Friday, 29 February 2008

Fleur Weasley (née Delacour) and the Beauxbatons Academy

Fleur Weasley (née Delacour) first came to the attention of the international magical world when the 'Goblet of Fire' selected her to be champion for the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic in the Triwizard Tournament, hosted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy in 1994. A fascinating detail of her recent ancestry was revealed at the Weighing of the Wands ceremony at the beginnining of the championship when Fleur told Mr. Ollivander (the famed wand expert) that the magical core of her wand is a veela hair from her own grandmother's head. This revelation helped to explain the bewitching attractiveness of Fleur to the young wizards of Hogwarts. These included the famous friend of Harry Potter, Mr. Ronald Weasley, brother of Fleur's future husband, Bill.

The Beauxbatons Academy of Magic attended by Fleur is situated in France, and is very characterisitc of its location. 'Beauxbatons' means 'beautiful wands' in French, which meaning is illustrated in the school's crest seen below. The school buildings are in the style typical of French palaces such as that of the historic kings and queens of France at Versailles. Fleur herself is French, and manifests the same elegance of dress and manner associated with students of the school.

Apart from her role in the Triwizard tournament Fleur is celebrated as one of the brave witches who participated in the battle which saw the final end of the dark wizard, Lord Voldemort, at Hogwarts in 1998. At the time she had only recently been married to Mr. Bill Weasley, who participated in the battle with her. He sadly lost one of his own brothers in the battle, the fondly remembered Fred Weasley whose twin brother George owns the popular magical joke shop 'Weasleys' Wizarding Wheezes'. Fleur and Bill's first child, Victoire, was so named because she was born on the first anniversary of the battle.


Lily Durmstrang said...

Nice report! Thanks for congratulating me on the snotch hunt. I just got around to checking out the comments left. :)