|Uagadou School of Magic|
It was the largest of all wizarding schools as it welcomes students from all over Africa.
The school is located in the Mountains of the Moon of Uganda. Visitors speak of a stunning edifice carved out of the mountainside and shrouded in mist, so that it sometimes appears simply to float in mid-air.
Uagadou was created at least a thousand years ago. Among all small wizarding schools in Africa, it was the only one that has stood the test of time and achieved an enviable international reputation.
At a recent International Symposium of Animagi, the Uagadou School Team attracted a lot of press when their exhibition of synchronised transforming caused a near riot. Many older and more experienced witches and wizards felt threatened by fourteen-year-olds who could turn at will into elephants and cheetahs, and a formal complaint was lodged with the International Confederation of Wizards by Adrian Tutley.
Uagadou students are skilled in Astronomy, Alchemy and Self-Transfiguration. They are also able to cast spells by pointing the finger or through hand gestures, which gave them a sturdy line of defence when they were accused of breaking the International Statute of Secrecy.
Students receive notice that they have gained entrance at Uagadou from Dream Messengers, sent by the headmaster or headmistress of the day. The Dream Messenger will appear to the children as they sleep and will leave a token, usually an inscribed stone, which is found in the child’s hand on waking. This is the only such school employing this method of student selection.
Etymology and pronunciation
- Uagadou may be a variant spelling of Ouagadou, a commune in southwestern Mali, or Wagadu, a name for the Ghana Empire, which was located in what is now southeastern Mauritania and western Mali. It is also possible that it is derived from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2014 editions)
- Wonderbook: Book of Potions (First identified as Uagadou School of Magic)
- Pottermore (Mentioned only)
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