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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 their school's name.

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, 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).
  • 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, 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.
  • 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 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

Notes and references


Wizarding Education
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Schools: Beauxbatons Academy of Magic · Brazilian wizarding school · Durmstrang Institute · Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry · Koldovstoretz · Mahoutokoro School of Magic · Salem Witches' Institute (possibly) · Uagadou School of Magic
Specialised schools: Academy of Broom Flying · Charm School · Euro-Glyph School of Extraordinary Languages · Merge School of Under-Water Spellage · Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts
Examinations: First year exams · Second year exams · Third year exams · Fourth year exams · Ordinary Wizarding Level · Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test
Core classes: Astronomy · Charms · Defence Against the Dark Arts · Herbology · History of Magic · Potions · Transfiguration
Elective classes: Alchemy · Arithmancy · Care of Magical Creatures · Divination · Muggle Studies · Study of Ancient Runes
Extra-curricular classes: Apparition · Advanced Arithmancy Studies · Ancient Studies · Art · Flying · Frog Choir · Ghoul Studies · Hogwarts orchestra · Magical Theory · Muggle Art · Muggle Music · Music · Xylomancy

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