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This article contains information from later episodes of The Magnus Archives, and may contain major spoilers for the setting and plot. Continue at your own risk.
Basira Hussain is a police officer who has signed a Section 31 form as she stated in episode 43, which means that she's investigated spooky cases in the past, and will be called upon when other cases turn weird.
Basira is in charge of the case of Gertrude Robinson's murder, but does not get much assistance from the rest of the police force, lest they be branded with Section 31 as well. As part of this, she has been providing Jonathan Sims with some of the tapes recovered from the room where Gertrude's body was found.
Tim believes that Basira and Jonathan are in a relationship, a lie that they agree to uphold to explain her infrequent visits. Basira's partner Daisy later explained that Sims was under investigation for Gertrude's death, and that the tapes were initially being delivered in order to explain away Basira's investigation. CCTV later exonerated Sims, and according to Daisy, Basira was still delivering tapes out of sympathy.
Sims later goes to visit Basira to ask for more tapes, where she tells him that she is now under scrutiny for assisting him and that they both suck at spy-craft.
She later phones Sims asking him for advice before they move in to assault a compound where Maxwell Rayner is located. Following the raid, she gives a statement to Sims about the raid, where Rayner and some other cult members were killed. The events badly shook Basira, and she said she would be resigning from the police force, and advising Sims to leave his job as well.
Following Sims leaving the archive and being under suspicion for murder, Basira shows up to interrogate Martin as to his whereabouts. She admits that she liked Jonathan as a friend, but isn't as convinced that he couldn't be a murderer. When she hears that Daisy was using full "operational discretion" to hunt down Sims, she quickly leaves, telling Martin to contact her if he learns about Sims's whereabouts.
Basira waits for Daisy at the place where Daisy "kills monsters", and rescues Sims before Daisy can execute him. She is present at the confrontation with Elias Bouchard where she signs an employment contract with the Magnus Institute in order to prevent Daisy from going to jail for murder.
She is essentially a hostage but finds the role surprisingly comfortable. She investigates statements but also researches the paranormal on her own. She eventually starts plotting against Elias and planning for The Unknowing with the others.
She accompanies Tim, Daisy and Jon to the House of Wax in Great Yarmouth but the Unknowing starts before they can blow it up. She knows she's in a place but everything is too much and there are things that want to hurt her. She decides to leave by simply picking a where and moving. Bit by bit, she reasons her way out of The Unknowing and she is the only one who leaves the waxworks mostly unharmed.
After the Unknowing, Jon is in a coma while both Tim and Daisy are presumed dead. Basira is left working in the archives with Melanie and Martin. The other powers have started paying more attention to the Institute due to their role in stopping the Unknowing and the fact that, to their knowledge, the Beholding has not attempted a ritual yet.
She helps Jon perform improvised surgery on Melanie to remove the Slaughter bullet and looks after her in the aftermath. Feeling the pressure of protecting the archives on her own, she agrees to meet with Elias and to hear him out.
She is present when Breekon delivers the coffin to the Institute. Even though Daisy is in it, she agrees with Jon’s assessment that they cannot open it. She leaves for 3 weeks to pursue some leads given to her by Elias and in the meantime Jon enters the coffin. He emerges after 3 days with Daisy and while Basira is relieved to have her back, she is also dismayed by how she has changed. She needs help protecting the Institute and in her current state, Daisy is just another person that needs to be protected.
She confronts Elias about the false leads he gave her but Elias points out that her absence lead to the rescue of Daisy. He also warns her of a recent surge of activity in Ny-Ålesund which seems to imply The People's Church of the Divine Host is preparing to do a ritual.
Without revealing her source, Basira heads to Ny-Ålesund with Jon. They find no ritual there but encounter Manuela Dominguez who is guarding the Black Sun, a powerful artefact of The Dark. Jon destroys the Black Sun by looking at it and Manuela is captured by Helen when she attempts to escape.
She finds out about Jon feeding on innocent peoples’ trauma from a tape left for her by Martin and confronts Jon alongside the others. Jon raises the possibility that he is being controlled by The Web and she makes the executive decision that they are all going to Hill Top Road. They find a statement which reveals that Jon is not being controlled and he resolves not to feed on people any more.
Basira visits Elias in prison again. She beats him up and confronts him about the false leads that sent them to Ny-Ålesund, Annabelle Cane, and Jon’s eating habits. She threatens to have his privileges revoked but he points out that she does not have that power with the police anymore.
As Jon struggles to abstain from eating trauma, she gives him an ultimatum; Either he stops, or she kills him.
Basira gets word that Elias has escaped and heads over to check it out with Daisy. They return to find a statement on Jon’s desk which reveals the panopticon under the Institute and that Elias is actually Jonah Magnus. They decide to head into the tunnels when Not-Sasha, Julia, and Trevor all show up. Basira and Daisy stay behind to slow them down as Jon heads for the panopticon. In a last-ditch effort, Daisy gives in to The Hunt, but not before making Basira promise to find and kill her once it is all over.
Basira survives the assault on the Institute but Daisy is missing. She keeps in touch with Jon and Martin while they are in Scotland and says that she will send some statements once the Archives are no longer a crime scene.
After the apocalypse, Jon tries to Know about Basira. According to him, she is not trapped in a nightmare like most people but instead pursuing Daisy, who is bestial and carving her way through the domains of other powers.
Bold marks episodes where Basira has read a statement.
- Basira's D&D class would be paladin.
- Basira used to listen to Georgie Barker's podcast "What the Ghost?". She loved the first two seasons but thinks it took a weird turn in season three.
- ↑ MAG 43: Section 31
- ↑ MAG 52: Exceptional Risk
- ↑ MAG 61: Hard Shoulder
- ↑ MAG 64: Burial Rites
- ↑ MAG 72: Takeaway
- ↑ MAG 73: Police Lights
- ↑ MAG 88: Dig
- ↑ MAG 91: The Coming Storm
- ↑ MAG 92: Nothing Beside Remains
- ↑ MAG 123: Web Development
- ↑ MAG 131: Flesh
- ↑ MAG 127: Remains to be Seen
- ↑ [[MAG 128: Heavy Goods]]
- ↑ MAG 133: Dead Horse
- ↑ MAG 135: Dark Matter
- ↑ Season 4 Q&A Part 2
- ↑ MAG 106: A Matter Of Perspective