If you’re a Harry Potter fan and you don’t follow the Pottermore Twitter account, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Mixed in with the usual marketing a powerful branding that Harry Potter carries on its social media channels are plenty of notes and nuggets about the wonderful wizarding world that we embrace so dearly (like alliteration). To kick off Universal Orlando’s “Celebration of Harry Potter” three day event down in Florida, Harry Potter actress Evanna Lynch revealed that yes, there are four more wizarding schools around the world. That news alone is pretty sweet, but while astute fans know that there will be an American school featured in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, this information reveals the locations of all, and throws us some details on the schools themselves.
First up is Japan’s school, Mahoutokoro.
J.K. Rowling herself penned a brief description of the school:
This ancient Japanese school has the smallest student body of the eleven great wizarding schools and takes students from the age of seven (although they do not board until they are eleven). While day students, wizarding children are flown back and forth to their homes every day on the backs of a flock of giant storm petrels. The ornate and exquisite palace of Mahoutokoro is made of mutton-fat jade, and stands on the topmost point of the ‘uninhabited’ (or so Muggles think) Volcanic island of Minami Iwo Jima.
Wait – ELEVEN schools? We only know of five. Spill the magic beans, lady! Ugh, you can read more about Mahoutokoro here.