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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
===As Headmaster of Hogwarts===
 
===As Headmaster of Hogwarts===
Dexter was made [[Headmaster]] of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] in an unknown time period. After his death, his portrait was hung at the [[Headmaster's office]], in order to offer advice to the current Head.<ref name="OP27" />
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Dexter Fortescue was made [[Headmaster]] of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] in an unknown time period. After his death, his portrait was hung at the [[Headmaster's office]], in order to offer advice to the current Head.<ref name="OP27" />
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In his lifetime, Professor Fortescue had at least one child. His surname lived on to the [[1990s]], in the person of [[Florean Fortescue]], his direct descendant, who ran [[Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour]] in [[Diagon Alley]].<ref name="PM"/>
   
 
===Attack on Arthur Weasley===
 
===Attack on Arthur Weasley===
{{Quote|Insubordination sir! Dereliction of duty!|Fortescue to [[Phineas Nigellus]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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{{Quote|Insubordination, sir! Dereliction of duty!|Fortescue to [[Phineas Nigellus]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
   
 
Shortly after [[Arthur Weasley]] was attacked by [[Nagini]] at the [[Department of Mysteries]], in [[1995]], Professor [[Albus Dumbledore]] attempted to wake up the portrait of [[Phineas Nigellus Black]], to tell [[Sirius Black]] that [[Harry Potter]] and the [[Weasley family|Weasley]] children were going to [[12 Grimmauld Place]]. As Phineas expressed unwillingness to help, the portrait of Dexter Fortescue was particularly vocal, as was [[Armando Dippet]] and a portrait of an [[unidentified female Head]].<ref name="OP22">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' - Chapter 22 (''St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries'')</ref>
 
Shortly after [[Arthur Weasley]] was attacked by [[Nagini]] at the [[Department of Mysteries]], in [[1995]], Professor [[Albus Dumbledore]] attempted to wake up the portrait of [[Phineas Nigellus Black]], to tell [[Sirius Black]] that [[Harry Potter]] and the [[Weasley family|Weasley]] children were going to [[12 Grimmauld Place]]. As Phineas expressed unwillingness to help, the portrait of Dexter Fortescue was particularly vocal, as was [[Armando Dippet]] and a portrait of an [[unidentified female Head]].<ref name="OP22">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' - Chapter 22 (''St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries'')</ref>
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==Personality and traits==
 
==Personality and traits==
 
Fortescue believed in honour and duty, reprimanding Phineas Nigellus for "dereliction of duty" and bellowing at Cornelius Fudge, Dolores Umbridge, John Dawlish, and Kingsley Shacklebolt for cutting deals with petty criminals.
 
Fortescue believed in honour and duty, reprimanding Phineas Nigellus for "dereliction of duty" and bellowing at Cornelius Fudge, Dolores Umbridge, John Dawlish, and Kingsley Shacklebolt for cutting deals with petty criminals.
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In life, he was hard of hearing, necessitating the use of an ear trumpet before his death, a trait passed along to his portrait self who is seen using it to listen to private conversations in the Headmaster's office and speaking loudly when addressing observers or other portraits.
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*He may be related to [[Florean Fortescue]], who ran an [[Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour|ice cream parlour]] in [[Diagon Alley]].
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*J.K. Rowling has confirmed on Pottermore that [[Florean Fortescue]], who ran an [[Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour|ice cream parlour]] in [[Diagon Alley]], is one of his descendants.
   
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
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Latest revision as of 21:54, December 14, 2014

Dexter Fortescue
Biographical information
Died

Before 1943[1]

Marital status

Possibly married (known to have at least one child)

Title(s)
Physical information
Species

Human[2]

Gender

Male[2]

Family information
Family members
Affiliation
Occupation

Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (formerly)[2]

Loyalty

Professor Dexter Fortescue was a Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Not much is known about his time at Hogwarts.[2]

BiographyEdit

As Headmaster of HogwartsEdit

Dexter Fortescue was made Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in an unknown time period. After his death, his portrait was hung at the Headmaster's office, in order to offer advice to the current Head.[2]

In his lifetime, Professor Fortescue had at least one child. His surname lived on to the 1990s, in the person of Florean Fortescue, his direct descendant, who ran Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour in Diagon Alley.[3]

Attack on Arthur WeasleyEdit

"Insubordination, sir! Dereliction of duty!"
—Fortescue to Phineas Nigellus[src]

Shortly after Arthur Weasley was attacked by Nagini at the Department of Mysteries, in 1995, Professor Albus Dumbledore attempted to wake up the portrait of Phineas Nigellus Black, to tell Sirius Black that Harry Potter and the Weasley children were going to 12 Grimmauld Place. As Phineas expressed unwillingness to help, the portrait of Dexter Fortescue was particularly vocal, as was Armando Dippet and a portrait of an unidentified female Head.[4]

Busting of Dumbledore's ArmyEdit

"Blatant corruption! The Ministry did not cut deals with petty criminals in my day, no sir, they did not!"
—Fortescue to Cornelius Fudge and Dolores Umbridge[src]

In 1995, he roared his disapproval at Cornelius Fudge and Dolores Umbridge when the latter explained to the former how she had learned of the first meeting of Dumbledore's Army in the Hog's Head. She explained that Willy Widdershins had been there and had reported back. Minerva McGonagall, also present, commented that she had wondered how Willy had gotten off so lightly after all those regurgitating toilets, and Fortescue erupted, saying that they did not cut deals with petty criminals in his day.[2]

Voldemort's defeatEdit

When Harry Potter went to the Headmaster's office, shortly after Lord Voldemort's defeat and the end of the Second Wizarding War, Fortescue joined the ovation made by the previous Hogwarts Headmaster, waving him his ear trumpet.[5]

Personality and traitsEdit

Fortescue believed in honour and duty, reprimanding Phineas Nigellus for "dereliction of duty" and bellowing at Cornelius Fudge, Dolores Umbridge, John Dawlish, and Kingsley Shacklebolt for cutting deals with petty criminals.

In life, he was hard of hearing, necessitating the use of an ear trumpet before his death, a trait passed along to his portrait self who is seen using it to listen to private conversations in the Headmaster's office and speaking loudly when addressing observers or other portraits.

Behind the scenesEdit

EtymologyEdit

The name "Dexter" comes from an occupational surname meaning "one who dyes" in Old English. It also coincides with the Latin word dexter meaning "right-handed, skilled".

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 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 Armando Dippet was headmaster from at least 1943 until being succeeded by Albus Dumbledore, Professor Fortescue must have died at some point before 1943.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 27 (The Centaur and the Sneak)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Pottermore - J.K. Rowling's thoughts: "Florean Fortescue"
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 22 (St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries)
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 36 (The Flaw in the Plan)



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