Wizarding World Schools Across The World
So all of us by now have heard of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. One of the most iconic wizarding schools in the world where many famous and infamous witches and wizards have been taught. However, did you know that they are actually 11 main wizarding schools across the world? So we’ve complied a list of some of the main wizarding schools across the world.
Beauxbatons Academy of Magic
The Beauxbatons Academy of Magic is a beautiful gigantic French chateau almost resembling a fairy tale palace located in Pyrenees, France. This exquisite school was founded in the pre 1920s and mainly takes in European students from countries such as France, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium. As we all know, their main school rivalry is with Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as they competed against them in the trizward tournament just before Lord Voldemort’s return. The Beauxbatons school headmaster is of course the giantess Madame Maxine who took a liking to Hagrid whilst at Hogwarts for the trizawizard tournament. The school’s most notable student to have ever been produced there is one of the world’s renown alchemists, Nicolas Flamel, who eventually became one of the creators of the philosophers stone.
Castelobruxo is a school which doesn’t get mentioned alot in the Wizarding World but certainly as its unique aspects just like every other one. Founded in the 10th-11th century, the Castelobruxo school situates itself in the middle of the Amazon rainforest and takes in students from all across South America. The school building is a temple like structure with a castle sitting at the top which are protected by small furry mischievous creatures known as Caipora. Some say that these are even more pesky than Peeves the poltergeist at Hogwarts.
Now here’s another one all of us should have heard of before. Founded in the 1920s, Drumstrang Institute is possibly has one of the darkest histories of all the wizarding schools across the world. Their school is considered to be far north of Europe and rumoured to be in either Norway or Sweden but because of their secretive nature no one fully knows where it is. Upon arrival to Drumstrang, visitors must undergo memory charms so they have no recollection of the whereabouts of the school or that they were even there in the first place. The Institute does accept international students however though they mainly take in students from across northern and eastern Europe. Additionally, the school has its past with the dark arts as notorious dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald once came here. As well as that their previous headmaster Igor Karkaroff (former death eater) went into hiding after Lord Voldemort’s return during the triwizard tournaments which they competed in alongside Beauxbatons and Hogwarts.
Do we really need to explain what Hogwarts is? Surely all of us have heard of this famous school. Arguably one of the most iconic and famous wizarding schools out of the eleven which also has its past. Located in the highlands in Scotland and founded in the 10th century the school educates young witches and wizards from all across the UK including Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Hogwarts has a long history behind it as it once was home to Tom Riddle or as we know him today Lord Voldemort and was the location of the second wizarding war in which the dark Lord himself attacked the school and its grounds. One of the best looking schools as well with a magnificent castle situated on the mountains and surrounded by the “Forbidden Forest” which is home to some of the most dangerous and freighting creatures in the Wizarding World.
In simple terms, Ilvermorny is basically the American version of Hogwarts. A grand castle, which was once a small granite home, overlooks Mount Greylock Massachusetts and houses statues of its original creators outside. Students from all over the states are accepted here and just like Hogwarts, each student is assigned to a house. The school was founded in early 17th century and taught some iconic characters from the Wizarding World with the likes of Porpentina and Queenie Goldstein. Each student from Ilvermorny is especially gifted in animal and plant magic and also wandless magic.
Koldovstoretz is a Russian Wizarding school which doesn’t get mentioned at all in the series and we rarely have any information or images of it at all. However, one interesting fact we do have about the Russian Wizarding culture is that they play a different version of the popular game Qudditch than we know. Instead of using broomsticks to fly around on, they use an entire tree instead.
Mahoutokoro School of Magic
Mahoutokoro is a Japanese Wizarding school in the form of a japanese styled house which houses students from across Japan and located in Minami Iwo Jima. They take in the smallest student count making it one of the smallest in the world and usually don’t get students in until they reach eleven similar to Hogwarts and many other schools. However, students are taught here from the age of seven but don’t actually board the school. Instead, they fly to and from school on giant flocks of petrels which are a type of magical bird creature. Interestingly, one unique feature about this school is that their robes begin to change colour as they grow in skill with it starting at the bottom at pink and once they achieve the highest grades their robes change to gold. Similar to the karate belt system we have today. However, if students robes change to white, that means that a student as betrayed the Japanese wizards code or has performed the dark arts. People with these robes are looked down upon and are instantly expelled from the school.
Uagadou School of Magic
Uagadou School of Magic is the main Wizarding school for all of Africa. Located in the Mountains of the Moon Uganda, it makes it the largest Wizarding school of the eleven and founded pre 11the century. This school in particular, famously produces students that are skilled alchemy, astronomy and self-transfiguration. In addition to that, they also mainly practice wandless magic as wands are said to be a European invention and only recently adapted the use of them. Out of all the Wizarding schools in the world, this one has a very unique way of giving out acceptance messages to its students. Whilst asleep, a dream messenger would leave a token in their hand, most commonly a inscribed stone, and the student would find the token once they wake up.