|Mahoutokoro School of Magic|
The Palace of Mahoutokoro was a building located at the topmost point of Minami Iwo Jima, a Japanese volcanic island. The palace is made of mutton-fat jade, and looked like an ornate and exquisite pagoda. Both island and palace are thought to be uninhabited by Muggles.
Mahoutokoro is possibly one of the oldest wizarding schools, as it is described as "ancient".
Quidditch was introduced to Japan and to Mahoutokoro centuries ago by a band of foolhardy Hogwarts students who were blown off course during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe on wholly inadequate broomsticks. Rescued by a party of wizarding staff from Mahoutokoro, who had been observing the movements of the planets, they remained as guests long enough to teach their Japanese counterparts the rudiments of the game, a move they lived to regret.
Mahoutokoro has the reputation to have an impressive academic prowess.
Every member of the Japanese Quidditch team and the current Champion's League winners (the Toyohashi Tengu) attributes their prowess to the gruelling training they were given at Mahoutokoro, where they practise over a sometimes turbulent sea in stormy conditions, forced to keep an eye out not only for the Bludgers but also for planes from the Muggle airbase on a neighbouring island.
The school took students from the age of seven, although they did not board until they were eleven. While day students, wizarding children were flown back and forth to their homes every day on the backs of a flock of giant storm petrels.
When students start off at the school they are given robes that grow as they grow and change color as the wearer gains experience. Starting off at a pale pink and if they become experts the robes become gold. If the robes become white, it is a sign that the student has turned to the dark arts. If this happens the student is immediately expelled and sent to the Japanese Ministry of Magic for trial.
Behind the Scenes
- Mahoutokoro is the only Asian wizarding School mentioned in the series. It is possible that some Asian witches and wizards also attend Koldovstoretz School in Russia, Eurasia.
- Mahoutokoro is the only known day school for wizardry.
- The pronunciation of Mahoutokoro is "Mah - hoh - toh - koh - roh".
- The name Mahoutokoro is composed of the Japanese words 魔法 (mahō), meaning "magic, witchcraft, sorcery," and 所 (tokoro), meaning "place," "spot," or "site." Thus, the name could be translated as "magical place" or "place where witchcraft/sorcery occurs".
- Pottermore (Mentioned only)
- Wonderbook: Book of Potions (First identified as Mahoutokoro School of Magic)
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