is a fictional character
from the Artemis Fowl
series of books by Irish
Author Eoin Colfer
and is one of the main antagonists in Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony
Minerva is a twelve-year-old girl, described with tight blonde corkscrew curls. The book also mentions glasses (although the glasses are only mentioned once, so it is possible that they are either reading glasses or sunglasses). She was born in Cagnes-sur-Mer, South of France, and her father Gaspard Paradizo is a fifty-two-year-old cosmetic surgeon of Brazilian descent. She also has a five-year-old brother, Beau Paradizo, an obnoxious little boy who loves chocolate. Her mother, Penny, left her family and ran off with the gardener about a year before the events in The Lost Colony. Although Minerva is only twelve, she has already completed high school and is currently studying for two long-distance learning degrees. She also won a national spelling bee at the age of four. She is a child prodigy with an IQ similar to that of Artemis Fowl II himself, though in Book 5 she is easily outwitted by Artemis due mainly to the superior technology and support he has available to him (as well as his extensive knowledge of fairies).
At first Minerva seems like a ruthless, power-hungry villain, much the way Artemis was in the first book. She exhibits disregard for others well being on numerous occasions but she is a kind-hearted character deep down, as illustrated by her love to father and brother. Another example is that she agreed to stop the project and forgave Artemis for tricking her after he had saved her from her ex-employee, Billy Kong.
It's also said that she's quite witty and has a good sense of humor. Her quark joke made on a train is a good example of this.
Role in series
During the fifth book, The Lost Colony
, we find out that Minerva has discovered the existence of demons and pinpoints the exact time and place of the next materialisation, along with an assassin
going by the name of Billy Kong
and her head of security, Juan Soto. Minerva wants to prove the existence of demons to scientists to win the Nobel Prize. It seems that Minerva does not know about the other species of fairy, as she refers to Holly, an elf, as a demon. She successfully defeats Artemis Fowl in the race to capture a demon, No1
(actually an imp and an apprentice warlock) and hopes to unveil him in a bid to win a Nobel Prize
. Minerva is eventually tricked by Artemis, who steals back No1
. However, Billy Kong believes that demons killed
his brother Eric, and threatens to kill Minerva, her father and Soto unless he is given a demon to kill. Artemis, Domovoi Butler
, Holly Short
1 come to their rescue.
When Artemis, Holly, and demon warlocks Qwan and No1 go to Hybras, Minerva becomes good friends with Butler and starts him reading fiction. Artemis does not return for three years, giving Minerva the chance to feel attracted to the teenage genius. Butler has told Artemis on his return that Minerva has been talking about Artemis ("Artemis this and Artemis that"), and thinks very highly of him. There are hints throughout the book that Artemis has "blasted feelings of attraction" towards her.
Minerva does not return in the sixth book.
Since Artemis travelled forward in time almost three years at the end of The Lost Colony
, this would now make Minerva almost 15, while Artemis would be close to eighteen legally, but still approximately 15 physically. In The Lost Colony
Minerva is twelve years old, the same age as Artemis when he first met the fairy people.