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{{Quote|The Salem Witches' Institute.|The sign at the Quidditch World Cup.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
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The '''Salem Witches' Institute''' is a wizarding organisation for women,<ref name="Twitter">[https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/607275327111458816 .@jgrahamhutch The Salem Witches' Institute isn't a school, but a joke on the Women's Institute in the UK.] by [https://twitter.com/jk_rowling J.K. Rowling on Twitter]</ref> 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.
 
The '''Salem Witches' Institute''' (alternatively known as the '''Salem Institute of Magic'''<ref>[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK21fmHtKdo&feature=related "Infinitus - Hogwarts Express Conductor"] on [http://www.youtube.com/ Youtube]</ref>) is a magical institute, located in [[Salem]], Massachusetts, [[United States of America]]. Some of the institute's members attended the [[1994]] [[Quidditch World Cup]], and were gossiping happily in between two tents bearing their school's name. It's believed to be only for witches, though, in the salem witch trials, even men were called witches.
 
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*The banner which displays the school's name is described in ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' as a "spangled banner", possibly the American Flag, which is "spangled" with stars and referred to in the American National Anthem as "the star-spangled banner".
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*The Salem Witches' Institute featured in ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' as a joke on the [[Wikipedia:Women's Institutes|Women's Institutes]], even though these primarily exist in [[Great Britain]] and [[Canada]] in the real world.<ref name="Twitter"/>
*Salem Witches' Institute is possibly the wizarding ''Harry Potter'' version of [[Wikipedia:Salem State University|Salem State University]], or the Massachussetts Institute of Technology.
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*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]]'',<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2000/0700-swns-alfie.htm "World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling," South West News Service, 8 July 2000]</ref> even though Rowling has dismissed that theory.<ref name="Twitter"/> However, the same book makes mention of another "American" school, the [[Brazilian wizarding school]], located in South America.
*Alternatively, it is possibly a nod to the real life [http://spssalemhs.salemk12.org Salem High School], which has a witch as its logo and mascot, and whose athletic teams are known as the Witches.
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*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".
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*It is assumed that this institute is based in Salem, Massachusetts, the setting for the Salem Witch Trials.
==Etymology==
 
The name is derived from [[wikipedia:Salem, Massachusetts|Salem]], {{wplink|Massachusetts}}, where the Salem witch trials took place in 1692. Nineteen innocent people were falsely convicted of the felony of witchcraft and executed, all of them by hanging. One man, {{wplink|Giles Corey}}, was pressed to death in an attempt to torture a confession out of him. And supposedly he cursed the whole village of Salem just before his death, giving some evidence that he actually was a witch.
 
   
 
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]] ''{{1st}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' {{Mention}}
   
 
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Latest revision as of 23:57, June 7, 2015

Salem Witches' Institute
Organisation information
Headquarters

Salem, Massachusetts, United States of America

Intentions

Women's associationism

The Salem Witches' Institute is a wizarding organisation for women,[1] 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 scenesEdit

AppearancesEdit

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