It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted, and truthfully, I’ve quite missed blogging!
I’ve lately been into the content J. K. Rowling’s been releasing on Pottermore, her digital home for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I’ve been fascinated about the new wizarding schools she revealed. There are 11 major wizarding schools around the world including the three we’re introduced to in the Harry Potter Books (in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Year 4):
- Beaxbatons, France
- Durmstrang, Scandanavian countries
- and of course, Hogwarts in Scotland.
The additional schools she’s revealed by name on her digital home are:
- Uagadou, Uganda, Africa
- Mahoutokoro, Japan
- Castelbruxo, Brazil
- Ilvermorny, Northeast America
She has not yet told us the location of the North American school, but my guess would be a place as majestic and mysterious and Niagara Falls, directly at the border of Canada and the United States.
I thought it would be fun to share with you my guesses for where the other 5 schools are located.
- Near Kathmandu, Nepal
Home of the tallest peak on earth, Mt. Everest (Himalayan Mountain Range), and filled with great ancient Eastern history of the Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Muslims, Eastern peoples and bordering China and India.
- Moscow, Russia
This city has great European and Asian history, established sometime before 1147 AD.
It has lovely architecture, a beautiful cityscape, a monorail system and the Moskva River.
- Devonport, Tasmania, Australia
An island off the coast of Australia, Tasmania is the perfect place for a magic school because it is off the mainland, but just a day-long boat ride, or 1 hour flight from Melbourne, and less than double that for Sydney.
4. Ronda, Spain
A small beautiful town in the Iberian peninsula originally settled by the Celts and named at the time of Julius Caesar. There are few countries as beautiful as Spain. I think the Spanish influence creates a mystic and exotic feel to the European city. It would be brilliant to see the types of culturally refined witches and wizards this school could produce.
If there are more than 11 famous wizarding schools, I’d place them:
Near Wenatchee, Washington
This is near the Cascade Mountains, which is a beautiful place to behold, and the Columbia River. It’s also very magical, look at the names of the mountain peaks. Surrounded by forest and within the valleys of mountains for privacy.
Sungai Petani, Malaysia
Just a few hours from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by car. South of Thailand and Cambodia, north of Indonesia, a set of islands in an archipelago. Filled with mysterious karst limestone caves, lakes, rivers and grottos is a sight to see! The bright and welcoming witches and wizards of Malaysia would be a delight to visit.
Banda Aceh, Indonesia
The location for the horrible 2004 tsunami (probably caused by an evil dark wizard and his croonies) disturbing the magical Indonesian community. The mystical place of Buddhism, Voodoo, and surrounded by ocean water and islands. Also, home of the Komodo Dragon.
This week I will be anxiously awaiting even more information J. K. Rowling’s writing up: the History of North America. As far as the location of Ilvermorny goes, we’ll have to wait until we know more to find out if I’m right. I enjoyed putting this short list together, as I discovered new places and people and geographies. It was quite fun! What are your guesses for the locations of the wizarding schools? I’d love to know! Take care all and hope you enjoyed this post.