J.K. Rowling reveals names of American, Brazilian, Japanese, and African wizarding schools!

The wizarding world just got a whole lot bigger.


The North American wizarding school is named Ilvermorny.

The name was revealed Friday night at the Celebration of Harry Potter event taking place at Universal’s Wizarding World theme park. According to Pottermore, actress Evanna Lynch (who played Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter movies) broke the news while revealing a map of the wizarding schools across the world.

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Harry Potter fans have known that Hogwarts isn’t the only school of witchcraft and wizardry in J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, readers met characters from Beauxbatons, a school located in France, as well as Durmstrang Institute, believed to be located somewhere in the Norway-Sweden region. Other wizards and witches from Africa and America were mentioned in the books as well. It was always a given that there were other schools–readers just didn’t know anything about them.

With Rowling’s upcoming film, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, Potterheads were promised an expansion to the world introduced in the Harry Potter books. The movie will star Eddie Redmayne who will play as Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who runs into trouble during his stay in 1920’s New York City. The North American wizarding school will reportedly be referenced during the course of the movie.

According to Pottermore, details surrounding Ilvermorny will be released very soon on their site. While they link to the page with information on Ilvermorny, it’s currently empty.

In addition to revealing the name of the North American school, the names of other schools located in Brazil, Japan, and Africa (no specific country was specified) were also revealed. Take a look at some excerpts below to learn about each school.

Castelobruxo (Cass – tell – o – broo – shoo) – Brazil

The Brazilian school for magic, which takes students from all over South America, may be found hidden deep within the rainforest. The fabulous castle appears to be a ruin to the few Muggle eyes that have ever fallen upon it (a trick shared by Hogwarts; opinion is divided on who got the idea from whom). Castelobruxo is an imposing square edifice of golden rock, often compared to a temple. Read the rest at Pottermore.

Mahoutokoro (Mah – hoot – o – koh – ro) – Japan

This ancient Japanese school has the smallest student body of the eleven great wizarding schools and takes students from the age of seven (although they do not board until they are eleven). While day students, wizarding children are flown back and forth to their homes every day on the backs of a flock of giant storm petrels. Read the rest at Pottermore.

Uagadou (Wag-a-doo) – Africa

Although Africa has a number of smaller wizarding schools […] there is only one that has stood the test of time (at least a thousand years) and achieved an enviable international reputation: Uagadou. The largest of all wizarding schools, it welcomes students from all over the enormous continent. The only address ever given is ‘Mountains of the Moon’; visitors speak of a stunning edifice carved out of the mountainside and shrouded in mist, so that it sometimes appears simply to float in mid-air. Read the rest at Pottermore.

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