The Harry Potter franchise is centered on Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but it's hardly the only school of its kind. Several other magical schools are mentioned throughout the books, movies, and video games, which makes sense because Hogwarts limits its student body to witches and wizards from the United Kingdom and Ireland.
At least 11 known schools, referred to as the Great 11, teach magic to children around the world, but more may exist. Small schools pop up around the globe now and again, but they aren't as well known or regulated by the Educational Office of the International Confederation of Wizards. This list features the most interesting things you (probably) didn't know about the other wizarding schools in Harry Potter.
Uagadou Is The Largest Of All The Magical Schools
When watching the Harry Potter films, one can't help but feel a sense of awe and wonder at the grand scale of Hogwarts. The castle, adjoining buildings, and campus are massive, but it isn't the largest of the Great 11. That distinction goes to Uagadou [pronounced Wag-a-doo], the Ugandan wizarding school located in the Mountains of the Moon of western Uganda.
The school, which serves eligible students from Africa, was founded around the same time as Hogwarts, though it may be a little older. Since its founding a millennia before the events of the Harry Potter books, other smaller schools came and went across the continent, but only Uagadou remains to this day. The school was carved out of the mountainside and is often shrouded in mist, making it appear as if it floats in mid-air.Cool fact?
Beauxbatons Alumni Include A Famous Wizard
Beauxbatons Academy of Magic is the magical school of witchcraft and wizardry found somewhere in the Pyrenees mountains of southern France. It's said to consist of a beautiful "chateau surrounded by formal gardens and lawns created out of the mountainous landscape by magic." The school participated in the Triwizard Tournament, which ultimately led to the resurrection of Lord Voldemort, as seen/read in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Of course, the school, which has existed since the 1290s, isn't known solely for its inclusion in that tragic event. It has helped to educate some of the world's most prominent witches and wizards. The most important alumnus from the institution is arguably Nicolas Flamel, the alchemist. Flamel is famed for discovering the Philosopher's Stone, a powerful magical substance capable of transmuting any metal into pure gold. It also produces the Elixir of Life, which makes anyone who drinks it immortal.Cool fact?
Castelobruxo Is Known Worldwide For Its Exceptional Herbology and Magizoology Programs
Castelobruxo is a magical school in Brazil that serves all of South America. Like Hogwarts, the impressive castle was enchanted more than 1,000 years ago to appear as ruins to wandering Muggle eyes. The school's size and reputation are similar to that of Hogwarts and other world-renowned institutions, but Castelobruxo has churned out more witches and wizards gifted with impressive talents in herbology and magizoology than any other school.
Both subjects are taught at the school, and many of its students are particularly gifted in both areas. The reputation Castelobruxo has in this area helps to encourage a wide-reaching student exchange program, so gifted witches and wizards from outside South America can take advantage of the resources and talent found at Castelobruxo.Cool fact?
The Location Of Three Of The 'Great 11' Remains Unknown
Among the numerous wizarding schools and institutions spread around the world, the so-called Great 11 are the most prominent. The Great 11 includes the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, Castelobruxo, Durmstrang Institute, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Koldovstoretz, Mahoutokoro School of Magic, and Uagadou School of Magic.
Three schools remain unknown to the world, although J.K. Rowling has dropped hints about their location. In a tweet, she suggested a school might be in Australia. This makes sense given the continent's remote nature and the fact that it has thus far gone largely unmentioned in the world of Harry Potter. Rowling said information on Australia would "be revealed in due course."
Others have speculated that Canada might be the site of a Great 11 school, but thus far this has gone unconfirmed. Other areas that aren't known to be serviced by a specific school include Hawaii and other Polynesian Islands, and large parts of Asia. Future reveals may explore these locations.Cool fact?