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School information
Location

Pyrenees, France, Europe[1]

Headmaster

Olympe Maxime

Beauxbatons Academy of Magic (French: l'académie de magie de Beauxbâtons) is a wizarding school located in the Palace of Beauxbatons in the Pyrenees[1] in southern France. Beauxbatons's current Headmistress is Madame Olympe Maxime. The school coat of arms is two golden wands crossed over one another, each shooting three stars. Beauxbatons accepted students from France, Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands[1], and students completed examinations after six years of study instead of five.

Castle and grounds

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Beauxbatons students arriving at Hogwarts in 1994
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Beauxbatons Palace is a beautiful chateau surrounded by beautiful gardens and fountains magically created out of the surrounding mountains[1]. The academy has existed for over seven hundred years. In the Dining Hall, wood nymphs serenade the students while they eat, and at Christmas, the hall is adorned with great, glittering, non-melting ice sculptures.

Schooling

The students at Beauxbatons Academy have been taught to stand at attention from when their Headmistress enters the room until she seats herself, showing great respect for her.

Rivalry with other schools

Beauxbatons Academy has always enjoyed a very warm, cordial relation with Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, although they have enjoyed a healthy rivalry with such events as the Triwizard Tournament, which Beauxbatons has won sixty-two times with Hogwarts winning sixty-three[1].

In the last of these tournaments from 1994 to 1995, the Tournament was reinstated after a brief delay, and the group arrived in a pastel-blue coach pulled by twelve huge, golden winged horses with red eyes, and which fed only on single-malt whisky. Their relation with Hogwarts in this tournament was strained slightly due to Lord Voldemort placing Harry Potter's name in the Goblet of Fire giving Hogwarts a fourth champion, and due to Voldemort's return.

Alumni

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Fleur and her classmates

Etymology

Beauxbatons was likely devised from the French "beaux bâtons," literally translated as "beautiful sticks"; however in French the word "bâton" is also used to mean "wand."

Behind the scenes

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  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Beauxbatons appears to be an all-girl school. However, the book makes scattered references to male Beauxbatons students.
  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Beauxbatons is pronounced wrong. Dumbledore says boh-BAT-tons. This appears to be an error of pronunciation on Dumbledore's behalf, seeing as the French students pronounce it correctly. In the UK audiobook edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the pronunciation sounds even more French, as Stephen Fry does not pronounce the S at the end of the word. Pottermore confirms Fry's pronouncation, styling it as Bo - batton.
  • In the movie, the Beauxbatons Coat of Arms is a shield surrounded by golden lines whereas in the book it is two crossed wands emitting three stars each. However, these wands can be seen at the top of the film-version Coat of Arms.
  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire it is said that Gabrielle Delacour is already a Beauxbatons student, but in the book of Deathly Hallows, it is said Gabrielle is eleven, so she would be starting the year to come. It is also possible, though, that Beauxbatons starts earlier than Hogwarts, since it is an individual school with many differences when compared to Hogwarts.

Appearances

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Beauxbatons students at Hogwarts in 1994.

See also

Notes and references


Wizarding Education
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Schools: Academy of Broom Flying · Beauxbatons Academy of Magic · Brazilian wizarding school · Charm School · Durmstrang Institute · Euro-Glyph School of Extraordinary Languages · Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry · Mahoutokoro School of Magic · Merge School of Under-Water Spellage · Salem Witches' Institute · Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts
Examinations: First year exams · Second year exams · Third year exams · Fourth year exams · Ordinary Wizarding Level · Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test
Core classes: Astronomy · Charms · Defence Against the Dark Arts · Herbology · History of Magic · Potions · Transfiguration
Elective classes: Alchemy · Arithmancy · Care of Magical Creatures · Divination · Muggle Studies · Study of Ancient Runes
Extra-curricular classes: Apparition · Advanced Arithmancy Studies · Ancient Studies · Art · Flying · Frog Choir · Ghoul Studies · Hogwarts orchestra · Magical Theory · Muggle Art · Muggle Music · Music · Xylomancy


The Triwizard Tournament
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Objects & Locations: Goblet of FireCasketGolden eggHedge MazeTriwizard Cup
Schools: Beauxbatons Academy of MagicDurmstrang InstituteHogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
1994-1995 Triwizard Champions: Fleur DelacourViktor KrumCedric DiggoryHarry Potter
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