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As he fell, Ford recalled the trials of Gulliver during his interactions with the Lilliputians.
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Fortitude Greengrass
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Because sometimes he thought Fortitude Greengrass, for all he tried to seem cool-headed and collected, dry and satirical and down-to-earth by nature, was really rather green. Dewy-eyed and fresh-faced, and a little more naïve and optimistic and innocent than he supposed himself: still young, in short. A little too trusting. The love poetry he had chosen had exposed this, Barnaby felt, and the not-well-taken, er, romantic advice. And something about the poor boy made him feel protective.
Spirit Division Employee
27 year old Pureblood
Spirit Division Employee
5 ft. 10 in.
❤   Married
Full Name: Fortitude Isaac Greengrass

Nickname(s): Ford - by everyone who knows him personally. Occasionally someone will use his actual name to be obnoxious but mostly he's Ford.

Birthdate: 10 July 1866

Age: 27

Gender: Identifies male, presents male

Occupation: Spirit Division Employee, Dept. for the Regulation & Control of Magical Creatures

Blood Status: Pureblood

Residence: North Bartonburg

Hogwarts House: Hufflepuff

Wand: Apple and unicorn hair, 13 inches, firm.

[Papa] Greengrass | Father | 1828 - 1889
Audra Greengrass | Mother | b. 1845
Noble Greengrass | Brother | b. 1868
Verity Greengrass | Sister | b. 1871
Grace Greengrass | Sister | b. 1872
Clementine Greengrass | Sister | b. 1874
General | "Greengrass of the futile ghost-wrangling division, Cash’s reedy, anxious looking friend from the club." | In a word: bookish. He has a slim, lanky build without much muscle and a mop of dark brown curls he trims short. He has brown eyes which often light up when he's talking to people, particularly when telling stories. A few lingering childhood freckles still dot the tops of his cheeks in summer, but mostly fade in winter. His features are not unhandsome but he does not carry himself with confidence, which makes him easily overlooked in a crowded room. He is right-handed. What muscle he does have is mostly concentrated in his shoulders, from his occasional excursions in row boats on the Black Lake.

Expressions | "Ford wore his feelings on his face but Noble still wasn't used to seeing him freak out like this." | Ford is incredibly expressive and it's easy to tell what he's thinking by the angle of his eyebrows or the pout of his lips. He chews his bottom lip when nervous or sometimes just when thinking something through. When he smiles it is unguarded and often followed by some degree of laughter.

Deportment | Ford's posture depends on his mood. When he's engaged in something he enjoys or when he's working he nearly bounces on his feet, and his gestures are large and animated. When he's unsure of himself, his shoulders slump, he seldom knows what to do with his hands, and he often ends up looking shorter and smaller than he is.

Fashion | Ford dresses modestly, but neatly. He has a standing wardrobe of about six suits that all date back to before his father's death in winter 1889, some black and some dark brown. He really likes colorful accessory items and can sometimes be caught window-shopping for them, but can't justify actually buying something when it couldn't be regularly worn to work.

Accessories | His pocketwatch is a family heirloom and therefore looks notably nicer than anything else he carries with him, but also notably older. He is very careful to keep it safe and working well.

Scent | Ford does not wear cologne but does use a simple aftershave, crisp and clean.

Face Claim | Israel Broussard
July, 1866Ford is born.
1868 — 1877
Noble is born in 1868, which is delightful. Ford is very much in favor of siblings to play with. He is followed by Verity, Grace, and finally by Clementine in 1874, which completes the Greengrass family. As a group they are close-knit and affectionate, though it is clear from the beginning they are remarkably different people with personalities that might clash in another setting.
1877 — 1879
Early Hogwarts
Ford heads to Hogwarts, where he is sorted into Hufflepuff. He makes friends quickly, though he is sometimes the victim of bullying. He does passably well in classes but is sometimes distracted from studying by exploring the castle and conversing with the portraits, elves, and ghosts. During his second year, Ford becomes fast friends with one of the Hogwarts ghosts and learns a great deal about the castle from listening to his stories. He uses a secret passage to get himself and a few classmates out of trouble which makes him slightly more popular.
1879 — 1882
OWL Years
Ford adds Ghoul Studies, Muggle Studies, and Care of Magical Creatures. Otherwise things continue much as before, with the addition of Noble joining school and finding his own way about the castle. He is pleasantly surprised to be awarded a prefect badge at the start of his fifth year. OWLs are immensely stressful and he doesn't do half as well in the practical examinations as he had hoped to, leading to poorer grades in many of the spell-based courses.
1882 — 1884
NEWT Years
Ford drops several classes and continues with Care of Magical Creatures, Charms, Ghoul Studies, History of Magic, and Muggle Studies for NEWT level. He spends his summers interning first in the goblin liaison office and then in the beast division of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, where he picks up some gobledegook and some mermish.
1884 — 1889
Young Professional
Ford decides to work in the Spirit Division after graduation, since he has always been especially fond of his ghostly friends at Hogwarts and greatly enjoys listening to their stories of bygone eras. Unfortunately, as he soon realizes, people don't often contact the Spirit Division to deal with nice ghosts, so the job is much more wearing than he imagined. He keeps on with it, however, because unlike some of the divisions in the DRCMC the beings he typically interacts with are not likely to maim, murder, or eat him.
1889 — 1890
Head of House
Ford's relatively comfortable life is shaken when his father dies in a sudden accident. Ford had always both loved and respected his father, and so mourns deeply — but very briefly, as it becomes clear very quickly when he takes over management of the household's finances that there aren't any. Finances, that is. Their father had been floating on a sea of debt with no one in the Greengrass household the wiser, but with one sister already on the verge of debuting and two more poised to enter the social scene soon enough, the charade couldn't have held much longer even if the old man had been alive to try and maintain it.

Still trying to conceal exactly how dire things are from his mother and sisters, Ford begins quietly selling off assets to pay debts and doing his best to keep the family treading water. Maintaining their family home in the countryside no longer seems feasible, so he is forced to sell it, relocating the family to a Bartonburg house that Noble had recently decided to rent out in an early bid to establish independence as a young man — haha, sorry Noble, not going to happen.

They're at the point now that they can probably manage a season or two without anyone catching on to their dire financial straights, but not longer than that — meaning the girls need to find husbands, as soon as possible. Even Clementine, who is still in school — that's the safest place for her to be at the moment, since they could hardly support three debutantes at the same time anyway, but Ford has already let her know that she should expect to debut as soon as Verity or Grace have any serious prospects. And he supposes it's his job to find them some.


[A]s far as rescuers went, this Ford Greengrass was not exactly the dashing, confident hero she might have conjured up in her mind. But he was evidently trying his best. - Jemima Farley

"Maybe we get a drink here and walk over to get a good view?” The young woman entirely missed the subtle presumptuousness of her statement, that Mister Greengrass would be accompanying her after this little detour at all. It simply seemed like the type of thing he’d do. - Ida Chang

  • Languages: Fluent English & French, some Mermish & Gobbledegook
  • Appears to have a slight phobia of birds: will walk out of his way to avoid ravens and crows around Hogsmeade.
  • Former member of Black's; let his membership lapse in 1893.
  • Bisexual with a preference for men.
  • Can cast a noncorporeal patronus.
  • Actually surprisingly efficient at dispatching boggarts.
  • Reads poetry for leisure.
  • Likes to visit Muggle seances, spirit-talkers, and haunted houses to figure out how they do things without magic, and to make fun of the things they get wrong.
  • Really dislikes the scent of sage.
  • Amortentia scent is difficult to pin down precisely, but reminds Ford of foggy mornings on the Black Lake, plus Tycho's cologne.

Care of Magical CreaturesOA
Defense Against the Dark ArtsA
Ghoul StudiesOE
History of MagicEE
Muggle StudiesOE

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