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The Salem Witches' Institute was a wizarding organisation for women,[1] presumably based in Salem, Massachusetts. Some of the institute's members attended the 1994 Quidditch World Cup, and were seen gossiping happily in between two tents bearing the institute's name.[2]

Behind the scenes

  • J. K. Rowling has stated that the Salem Witches' Institute is a play on the Women's Institutes of the United Kingdom.[1] These organisations seek to provide women with educational opportunities and to campaign on issues of importance to women and their communities.[3]
  • In an interview shortly before the release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2000, J. K. Rowling responded to a question about whether American children could attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry by stating, "No, they have their own school. You'll find out in Book 4."[4] This lead to speculation among fans that the Salem Witches' Institute was an American wizarding school, which persisted until 2015, when the author revealed on Twitter that it was actually a women's organisation.[1]
  • In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the banner which displays the institute's name is described as a "spangled banner". This is more than likely a reference to the American Flag, which is referred to as the Star-Spangled Banner.


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