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Basil Fronsac
Biographical information
Born

Mid-19th century (most likely)[1]

Died

Before 1992

Title(s)
Physical information
Species

Human

Gender

Male

Hair colour

Grey

Skin colour

White

Affiliation
Occupation

Headmaster of Hogwarts School

House

Ravenclaw

Loyalty

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

"A healthy mind is an inquisitive mind."
—Basil Fronsac's portrait[src]

Professor Basil Fronsac was a wizard. A scholar and a supporter of Ravenclaw, he was appointed as Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry sometime before Armando Dippet. There is a portrait of him hung in the Headmaster's office, in order to give advice to the current Head,[2] and several others of a younger him on the Castle's main halls.

Biography

Basil Fronsac

A middle-aged Fronsac.

Early life

Basil Fronsac attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in his youth and was Sorted into Ravenclaw.[3] In his elderly years, Professor Fronsac was appointed Headmaster of Hogwarts.[2]

1993–1994 school year

In 1993, Professor Fronsac had several portraits hung at Hogwarts Castle; quite a few of them at the Grand Staircase.[4]

1995–1996 school year

By 1995, his portrait was hung at the Grand Staircase. The portrait guarded a shortcut leading to the second-floor corridor, near the Library. He held a pocket watch and his password was "Studious Success". He would be happy to help any "inquisitive minds" that could find out where Rowena Ravenclaw came from.[3]

1996–1997 school year

In the next school year, the portrait was moved to the Dungeons. He still guarded a secret passage, this time leading to the Grand Staircase. His password became "Libraries Liberate".[5]

Behind the scenes

  • The portrait of the middle-aged Basil Fronsac appears to be a direct homage to a portrait of Henry James.
  • Due to the Greek Orthodox tradition of naming children after saints, it is possible that Basil was of Greek ancestry.

Etymology

The name "Basil" is from the Greek name "Βασιλειος" ("Vasileios"), which was derived from "βασιλευς" ("Basileus"), meaning "king". Saint Basil the Great was a 4th-century bishop of Caesarea and one of the fathers of the early Christian church. It was also borne by two Byzantine emperors.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. The clothing worn by Basil on his portrait reveals that he was portrayed during the 1910s. By the 1910s he was already a middle-aged wizard, as evidenced by his sparse, white hair.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film) DVD (Disc 2 - Dumbledore's Office)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
  4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
  5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)


Hogwarts Castle
Locations below ground floor

Boathouse · Boathouse passageway · Chamber of Secrets · Dark Hall · Deathday Party Hall · Detention escape route · Dungeons · Dungeon cave · Dungeon Corridor · Dungeon Five · Dungeon hall · Dungeon Pit · Dungeon Staircase · Entrance Dungeon · Forgotten Cavern · Hieroglyphic Hall · Hogwarts Basement · Hufflepuff Basement · Kitchens · Lever Rooms · Lost Tunnel · Lower Chambers Corridor North-East · Lower Chambers Corridor West · Lower Chambers Portrait Corridor · Poltergeist Passage · Porticus Circumscriptus · Porticus Periculum · Porticus Imago · Porticus Medius · Porticus Olidus · Potion-Mixing Room · Potions basement · Potions Classroom · Prowling Passage · Quidditch cave · Room of Doom · Room of Runes · Severus Snape's office · Shop · Slug Pit · Slughorn's Stairs · Slytherin Boys' Dormitory · Slytherin Duelling Dungeon · Slytherin Dungeon · Slytherin Girls' Dormitory · Undercover route to the Kitchens · Underground Chambers · Vestibule of Mischief · Way to Courtyard

Portraits, statues and other artwork located below ground floor

Basil Fronsac · Bloody Baron · Cecilia Gallerani · Elizabeth Burke · Hooky · Mad old man · Mopsus · Old man · Percival Pratt · Salazar Slytherin · Sleeping hermit · Bearded man with book



Hogwarts Castle
Locations on the second floor
Class 31 · Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor's office · Hall · Leviosa Challenge · No entry due to flooding · Second Floor Corridor · Potions storeroom · Foyer · Arcade area · Secret storeroom
Portraits, statues and other artwork located on the second floor
Anne Boleyn · Basil Fronsac · Temeritus Shanks · Apples · Map of Argyllshire · Medieval wizard · Wizarding family



Hogwarts Castle
Locations on the third floor

Armoury · Charms Corridor · Class 34 · Classroom 2E · Classroom 3C · Clock Tower Entrance · Flipendo Challenge · Lumos Challenge · Wingardium Leviosa Challenge · Gunhilda of Gorsemoor Corridor · Hesperius Hall · Jinx Rooms · The Tower · Library · One-Eyed Witch Passage · Storeroom · Third Floor Corridor · Trophy Room · Trophy Secret Passage · Turret Stairwell · Vastus Vestibule

Portraits, statues and other artwork located on the third floor

Basil Fronsac · Brutus Scrimgeour · Damara Dodderidge · Drunk Monks · Google Flange · Gunhilda of Gorsemoor · Helena Ravenclaw · Merwyn the Malicious · Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington · Shepherdess · Temeritus Shanks · Valeria Myriadd · Witch in green · Witch in Pompadour hairstyle · Wizard in black · Wizard in red

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