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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''' 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>
   
 
==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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*[[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>
*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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*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" />
*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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*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].
*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.
 
*The name of the school, based in Salem, Massachusetts, is most likely influenced by the infamous Salem Witch Trials.
 
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''
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==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==
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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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