Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has stayed very active in the nine years since she finished The Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final book in her wildly popular fantasy series. Whether it's writing completely different novels under a pseudonym, offering her political opinion, bringing Harry Potter to the stage, or revealing snippets of new information about her most beloved characters, her career hasn't tapered off at all. If anything, it's gotten bigger and more sprawling.
As far as Harry goes, the magical world he inhabits has followed a similar trajectory — whereas only three wizarding schools were mentioned in the original books, Rowling recently announced there are actually 11 worldwide, offering up the names to four of the remaining eight we never knew existed. Well, "existed" is a more accurate description, because, you know, magic isn't real. Sorry.
Anyway, those newly named schools are Ilvermorny, Mahoutokoro, Uagadou, and Castelobruxo, which join Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang, the three institutions that competed in Goblet of Fire's Triwizard Tournament. Ilvermorny is the American school that'll probably figure into the story of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Mahoutokoro (pronounced Mah-hoot-o-koh-ro) is in Japan, Uagadou (pronounced Wag-a-doo) is in Africa, and Castelobruxo (prounounced Cass-tell-o-broo-shoo) is in Brazil.
Here are their locations on a world map:
To read new writing from Rowling on each school, click the names of them above or go here. There are still four left to be revealed, so make sure you're brushing up on your world culture before drafting up an appeal letter template asking why you've never been admitted to [insert wizarding school here]. Each one will probably have its own unique flair.
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