]ling fiercely. [[Herbert Beery|Professor Beery]] was caught in the crossfire and his head assumed unusual proportions. While the staff evacuated the [[Great Hall]] the fire raging inside it threatened to engulf the place.<ref name="TBB"/>
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During Dippet's tenure as Headmaster, [[Herbert Beery]], then-Herbology master, proposed an adaptation of ''[[The Fountain of Fair Fortune]]'' as a Christmas treat for both staff and students. The show, however, was a fiasco: the students [[Girl who played Amata|playing Amata]] and [[Boy who played Sir Luckless|Sir Luckless]] had been boyfriend and girlfriend until one hour before the show, at which point [[Boy who played Sir Luckless|"Sir Luckless"]] dumped her for [[Girl who played Asha|"Asha"]]. During the play, the [[Engorgement Charm|Engorged]] [[Ashwinder]] portraying the Worm (provided by the reckless Professor [[Silvanus Kettleburn]]) exploded in a shower of hot sparks and dust, filling the [[Great Hall]] with smoke and fragments of the scenery. While the Ashwinder's eggs set fire to the floorboards, [[Girl who played Amata|"Amata"]] and [[Girl who played Asha|"Asha"]] started [[duel]]ling fiercely. [[Herbert Beery|Professor Beery]] was caught in the crossfire and his head assumed unusual proportions. While the staff evacuated the [[Great Hall]] the fire raging inside it threatened to engulf the place.<ref name="TBB" />
   
Of course, there were several people sent to the [[hospital wing]] and Professor Dippet had to put Professor Kettleburn in one of his sixty-two periods of [[probation]]. In response to this dramatic fiasco, Professor Dippet imposed a blanket ban on future pantomimes, a tradition is still followed by the [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]' staff and students to this day.<ref name="TBB"/>
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Of course, there were several people sent to the [[hospital wing]] and Professor Dippet had to put Professor Kettleburn in one of his sixty-two periods of [[probation]]. In response to this dramatic fiasco, Professor Dippet imposed a blanket ban on future pantomimes, a tradition is still followed by the [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]' staff and students to this day.<ref name="TBB" />
[[File:Professor dippet.png|150px|right|thumb|Dippet in the [[1940s]], as [[Headmaster]] of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts School]].]]
 
   
 
====Chamber of Secrets openings====
 
====Chamber of Secrets openings====
{{Dialogue a-b-a-b|Armando Dippet|My dear boy, you must see how foolish it would be of me to allow you to remain at the castle when term ends. Particularly in light of the recent tragedy… the death of that poor little girl. You will be safer by far at your orphanage. As a matter of fact, the Ministry of Magic is even now talking about closing the school. We are no nearer locating the — er — source of all this unpleasantness…|Tom Riddle|Sir — if the person were caught — if it all stopped —|What do you mean? Riddle, do you mean you know something about these attacks?|No, sir.|Armando Dippet and [[Tom Riddle]] on [[13 June]], [[1940s|1943]].|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
 
   
Dippet was the [[Headmaster]] of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] when the [[Chamber of Secrets]] was opened by [[Tom Riddle]], during the [[1942]]—[[1943]] school year. Very fond of Riddle, Dippet was unaware of his sinister nature.<ref name="CS13"/>
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[[File:Professor_dippet.png|thumb|100px|Dippet in the [[1940s]], as [[Headmaster]] of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts School]].]]
   
That school year, many students were attacked by [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk]]. On [[13 June]] of the same year, a student named [[Myrtle]] was murdered in a [[Second-floor girls' lavatory|bathroom]],<ref name="CS13"/> during one of the Chamber's openings by [[Tom Riddle|Riddle]].<ref name="CS17">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'' - Chapter 17 (''The Heir of Slytherin'')</ref> After realising that no one had seen Myrtle for a couple of hours, Professor Dippet asked fellow student [[Olive Hornby]] to go and look for Myrtle.<ref name="GF25">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 25 (''The Egg and the Eye'')</ref>
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{{Dialogue a-b-a-b|Armando Dippet|My dear boy, you must see how foolish it would be of me to allow you to remain at the castle when term ends. Particularly in light of the recent tragedy… the death of that poor little girl. You will be safer by far at your orphanage. As a matter of fact, the Ministry of Magic is even now talking about closing the school. We are no nearer locating the er source of all this unpleasantness…|Tom Riddle|Sir — if the person were caught — if it all stopped —|What do you mean? Riddle, do you mean you know something about these attacks?|No, sir.|Armando Dippet and [[Tom Riddle]] on [[13 June]], [[1940s|1943]].|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}Dippet was the [[Headmaster]] of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] when the [[Chamber of Secrets]] was opened by [[Tom Riddle]], during the [[1942]]—[[1943]] school year. Very fond of Riddle, Dippet was unaware of his sinister nature.<ref name="CS13" />
   
Myrtle's [[Muggle]] [[Myrtle's father|father]] and [[Myrtle's mother|mother]] were summoned to the school by Dippet, and the Headmaster faced the possibility of closing the [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|school]]. Dippet also rejected Tom's request of staying at school over the summer holidays due to the situation, but would have given him special permission if the school were much safer.<ref name="CS13"/> Not wanting the school to close, or possibly not wanting to return to the orphanage, [[Tom Riddle|Riddle]] stopped attacking students with the [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk|Chamber's Basilisk]] and framed [[Rubeus Hagrid]] for the attacks. Dippet promptly expelled Hagrid. Under [[Albus Dumbledore]]'s request, Hagrid was trained as [[Keeper of Keys and Grounds|Gamekeeper]] and was allowed to remain at the school.<ref name="CS17"/>
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That school year, many students were attacked by [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk]]. On [[13 June]] of the same year, a student named [[Myrtle]] was murdered in a [[Second-floor girls' lavatory|bathroom]],<ref name="CS13" /> during one of the Chamber's openings by [[Tom Riddle|Riddle]].<ref name="CS17">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'' - Chapter 17 (''The Heir of Slytherin'')</ref> After realising that no one had seen Myrtle for a couple of hours, Professor Dippet asked fellow student [[Olive Hornby]] to go and look for Myrtle.<ref name="GF25">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 25 (''The Egg and the Eye'')</ref>
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Myrtle's [[Muggle]] [[Myrtle's father|father]] and [[Myrtle's mother|mother]] were summoned to the school by Dippet, and the Headmaster faced the possibility of closing the [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|school]]. Dippet also rejected Tom's request of staying at school over the summer holidays due to the situation, but would have given him special permission if the school were much safer.<ref name="CS13" /> Not wanting the school to close, or possibly not wanting to return to the orphanage, [[Tom Riddle|Riddle]] stopped attacking students with the [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk|Chamber's Basilisk]] and framed [[Rubeus Hagrid]] for the attacks. Dippet promptly expelled Hagrid. Under [[Albus Dumbledore]]'s request, Hagrid was trained as [[Keeper of Keys and Grounds|Gamekeeper]] and was allowed to remain at the school.<ref name="CS17" />
   
 
====Riddle's job application====
 
====Riddle's job application====
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Dumbledore|Professor Dippet told him that he was too young at eighteen, but invited him to reapply in a few years, if he still wished to teach.|Harry Potter|How did you feel about that, sir?|Deeply uneasy. I had advised Armando against the appointment - I did not give the reasons I have given you, for Professor Dippet was very fond of Voldemort and convinced of his honesty - but I did not want Lord Voldemort back at this school, and especially not in a position of power.|Dumbledore and [[Harry Potter]] on Dippet and Riddle's application.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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[[File:Dippet_Riddle.png|thumb|left|155px|Dippet talking to [[Tom Riddle]] in [[headmaster's office|his office]].]]{{Dialogue a-b-a|Dumbledore|Professor Dippet told him that he was too young at eighteen, but invited him to reapply in a few years, if he still wished to teach.|Harry Potter|How did you feel about that, sir?|Deeply uneasy. I had advised Armando against the appointment - I did not give the reasons I have given you, for Professor Dippet was very fond of Voldemort and convinced of his honesty - but I did not want Lord Voldemort back at this school, and especially not in a position of power.|Dumbledore and [[Harry Potter]] on Dippet and Riddle's application.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}When [[Tom Riddle]] returned to [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] after his graduation to apply for the post of [[professor]] of [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]], after [[Galatea Merrythought]] retired, Dippet denied him the position for being too young, but invited him to reapply in a few years, despite being advised against it by [[Albus Dumbledore]].<ref name="HBP20">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 20 (''Lord Voldemort’s Request'')</ref>
[[File:Dippet Riddle.png|thumb|left|150px|Dippet talking to [[Tom Riddle]] in [[headmaster's office|his office]].]]
 
   
When [[Tom Riddle]] returned to [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] after his graduation to apply for the post of [[professor]] of [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]], after [[Galatea Merrythought]] retired, Dippet denied him the position for being too young, but invited him to reapply in a few years, despite being advised against it by [[Albus Dumbledore]].<ref name="HBP20">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 20 (''Lord Voldemort’s Request'')</ref>
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Dumbledore realised Riddle's true intentions, but did not include them as his reasons for denying him the job, as Professor Dippet was very fond of him and believed that he was completely honest.<ref name="HBP20" />
 
Dumbledore realised Riddle's true intentions, but did not include them as his reasons for denying him the job, as Professor Dippet was very fond of him and believed that he was completely honest.<ref name="HBP20"/>
 
 
===Retirement===
 
{{Quote|Eye-witnesses Leonora Gore and Daphne Maubyslin said that the accident was caused by a rather feeble old wizard called Armando Dippet, a local well known for his erratic flying. He is due to take his ancient age flying test next month on his 355th birthday. Unfortunately, this accident occurred a month too early. ''[...]'' Recently Dippet had dropped some of his ''[...]'' by looking at ''[...]'' and crashed straight into Felickaria Tugwood and she in turn fell off her broomstick ''[...]''|''[[Evening Prophet]]'', [[1 September]], [[1992]]; ''Flying Ford Anglia Mystifies Muggles'', by [[Andy Smudgley]].|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)}}
 
 
Headmaster Dippet retired at some point before [[1950s|1955]], leaving Professor Dumbledore to take his position of [[headmaster|head]] of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]. He was, at the very most, 318 years old.
 
 
Following his retirement Dippet went to live in an unspecified locality, neighbour to [[Leonora Gore]] and [[Daphne Maubyslin]]. He became well known for his poor [[flying]] skills.<ref name="paper"/>
 
 
In or before [[August]] [[1992]], Dippet crashed into [[Felickaria Tugwood]], who fell off of her broom. Later that year, he was to take a flying test because of his ancient age on his birthday in [[October]].<ref name="paper"/>
 
 
When [[Harry Potter]] and [[Ronald Weasley]] were seen by [[Muggle]]s flying an [[Flying Ford Anglia|enchanted Ford Anglia]], Dippet was initially accused by the locals and had [[Armando Dippet's broomstick|his broomstick]] confiscated.<ref name="paper"/> However, the accusations were later proven false.
 
   
 
===Death and post-mortem===
 
===Death and post-mortem===
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[[File:Prof_Dippet.jpg|thumb|180px|Dippet's Chocolate Frog Card.]]
 
{{Quote| ''The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore'' – by Rita Skeeter, best-selling author of ''Armando Dippet: Master or Moron?''.|Cover of ''[[The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore]]''.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Quote| ''The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore'' – by Rita Skeeter, best-selling author of ''Armando Dippet: Master or Moron?''.|Cover of ''[[The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore]]''.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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Dippet died in [[1950s|1956]].<ref name="Death" /> He had a [[Chocolate Frog Cards|Chocolate Frog Card]] devoted to him,<ref name="PAvg">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)]]''</ref> and, at some point, [[Rita Skeeter]] wrote his biography, entitled ''[[Armando Dippet: Master or Moron?]]''<ref name="DH13">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 13 (''The Muggle-Born Registration Commission'')</ref> (although it is likely this work contains some defamatory false information, given the author and the book's title). His position as Headmaster of Hogwarts was succeeded by Albus Dumbledore.<ref name="CS13" />
[[File:Prof Dippet.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Dippet's Chocolate Frog Card.]]
 
Dippet passed away sometime between September and December of [[1992]].<ref name="EBF" /> He is featured on a [[Chocolate Frog Cards|Chocolate Frog Card]]<ref name="PAvg">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)]]''</ref> and at least one biography of him is known: [[Rita Skeeter]]'s ''[[Armando Dippet: Master or Moron?]]''<ref name="DH13">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 13 (''The Muggle-Born Registration Commission'')</ref> (although it is likely this work contains some defamatory false information, given the author and the book's title). His position as Headmaster of Hogwarts was succeeded by Albus Dumbledore.<ref name="CS13"/>
 
   
 
A [[portrait]] of Dippet was hung at the [[Headmaster's office]],<ref name="OP37">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' - Chapter 37 (''The Lost Prophecy'')</ref> depicting him dressed in blue and bronze robes.<ref name="CSf">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)]]''</ref> In [[1995]], he scorned the portrait of [[Phineas Nigellus Black]], who was feigning tiredness in order to avoid going to [[12 Grimmauld Place]] like Dumbledore asked him to. He was devoted to serving whomever was [[Headmaster]].<ref name="OP22">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' - Chapter 22 (''St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries'')</ref>
 
A [[portrait]] of Dippet was hung at the [[Headmaster's office]],<ref name="OP37">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' - Chapter 37 (''The Lost Prophecy'')</ref> depicting him dressed in blue and bronze robes.<ref name="CSf">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)]]''</ref> In [[1995]], he scorned the portrait of [[Phineas Nigellus Black]], who was feigning tiredness in order to avoid going to [[12 Grimmauld Place]] like Dumbledore asked him to. He was devoted to serving whomever was [[Headmaster]].<ref name="OP22">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' - Chapter 22 (''St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries'')</ref>
   
 
==Physical description==
 
==Physical description==
[[File:UnidentifiedWizardInFurHat.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Professor Dippet's portrait.]]
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[[File:UnidentifiedWizardInFurHat.jpg|thumb|left|180px|Professor Dippet's portrait.]]
Professor Dippet had pale skin, brown eyes and, in his youth, a thick brown beard.<ref name="PAvg"/>
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Professor Dippet had pale skin, brown eyes and, in his youth, a thick brown beard.<ref name="PAvg" />
 
In his elderly years, he became frail and feeble-looking. He was balding and had only a few wisps of white hair left.<ref name="CS13"/>
 
   
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In his elderly years, he became frail and feeble-looking. He was balding and had only a few wisps of white hair left.<ref name="CS13" />
 
==Personality and traits==
 
==Personality and traits==
Armando Dippet was loyal to [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] and reprimanded [[Phineas Nigellus Black|Phineas Nigellus]] for attempting to defy a request from Dumbledore.<ref name="OP22"/> Like most teachers he was manipulated by [[Tom Riddle]] and was charmed by his politeness and dedication to his magical studies.<ref name="CS17"/>
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As Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Professor Dippet seemed to be a strict disciplinarian and a very firm leader of the school. During this tenure, the school was marked by an acceptance of severe punishment, as Professor Dippet allowed [[Caretaker]] [[Apollyon Pringle]] to use corporal punishment on students. Professor Dippet did by no means limit his strict demeanour to the students. During Dippet's tenure as Headmaster, he placed Professor [[Silvanus Kettleburn]] on sixty-two periods of [[probation]],<ref name="TBB" /> and Professor [[Horace Slughorn]] once commented, perhaps in jest, that Dippet would not hesitate to put him in detention if he found out that he had been encouraging students to be up and about after curfew. Professor Dippet was also responsible for placing a permanent ban on pantomimes as a result of the chaos that ensued during the performance of ''[[The Fountain of Fair Fortune]]''.
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Professor Dippet was distrusting, or at least careful with whom he relayed information to, as Professor [[Albus Dumbledore]], his eventual successor, noted that he was one of the few people that Dippet confided in.<ref name="HBP20" />
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[[File:Dippet.jpg|thumb|right|150px|Professor Dippet.]]
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According to [[Remus Lupin]], Professor Dumbledore is the only Headmaster who would allow him to attend school while being a werewolf, suggesting that if Professor Dippet still had been Headmaster by the time Lupin started attending school, Professor Dippet possibly would have refused him attendance, implying that the Headmaster might have been somewhat prejudiced against half-humans or otherwise would believe that accepting him could put other students at risk. 
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In spite of his somewhat brutal view on discipline, he did not take the safety of his students lightly. An example on his concern for his students's safety was when he, the moment he realised that no one had seen [[Myrtle]] for a couple of hours, asked fellow student [[Olive Hornby]] to go and look for her. Also, he rejected [[Tom Riddle]]'s request of staying at school over the summer holidays due to the [[Chamber of Secrets]] situation, but did comment that he would have given him special permission if the school were safer. When the [[Chamber of Secrets]] opened, Armando, like all his employees, did everything in his power to apprehend the perpetrator and protect his students. Like most teachers he was manipulated by [[Tom Riddle]] and was charmed by his politeness and dedication to his magical studies.<ref name="CS17" /> And thus, the moment Tom Riddle declared Hagrid a suspect, Dippet promptly expelled the latter without putting much effort in investigating the matter.
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Armando Dippet was also very loyal to [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] and his portrait reprimanded [[Phineas Nigellus Black|Phineas Nigellus]]'s for attempting to defy a request from Dumbledore.<ref name="OP22" />
   
Professor Dippet was distrusting, or at least careful with who he relayed information to, as Dumbledore noted that he was one of the few people that Dippet confided in.<ref name="HBP20"/>
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==Magical Abilities and Skills==
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*'''[[Charms]]: '''The true extent of Armando Dippet's skills are not known, but he was skilled in Charms, since he in the job as Headmaster was responsible for controlling the magical protections around Hogwarts Castle, and he was easily able to lift and cast the defensive spells himself, as he did so shortly after the demise of Moaning Myrtle, temporarily lifting the Muggle-Repelling Charms to give her parents free access to the campus. 
   
 
==Possessions==
 
==Possessions==
*'''Wand''': Professor Dippet's wand was of unknown manufacturer, length, core and wood. Presumably purchased at the age of eleven prior to his magical education, he was in possession of it during the [[1940s]]. He left it on his desk during his meeting with [[Tom Riddle]] in [[1943]] concerning the summer holidays and the [[Chamber of Secrets]] openings.<ref name="CSgbc"/>
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*'''Wand''': Professor Dippet's wand was of unknown manufacturer, length, core and wood. Presumably purchased at the age of eleven prior to his magical education, he was in possession of it during the [[1940s]]. He left it on his desk during his meeting with [[Tom Riddle]] in [[1943]] concerning the summer holidays and the [[Chamber of Secrets]] openings.<ref name="CSgbc" />
*'''Broomstick''': Dippet once had [[Armando Dippet's broomstick|his broomstick]] confiscated following allegations by [[Leonora Gore]] and [[Daphne Maubyslin]].<ref name="paper"/>
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*'''Headmaster's office''': When Professor Dippet lived in the [[headmaster's office|office]] in the [[Headmaster's Tower]], there was a single bookcase, a desk, and several paintings there, including the [[portraits]] of his [[headmaster|predecessors]]. His passwords are unknown, though it can be presumed that he told one of them to [[Tom Riddle]] in [[1943]].<ref name="CS13" />
*'''Headmaster's office''': When Professor Dippet lived in the [[headmaster's office|office]] in the [[Headmaster's Tower]], there was a single bookcase, a desk, and several paintings there, including the [[portraits]] of his [[headmaster|predecessors]]. His passwords are unknown, though it can be presumed that he told one of them to [[Tom Riddle]] in [[1943]].<ref name="CS13"/>
 
 
*'''Strawberry and ling plantations''': According to [[Albus Dumbledore]], Professor Dippet planted some [[strawberry|strawberries]] and [[Wikipedia:Calluna|ling]] in the castle grounds while he was Headmaster. However, it is likely that Albus was simply trying to distract [[Cornelius Fudge]] and [[Walden Macnair]].<ref name="PAf">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)]]''</ref>
 
*'''Strawberry and ling plantations''': According to [[Albus Dumbledore]], Professor Dippet planted some [[strawberry|strawberries]] and [[Wikipedia:Calluna|ling]] in the castle grounds while he was Headmaster. However, it is likely that Albus was simply trying to distract [[Cornelius Fudge]] and [[Walden Macnair]].<ref name="PAf">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)]]''</ref>
   
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===Tom Riddle===
 
===Tom Riddle===
 
{{Quote|I had advised Armando against the appointment - I did not give the reasons I have given you, for Professor Dippet was very fond of Voldemort and convinced of his honesty ''[...]''|[[Albus Dumbledore]] with [[Harry Potter]].|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
 
{{Quote|I had advised Armando against the appointment - I did not give the reasons I have given you, for Professor Dippet was very fond of Voldemort and convinced of his honesty ''[...]''|[[Albus Dumbledore]] with [[Harry Potter]].|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
[[File:Teen Riddle.JPG|thumb|left|200px|Riddle as Dippet knew him.]]
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Dippet was very fond of [[Tom Riddle]], whom he made several "special arrangements" for. His relationship with him was strong enough to make Dumbledore decide not to tell Dippet about why he thought Riddle should not be given a job at the school.<ref name="HBP20"/>
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[[File:Teen_Riddle.JPG|thumb|left|200px|Riddle as Dippet knew him.]]
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Dippet was very fond of [[Tom Riddle]], whom he made several "special arrangements" for. His relationship with him was strong enough to make Dumbledore decide not to tell Dippet about why he thought Riddle should not be given a job at the school.<ref name="HBP20" />
   
 
It is unknown how Dippet reacted when the [[First Wizarding War|Dark Rebellion]], later known as the First Wizarding War, broke out, with Riddle, calling himself by the name "Lord Voldemort", leading the [[Death Eaters]].
 
It is unknown how Dippet reacted when the [[First Wizarding War|Dark Rebellion]], later known as the First Wizarding War, broke out, with Riddle, calling himself by the name "Lord Voldemort", leading the [[Death Eaters]].
   
 
===Hogwarts staff===
 
===Hogwarts staff===
[[File:Dippet and dumbledore.png|thumb|right|250px|Dippet (right) standing with Dumbledore (left) looking on as [[Myrtle]]'s body is carried from the Castle.]]
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[[File:Dippet_and_dumbledore.png|thumb|230px|Dippet (right) standing with Dumbledore (left) looking on as [[Myrtle]]'s body is carried from the Castle.]]
Professor Dippet was, apparently, distrusting of his employees, confiding only in a few [[professor]]s, which included the [[Transfiguration (class)|Transfiguration]] teacher [[Albus Dumbledore]].<ref name="HBP20"/>
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Professor Dippet was, apparently, distrusting of his employees, confiding only in a few [[professor]]s, which included the [[Transfiguration (class)|Transfiguration]] teacher [[Albus Dumbledore]].<ref name="HBP20" />
   
As headmaster, Dippet placed [[Silvanus Kettleburn]] on at least one, but presumably many more, of his sixty-two periods of probation. The one known time was after he provided an [[Ashwinder]] with an [[Engorgement Charm]] on it instead of a worm for the ''[[The Fountain of Fair Fortune]]'' pantomime. Dippet, after the chaos, placed a permanent ban on pantomimes from thereon.<ref name="TBB"/>
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As headmaster, Dippet placed [[Silvanus Kettleburn]] on at least one, but presumably many more, of his sixty-two periods of probation. The one known time was after he provided an [[Ashwinder]] with an [[Engorgement Charm]] on it instead of a worm for the ''[[The Fountain of Fair Fortune]]'' pantomime. Dippet, after the chaos, placed a permanent ban on pantomimes from thereon.<ref name="TBB" />
   
Another of Dippet's employees was [[Herbert Beery]], who was the one who adapted ''[[The Fountain of Fair Fortune]]'' into a play. Beery, who had been teaching [[Herbology]], eventually left to become a [[professor]] of the [[Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts]].<ref name="TBB"/>
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Another of Dippet's employees was [[Herbert Beery]], who was the one who adapted ''[[The Fountain of Fair Fortune]]'' into a play. Beery, who had been teaching [[Herbology]], eventually left to become a [[professor]] of the [[Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts]].<ref name="TBB" />
   
 
[[Horace Slughorn]] also worked under Headmaster Dippet. One evening, during one of his [[Slug Club]]'s supper parties, Slughorn joked that if the student group would be found up and about after hours, Professor Dippet would put them all in detention, including himself.<ref name="HBPf">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''</ref>
 
[[Horace Slughorn]] also worked under Headmaster Dippet. One evening, during one of his [[Slug Club]]'s supper parties, Slughorn joked that if the student group would be found up and about after hours, Professor Dippet would put them all in detention, including himself.<ref name="HBPf">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''</ref>
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==Etymology==
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*"''Armando''" is the Spanish and Italian variant of the name Armand, meaning "of the army". It is likely that, given his name, Armando Dippet is at least partially of Spanish or Italian heritage.
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*"''Dippet''" is not a word in English, but "dip" has many meanings, including: to put something into something else, often a liquid; to take something out of something, as in dipping out [[water]]; to lower and raise something; a fool.
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
[[File:Dippet.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Professor Dippet in ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)]]''.]]
 
 
*[[Alfred Burke]] appeared as Dippet in the [[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'', in the memory scene. His face can be glimpsed only for a fleeting moment, before he turns around and convenes with several other wizards. He is also not bald contrary to the book's description.
 
*[[Alfred Burke]] appeared as Dippet in the [[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'', in the memory scene. His face can be glimpsed only for a fleeting moment, before he turns around and convenes with several other wizards. He is also not bald contrary to the book's description.
*According to [[Albus Dumbledore]], Professor Dippet had ling and [[Strawberry|strawberries]] planted on the mountains surrounding [[Hogwarts Castle]] when he was headmaster, presumably a lie to gain [[Harry Potter]] and [[Hermione Granger]] some more time to release [[Buckbeak]] (seeing as apparently neither [[Cornelius Fudge]] nor [[Walden Macnair]] could see the said strawberries).<ref name="PAf"/>
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[[File:Flying Ford Anglia Mystifies Muggles.png|thumb|right|250px|The newspaper mentioning Dippet.]]
*Dippet was the third-oldest known wizard, being born in 1637. The only two older than him were [[Nicolas Flamel|Nicolas]] and [[Perenelle Flamel]].<ref name="paper"/>
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*In the [[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'', Dippet is mentioned in the ''[[Daily Prophet]]'' article ''[[FLYING FORD ANGLIA MYSTIFIES MUGGLES]]''. In the article, witches [[Leonora Gore]] and [[Daphne Mauboisan]] accuse Dippet, their neighbour, of causing the incident and not a flying car. Dippet is referred to as "''a rather feeble old wizard''", "''well known for his erratic flying''", and had [[Armando Dippet's broomstick|his broomstick]] confiscated pending an [[ancient age flying test]] (a past occurrence, comprising a broomstick crash against [[Felickaria Tugwood]], who fell off of her broom and into the [[River Mersey]], is also cited). However, this cannot be canon, given that Dippet had a [[Headmaster Portraits|portrait in the Headmaster's Office]] and, so, must have died in office and not retired to live to [[1992]].
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*According to [[Albus Dumbledore]], Professor Dippet had ling and [[Strawberry|strawberries]] planted on the mountains surrounding [[Hogwarts Castle]] when he was headmaster, presumably a lie to gain [[Harry Potter]] and [[Hermione Granger]] some more time to release [[Buckbeak]] (seeing as apparently neither [[Cornelius Fudge]] nor [[Walden Macnair]] could see the said strawberries).<ref name="PAf" />
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*Dippet was the fourth-oldest known wizard, being born in 1637. The only known wizards older than him were [[Barry Wee Willie Winkle]] (b. [[1230s|1236]]) and [[Nicolas Flamel|Nicolas]] and [[Perenelle Flamel]] (b. [[1320s|1327]] and [[1330s|1334]], respectively).<ref name="Birth" />
 
*Coincidentally or not, Armando Dippet shares his initials with [[Albus Dumbledore]] (not including the latter's middle names).
 
*Coincidentally or not, Armando Dippet shares his initials with [[Albus Dumbledore]] (not including the latter's middle names).
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* The portrait of Armando Dippet is currently displayed amongst the other headmasters of Hogwarts in [[Headmaster's Office|Dumbledore's Office]] at the [[The Making of Harry Potter]] Tour near London. It can be found on the left hand side as you enter the office, just above the [[sword of Gryffindor]].
==Etymology==
 
*"''Armando''" is from the name Armand, "of the army". "''Dippet''" is not a word in English, but "dip" has many meanings, including: to put something into something else, often a liquid; to take something out of something, as in dipping out [[water]]; to lower and raise something; a fool.
 
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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Dippet Portrait
Armando Dippet
Biographical information
Born

October, 1637[1]

Died

1956[2] (aged 318)

Title(s)
Physical information
Species

Human[3]

Gender

Male[3]

Hair colour
  • Brown (youth)
  • White[3]
Eye colour

Brown

Skin colour

Light[3]

Affiliation
Occupation

Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry [3] (early 20th century-1956)

House

Not Slytherin[4]

Loyalty

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry[3]

"We are honour-bound to give service to the present Headmaster of Hogwarts! Shame on you, Phineas!"
—Dippet's portrait scorning Phineas Nigellus Black.[src]

Professor Armando Dippet (October, 1637[1]1956[2]) was Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and the predecessor of Albus Dumbledore in the post. He was a "nearly bald and a somewhat feeble" man in his elderly years.

Dippet served as Headmaster in the 1940s at least. It was during his tenure that the Chamber of Secrets was first opened by Tom Riddle since its creation by Salazar Slytherin in around A.D. 993. Unknowingly, Dippet was indirectly responsible for the end of the attacks by telling Riddle that the school would have to be closed if said attacks continued. Dippet was also responsible for the expulsion of Rubeus Hagrid after Riddle framed him with the attacks.

Following his death in 1956, his portrait was hung in the headmaster's office, and Dumbledore succeeded him.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Armando Dippet was born in October 1637.[1] At some point prior to his magical education, he purchased or inherited his wand.[5]

It is possible that he attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, being Sorted in 1649. If so, he must have been sorted into Gryffindor, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw.[4]

It is also probable that he had high O.W.L. and N.E.W.T. grades, as he later became Headmaster of Hogwarts.

As Headmaster of HogwartsEdit

Early yearsEdit

Dippet and friends

Dippet speaking with some of his employees.

Professor Dippet became Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the early twentieth century.[6] In his position, it is likely he was responsible for the employment of Horace Slughorn,[7] Albus Dumbledore,[3] Herbert Beery,[6] Silvanus Kettleburn[6] and possibly Galatea Merrythought[8] as teachers at Hogwarts.

Christmas pantomimeEdit

"The night's entertainment concluded with a packed hospital wing..."
Albus Dumbledore[src]

During Dippet's tenure as Headmaster, Herbert Beery, then-Herbology master, proposed an adaptation of The Fountain of Fair Fortune as a Christmas treat for both staff and students. The show, however, was a fiasco: the students playing Amata and Sir Luckless had been boyfriend and girlfriend until one hour before the show, at which point "Sir Luckless" dumped her for "Asha". During the play, the Engorged Ashwinder portraying the Worm (provided by the reckless Professor Silvanus Kettleburn) exploded in a shower of hot sparks and dust, filling the Great Hall with smoke and fragments of the scenery. While the Ashwinder's eggs set fire to the floorboards, "Amata" and "Asha" started duelling fiercely. Professor Beery was caught in the crossfire and his head assumed unusual proportions. While the staff evacuated the Great Hall the fire raging inside it threatened to engulf the place.[6]

Of course, there were several people sent to the hospital wing and Professor Dippet had to put Professor Kettleburn in one of his sixty-two periods of probation. In response to this dramatic fiasco, Professor Dippet imposed a blanket ban on future pantomimes, a tradition is still followed by the Hogwarts' staff and students to this day.[6]

Chamber of Secrets openingsEdit

Professor dippet

Dippet in the 1940s, as Headmaster of Hogwarts School.

Armando Dippet: "My dear boy, you must see how foolish it would be of me to allow you to remain at the castle when term ends. Particularly in light of the recent tragedy… the death of that poor little girl. You will be safer by far at your orphanage. As a matter of fact, the Ministry of Magic is even now talking about closing the school. We are no nearer locating the — er — source of all this unpleasantness…"
Tom Riddle: "Sir — if the person were caught — if it all stopped —"
Armando Dippet: "What do you mean? Riddle, do you mean you know something about these attacks?"
Tom Riddle: "No, sir."
— Armando Dippet and Tom Riddle on 13 June, 1943.[src]
Dippet was the Headmaster of Hogwarts when the Chamber of Secrets was opened by Tom Riddle, during the 19421943 school year. Very fond of Riddle, Dippet was unaware of his sinister nature.[3]

That school year, many students were attacked by Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk. On 13 June of the same year, a student named Myrtle was murdered in a bathroom,[3] during one of the Chamber's openings by Riddle.[9] After realising that no one had seen Myrtle for a couple of hours, Professor Dippet asked fellow student Olive Hornby to go and look for Myrtle.[10]

Myrtle's Muggle father and mother were summoned to the school by Dippet, and the Headmaster faced the possibility of closing the school. Dippet also rejected Tom's request of staying at school over the summer holidays due to the situation, but would have given him special permission if the school were much safer.[3] Not wanting the school to close, or possibly not wanting to return to the orphanage, Riddle stopped attacking students with the Chamber's Basilisk and framed Rubeus Hagrid for the attacks. Dippet promptly expelled Hagrid. Under Albus Dumbledore's request, Hagrid was trained as Gamekeeper and was allowed to remain at the school.[9]

Riddle's job applicationEdit

Dippet Riddle

Dippet talking to Tom Riddle in his office.

Dumbledore: "Professor Dippet told him that he was too young at eighteen, but invited him to reapply in a few years, if he still wished to teach."
Harry Potter: "How did you feel about that, sir?"
Dumbledore: "Deeply uneasy. I had advised Armando against the appointment - I did not give the reasons I have given you, for Professor Dippet was very fond of Voldemort and convinced of his honesty - but I did not want Lord Voldemort back at this school, and especially not in a position of power."
— Dumbledore and Harry Potter on Dippet and Riddle's application.[src]
When Tom Riddle returned to Hogwarts after his graduation to apply for the post of professor of Defence Against the Dark Arts, after Galatea Merrythought retired, Dippet denied him the position for being too young, but invited him to reapply in a few years, despite being advised against it by Albus Dumbledore.[11]

Dumbledore realised Riddle's true intentions, but did not include them as his reasons for denying him the job, as Professor Dippet was very fond of him and believed that he was completely honest.[11]

Death and post-mortemEdit

Prof Dippet

Dippet's Chocolate Frog Card.

" The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore – by Rita Skeeter, best-selling author of Armando Dippet: Master or Moron?."
—Cover of The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore.[src]

Dippet died in 1956.[2] He had a Chocolate Frog Card devoted to him,[12] and, at some point, Rita Skeeter wrote his biography, entitled Armando Dippet: Master or Moron?[13] (although it is likely this work contains some defamatory false information, given the author and the book's title). His position as Headmaster of Hogwarts was succeeded by Albus Dumbledore.[3]

A portrait of Dippet was hung at the Headmaster's office,[14] depicting him dressed in blue and bronze robes.[15] In 1995, he scorned the portrait of Phineas Nigellus Black, who was feigning tiredness in order to avoid going to 12 Grimmauld Place like Dumbledore asked him to. He was devoted to serving whomever was Headmaster.[16]

Physical descriptionEdit

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Professor Dippet's portrait.

Professor Dippet had pale skin, brown eyes and, in his youth, a thick brown beard.[12]

In his elderly years, he became frail and feeble-looking. He was balding and had only a few wisps of white hair left.[3]

Personality and traitsEdit

As Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Professor Dippet seemed to be a strict disciplinarian and a very firm leader of the school. During this tenure, the school was marked by an acceptance of severe punishment, as Professor Dippet allowed Caretaker Apollyon Pringle to use corporal punishment on students. Professor Dippet did by no means limit his strict demeanour to the students. During Dippet's tenure as Headmaster, he placed Professor Silvanus Kettleburn on sixty-two periods of probation,[6] and Professor Horace Slughorn once commented, perhaps in jest, that Dippet would not hesitate to put him in detention if he found out that he had been encouraging students to be up and about after curfew. Professor Dippet was also responsible for placing a permanent ban on pantomimes as a result of the chaos that ensued during the performance of The Fountain of Fair Fortune. Professor Dippet was distrusting, or at least careful with whom he relayed information to, as Professor Albus Dumbledore, his eventual successor, noted that he was one of the few people that Dippet confided in.[11]

Dippet

Professor Dippet.

According to Remus Lupin, Professor Dumbledore is the only Headmaster who would allow him to attend school while being a werewolf, suggesting that if Professor Dippet still had been Headmaster by the time Lupin started attending school, Professor Dippet possibly would have refused him attendance, implying that the Headmaster might have been somewhat prejudiced against half-humans or otherwise would believe that accepting him could put other students at risk. 

In spite of his somewhat brutal view on discipline, he did not take the safety of his students lightly. An example on his concern for his students's safety was when he, the moment he realised that no one had seen Myrtle for a couple of hours, asked fellow student Olive Hornby to go and look for her. Also, he rejected Tom Riddle's request of staying at school over the summer holidays due to the Chamber of Secrets situation, but did comment that he would have given him special permission if the school were safer. When the Chamber of Secrets opened, Armando, like all his employees, did everything in his power to apprehend the perpetrator and protect his students. Like most teachers he was manipulated by Tom Riddle and was charmed by his politeness and dedication to his magical studies.[9] And thus, the moment Tom Riddle declared Hagrid a suspect, Dippet promptly expelled the latter without putting much effort in investigating the matter.

Armando Dippet was also very loyal to Hogwarts and his portrait reprimanded Phineas Nigellus's for attempting to defy a request from Dumbledore.[16]

Magical Abilities and SkillsEdit

  • CharmsThe true extent of Armando Dippet's skills are not known, but he was skilled in Charms, since he in the job as Headmaster was responsible for controlling the magical protections around Hogwarts Castle, and he was easily able to lift and cast the defensive spells himself, as he did so shortly after the demise of Moaning Myrtle, temporarily lifting the Muggle-Repelling Charms to give her parents free access to the campus. 

PossessionsEdit

  • Wand: Professor Dippet's wand was of unknown manufacturer, length, core and wood. Presumably purchased at the age of eleven prior to his magical education, he was in possession of it during the 1940s. He left it on his desk during his meeting with Tom Riddle in 1943 concerning the summer holidays and the Chamber of Secrets openings.[5]
  • Headmaster's office: When Professor Dippet lived in the office in the Headmaster's Tower, there was a single bookcase, a desk, and several paintings there, including the portraits of his predecessors. His passwords are unknown, though it can be presumed that he told one of them to Tom Riddle in 1943.[3]
  • Strawberry and ling plantations: According to Albus Dumbledore, Professor Dippet planted some strawberries and ling in the castle grounds while he was Headmaster. However, it is likely that Albus was simply trying to distract Cornelius Fudge and Walden Macnair.[17]

RelationshipsEdit

Tom RiddleEdit

"I had advised Armando against the appointment - I did not give the reasons I have given you, for Professor Dippet was very fond of Voldemort and convinced of his honesty [...]'"
Albus Dumbledore with Harry Potter.[src]
Teen Riddle

Riddle as Dippet knew him.

Dippet was very fond of Tom Riddle, whom he made several "special arrangements" for. His relationship with him was strong enough to make Dumbledore decide not to tell Dippet about why he thought Riddle should not be given a job at the school.[11]

It is unknown how Dippet reacted when the Dark Rebellion, later known as the First Wizarding War, broke out, with Riddle, calling himself by the name "Lord Voldemort", leading the Death Eaters.

Hogwarts staffEdit

Dippet and dumbledore

Dippet (right) standing with Dumbledore (left) looking on as Myrtle's body is carried from the Castle.

Professor Dippet was, apparently, distrusting of his employees, confiding only in a few professors, which included the Transfiguration teacher Albus Dumbledore.[11]

As headmaster, Dippet placed Silvanus Kettleburn on at least one, but presumably many more, of his sixty-two periods of probation. The one known time was after he provided an Ashwinder with an Engorgement Charm on it instead of a worm for the The Fountain of Fair Fortune pantomime. Dippet, after the chaos, placed a permanent ban on pantomimes from thereon.[6]

Another of Dippet's employees was Herbert Beery, who was the one who adapted The Fountain of Fair Fortune into a play. Beery, who had been teaching Herbology, eventually left to become a professor of the Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts.[6]

Horace Slughorn also worked under Headmaster Dippet. One evening, during one of his Slug Club's supper parties, Slughorn joked that if the student group would be found up and about after hours, Professor Dippet would put them all in detention, including himself.[18]

EtymologyEdit

  • "Armando" is the Spanish and Italian variant of the name Armand, meaning "of the army". It is likely that, given his name, Armando Dippet is at least partially of Spanish or Italian heritage.
  • "Dippet" is not a word in English, but "dip" has many meanings, including: to put something into something else, often a liquid; to take something out of something, as in dipping out water; to lower and raise something; a fool.

Behind the scenesEdit

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The newspaper mentioning Dippet.

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 In the newspaper held up by Snape in the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets film (set in 1992), Dippet is said to have been born three hundred and fifty-five years before, in October. This places his date of birth in October 1637.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 According to J.K. Rowling at the Edinburgh Book Festival (J.K. Rowling at the Edinburgh Book Festival (15 August, 2004) source), headmasters only get their portrait hung in the office if they die holding the title of headmaster. As Dippet's portrait was shown hanging in the office in the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets film and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, this means that he must have died in office. As Dumbledore became headmaster in 1956 with Dippet as his predecessor, this would imply that Dippet died that year.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Chapter 13 (The Very Secret Diary)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 16 (Godric's Hollow)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) - GBC version
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 The Tales of Beedle the Bard - Albus Dumbledore on "The Fountain of Fair Fortune"
  7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 5 (Excess of Phlegm)
  8. Harry Potter and the Half- Blood Prince - Chapter 17 (A Sluggish Memory)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Chapter 17 (The Heir of Slytherin)
  10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 25 (The Egg and the Eye)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 20 (Lord Voldemort’s Request)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
  13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 13 (The Muggle-Born Registration Commission)
  14. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 37 (The Lost Prophecy)
  15. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
  16. 16.0 16.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 22 (St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries)
  17. 17.0 17.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
  18. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)



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