Basil Fronsac Old.jpg
Basil Fronsac
Biographical information

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


Before 1992

Physical information




Skin colour



Headmaster of Hogwarts School




Hogwarts School

"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[edit | edit source]

File:Basil Fronsac.jpg

A middle-aged Fronsac.

Early life[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The name "Basil" is from the Greek name Βασιλειος (Basileios) 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[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  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 · 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 · Gunhilda of Gorsemoor Corridor · Hesperius Hall · Jinx Rooms · Library · One-Eyed Witch Passage · Storeroom · Third Floor Corridor · Trophy Room · 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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