Rowling Unveils New Wizarding Schools

Four major international wizarding schools have been added to the canon by J.K. Rowling. Pottermore made the announcement on January 29 in tweets that link to introductory material penned by the author.

Discover new and exclusive writing from the pen of J.K. Rowling. Today we feature exclusive writing that explores the wizarding schools around the world…

 

Brand new writing by J.K. Rowling has revealed more information about the other schools of witchcraft and wizardry, and that the North American magical school’s name is Ilvermorny….

As for Ilvermorny… All of you eagle-eyed fans had an inkling that word was going to mean something special, and Pottermore will bring you more writing by J.K. Rowling on this magical school soon…

 

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. Both building and grounds are protected by the Caipora, small and furry spirit-beings who are extraordinarily mischievous and tricky, and who emerge under cover of night to watch over the students and the creatures who live in the forest.

 

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. Much (some would say all) magic originated in Africa, and Uagadou graduates are especially well versed in Astronomy, Alchemy and Self-Transfiguration.

 

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. The ornate and exquisite palace of Mahoutokoro is made of mutton-fat jade, and stands on the topmost point of the ‘uninhabited’ (or so Muggles think) Volcanic island of Minami Iwo Jima.


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6 thoughts on “Rowling Unveils New Wizarding Schools

  1. They aren’t very precise maps. Ilvernorny looks like it could be in the northern Adirondacks, but it also could be in Ottawa, from all I can tell.

  2. Argh for mixed-up transliterations. Should be either Minami-I?-T? (the official name in Japanese) or South Iwo Jima (the official name in English, based on a mistaken reading of the kanji used to write the name).

    Also, I’m not sure putting a vital piece of infrastructure right on top of an active volcano is a great idea, even if they are wizards…

  3. I’m not sure putting a vital piece of infrastructure right on top of an active volcano is a great idea

    Saves on heating bills. And, occasionally, on graduation ceremony costs.

  4. @Petréa Mitchell

    Also, I’m not sure putting a vital piece of infrastructure right on top of an active volcano is a great idea, even if they are wizards…

    They got the real estate cheap after the neo-platonists who built a city there went off into space.

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