Might the fact that the students prize cherry wands come from the cultural significance of cherry blossoms in Japan? Cherry blossoms, if I recall correctly, have a ton of symbolism attached (mortality, beauty, clouds; connection to militarism in WWII...) 09:06, July 4, 2012 (UTC)

Book of Potions

Does Wonderbook reveal more information on the School?--Rodolphus (talk) 19:22, November 13, 2013 (UTC)

Not that I know of, all I know is that there is a student from Mahoutokoro competing in the Wizarding Schools Potions Championship. --  Seth Cooper  owl post! 19:47, November 13, 2013 (UTC)

Can you give a link with this information?--Rodolphus (talk) 20:00, November 13, 2013 (UTC)

Pronunciation guide

Is the pronunciation given, "Mah - hoot - o - koh - ro", Word of God, i.e. from Rowling herself? Because the more usual way to pronounce "Mahoutokoro" is more like "Ma-hoh-to-koro", long "o" sound on the second syllable (like a garden "hoe"), and short "o"s (like the "o" in "tic-tok") on all the others. Also, each syllable should start with a consonant and end with a vowel, unless it's just a vowel on its own; so no "hoot" or even "haute".

More than you probably wanted to know: 魔法, meaning "magic", is pronounced まほう, where each hiragana letter is usually transliterated as "mo-ho-u" in standard Romaji; Yale transliteration would have it as "ma-ho-o", but in either case the last two hiragana combine to make the long "o" sound. The last character, 所, is pronounced ところ, or "to-ko-ro" (in both Romaji and Yale), meaning "place". To make a "hoo" sound isn't possible in standard Japanese, but you could approximate with ふう, "fuu" or "fū". 

I am only an egg in terms of speaking and reading Japanese, but the above is fairly solid; while there are regional variations I may not be aware of (my teacher taught Tokyo dialect), of course, I know I'm on solid ground regarding the consonant-vowel thing, and fairly confident about the most common pronunciation of 魔法. TheOriginalNelC (talk) 20:38, February 2, 2016 (UTC)

I would think so. The pronunciation is taken from the Pottermore website, which says the info is from Rowling. Not to mention, she's pretty much redirecting people every once in a while to the Pottermore website for Harry Potter updates of any kind. EternalLocket (talk) 21:27, February 2, 2016 (UTC)
I guess I should write to Rowling, then. ;) TheOriginalNelC (talk) 21:30, February 2, 2016 (UTC)

Number of school years

Should we add that Mahoutokoro has at least ten school years? They start at age 7, and students participate in the Potions championship at age 17.--Rodolphus (talk) 12:17, July 8, 2016 (UTC)