We’ve long known that there are other schools besides Hogwarts in the Harry Potter Universe. Now, author J.K. Rowling has revealed names and details for four new schools – including one in the United States.
The new revelations came via Pottermore as part of a weekend celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando – where The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park is located. According to the new series of posts, there are at least four other wizarding schools besides the ones covered in the original Harry Potter series. You can get the scoop on each of them below!
Castelbruxo, in Brazil, is “an imposing square edifice of golden rock” that resembles a temple. This wizarding school boasts students who are especially adept at Herbology and Magizoology.
Mahoutokoro, in Japan, is situated on a volcanic island that is uninhabited – “or so Muggles think.” Upon their arrival, students receive magical robes that change color based on their progression through school.
Uagadou, in Uganda, is “carved out of the mountainside and shrouded in mist, so that it sometimes appears to simply float in mid-air.” Students there don’t use wands: they just point their fingers and say the spell they want. That’s because the wand was a European invention – though magic itself originated largely in Africa, Rowling says.
Ilvermorny, in the United States, is the most mysterious of the four new schools. The new announcement confirms this rumored U.S.-based school, but not much is known about what it looks like or where it is. Rowling is keeping details of this school a secret, because it will play a role in the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Rowling has hinted on Twitter that the school has Native American cultural influences. To learn more, we’ll have to wait for the movie!
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