Of course the ‘Harry Potter’ books and movies take place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and while the series has ended, creator J.K. Rowling continues unveiling new information about the Wizarding World typically via her website Pottermore. Fans were already familiar with two additional schools, Durmstrang located in northern Europe (Russia?) and Beauxbatons in France, both of which were introduced in ‘Goblet of Fire’.
Now Rowling has introduced four new schools, located elsewhere across the globe:
Castelobruxo (pronounced Cass-tell-o-broo-shoo) is located in Brazil, hidden in the rainforest and disguised as a ruined temple. The real building is composed of golden rock and watched over by furry spirits known as Caipora. The school’s specialty is Herbology and Magizoology and at one point, Bill Weasley planned to attend thanks to an exchange program, but couldn’t afford it. The students at Castelobruxo wear green robes.
Ilvermorny (Ill-ver-morn-ee) is located in the United States but no additional information is given. Presumably more will be revealed in the upcoming movie ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’, which features a script by Rowling.
Mahoutokoro (Mah-hoot-o-koh-ro) is located in Japan on the island Minami Iwo Jima and the physical building is made from “mutton fat” jade. Mahoutokoro admits the fewest students of all 11 wizarding schools, but accepts students as young as seven years-old. This school is known for having the best Quidditch team in the world, thanks to the turbulent seas surrounding the school, which the students use for practice.
The students at Mahoutokoro wear robes that change size and color as they progress academically. Students that practice Dark Magic or break the International Statute of Secrecy find their robes turn white before they are cast out.
Uagadou (Wag-a-doo) is located in Africa and is the largest wizarding school and has been open for over a thousand years. The school is carved out of a mountainside in the Mountains of the Moon range. It is surrounded by mists giving it the appearance of floating.
Reportedly, all magic originated in Africa and the practitioners there don’t use wands, but rather hand gestures. The students at Uagadou excel at Astronomy, Alchemy and Self-Transfiguration.
So that brings the number of schools to seven, but as has been stated, there are eleven schools total. That leaves four unrevealed, but Rowling will probably release that information in due time. These four new schools now place at least one on each continent except Australia and Antarctica. Where do you think the remaining schools will be located?
Source: Radio Times