Harry did his homework in front of Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlor, helped by Florean himself, who gave him free sundaes every half hour, and knew a lot about Medieval Witch hunts.
About this creation
After seeing the Firebolt one last time in Quality Quidditch Supplies, Harry saw Ron and Hermione waving to him in front of Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlor.
-PRISONER OF AZKABAN
Albus Dumbledore was suspended by the twelve governors of Hogwarts. So when he entered Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlor, Florean, whose family has a seat on the Board of Governors, was not pleased to see him.
"Hello, Albus," he said anxiously.
"Good Afternoon, Florean. Business is good, I hope?" he asked politely.
"Er, yes, very busy," he said pointing to a family outside the pick-up window. "Not much time for conversation today."
"No matter, just thought I'd stop by for a strawberry sundae," said Dumbledore.
"Of course," he said, scooping it out hurriedly and giving it to Dumbledore. "Thank you, Albus. Have a good day. If you'll excuse me," he said turning to give an ice pop to a kid at the window.
When he turned back, he was disappointed, if not surprised, to see that Dumbledore had not left, but rather sat at a table with his sundae.
"Delicious," said Dumbledore, eating slowly.
Florean spent the next few minutes filling orders, but once done he found himself alone in his shop with Dumbledore.
"Perhaps we might have a word, now?" asked Dumbledore.
"Er, yes, of course," he replied.
Albus discussed the situation at Hogwarts. They had both been informed that there had been a double-attack petrifying Muggle-borns (Hermione Granger and Penelope Clearwater) since Hagrid had been sent to Azkaban prison, and Dumbledore had been suspended.
Florean looked uncomfortable. He said that Lucius Malfoy had assured him that attacks would end without Hagrid, (who had been expelled 50 years ago when the Chamber of Secrets was last opened), yet Lucius was silent after the latest attacks. "What about Gilderoy Lockhart?" he asked.
"Not up to the job, I'm afraid," said Dumbledore, taking another spoonful.
"Well, no one's died, have they?" he said imploringly. "They'll all be restored with the Mandrake potion near the end of term?"
Dumbledore nodded grimly.
"It's possible this is all just a prank that's gotten out of hand," said Florean. "I mean, 'The heir of Slytherin', there's no such person."
Dumbledore glanced around, there were still no customers nearby. He said in a low voice, "I've discovered that the Heir of Slytherin is none other than Lord Voldemort."
Florean jumped, "Good gracious, no!" He too looked to see if anyone was nearby. He said, quietly, "The governors didn't want to suspend you, but Lucius Malfoy threatened.... I mean, he has great influence and no one wanted to be the one to oppose him."
Dumbledore stood up. "Say no more," he said. "I'll speak to the other governors, excepting Lucius. I'm afraid with Lord Voldemort involved," (Florean flinched at the name), "the attacks will continue and not be limited to Muggle-born witches and wizards. I trust you will decide to do what is best for Hogwarts," looking him in the eye with a penetrating stare.
"Good-day, Florean", said Dumbledore as he left.
Florean responded "Good-day", but was left to worry.
-CHAMBER OF SECRETS
Florean Fortescue was about to close the shop at dusk, after another day in July that was bad for business, due to fear from Lord Voldemort's return. Suddenly, three masked men (Death Eaters) came in, wands drawn, knocking over chairs and tables. There was no chance to get away.
In Diagon Alley, shoppers were hurrying in groups, not pausing to talk. Several shops were boarded up, including Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlor.
Florean Fortescue runs his ice cream shop and has an ancestor that was a Hogwarts Headmaster. We also know he was abducted by Death Eaters. JK Rowling said she planned to have him be rescued and provide information to Harry in The Deathly Hallows, but went with other characters instead, so had him killed for no good reason. Personally, I think it makes the danger in Half-Blood Prince more real that there are people Harry knows by name that have suffered (e.g. Stan Shunpike, Ollivander, and Florean). I can think of several reasons Death Eaters would have abducted Florean. They might think his shop is too Muggle-ish (his ice cream not being magical). The most likely one is that he could have been on the Board of Governors and led them to expel Lucius Malfoy after his involvement with the Chamber of Secrets. Motive: revenge.
We don't know what Dumbledore was up to after he was suspended. But judging by his ability to influence people and his prompt return to Hogwarts after eleven governors asked him back at the same time, I thought he must have met with them privately, like the scene I imagined above.
NUTS AND BOLTS:
I got some pieces and made an attempt at the ice cream parlor a year ago. It was tan with a pick-up window but really small so I didn't post it. This version matches the length and height of Ollivander's wands shop, (to put it across the street), and is smaller than the other buildings I've made for Diagon Alley (see links below). At one point I joked that if I got Fred and George Weasley minifigures, I'd tear down the Burrow and rebuild it as a shop in Diagon Alley. For Florean's I used its medium dark flesh bricks, along with some Masonry-patterned ones I bought, but it didn't have enough dark reds to make more than one wall and the roof. Since they don't make double-slopes in dark red, it doesn't look the same as Ollivander's roof. (I do have enough standard red pieces, in case I change my mind.) I made the second floor with left-over light bluish grays I had, and got the idea for small windows on top of a large windows from The Green Grocer set. It makes it look more modern, but that's OK for an ice cream shop. Naturally, I had to do a boarded-up version.