Everything You Need to Know About Harry Potter’s 6 New Wizarding Schools

At some point in their life, every Harry Potter fan has had the same fantasy. We’ve all imagined going to Hogwarts, choosing ours wand, buying an animal companion, and being sorted into our favorite house. Today, that dream became a little more real and a little more personal.

On Pottermore, J.K. Rowling revealed more details about six of the eleven great wizarding schools located around the world. Now, Harry Potter fans can fantasize about going to their local schools as well. Although let’s be honest, we’d still all rather go to Hogwarts.

Castelobruxo (Brazil)
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Hidden deep in the rainforests of the Amazon, the Brazilian school of magic takes students from all over South America. Much like Hogwarts, the school's castle appears to be nothing but a ruin to any muggle that happens to see it. However to any wizard, Castelobruxo is a solid gold temple, surrounded on all sides by Caipora (small, furry, mischievous little creatures who watch over the students).

At Castelobruxo, students wear bright green robes and specialize in Herbology and Magizoology. The school even offers exchange programs for European students who want to study the exotic flora and fauna of South America. Notable alumni include author Libatius Borage (Advanced Potion-Making, Asiatic Anti-Venoms and Have Yourself a Fiesta in a Bottle!) and Quidditch superstar João Coelho.
Mahoutokoro (Japan)
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The ancient Japanese school of magic is the smallest of the eleven wizarding schools and the jade castle stands hidden atop the "uninhabited" volcanic island of Minami Iwo Jima. Unlike most other great schools, Mahoutokoro accepts students starting at age seven and for the first few years, wizards commute to school everyday on "the backs of a flock of giant storm petrels."

Upon acceptance, students at Mahoutokoro are given magical, color changing robes rather than the plain black robes seen at Hogwarts. When they first arrive at school, students' robes are a faint pink, but as the students grow in their magical abilities, the robes begin to change color. If a student achieves top marks in every subject, their robe will become gold. However, if a student practices any dark magic, their robe will turn white and they will be immediately expelled from Mahoutokoro.

While other schools specialize in certain academic subjects, Mahoutokoro prides itself on its Quidditch abilities. Legend has it that the game was founded by a group of Hogwarts students who got lost at sea and became inspired by the watching the movement of the planets in the night sky. The British wizards quickly spread their game to the Japanese wizards who rescued them.
Uagadou (Africa)
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Many would argue that magic itself originated in Africa and the continent boasts one of the largest and oldest of the great wizarding schools, Uagadou. While there are smaller schools located around Africa, the one thousand year old Uagadou accepts students from all over the continent. Believed to be located in Uganda, the school's address (simply "Mountains of the Moon") hints at the institution's design, a stone temple carved into the side of a mountain that appears to float in mid-air.

The Uagadou curriculum places an emphasis on Astronomy, Alchemy and Self-Transfiguration. While students at Hogwarts eagerly await their acceptance letter on their 11th birthday, students at Uagadou look forward to The Dream Messenger. Instead of a letter, The Dream Messenger will place an inscribed stone in the hands of prospective students while they sleep. That's not the only difference though. Wands are a European invention, so students at Uagadou will usually cast spells using hand gestures, which gives students a certain level of plausible deniability in case they get in trouble ("I was only waving, I never meant his chin to fall off," Rowling writes).

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Beauxbatons (France)
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Located in the Pyrenees Mountains, the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic accepts students from all over Western Europe including France, Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The school enjoys a healthy rivalry with Hogwarts, including the Triward Tournament (currently Hogwarts leads with sixty-three wins to Beauxbaton's sixty-two).

Famous alumni include Nicolas and Perenelle Flamel (whose study of alchemy helped fund the school's famously beautiful castle grounds and gardens) and Fleur Delacour (who fought in the Battle of Hogwarts and was honored by both the French and British Ministries of Magic).

Durmstrang (Northern Europe)
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Founded in 1294, the Durmstrang Institute (believed to be located in Northern Europe, possibly Norway or Sweden) is notoriously secretive about its whereabouts. Visitors to the school must agree to memory charms to erase their knowledge of the castle grounds, although many still speak of a "great, dark, spectral ship that is moored on a mountain lake behind the school."

Students at Durmstrang wear fur cloaks, fur hats, and blood-red robes and the school does not accept Muggle-born wizards. Durmstrang enjoys the darkest reputation of the eleven great wizarding schools and even embraces the Dark Arts. Notable alumni including alleged murder Harfang Munter, Death Eater Igor Karkaroff, and the infamous Gellert Grindelwald. However, in recent years Durmstrang has produced some reputable Wizards including the delicious Viktor Krum.
Ilvermorny (North America)
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Not much is known about North America's great wizarding school other than the name, Ilvermorny. While Rowling has been mum about the school, that hasn't stopped fans from speculating. Given the school's location on the Pottermore map, fans believe Ilvermorny is located somewhere in the along the Great Lakes or in the Northeastern United States.

Some Potter fans on Reddit have even suggested that the name "Ilvermorny" is a portmanteau of Illinois (IL), Vermont, and New York (NY). This suggests the possibility that Ilvermorny is a moving castle, perhaps even a ship that travels the lakes and rivers of the Northern America. But for now, we'll probably have to wait for Fantastic Beasts to learn more about the school.