8:21 pm EST, January 29, 2016

J.K. Rowling reveals four wizarding schools, including one in the United States

The new information confirms that J.K. Rowling is good at coming up with weird names.

By Andrew Sims | Edited by Karen Rought

J.K. Rowling is finally taking the cloak off a few of the wizarding schools located around the world that aren’t Hogwarts.

Pottermore revealed Friday night during the official “A Celebration of Harry Potter” event in Orlando, Florida that they would begin publishing new information written by the Harry Potter author about the 11 Wizarding World schools around the globe.

Actress and Harry Potter superfan Evanna Lynch, who was a special guest at “Celebration,” unveiled the name of the North American Wizarding World school. It is…


The school’s name is pronounced “Ill – ver – morn – ee,” according to a short (for now) page on Pottermore. It is located in the northeastern United States.

Information about four of the 11 schools, plus a map with the location of all the schools, was also unveiled today. Here are a few highlights (via a press release just sent out by Pottermore):


Pottermore has shared with Hypable a first look at Ilvermorny’s location in the U.S., as well as a small glimpse of the school itself:


· The name of the North American-based school is Ilvermorny and, based on the wizarding schools map that Pottermore unveiled today, it appears to be located in the northeast corner of the United States. “I am assured by Pottermore that more will be revealed on Ilvermorny soon,” said Lynch.

· The name of the Brazilian wizarding school is Castelobruxo (Cass-tell-o-broo-shoo). The school is guarded by Caipora, small and furry spirit-beings who emerge at night to watch over the students and the creatures who live in the forest.

· At the Japanese wizarding school, Mahoutokoro (Mah-hoot-o-koh-ro), students are given enchanted robes which grow in size as they age. Another characteristic of the robes is that they gradually change colour as the learning of their wearer increases, beginning a faint pink colour and becoming gold if the student receives top grades in every magical subject.

· The African school, Uagadou (Wag-a-doo), is carved out of the mountainside, and is shrouded in so much mist that it appears to float in mid-air. Many African witches and wizards cast spells simply by pointing their fingers or through hand gestures.

The names of the schools are fascinating. I think “Ilvermorny” is on the same level as “No-Maj” (the American word for “Muggle”) in terms of.. shall I say… intrigue.

Additional information about each of the schools, except for Ilvermorny (for now), can be found on Pottermore:
Uagadou (in Africa)
Mahoutokoro (in Japan)
Castelobruxo (in Brazil)

Here are glimpses of Uagadou, Mahoutokoro, Castelobruxo:




Ilvermorny is expected to be referenced in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them starring Eddie Redmayne, which opens this November. Presumably Newt, a visitor to America, will be encountering American wizards who went to Ilvermorny.

We expect Pottermore’s Ilvermorny page to be updated with more information in the days ahead. For now, let’s practice making Ilvermorny roll smoothly off the tongue.

We’ll be talking about this news on the next episode of MuggleCast, our Harry Potter podcast. Listen to our most recent episode below:

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