How awesome is J.K. Rowling? Just when we think she’s revealed everything there is to know about the world of wizards and witches she goes and treats us all to another surprise reveal.
On her Pottermore website, Rowling announced the names and locations of three previously unrevealed wizarding schools around the world.
Mahoutokoro School can be found in Japan, Castelobruxo in Brazil and Uagadou on the African continent.
Writing about Mahoutokoro, Rowling says, “Students are presented with enchanted robes when they arrive, which grow in size as they do, and which gradually change colour as the learning of their wearer increases, beginning a faint pink colour and becoming (if top grades are achieved in every magical subject) gold. If the robes turn white, this is an indication that the student has betrayed the Japanese wizard’s code and adopted illegal practices (which in Europe we call ‘Dark’ magic) or broken the International Statute of Secrecy. To ‘turn white’ is a terrible disgrace, which results in instant expulsion from the school and trial at the Japanese Ministry for Magic.”
On Castelbruxo, Rowling writes:
“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.”
Rowling describes Uagadou as “the largest of all wizarding schools” and says “it welcomes students from all over the enormous continent. 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.”
Rowling also revealed that there are a total of ELEVEN wizarding schools in existence, meaning she’s still got to reveal four more. And proving that there will never, ever, be an end to Harry Potter.