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{{Quote|The Salem Witches' Institute.|The sign at the Quidditch World Cup.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
 
   
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.
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The '''Salem Witches' Institute''' is a magical institute, possibly a [[Wizarding schools|school]]<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], but see [[#Behind the scenes|"Behind the scenes"]] as to why this is not conclusive proof.</ref>, presumably located in [[Salem]], Massachusetts. Based on its name, it presumably only accepts female members. 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==
 
==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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*Some fans believe 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]]''. However, the same book makes mention of another "American" school, the [[Brazilian wizarding school]], presumably in South America. Additionally, the only known members of this institution are described as middle-aged (though they could be teachers or alumni).
*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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*Assuming it is not a school, the institution may be a magical counterpart to the [[Wikipedia:Women's Institutes |Women's Institutes]], though these primarily exist in [[Great Britain]] and [[Canada]] in the real world, and muggles would not actually know if there was a magical women's institute in the United States because it would have all kinds of muggle repellents on it.
*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", 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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*If it is indeed a school, the name ''"Witches' Institute"'' would suggest it is a girls only school, probably indicating that there is indeed a boys school too. Although if one is going purely based off of the name, then this would imply that the school is only for witches in the town of Salem, which is highly unlikely.
==Etymology==
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*It is also possible that the name is merely derived from the Salem Witch Trials, and may in fact have nothing to do with the gender of the students that attend it.
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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*It is assumed that this school or institute is based in Salem, Massachusetts, the setting for the Salem Witch Trials.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]] ''{{1st}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' {{Mention}}
   
 
==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==
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Latest revision as of 23:35, June 21, 2014

Salem Witches' Institute
Organisation information
Headquarters

Salem, Massachusetts, United States of America (possibly)

Affiliation

Magic

The Salem Witches' Institute is a magical institute, possibly a school[1], presumably located in Salem, Massachusetts. Based on its name, it presumably only accepts female members. 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

  • Some fans believe 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. However, the same book makes mention of another "American" school, the Brazilian wizarding school, presumably in South America. Additionally, the only known members of this institution are described as middle-aged (though they could be teachers or alumni).
  • Assuming it is not a school, the institution may be a magical counterpart to the Women's Institutes, though these primarily exist in Great Britain and Canada in the real world, and muggles would not actually know if there was a magical women's institute in the United States because it would have all kinds of muggle repellents on it.
  • 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".
  • If it is indeed a school, the name "Witches' Institute" would suggest it is a girls only school, probably indicating that there is indeed a boys school too. Although if one is going purely based off of the name, then this would imply that the school is only for witches in the town of Salem, which is highly unlikely.
  • It is also possible that the name is merely derived from the Salem Witch Trials, and may in fact have nothing to do with the gender of the students that attend it.
  • It is assumed that this school or institute is based in Salem, Massachusetts, the setting for the Salem Witch Trials.

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit


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