There was a Celebration of Harry Potter event in Orlando this week (Rupert Grint showed up and now we’re really sad we didn’t make it). During the event, actress Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) announced that J.K. Rowling was revealing details on some of the world’s long-standing wizarding schools
The best-selling author published the new details on her Pottermore website. Rowling says there are 11 prestigious magical schoools in total, so we’re going to learn about four more in the future.
We’ve known for a long time that Hogwarts isn’t the only school. Beauxbatons Academy of Magic in France and the Durmstrang Institute in Northern Europe aren’t new to book readers, but you can find out more about them on Pottermore.
In the meantime, learn a little more about the newly unveiled schools. (Be sure to read the full stories on Pottermore when you get a chance.)
Mahoutokoro (pronounced Mah-hoot-o-koh-ro) – Japan
Students are recruited starting at age 7, but aren’t boarded until they’re 11 years old. Instead of taking a bus, Mahoutokoro‘s day students are transported to and from school on giant storm petrels.
Here are some other details about the school, located on the Volcanic island of Minami Iwo Jima:
• Students are given enchanted robes when they start their magical education that grow with their bodies. They begin as a faint pink, but gradually gain more color. If they turn gold, then you’ve earned the top grades in every magical subject; if they turn white, that means the student is practicing illegal magic, aka the Dark Arts, or has broken the International Statute of Secrecy.
• The wizarding school is in an ornate palace made of mutton-fat jade.
• They have an outstanding record in Quidditch. The training for the sport is pretty intense, as they practice over a turblent sea, even in stormy conditions, and have to watch out for jets coming from a neighboring Muggle military base.
Uagadou (prounounced Wag-a-doo) – Africa
Africa has a lot of magical teaching schools, but this is the oldest and most respected. Uagadoo is actually the largest of all of the wizarding schools in the world, but you’ll probably never find it, as the only address ever given is “Mountains of the Moon.”
Located in Africa, where much (and there’s an argument in the story made for all) of the world’s magic originated, here are some more details on the school:
• Students can use wands, but specialized in hand-gestured magic.
• They’re usually well-versed in Astronomy, Alchemy and Self-Transfiguration. In fact, they’re so good at the latter that a group of 14-year-olds caused quite a stir when they pulled off a synchronized transfiguration into desert animals (elephants and cheetahs) during an Animagi conference.
• A Dream Messenger visits them in their sleep to inform them of their acceptance into the school.
Castelobruxo (pronounced Cast-tell-o-broo-shoo) – Brazil
Located in the rain forest, to the untrained Muggle eye (most Muggles eyes are untrained, of course), this school looks like ancient ruins. In reality, Castlebruxo is made of golden rock and compared to a temple.
Protected by mischievous spirits called Caipora, here are some more details on the wizarding school:
• Students are very in tune with nature, wearing green robes, as well as being known for their advanced studies in Herbology and Magizoology.
• There’s also a popular exchange program for European students who want to study the magical flora and fauna of South America. (There’s a comical story involving Bill Weasley that’s tied to this program.)
Ilvermorny (pronounced Ill – ver – morn – ee) – North America
All we got on this was a “coming soon” promise, so we’ll have to wait and see. What we do know is that it looks like it’s located in Canada, possibly in Quebec, but it’s hard to tell from the map.
(all images via Pottermore)