Dippet Portrait
Armando Dippet
Biographical information

October, 1637 [1]


Between 1 September [1] and 18 December, 1992 [2]
(aged 354 or 355)

Physical information

Human [3]


Male [3]

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


Skin colour

Light [3]


Headmaster of Hogwarts [3]
(early 20th century - c. 1956)


Hogwarts [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—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.

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 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 Card.


Early lifeEdit

Armando Dippet was born in October 1637.[1] At some point prior to his magical education, he purchased or inherited his wand.[4]

It is possible that he attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, being Sorted in 1649.

It is also probable that he had high O.W.L. and N.E.W.T. grades, as he later became Headmaster of Hogwarts, most likely succeeding Newton Scamander, a famed Magizoologist.

As Headmaster of HogwartsEdit

Early yearsEdit

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Professor Dippet became Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the early twentieth century.[5] In his position, it is likely he was responsible for the employment of Horace Slughorn,[6] Albus Dumbledore,[3] Herbert Beery,[5] Silvanus Kettleburn[5] and possibly Galatea Merrythought[7] 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.[5]

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.[5]

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Chamber of Secrets openingsEdit

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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[8]

Riddle's job applicationEdit

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]
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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.[10]

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.[10]


"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.[src]

Headmaster Dippet retired at some point before 1955, leaving Professor Dumbledore to take his position of 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.[1]

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.[1]

When Harry Potter and Ronald Weasley were seen by Muggles flying an enchanted Ford Anglia, Dippet was initially accused by the locals and had his broomstick confiscated.[1] However, the accusations were later proven false.

Death and post-mortemEdit

" 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]
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Dippet passed away sometime between September and December of 1992.[2] He is featured on a Chocolate Frog Card[11] and at least one biography of him is known: Rita Skeeter's Armando Dippet: Master or Moron?[12] (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,[13] depicting him dressed in blue and bronze robes.[14] 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.[15]

Physical descriptionEdit


Professor Dippet had pale skin, brown eyes and, in his youth, a thick brown beard.[11]

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

Armando Dippet was loyal to Hogwarts and reprimanded Phineas Nigellus for attempting to defy a request from Dumbledore.[15] Like most teachers he was manipulated by Tom Riddle and was charmed by his politeness and dedication to his magical studies.[8]

Professor Dippet was distrusting, or at least careful with whom he relayed information to, as Dumbledore noted that he was one of the few people that Dippet confided in.[10]



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]
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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.[10]

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

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Professor Dippet was, apparently, distrusting of his employees, confiding only in a few professors, which included the Transfiguration teacher Albus Dumbledore.[10]

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.[5]

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.[5]

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.[17]


  • "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.

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