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|intentions=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>
 
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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''' was a [[wizardkind|wizarding]] organisation for women,<ref name="Twitter" /> presumably based in [[Salem]], {{wplink|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.<ref name="gof7">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', Chapter 7</ref>
 
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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*[[J. K. Rowling]] has stated that the Salem Witches' Institute is a play on the [[Wikipedia:Women's Institutes|Women's Institutes]] of the [[Great Britain|United Kingdom]].<ref name="Twitter"/> These organisations seek to provide women with educational opportunities and to campaign on issues of importance to women and their communities.<ref>"[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women's_Institutes Women's Institutes]" on Wikipedia</ref>
*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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*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."<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> This lead to speculation among fans that the Salem Witches' Institute was an [[United States of America|American]] wizarding school, which persisted until 2015, when the author revealed on Twitter that it was actually a women's organisation.<ref name="Twitter" />
*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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*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 [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Star-Spangled_Banner Star-Spangled Banner].
 
==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.
 
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]] ''{{1st}}
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Latest revision as of 17:41, April 24, 2016

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 scenesEdit

  • 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.

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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