Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Characters/Florean Fortescue
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Florean Fortescue owns an ice-cream parlour in Diagon Alley.
Role in the Books
Harry, due to having inflated his Aunt Marge under provocation, ends up staying in the Leaky Cauldron for the last fortnight of his school vacation. He spends his days in Diagon Alley, where he is able to work on his summer homework in the comfort of Florean Fortescue's ice cream parlour, receiving assistance with his essay, and free sundaes every half hour, from Florean himself.
It is mentioned in passing that Florean's place is abandoned and Florean himself is missing, though it looks as if he put up a fight. We never see him again.
Fortescue has a vast knowledge about medieval Wizardry. He is possibly related to Dexter Fortescue, a former Hogwarts Headmaster, indicating he could share a strong academic trait that may run within the family.
Although apparently highly intelligent and well educated, for unknown reasons, he worked as a common merchant, running an ice cream shop in Diagon Alley, though he appears to have an aptitude for teaching, as seen when he tutored Harry.
Relationships with Other Characters
Harry and Florean have an apparently unequal relationship, as Harry spends every afternoon of the fortnight before school opens in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban receiving free sundaes and academic help; however, Florean likely benefits from having "the boy who lived" seen at his establishment.
Harry himself thinks fondly of Florean during his exams in the school year, drawing on the information that Florean told him to help him pass his History of Magic exam. He also thinks wistfully of Florean's ice-cream during the exam, as it is taking place on a hot day.
Florean may be a descendant of Dexter Fortescue, a former Hogwarts Headmaster, though it is never mentioned when he served in that post. Dexter Fortescue's talking portrait hanging in Dumbledore's office is seen speaking out on several occasions.
In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Fortescue helped Harry with his homework essay on medieval witch burnings. His expertise in medieval Wizardry is a possible reason he was targeted by Death Eaters in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Voldemort had apparently looked to ancient magic to aid his resurrection and to understand why baby Harry was able to survive his Killing curse. Although Voldemort was fully restored to life and power by that point, and apparently believed that he understood what granted Harry the apparent immunity he retained, he may once again be looking to utilize ancient magic for some evil purpose. It is never known, however, exactly why Death Eaters kidnapped Fortescue.