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"Zis is nothing. At ze Palace of Beauxbatons, we 'ave ice sculptures all around ze dining chamber at Chreestmas. Zey do not melt, of course...zey are like 'uge statues of diamond, glittering around ze place. And ze food is superb. And we 'ave choirs of wood nymphs, 'oo serenade us as we eat. We 'ave none of zis ugly armour in ze 'alls, and eef a poltergeist ever entaired into Beauxbatons, 'e would be expelled like zat."
Fleur Delacour criticising the Hogwarts decorations in the Great Hall to Roger Davies at the Yule Ball[src]

The Palace of Beauxbatons was a small palace with four floors[2] located in the Pyrenees[1] in the south of France. It was home to the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, and for that reason its whereabouts were kept hidden and protected so as not to reveal the academy's secrets to other schools. The palace's location was presumably entrusted to the Headmaster or Headmistress, which was Madame Olympe Maxime during the 1990s.

Description

The Palace of Beauxbatons was built in around the 13th century in the south of France, in the Pyrenees. It was surrounded by formal gardens and lawns created out of the mountainous landscape by magic.[1] At Christmas time, the Dining Chamber was adorned and decorated with huge, beautiful ice-sculptures which didn't melt, and the students eating in the hall were serenaded by choirs of wood nymphs. The palace was also under the protection of Unplottability, which protected it from Non-Magiques and rival schools.

In the Beauxbatons park stood the Nicolas and Perenelle Flamel Fountain, which was believed to hold healing and beautifying powers. It was built to honour Nicolas and Perenelle Flamel, who part-funded the castle and grounds.

Events

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Beauxbatons students at the Triwizard Tournament

Students in their sixth year of study took their first set of examinations, which were, presumably, equivalent to the British Ordinary Wizarding Level, which was taken in fifth year. In December, the dining hall (possibly the equivalent of the Great Hall) was decorated with huge ice sculptures, which didn't melt. The Academy also took part in the Triwizard Tournament, which took place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1994-1995 school year. They travelled there by powder blue carriages, carried by Abraxan horses.[3]

Food

Beauxbatons students, and possibly teachers, ate their meals in the Dining Chamber. As they ate, they were serenaded by choirs of Wood Nymphs, who sang and danced around the hall. The food served there was lighter than the food served at Hogwarts, according to Fleur Delacour, and one known meal served at the palace was bouillabaisse, a fish soup.

Transport

In place of Broomsticks, the Palace seemed to prefer the use of trained winged horses as means of personal transport. During the 1994-1995 Triwizard Tournament, at least a dozen giant winged horses were used to pull the Beauxbatons Carriage that transported Madame Olympe Maxime along with the delegation from her Academy.

Behind the scenes

  • J. K. Rowling had previously stated that Beauxbatons was located near the city of Cannes.[4] Pottermore, however, retcons this, instead placing its location in the Pyrenees.

Appearances

Notes and references

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