|Salem Witches' Institute|
The Salem Witches' Institute is a wizarding organisation for women, located in Salem, Massachusetts. Some of the institute's members attended the 1994 Quidditch World Cup, and were gossiping happily in between two tents bearing the institute's name.
Behind the scenes
- The Salem Witches' Institute featured in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as a joke on the Women's Institutes, even though these primarily exist in Great Britain and Canada in the real world.
- Some fans believed this to be the American wizarding school that J. K. Rowling claimed in an interview would be mentioned in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, even though Rowling has dismissed that theory. However, the same book makes mention of another "American" school, the Brazilian wizarding school, located in South America.
- The banner which displays the school's name is described in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as a "spangled banner", which is more than likely a reference to the American Flag, which is "spangled" with stars and referred to in the American National Anthem as "the star-spangled banner".
- It is assumed that this institute is based in Salem, Massachusetts, the setting for the Salem witch trials.
- Despite the fact that the institute was mentioned by a canon source, which would normally indicate that it is itself canon, Rowling insists that it is not.
- Furthermore, it is possible that it was a generic description of Ilvermorny, similar to how Castelobruxo was referred to as the Brazilian wizarding school.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Mentioned only)