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Olympe Maxime Character Analysis: French Giantess

Olympe Maxime Character Analysis: French Giantess

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Madame Olympe Maxime is a French half-giant half-witch who was the Headmistress of Beauxbatons Academy in France. She was highly secretive about her giant blood due to general discrimination against giants.

About Olympe Maxime

Blood StatusHalf Giant
OccupationHeadmistress Beauxbatons Academy
Zodiac SignCancer (speculative)

Olympe Maxime Early Life

Olympe Maxime was born to one giant and one wizarding parent. This is very rare as giants are usually too violent to have relationships with wizards. The only other known half-giant half-wizard is the Hogwarts gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid.

She and her family probably kept her giant blood hidden to enable her to attend Beauxbatons Academy in France, the leading school of witchcraft and wizardry in the country. However, many people must have suspected her secret due to her enormous size, around three meters tall.

Nevertheless, she earned great respect within the wizarding community and eventually became the Headmistress of Beauxbatons.

Madame Maxime Arrives at Hogwarts

While it was not her first time visiting Hogwarts, Madame Maxime’s most important visit to Hogwarts was in the 1994-1995 school year for the Triwizard Tournament. It took place for the first time in more than a century in this year, with delegations from Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang Academy in Northern Europe.

The Beauxbatons delegation arrived in a powder-blue carriage drawn by twelve winged Abraxan horses that only drink malt whiskey. She met Rubeus Hagrid for the first time after being greeted by Dumbledore as she was ensuring that her steeds would be properly cared for.

Hagrid automatically felt something for Maxime thanks to their shared giant heritage. He soon started trying to tame his hair and wore his best fitting clothes to impress her. While Hagrid’s lack of social grace was significant considering Maxime’s own sophistication, she did seem to like him.

Madame Maxime and the Beauxbatons students
Madame Maxime and the Beauxbatons students

Madame Maxime and Fleur Delacour

While Madame Maxime brought a group of students from Beuaxbatons to put their names in the Goblet of Fire to be the Triwizard Champion for their school, the part-Veela Fleur Delacour was clearly the favorite from the start, and she was chosen as Beauxbatons champion.

Madame Maxime had no problem helping her student, even when the rules clearly stated that students should face things alone.

On the first task, as a kind of date, Hagrid took Olympe to see the dragons that had been brought to Hogwarts for the champions to face. Even though the first task was meant to be a surprise, Madame Maxime immediately started preparing Fleur for what to expect. Of course, all the other champions had also gained information about the dragons before the task.

Madame Maxime probably also helped Fleur decipher the secret of her egg to understand the second task and helped her prepare for the final maze.

Maxime Denying Her Giant Heritage

Part of the Triwizard Tournament was the Yule Ball, giving the students from the different schools a chance to socialize and get to know each other. It also gave Maxime and Hagrid a chance to spend more time together. The two were seen dancing together and seem to have developed a connection.

Later in the evening, they went into the garden to talk, and Hagrid revealed his own giant heritage and the challenges that he had faced as a result, expecting Maxime to identify with them. However, she became angry at the suggestion that she was part giant and denied it completely.

I ‘ave nevair been more insulted in my life! ‘Alf-giant? Moi? I ‘ave — I ‘ave big bones!

Olympe Maxime denying her Giant heritage, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

After this, the relationship between Maxime and Hagrid turned cold. Hagrid was upset that she was clearly denying the truth, and Maxime was probably afraid of exposure and felt guilty that she could not return Hagrid’s honesty.

The two were eventually able to put this argument behind them and connect when their problems seemed small in light of everything else that was going in.

Maxime and Hagrid at the Yule Ball

Madame Maxime and the Return of Lord Voldemort

When Harry returned from the graveyard in Little Hangleton with Cedric Diggory’s body, it was not immediately clear what had happened, as the gathered audience was expecting the Triwizard Champion to arrive. Madame Maxime seems to have been the first to realize that Cedric Diggory was actually dead. Olympe clutched her heart in shock. She chose to stay with her students for the memorial feast in honor of Cedric.

She clearly believed the story told by Harry Potter, and retold by Albus Dumbledore, about how Lord Voldemort had returned, regained his body, and killed Cedric. This was at a time when the Ministry of Magic in Britain was denying that Lord Voldemort had returned and was actively trying to discredit both Harry and Dumbledore.

In the summer of 1995, she agreed to go with Hagrid to the giants as an envoy to Dumbledore and convince them not to join Lord Voldemort, even if they would not oppose him. They were unsuccessful due to the presence of Death Eaters who offered opportunities for violence and killing, which tends to appeal to giants.

Maxime was principally responsible for getting herself, Hagrid, and Hagrid’s giant brother Grawp out safe with spell work that Hagrid said was brilliant.

She separated from Hagrid and his brother on the return journey and made her way back to France as she could not tolerate Grawp’s unpredictability and violence.

Madame Maxime returned to Hogwarts in 1997 to pay her respects to Dumbledore following his death. She also attended the wedding of her former student Fleur Delacour to Bill Weasley. However, she does not seem to have played an active role in the Second Wizarding War in Britain. She may have been an important voice of reason back in France against supporting Lord Voldemort and wizards like him.

Olympe Maxime Personality Type & Traits

Madame Maxime seems to have been a caring and nurturing person. She protected her students as well as pushing them to be the best that they could be. While she did note that it was not fair that Hogwarts have two champions when Harry’s name came out of the goblet, once the matter was decided she accepted the situation gracefully and gave Harry fair scores in his tasks.

While she is described as sophisticated, she was clearly not snobby. She developed a relationship with the highly unsophisticated Hagrid shortly after meeting him. She also had no problem “roughing it” when seeking out the giants with Hagrid.

Yeh know, she’s a fine, well-dressed woman, an’ knowin’ where we was goin’ I wondered ’ow she’d feel abou’ clamberin’ over boulders an’ sleepin’ in caves an’ tha’, bu’ she never complained once.

Hagrid describing Olympe Maxime, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

She was careful to deny her Giant heritage. But this was probably a self-defense mechanism that she had learned from a young age. Surely her Family told her to deny it and try and blend in.

Olympe Maxime Zodiac Sign & Birthday

We do not know Olympe Maxime’s birthday, or even her approximate age. Her giant blood means that she might live longer than other wizards. Her personality suggests that her zodiac sign may be Cancer. People born under this sign tend to be nurturing and caring. They are willing to give a lot of themselves without expecting anything in return.

But Cancers also have a desire to be accepted and needed within the community. They may be inclined to hide the truth to ensure their social position.

How Tall is Madame Maxime?

Olympe Maxime is 8 feet and 6 inches tall. For the actress, they made stilts in the form of an elegant lady’s high-heeled shoe which increased her height by about 18 inches. In the first Harry Potter book, we are told that Hagrid is the same height, but would have been significantly wider than Maxime.