There were eleven "long-established and prestigious" wizarding schools throughout the world. There were smaller wizarding schools, but these tended to be short-lived, and often not regulated.
However, most countries in the world did not have their own wizarding school. Magical children in these countries were typically homeschooled or educated via correspodence courses.
Range and regulation
The vast majority of countries in the world did not have their own wizarding school. Wizards and witches in these countries generally chose to homeschool their children instead. Correspondence courses were also sometimes used as a cost-effective method of providing magical instruction to young witches and wizards in countries with very small or isolated wizarding populations.
Wizarding schools generally admitted students from whatever country in which they were based, but some served multiple nations or a broad geographical region, or at least were open to accepting international students on a selective basis. Castelobruxo and Uagadou accepted students from all over their respective continents, whereas Hogwarts only accepted students from the United Kingdom and Ireland. The school with the smallest number of students was Mahoutokoro, and the school with the most students was Uagadou.
The Educational Office of the International Confederation of Wizards was responsible for cataloging and overseeing wizarding schools around the world, including the eleven oldest, most respected ones. Smaller wizarding schools existed, but these were often short-lived and poorly-regulated, as most were not registered with the respective Ministry of Magic of the country in which they operated. The quality of magical education on offer at these smaller, unregistered institutions was thus questionable.
However, there seems to have been some smaller schools that were approved by the Educational Office, as Africa was reported to be home to "a number of smaller wizarding schools" in addition to Uagadou. The book An Appraisal of Magical Education in Europe covered publicly available information on various wizarding schools in Europe.
Known wizarding schools
|Image||Wizarding school||Location||Students' place of origin|
|Beauxbatons Academy of Magic||Pyrenees, France||France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain|
|Castelobruxo||Amazon rainforest, Brazil||All over South America|
|Durmstrang Institute||Northernmost reaches of Sweden|
|Willing to accept international students, but presumably mainly Northern Europe|
|Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry||Scotland, Great Britain||United Kingdom and Ireland|
|Ilvermorny||North America||North America|
|Mahoutokoro School of Magic||Minami Iwo Jima, Japan||Japan|
|Uagadou School of Magic||Mountains of the Moon, Uganda||All over Africa|
Interaction between schools
Every five years, a competition known as the Triwizard Tournament was held between the three major European wizarding schools of Beauxbatons, Durmstrang, and Hogwarts. One champion was selected to represent each school (with the exception of the 1994 Triwizard Tournament, when Hogwarts ended up with two champions) to compete in an array of deadly challenges. The winning school received the Triwizard Cup.
Castelobruxo in Brazil offered student exchange programmes to pupils at wizarding schools in Europe. There was apparently also an international pen-friend programme in place for students of Castelobruxo and Hogwarts at one point. Bill Weasley wanted to take an exchange trip to Castelobruxo, but had to back out because his family could not afford the expense, leading his upset Castelobruxo pen-friend to send him a cursed hat.
Outside of general education, the wizarding world offers specialised schools of learning as well. Such schools include the Academy of Broom Flying, Charm School, and the Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Behind the scenes
- The Salem Witches' Institute was once thought by some fans to be a wizarding school in the United States of America; J. K. Rowling has since said that the Salem Witches' Institute is a joke on the Women's Institutes in Britain.
- Most wizarding school are located in mountainous regions. It is mostly because it is easier to hide them from Muggles. The only known exception so far is Castelobruxo in the Brazilian rainforest.
- So far, there is only one known wizarding day school: Mahoutokoro in Japan. Though students older than ten have to board it.
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Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Pottermore - Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Wizarding Schools"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Pottermore - Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Uagadou"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 @naunihalpublic Uagadou takes students from all over Africa, but it is in Uganda. #IAgreePottermoreShouldSayThatWillChangeDescription by J. K. Rowling on Twitter.com
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Pottermore - Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Castelobruxo"
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 8 July 2000 South West News Service interview
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Pottermore - Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Mahoutokoro"
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Pottermore - Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Beauxbatons Academy of Magic"
- ↑ Report on Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre reading
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Hermione: "It must be far north because they have fur capes on the uniform list."
- ↑ Pottermore - Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Durmstrang Institute"
- ↑ 1997 interview in The Herald (Glasgow)
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Pottermore - News: "Pottermore reveals that Ilvermorny is the North American wizarding school"
- ↑ Pottermore facts from the 2014 UK editions of the Harry Potter books (transcript and link to photographs here)
- ↑ Wonderbook: Book of Potions
- ↑ .@jgrahamhutch The Salem Witches' Institute isn't a school, but a joke on the Women's Institute in the UK. by J.K. Rowling on Twitter