Harry Potter: More Magic Schools Revealed By J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has revealed that there are actually 11 schools registered with the International Confederation of Wizards in her magical universe and she provided names for four of the newer ones: Ilvermorny, Castelobruxo, Uagadou and Mahoutokoro.

"The number of countries that have their own magical school is minuscule compared to those that do not. This is because the wizarding populations of most countries choose the option of home schooling," Rowling posted on Pottermore. "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."

She added, "Smaller and less well-regulated institutions have come and gone, are difficult to keep track of, and are rarely registered with the appropriate Ministry."

Castelobruxo, pronounced Cass-tell-o-broo-shoo, is "the Brazilian school for magic, which takes students from all over South America." It is "hidden deep within the rainforest" and to keep it from being detected by Muggles the "castle appears to be a ruin." The school known for its exchange program with European students. You can spot students of the school as they wear "bright green robes and are especially advanced in both Herbology and Magizoology."

Uagadou, pronounced Wag-a-doo, is the African school for magic. It is the "largest of all wizarding schools" and has been around for "at least a thousand years." People that are lucky enough to visit it, "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." Their students are e"specially well versed in Astronomy, Alchemy and Self-Transfiguration." Oh, and they don't require a wand as African witches and wizards learned long ago that many spells can be "cast simply by pointing the finger or through hand gestures."

Mahoutokoro, pronounced Mah-hoot-o-koh-ro, is an ancient Japanese school that also happens to have the "smallest student body of the eleven great wizarding schools." Though, they get a jump on most by enrolling students "from the age of seven (although they do not board until they are eleven)." It's located on the Volcanic island of Minami Iwo Jima, which appears to be uninhabited to Muggles.

Ilvermorny is the name of the North American wizarding school, though, there is no further information provided about the school, at this time. Be patient, it's coming soon!!!

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Posted by Pottermore on Friday, January 29, 2016

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