For over a decade, the “Harry Potter” saga made us fall in love with the world of witchcraft and wizardry, making us all wish that someday, our very own Hogwarts letter will arrive at our doorsteps. But what if we were so engrossed in waiting for our invitation to Hogwarts, oblivious to the idea that maybe we belong to another wizarding school?
Of course, we wouldn’t know, because it’s only with JK Rowling’s newest film franchise “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” that we’re acquainted to a different wizarding community other than that of UK. So maybe the reason our Hogwarts letters never came was because we were supposed to get it somewhere nearer?
JK Rowling, author of the bestselling books, revealed the names of four other wizard schools aside from Hogwarts. These schools, according to the brilliant story-teller, are located in Africa, South America, Asia, and the U.S. East Coast.
From a report shared by Mashable, these 4 schools named Uagadou (Africa), Mahoutokoro (Japan), Castelobruxo (Brazil), and Ilvermorny (New York) are each known for something they’re good at. We were so enthralled and deeply attached with the magical British school, little did we know that these other schools in different parts of the globe are equally as magical.
Uagadou, situated at the “Mountains of the Moon,” is the largest among the schools of witchcraft and wizardry. Here, African witches and wizards can cast spells without the use of a wand. Mahoutokoro has the smallest number of students out of all the 11 wizarding schools in the world; though they are few, they’re known to be outstanding when it comes to Quidditch. In Castelobruxo, there’s a program that welcomes exchange students from Europe to study American flora and fauna; plus, this school found in a Brazilian rain forest takes pride in their flagship courses “Herbology” and “Magizoology.” And of course, Ilvermorny, the American school that will be featured in the flick “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” is as historical and controversial as Hogwarts.
Through her “Harry Potter” website Pottermore, JK Rowling shared the reason why there are only 11 wizarding schools registered with the International Confederation of Wizards. “The wizarding populations of most countries choose the option of home schooling. Occasionally, too, the magical community in a given country is tiny or far-flung and correspondence courses have been found a more cost-effective means of educating the young.”
For us to know more about schools other than Hogwarts, be sure to catch the latest “Harry Potter” spin-off film featuring Eddie Redmayne as young Prof. Newt Scamander. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be released in theaters on November 18.