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Published on Nov 20th 2015
Hogwarts was full of women who inspire us in our day-to-day lives. But if you’re searching for a role model as smart as she was stylish, and brave to boot, you need look no further than Fleur Delacour.

Beauxbatons Academy of Magic student, Triwizard champion and one of our favourite witches...

She looked fierce

First of all, her look was incomparable. Never before had a school uniform and a – frankly ridiculous – hat ever looked so chic. With shimmery silver hair and a charming smile, Fleur had style. She was also part-Veela, so she was genetically destined to be a bombshell. No wonder Ron swooned every time he saw her.

She made no concessions for celebrities

He may have been the most famous wizard of all time, but when Harry’s name was pulled from the Goblet of Fire, Fleur argued he was too young to compete:

‘Madame Maxime!’ said Fleur at once, striding over to her Headmistress. ‘Zey are saying zat zis little boy is to compete also!’ Somewhere under Harry’s numb disbelief, he felt a ripple of anger. Little boy?
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

She defeated an actual dragon

During the Triwizard Tournament, Fleur took on a Welsh Green dragon with panache. She charmed the beast into a sleeping trance – skilfully dodging the jet of flame that shot from its nostrils – and went on to claim her golden egg.

She knew her own mind

When Ron, a boy she’d never spoken to, asked her to the Yule Ball, she didn’t even have to say no. She just let her face do all the talking. That’s a powerful, no-nonsense attitude.

Fleur and her sister were total besties

In the second task of the Triwizard Tournament, while Viktor Krum and Cedric Diggory would at most ‘sorely miss’ their girlfriends, the person Fleur would miss was her little sister, Gabrielle. That’s sisterhood to feel inspired by.

Even though she was amazing, she was also humble

When she was awarded points in the second challenge, she humbly asserted that she ‘deserved zero’. So, as well as being brave and charming, she was humble too.

She knew who she wanted

Bill Weasley was a catch. Who wouldn’t want to date a curse-breaker at Gringotts? Also, she was clearly a woman who knew what she wanted, and knew how to get it. She started eyeing Bill up at the end of Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts – and all it took was for Fleur to take a job to ‘improve [her] Eenglish’ and bam, they were married within two years. More power to Fleur, we say.

And she was completely in love

It was just as well, then, that she was totally in love with Bill. You could see it in every moment they spent together – it’d be easy to be jealous of them, but they were so happy that you just can’t be...

She wasn’t afraid of sharing her opinions

Most women would be cowed by the prospect of insulting their future mother-in-law – but not Fleur. When Molly Weasley forced her family to listen to Celestina Warbeck, it took swift action from Arthur Weasley to stop Fleur from sharing her low opinion of the singer publically.

‘Eez eet over?’ said Fleur loudly. ‘Thank goodness, what an ’orrible –’
‘Shall we have a nightcap, then?’ asked Mr Weasley loudly, leaping to his feet. ‘Who wants egg-nog?’
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

And she was passionately loyal

When Bill was mauled by Fenrir Greyback, Molly made the poor decision of implying that it would interrupt Bill and Fleur’s wedding plans. Fleur kicked back immediately, and fiercely. She said that Bill’s scars showed his bravery, and nothing would stand in the way of their future together. In that moment, she won over Molly with her display of devotion, and she won us over, too.

She always found the positive in every situation

An unexpected side effect of the attack by Fenrir Greyback was that Bill preferred his meat a lot rarer. Fleur took this in her stride and even managed to quip at the English’s expense:

‘... so eet ees lucky ’e is marrying me,’ said Fleur happily, plumping up Bill’s pillows, ‘because ze British overcook their meat, I ’ave always said this.’
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

And we are envious of her amazing home

Shell Cottage was a beautiful place for the newlyweds to set up house. We have serious cottage-envy.


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