Rachel Paige
January 30, 2016 7:21 am

Whoa, are you guys sitting down? If you’re not, sit down, because you’re about to get so much Wizarding World knowledge dropped on you. At the Harry Potter Celebration at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida, the name of the American Hogwarts was just announced. It’s Ilvermorny, and it’s very exciting.

OH, BUT THAT’S NOT ALL. The names of three other BIG magical schools around the world were also revealed, along with details about their students, their subjects, and where we can find them.

As J.K. Rowling writes on Pottermore, “There are eleven long-established and prestigious wizarding schools worldwide,” along with “Smaller and less well-regulated institutions…rarely registered with the appropriate Ministry.” If we’re looking to find the Wizarding School closest to us, we “should address an owl enquiry to the International Confederation of Wizards, Educational Office.”

Since finding an owl and training it to fly to the appropriate location will take a long time, let’s break down the three big schools just revealed.

Building and location: An edifice carved into the mountain, located in the “Mountains of the Moon,” Africa. Currently the largest Wizarding school.

How students learn they’re accepted: Dream Messengers. Students are told they’re accepted in THEIR DREAMS!

Excellence in: Transfiguration, specializing in Animagi.

Building and location: An “edifice of golden rock, often compared to a temple” located deep in the rain forest, Brazil.

Excellence in: Herbology and Magizoology.

School is protected by: Caipora, small and furry spirit-beings who are extraordinarily mischievous and tricky.

Weasley connection: This is where Bill was supposed to go as an exchange student.

Building and location: A jade palace atop the Volcanic island of Minami Iwo Jima, Japan. Currently the smallest wizarding school.

Excellence in: Quidditch, because they often practice over the stormy ocean.

Accepted students: Can start their schooling as early as age seven, but do not start boarding at the school until age 11.

Color changing fun fact: Not only do the student’s robes grow as they do, but their wands change color from pink to gold as their wizarding knowledge increases.

Got all that? According to the released world map of ALL the Wizarding Schools, there are still a few others left to be discovered. If in total there are 11, we’ve so far only learned of 7 – these three, then Hogwarts and Ilvermorny, and don’t forget Durmstrang and Beauxbatons. You can clearly see these locations marked on the map, but there are still others.

So now, no matter where you are in the world, know that there’s a Wizarding school nearby (and one that obviously failed to send you an acceptance letter as a wee child).

(Image via Warner Bros.)

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