By Nicole Carpenter
Harry Potter's famed school of Hogwarts. It turns out are only eleven "long-established and prestigious wizarding schools worldwide," all of which are properly regulated by the International Confederation of Wizards.J.K. Rowling has revealed new information about several other schools in her Wizarding World universe, beyond
Given the sparsity of wizarding schools, "smaller and less well-regulated institutions" are bound to pop-up, though Rowling notes that she "cannot vouch for the standard of education they might offer."
In a series on Pottermore, Rowling discussed six of those eleven. Mahoutokoro is the smallest of the prestigious schools, and is set on the volcanic island of Minami Iwo Jima in Japan. Japanese wizards start school at age seven, but don't start boarding at school until age eleven. Students there wear enchanted robes that grow as they do, and "gradually change color as the learning of the wearer increases."
Africa, Rowling wrote, has "a number of smaller wizarding schools," though the largest in the country—and in the world—is called Uagadou. It's precise location is unknown, though its given address is "Mountains of the Moon." The school is known for its world-class astronomy, alchemy, and self-transfiguration students.
Castelobruxo is the Brazilian wizarding school "hidden deep within the rainforest." Students there wear bright green robes and are particularly talented at herbology and magizoology. The school is protected by Caipora, which are "small and furry spirit-beings who are extraordinarily mischievous and tricky."
Located somewhere in the Pyrenees, Beauxbatons Academy of Magic should be a familiar name to Harry Potter fans. Beauxbaton, along with the Durmstrang Institute of Northern Europe, participated in the Triwizard Tournament held at Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Ilvermorny is the last school mentioned by Rowling, and it's located somewhere along the East Coast of the United States. She hasn't said much about the school just yet, but noted that "indigenous magic was important in the founding of the school."
The new expansion of the Harry Potter/Wizarding World universe, the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (written by Rowling), will hit theaters on November 18. With the film's release approaching, it's likely more information about the American wizarding academy will be revealed soon.
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