The Name of the North American Wizarding School Has Been Revealed!

Those of you who have been following updates from A Celebration of Harry Potter in Orlando may have seen this exciting tweet from Pottermore earlier in the day:

For over a decade at this point, fans around the world have identified themselves as Hogwarts students, and now, for the first time, we have a glimpse of the schools that might actually be near our regions!

Ever wondered about wizarding schools other than Hogwarts? Wonder no more. We’re delighted to share our wizarding schools map with you: https://www.pottermore.com/writing-by-jk-rowling

Posted by Pottermore on Friday, 29 January 2016

Finally, fans are going to learn more about wizarding schools around the world other than Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang! Tonight, Pottermore has revealed not only the locations but also the names of several of the other wizarding schools – including the North American one, where (presumably) great witches and wizards like Tina and Queenie Goldstein were educated.

And so without further ado, I give you the North American wizarding school: Ilvermorny. It feels a bit like trying on a new wand, doesn’t it?

Even though Ilvermorny is all news to us, Warner Brothers registered the trademark way back in 2013, and fan site Potterish guessed that this trademark might be the name of the magic school that Americans would attend in August of 2015.

It was also revealed that Castelobruxo is the Brazilian school for magic, Mahoutokoro is the Japanese school for magic, and Uagadou is one of many schools in Africa. The Pottermore page for Ilvermorny is not yet updated, but we’ll let you know as soon as more information is released! In the meantime, click on the links above to learn about wizarding schools around the world.

So what do you think? Are you changing your Hogwarts robes for Ilvermorny ones?

  • Aeroell

    *ado
    Similar to ‘fuss’- without any more fuss… or as in “Much Ado About Nothing”

  • Lumos Dumbledore

    ??? what about Australia/New Zealand? do they have to go to Japan or something??

  • Leah

    Is the “American” school in Canada?

    • Ruth Sheldon

      it looks like Toronto. Like they need another reason to believe they’re the center of the world.

      • Declan

        It’s in New England. Look at the damn map

        • SpideyFanNo215

          I’ve looked at the damn map. Problem is I’m not good at geography. I’ll just wait for more info

        • Jordan

          Lose the attitude, you child. The map is heavily distorted and the view is covered by the clouds. It could very easily be in Toronto, or even Quebec.
          Plus the positioning of the drawn castle is North of the great lakes, i.e. Canada.

    • Declan

      It’s in New England. Look at the map

  • Glenn Stein

    How old is the map? There ought to be at least four schools in the U.S. alone. Either that or a reason for why there are so few wizards in North America.

    • Hate to break it to you, but America is not all that special. If the entire African continent only gets one school, I hardly think the US needs four. Keeping in mind wizards can teleport to get there.

      • Glenn Stein

        There are numerous smaller schools in Africa. Given that there is one school for the UK and one for all of Japan, the U.S. needs several schools not just for the number of students, but because of the size of the country. Do you really think that the wizards in southern California are going all the way to Toronto for school? It makes sense that there is one school that is significantly older than the others, but there need to be more to support the population. As Americans spread West, new schools would be created. Comparing to our universities, you’ve got Harvard, but you’d need Northwestern and Stanford, too.

        • Locket

          I agree with hpboy13. Not to mention, after the stigma of the Salem witch trials and whatever else was targeted at getting rid of witches/wizards, there likely won’t be quite as many as there are in Africa. But hopefully they explain why this school is the main school for the North American region, as well as how many other lesser known schools there may be. I”d really love to know a vague estimate of how many wizards there are currently in existence. As well as which area has the most, and why some have so few.

          • Cameron Purdie

            What are you not getting here? The UK and Japan each have a single school. The US, being several magnitudes larger not just in terms of population but also in terms of geographical size, logically should have several more schools than either of those countries.

  • He Who Meddles

    Mahoutokoro. Really now.

    • Libra

      Yeah, I noticed that too… creativity at 0% on that one…

      • Cameron Purdie

        You’re complaining about something like that when talking about a franchise where the guy who turns into a dog is named Sirius and the werewolf’s name is Lupin?

  • RowenaRules

    So what language do they speak in Castelobruxo? It’s in Brazil but caters to students all over South America, so… Spanish? Portuguese? Both? Do Central Americans and Mexicans go there too? Or do Mexicans attend the North American schools? It’s strange that there are so few schools, one would think there’d be one per country at least. I know it would be hard for Jo to describe 196+ schools, but she doesn’t have to, I wish she had just said these are some of the schools, they cater to their own country and that’s it.

    • Cesar Parzianello

      From what I can gather, those are just the oldest schools (which have been around for more than 1.000 years). There are more schools spread all around the world, they’re just not that old/big/famous.

  • PenelopeClearwater

    I think that Ilvermorny may be hidden behind/under/inside Niagara Falls? I have seen a couple people with this theory and I find it an interesting one.

    • PenelopeClearwater

      An adendum to my theory. It could also perhaps be within the Algonquin Provincial Park? It’s quite lage.

  • Temgentequeeuvoutecontar

    People raising their arms and getting angry at there not being a school in such a place, or there being so few schools. Merlin’s beard! Read the thing they posted on Pottermore! The schools that they talk about there (Castelobruxo, Mahoutokoro, Ilvermorny, and Uagadou) are only some of the eleven great wizarding schools (mentioned in the Mahoutokoro page), and if you look at the map you’ll see that there are only seven present: the four aforementioned schools, Hogwarts, Durmstrang, and Beauxbatons. This means that there are still four other schools that are part of the Great Wizarding Schools that have not yet been mentioned. Further, as mentioned in the Uagadou page, there are many other schools in Africa, but only one has been functioning for over a thousand years, i.e. Uagadou. So yes, there are other schools that exist or have existed all over Africa, but I suppose that in order for a school to be part of the Eleven Great Wizarding Schools then it must have been functioning for at least a thousand years.

    So if you don’t see a school that’s near where you live (e.g. Australia, Israel, etc.), just calm down and eventually they might reveal that one of the Eleven Great Wizarding Schools exists there as there are still four unveiled “Great Wizarding Schools”.

  • Tina

    One per country is terrible because you immediately open up the hole on Muggle politics regarding what constitutes as a country. Basing it on geography is much better, because you can bypass Muggle-ism. Grounding the Potterverse in Muggle-ism, especially things as dangerous and fluid as the politics of nationhood, is highly volatile and not very sustainable in the long run both for JKR and the actual Potterverse.

    Remember Durmstrang was the choice school for Draco from Lucius’s ideological viewpoint? Therefore it was possible for Draco to have attended that school in a technical sense. He obviously did not attend due to the distance which Narcissa protested about. So wizards and witches in Mexico and Central America/Caribbean countries will probably have a choice between the one in North America, in South America or a local but much smaller school.

    Keep in mind that young wizards and witches can be home-schooled by magical parent(s) or attend very informal magical education, not the mandatory boarding school style like Hogwarts. Hogwarts may actually be an exception in the first place, for the founders to got together and found a school. The catering part made Salazar Slytherin walk off the school ground because he did not agree with the rest of the founders on admission selection. Having a smaller community or taught by family members may even be more catering and popular, less systematic.

    There even is the possibility that magic removes Muggle linguistic barriers, how it will work in the Potterverse is unclear at this point.

    This map JKR revealed still reflects a lot of Muggle-ism. For Europe, of course the schools are separated by the British mentality of the British Isles + France + the “East”. If you live in Greece or Sicily-Italy, both Beauxbaton and Durmstrang seem really far. Japan gets its “own” school because the West often practices othering with Japan, singling it out for both rational and irrational reasons. Even within a strict definition of East Asia, the population is huge, where do the rest of the wizards and witches go for systematic schooling? Is the smallest enrollment a reflection of admission restricted to wizarding population resides in Japan only, because of what? North and South America are divided into two, which is widely NOT practiced in the Americas outside of Canada and US. With the four more big schools yet to be announced, there is probably going to be more questions, not answers.

    Personally, there needs to be a school in India, preferably in Northeastern India, so it can also serve wizards and witches in Central Asia. Another in Northeastern Africa or Western Asia, so wizards and witches in Greece and Turkey don’t have to travel ALL the way to Durmstrang or that school in Russia, which is not yet JKR canon. Definitely one in Southern China or Northern Vietnam so those who can’t attend Mahoudokoro can go to this one, also a choice for those in Mainland Southeast Asia. This one is got to be BIG, consider the population concentration throughout history. Last one can go to southern Indonesia so Australians and New Zealanders will have a big school to go to, wizards and witches in Rimland SEA can choose this one as well. I am really concerned that there will not be a school in West Asia, because Muggle-ism tells us that the “Middle East” is really poorly understood in the West. With a huge population stretching as far west as Morocco, as far east as Afghanistan/Pakistan, there may not even be an OLG BIG school. Instead, we will get that Russian school. This is my biggest concern. Either way, my theory destroys Pacific Islanders : (

  • RavenPaw

    I really wish that, if there are more wizarding schools, that their location had been revealed. Hearing that if there isn’t one near you, you must be homeschooled is very disappointing. There should at least be another school in Southern Asia and one for us Australians and New Zealanders. Another school in Russia would also be nice.

    This information, in my opinion, just adds to my annoyance over the Cursed Child play and how parts of the world have to miss out on so much of the Harry Potter fandom. Most who do not live in London or the UK will not be able to see it and will miss out. This plus the wizarding school locations is just another way of saying “you don’t live in the right area of the world? Sorry, but you have to miss out on yet ANOTHER thing.” Already, most HP fans in the Southern Hemisphere don’t have the opportunity to visit the Orlando Wizarding World or any attractions in the UK. Really, this information is just the icing on the location-discrimination cake.

  • DoraNympha

    I’m glad the wizarding schools section says there are more schools, that the eleven schools are just the most prestigious ones because it would be really sad if we just had to imagine a wizarding world without many many possible schools for all the different cultures’ magic. So this gives us a bit of a leeway to continue our guessings about all the different ways of education outside homeschooling. (Not to mention how that even works for Muggle-borns.)

    So, for example, supposing Koldovstroretz has just been temporarily forgotten from this map but is still canonically a thing, then Italian, Greek, etc. whiches and wizards still don’t really know where to go to, BUT because there are more schools than eleven, then it’s possible that Greek kids, for example, sort of learn by mentorship, find a mentor/tutor, kind of like the schools of Philosophy in Ancient Greece, plus they have places of pilgrimage like divination centres and stuff. So I can imagine that’s why there’s no mention of a big ancient school of magic on this list but that doesn’t mean it’s deprived of something similar (or even better? Maybe it’s better to be tutored at magic rather than go to classes, take exams, with hundreds of others, with little time for the teachers to help you personally?)

    Or, I noticed that Beauxbatons says it takes students from Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg too, yet all the names from BB are French, so that leaves us to think that all those kids from countries other than France must have other options too. Castelobruxo takes exchange students – if I were Portugese I’d totally want to spend a year over there.

    It’d erase a lot of potential from the wizarding world to just accept that there’s one school for all of Africa. I mean, the Egyptian wizarding community alone deserves its own detailed ancient institutions including a school, let alone all the other ones, let alone that of India, China, all the diverse cultures of the Middle East, the Pacific regions, etc. The 11 schools are supposed to be only the long-established ones. (Although, then the North American one has to be Native American in origin, otherwise the info about the eleven schools contradicts itself.)

    I thought it was the one canon thing to ignore, the eleven schools rule, because it seemed like these schools were exclusively the only places of education but now that I know there are more, just less ancient, it’s okay, my mind can rest now. For example, I’m Hungarian and it’d be really hard to accept that I’d have to go to Durmstrang, like, what language would I even be learning in? If I had had to go to another place like that, then can’t I just have chosen Hogwarts if I had been able to speak English better at eleven? I mean, this is a real issue in many places like Catalonia or Romania, where kids learn their own language at home but then go to school and they have to study in a whole new language, which means they’ll be behind even if they are brilliant. So I can go ahead and imagine that there’s logically some school hidden in the Transylvanian mountains, not as big and elaborate as Beauxbatons or Hogwarts, but a school nonetheless. Who knows, maybe the history teacher’s a thousand-year-old vampire. Maybe kids have flying carpet races in the Middle East between classes. Chinese kids might learn tons about dragons. Point is, it’s still possible for us to meta about schools all over the world, it’s just that these eleven are the biggest/oldest ones. (It’d be great to know the full list too.)