Wizarding Schools Map LR

Map of select wizarding schools around the world

A wizarding school (also called a magical school) was an educational institution which provides magical instruction to young witches and wizards.[1]

There were eleven long-established and prestigious wizarding schools throughout the world, all of which were registered with the International Confederation of Wizards. Smaller and less well-regulated institutions were rarely registered with the appropriate Ministry and are difficult to keep track of.[1]

However, most countries in the world did not have their own wizarding school. Magical children in these countries were typically homeschooled or educated via correspondence courses.[1]

Range and regulation

The vast majority of countries in the world did not have their own wizarding school.[1] Wizards and witches in these countries generally chose to homeschool their children instead.[1] 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.[1]

Mahoutokoro storm petrels

Day student of Mahoutokoro in Japan riding to school on a giant storm petrel

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, Ilvermorny and Uagadou accepted students from all over their respective continents,[2][3][4] whereas Hogwarts only accepted students from the United Kingdom and Ireland.[5][6]

The school with the smallest number of students was Mahoutokoro, and the school with the most students was Uagadou.[2][7]

Some schools also enforced special restrictions with regard to the admission of students. The Durmstrang Institute, for example, did not accept Muggle-born witches and wizards.[8]

The Educational Office of the International Confederation of Wizards was responsible for cataloguing and overseeing wizarding schools around the world, namely the eleven oldest, most respected ones.[1] 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.[1] The quality of magical education on offer at these smaller, unregistered institutions was thus questionable.[1] Africa was known to have been home to a number of smaller wizarding schools in addition to Uagadou.[2] The book An Appraisal of Magical Education in Europe covered publicly available information on various wizarding schools in Europe.[8]

Known wizarding schools

Image Wizarding School Location Range
BeauxbatonsAcademyofMagic Beauxbatons Academy of Magic Pyrenees, France[9] France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain[9]
CastelobruxoSchoolofMagic Castelobruxo Amazon rainforest, Brazil[4] All over South America[4]
DurmstrangInstitute Durmstrang Institute Scandinavia; northernmost reaches of either Norway
or Sweden[10][11][12]
Willing to accept international students,[8] but presumably mainly northern Europe
HogwartsSchool Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Highlands, Scotland[13] Scotland, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales[5][6]
IlvermornySchoolofMagic Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Mount Greylock, United States of America[14] All over North America[14]
EmptyFile Koldovstoretz Russia Russia[15]
MahoutokoroSchoolofMagic Mahoutokoro School of Magic Minami Iwo Jima, Japan[7] Japan[7]
UagadouSchoolofMagic Uagadou School of Magic Mountains of the Moon, Uganda[3][2] All over Africa[3][2]

Interaction between schools

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Beauxbatons students arriving at Hogwarts for the Triwizard Tournament in 1994

Every five years, a competition known as the Triwizard Tournament was held between the three major European wizarding schools: 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.[8]

The Wizarding Schools Potions Championship was held in seven-year intervals between students of Hogwarts, Koldovstoretz, Mahoutokoro and Uagadou. The winning school received a golden cauldron.[16]

Castelobruxo in Brazil offered student exchange programmes to pupils at wizarding schools in Europe.[4] There was apparently also an international pen-friend programme in place for students of Castelobruxo and Hogwarts.[4][17] 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.[4][17]

Specialised schools

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


Notes and references

  1. 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. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Uagadou" at Pottermore
  3. 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
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Castelobruxo" at Pottermore
  5. 5.0 5.1 3 July 1999 interview in the Telegraph
  6. 6.0 6.1 8 July 2000 South West News Service interview
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Mahoutokoro" at Pottermore
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  9. 9.0 9.1 Writing by J.K. Rowling: Beauxbatons "Academy of Magic" at Pottermore
  10. Report on Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre reading
  11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Hermione: "It must be far north because they have fur capes on the uniform list."
  12. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Durmstrang" Institute at Pottermore
  13. 1997 interview in The Herald (Glasgow)
  14. 14.0 14.1 Pottermore - News: "Pottermore reveals that Ilvermorny is the North American wizarding school"
  15. Pottermore facts from the 2014 UK editions of the Harry Potter books (transcript and link to photographs here)
  16. Wonderbook: Book of Potions
  17. 17.0 17.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 7 (Bagman and Crouch)
  18. .@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

Wizarding Education
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The Eleven Schools: Beauxbatons · Castelobruxo · Durmstrang · Hogwarts · Ilvermorny · Koldovstoretz · Mahoutokoro · Uagadou
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