Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by

J. K. Rowling

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Madame Maxime Character Analysis

The headmistress of Beauxbatons Academy; a beautiful olive-skinned witch who's as tall as Hagrid. Though she denies it at first, Maxime is half giant. She keeps this a secret because, like Hagrid, she knows that having giant blood means that many people will fear her and believe that she's violent like true giants are. Madame Maxime is extremely upset when Harry's name comes out of the Goblet of Fire, as she believes that someone wants Hogwarts to have extra chances to win. This suggests that, at least when it comes to competitions like the Triwizard Tournament, she prioritizes winning over all else. Harry learns in the lead-up to the first task that Maxime isn't above cheating, as he understands that she's going to tell Fleur about the dragons. Hagrid develops feelings for Maxime as soon as she arrives at Hogwarts and courts her until the Yule Ball, when she insists she's not half-giant. After the third task, Hagrid insinuates that she's going to join him on a mission for Dumbledore.

Madame Maxime Quotes in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire quotes below are all either spoken by Madame Maxime or refer to Madame Maxime . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire published in 2002.
Chapter Twenty-Three Quotes

"But what's it matter if his mother was a giantess?" said Harry.

"Well...no one who knows him will care, 'cos they'll know he's not dangerous," said Ron slowly. "But...Harry, they're just vicious, giants. It's like Hagrid said, they're like trolls...they just like killing, everyone knows that."

Related Characters: Harry Potter (speaker), Ron Weasley (speaker), Hagrid , Madame Maxime
Page Number: 430
Explanation and Analysis:
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Madame Maxime Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The timeline below shows where the character Madame Maxime appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Nine
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...and Ron away and into the throng of people. One teen asks Ron where Madame Maxime is in French. Hermione mutters "Beauxbatons," and explains to the boys that it's another magical... (full context)
Chapter Fifteen
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...Dumbledore leads the Hogwarts students in applause and greets the woman, whom he calls Madame Maxime. She leads her shivering students inside. (full context)
Chapter Sixteen
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...runs upstairs to get her S.P.E.W. badges. As Harry and Ron wait, they watch Madame Maxime supervise as all her students submit their names. Hermione arrives in time for the trio... (full context)
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...on cologne before they go and then leaves the trio to walk up with Madame Maxime. (full context)
Chapter Seventeen
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Dumbledore, Mr. Crouch, Madame Maxime, Karkaroff, Snape, and McGonagall interrupt Bagman as they enter the room. Madame Maxime and Karkaroff... (full context)
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Maxime and Karkaroff insist that whoever put Harry's name in wants to give Hogwarts a better... (full context)
Chapter Nineteen
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...Hagrid seems excited as he greets Harry and leads him to the Beauxbatons carriage. Madame Maxime steps out, takes Hagrid's arm, and speaks as though this is a surprise for her... (full context)
Chapter Twenty
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...champions did. They walk out and each judge gives Harry a score out of ten. Maxime, Mr. Crouch, Dumbledore, and Bagman give Harry high scores, but Karkaroff gives Harry a four.... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Three
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...them and instead pulls Harry into a bush behind Hagrid. Hagrid is talking to Madame Maxime, saying that he knows that she's "like him." He talks about his dad and his... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Eight
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Harry, Ron, and Hermione stay to help Hagrid put the nifflers away. They notice Maxime watching Hagrid as Hagrid asks Hermione about her hands. After she tells him about her... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Nine
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...Bertha Jorkins's disappearance and insisting it's not linked to Mr. Crouch's. Fudge wonders if Madame Maxime is to blame and Dumbledore accuses Fudge of being prejudiced. Moody tells Dumbledore that Harry... (full context)
Chapter Thirty
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Moody lets Harry in and Fudge greets him happily. Harry notes that he didn't see Maxime the night that Mr. Crouch disappeared, which makes Fudge blush. Dumbledore instructs Harry to wait... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-One
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...Winky were talking about in reference to Bagman. Ron wonders if Fudge's suspicion of Madame Maxime has any truth, given her parentage, but Hermione insists that it makes sense that Maxime... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Six
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...Bill leaves to tell Mr. Weasley. He then asks McGonagall to fetch Hagrid and Madame Maxime and sends Madam Pomfrey to care for Winky. With them gone, he asks Sirius to... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Seven
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...Hagrid. They notice two huge cups and ask if he was having tea with Madame Maxime. He brushes them off and asks Harry if he's okay. Hagrid says that Harry will... (full context)
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...decorations in respect of Cedric and sees the real Moody at the staff table. Madame Maxime sits with Hagrid and Karkaroff is absent. Harry wonders what Snape did for Dumbledore and... (full context)