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Francis John Fitzwilliam is a gastronomist and a member of Unit 919. He is first mentioned in Nevermoor during the Book Trial and again during the Show Trial. He is a secondary character in Wundersmith and Hollowpox.


Early Life

At this point, nothing is known of Francis' life before joining the Wundrous Society, though it is mentioned he comes from a long line of family member's who have attended the Wundrous Society. During the second part of the Book Trial, Francis is shown to be extremely nervous. At the Show Trial, Francis cooked up different courses for the Elders that invoked ranging emotions as they ate. His performance earned him a spot in the Top Nine and ultimately as part of Unit 919.

Wundrous Society Years

Year One

Francis joined the rest of his unit for the inauguration ceremony at Proudfoot House. Following the ceremony he learned (along with his fellow unit members and their patrons) that Morrigan Crow was a Wundersmith, causing friction within Unit 919 for almost three quarters of the school year. Francis took a number of classes with other unit members including 'Decoding Nevermoor' and 'Recognizing Mesmerism,' as well as classes on his own. At some point before the summer, his aunt and patron Hester decided his knife skills needed to be improved, making him take extra lessons on Saturdays.

Near the beginning of summer Unit 919 became the victims of blackmailers. Francis voted to comply with the demands of the blackmailers, narrowly winning by one vote. A few days later, Francis was blackmailed into baking and decorating a Grand Caledonian Coronation Crest —a difficult and complicated cake— to be ready first thing the next morning. Within a few days, Unit 919 witnessed Morrigan shoot a fireball from her mouth following an encounter with bully Heloise Redchurch, causing Morrigan's suspension from attending classes at Wunsoc.

During the first week back following the summer holidays Ms. Dearborn called for an exam period, following Archan Tate's blackmail and anonymous note to her. During the 'Decoding Nevermoor' exam, Francis was teamed up with Morrigan and Mahir Ibrahim; they were sent the furthest out of the city. However, they worked well as a team solving the riddles. Following Morrigan's disappearance down a supposed Swindleroad, Francis and Mahir made their way back to Wunsoc. Because they had failed to arrive back in time as a team, Unit 919 failed their exam. Francis stopped acknowledging Morrigan completely at this time.

Following Hallowmas, Francis attended the Wunsoc assembly with Unit 919 where Morrigan would reveal she was a Wundersmith to the present Wunsoc members, though this and the blackmailing would be revealed to be part of the Unit's Loyalty Trial in which Unit 919 would pass. This would prove to be a turning point as the Unit was now on friendlier terms then they had been before.

Year Two

Francis is on much friendlier terms with Morrigan now, as well as with the rest of Unit 919.

Physical Appearance

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Francis has light brown skin and brown eyes. He also has freckles. He is a Mundane Scholar, so often wears the Mundane uniform.

Personality and Traits

Francis has been shown to be quite a committed person- especially with his cooking. He seems to be quite ambitious with his cooking, and has said that he wants to make sure his nose is not 'at risk' because it is important in this. He seems to work hard on the things which he is interested in. Francis also sometimes seems to become quite convinced when he has made up his mind about an idea- such as when he found a transportation vessel and became convinced on his theory about its use.

Another trait of his is his tendency to become quite nervous and worried at times. This is often seen when it comes to matters concerning the expectations of his family or perhaps the expectations which he sets for himself. However, he can become quite nervous and squeamish in everyday situations as well.

Francis, although showing dislike of Morrigan at first, has been shown to be loyal to friends. This was seen in one situation when he helped to stand up to a group of people being rude to Morrigan. When the group asserted that Morrigan was dangerous, he and the rest of the Unit told the group about the ways that they were dangerous as well.

Abilities and Skills


Francis is a gastronomist and can make food that sends people on a roller coaster of emotions.

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  • Completed 5 Wundrous Society Trials


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Unit 919

Morrigan Crow

Francis disliked Morrigan intensely at first, seeing her as dangerous and worried that he might get thrown out of Wunsoc because of her. However, he eventually warms up to her.


Hester Fitzwilliam

Francis is in an interesting relationship with his aunt. On one hand, he is desperate to prove himself to her, on the other, he is ashamed of some of her less-than-kind opinions, especially on Wunimals and The Hollowpoxs.


Francis is the English version of the Late Latin name Franciscus which means "Frenchman." It is pronounced FRAN-sis (English) or FRAHN-SEES (French). Nicknames for the masculine form of Francis include Fran, Frank, Frankie, and Franny.[1]

The name John, ultimately meaning "Yahweh is gracious," is the English form of the Latin Iohannes. The Latin is from the Greek Ιωαννης (Ioannes), itself from the Hebrew name יוֹחָנָן (Yochanan).[2]

Fitzwilliam, "son of William," comes from the Norman French Fitz meaning "son of" followed by the father's name.[3] William comes from the Germanic Willahelm, itself dervived from wil "will, desire (to)" and helm "helmet, protection."[4]

His maternal family name, Akinfenwa, is a Yoruba (Nigeria) surname of unknown meaning. Adebayo Akinfenwa is an English professional footballer bearing this name.[5]


  • First seen in the same group with Morrigan and Cadence waiting to take the oral portion of the Book Trial
  • His door is mentioned to be a glossy blue
  • Wunsoc Elder Omowunmi Akinfenwa was his great-grandmother
  • Admiral Iyawa Akinfenwa, an officer in the Sea Force, was his great-aunt
  • Four generations (dad's side) and seven generations (mum's side) of his family have attended the Wundrous Society
  • Has bought ingredients at the Eldritch Murdergarden (such as the death cap mushroom)



Notes and References

Unit 919

Anah Kahlo · Archan Tate · Cadence Blackburn · Francis Fitzwilliam · Hawthorne Swift · Lambeth Amara · Mahir Ibrahim · Morrigan Crow · Thaddea Macleod


Sumati Mishra · Arch's Patron · Baz Charlton · Hester Fitzwilliam · Nancy Dawson · Lambeth's Patron · Miss Mulryan · Jupiter North · Thaddea's Patron


Miss Cheery