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How to pick the perfect wizard school for you

Time for some more Harry Potter awesomeness!

So, I’ve spoken about Pottermore before on this blog. And even though it’s undergone a big change from before and I still miss the book per chapter game!, I must say that it is being used more and more, and in a better way. They have also recently started a book club, where they go chapter by chapter through all the books, discuss them in detail, and often Rowling releases new information on Pottermore coinciding with the book club chapters.

You already know where I’m going with this, right? Yes, Rowling recently revealed a whole lot more about the wizarding schools of the world while they were discussing The Goblet of Fire. She says, and I quote: With so many magical schools all over the world, let’s take a look at where we could best receive our (totally fictional) magical education.

We all know Hogwarts of course, and we’ve encountered Durmstrang (northern Europe) and Beauxbatons (France) in the fourth book, and recently in Fantastic Beasts, we found out about the American school of Ilvermorny. But of course, there are many more wizarding schools, and Rowling has just named all of them. So without further ado, which school of witchcraft and wizardry do you want to go to?

x. Beauxbatons Academy of Magic

The Beauxbatons Academy of Magic is most-likely located somewhere in France, near the Pyrenees. The beautiful château welcomes a multitude of students from different nationalities: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Luxembourgian and Belgian. So if you like your magic served with a dash of savoir-faire, this is the school for you! Nicholas Flamel not only attended the academy, but it’s also where he met his wife Perenelle Flamel.

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x. Castelobruxo

Brazil boasts its own wizarding school, hidden deep within the rainforest. This South American school excels in nature-based subjects like Herbology and Magizoology. Students with green thumbs and animal loves thrive in this magical school. Another plus for Castelobruxo is that it has a popular student exchange programme with the European schools. So if you like to travel? Choose Castelobruxo!

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x. Durmstrang Institute

The Durmstrang Institute is believed to be situated somewhere in Northern Europe, but one can never be sure since it’s protected by memory charms that erase any recollection of its whereabouts to visitors. This school is quite infamous, as it is the school that Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was expelled from! Then again, it’s also Viktor Krum‘s home, the Triwizard champion and world-famous Quidditch player.

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x. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Nobody knows exactly where Hogwarts is located, thanks to all the magical protections put in place, but we do know it’s somewhere in the Highlands of Scotland. The school has a long, detailed history and is filled with secret passages, eccentric professors, wisecracking ghostslovely house-elves, talking portraits and much more.

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x. Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

The American school for witches and wizards is, of course, Ilvermorny, located on Mount Greylock in Massachusetts. It’s kind of like an Americanized version of the Hogwarts for students from all across North America. The castle started out as a granite stone house that kept on expanding as the school grew. It was founded in 1627 and started with two teachers and two students.

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x. Mahoutokoro

This is the Japanese school for wizards and witches, located on top of the volcanic island of Minami Iwo Jima. The Mahoutokoro School of Magic is a big and beautiful jade palace, without bedrooms or dorms. Which is quite normal since it’s not a boarding school like Hogwarts. Students go there every day on a flock of giant storm petrels. But beware, there is a Muggle airbase nearby, so be careful of that.

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x. Uagadou

The biggest of all wizarding schools is located in Uganda, by the Mountains of the Moon. Their students are known to be academic all-rounders, their top subjects being Astronomy, Alchemy and Transfiguration. And how do you find out you’ve gotten into Uagadou? Dream Messengers will appear to you in your sleep and leave an inscribed stone in your hand.

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