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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 their school's name.
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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==
*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, assuming she meant "American" to mean the Americas in general rather than merely the [[United States of America|United States]], [[Brazilian wizarding school|another American school]] is mentioned in the same book. Additionally, the only known members of this institution are described as middle-aged (though they could be teachers or alumni).
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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).
*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, though 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.
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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.
 
*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".
 
*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.
 
*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.
*It is also possible that the name is merely derived from the Salem Witches themselves, and may in fact have nothing to do with the students that attend it.
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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 of the school, based in Salem, Massachusetts, is most likely influenced by the infamous Salem Witch Trials.
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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]]''
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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 20:32, January 2, 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.
  • 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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