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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 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.
   
 
==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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*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"/>
*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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*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.
*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 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".
*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.
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*It is assumed that this institute is based in Salem, Massachusetts, the setting for the Salem Witch Trials.
*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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*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' {{Mention}}
   
 
==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==
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[[fr:Institut des sorcières de Salem]]
 
[[fr:Institut des sorcières de Salem]]
 
[[it:Istituto delle Streghe di Salem]]
 
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[[pl:Instytut Czarownic z Salem]]
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[[ru:Салемский институт ведьм]]
 
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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

Notes and referencesEdit

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