Atlas & Gazetteer Updated for Deathly Hallows

Wizarding Schools


Whatever Harry may think at first, Hogwarts is only one of eleven wizarding schools in the world (Pm). However as there are far fewer wizards and witches in the world than there are Muggles, generally there seem to only be one or two schools in each country. Hogwarts is the only school in Britain, and the fact that the Triwizard Tournament is held between only three schools, it seems that these might be the only three in Europe, or at least the three in closest proximity (southeastern Europe isn't represented at the event).

In Britain, at least, wizarding schooling is limited to just seven years. Wizards start much later than Muggles (at age eleven, rather than usually five or six) and do not have to attend Muggle schools prior to their eleventh birthdays (Sch1). There are also no wizarding universities (Sch1), though for some professions, like becoming an Auror, additional job training is required after graduation (OP29).

Beauxbatons Academy of Magic

Headmistress: Olympe Maxime
Location: A beautiful chateau in the Pyrenees Mountains (Pm), France
Uniforms: robes of fine silk; attendants of the carriage wear pale blue
Coat of Arms: two crossed golden wands on a powder-blue field, each emitting three stars

The Academy's building is called the Palace of Beauxbatons, and unlike Hogwarts Castle it does not contain suits of armour. Rather than a Great Hall as at Hogwarts, the Palace contains a Dining Chamber, which is elaborately decorated at Christmastime but in a different style than that used at Hogwarts (GF23). The scholastic system at the Academy is also arranged differently than that at Hogwarts; instead of sitting Ordinary Wizarding Levels or their equivalent at the end of five years, Academy students sit exams after six years (HBP5).

Students at Beauxbatons come from many countries from Western Europe, including Spain, Portuagul, Luxembourg, Belgium, and The Netherlands. Nicolas Flamel met his wife, Perenelle, while they were both students there. A fountain in the school's park is named for them. Beauxbatons has a larger student population than Hogwarts (Pm).

Known alumni:

  • Nicolas Flamel
  • Perenelle [Flamel]
  • Vincent Duc de Trefle-Picques
  • Luc Millefeuille
  • Fleur Delacour
  • Gabrielle Delacour (presumably)

The word(s) Beauxbatons, roughly translated from French, means "beautiful wands." In the film, it is implied that Beauxbatons is an all-girls school, but this is not canon.

Durmstrang Institute

Headmasters: Nerida Vulchanova (founder), Harfang Munter, Igor Karkaroff (until fleeing in 1995)
Location: a castle in northern Europe, far enough north that days are very short in winter
Uniform: furs, blood-red robes

The Durmstrang Intitute also has a castle, not as tall as Hogwarts, having only four floors, but having a larger student population (Pm). Its fires are only lit for magical purposes, or so Viktor Krum claimed. The grounds are quite extensive and include lakes and mountains (GF23).

Durmstrang has the reputation of teaching duelling and other martial magic. During some periods of its history, it has also gained the reputation for teaching the Dark Arts, and during the Headmastership of Igor Karkaroff (c. early 1990s) did not admit Muggle-born students (GF11). Gellert Grindelwald was a student here once, and he carved "his" symbol - actually the symbol representing the Deathly Hallows - into one of the walls, where it remains today (DH8).

Known alumni:

  • Gellert Grindelwald
  • Viktor Krum
  • Poliakoff

For more information see the essay, Languages at Durmstrang.

The name Durmstrang comes from the German phrase "Sturm und Drang" which translates to "Storm and Stress." The phrase refers to a movement in German literature in the late 1700s which emphasized "subjectivity and the unease of man in contemporary society" ( WEB LINKThe Columbia Encyclopedia). In the film, it is implied that Durmstrang is an all-boys school, but this is not canon.

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Headmaster: Albus Dumbledore et al.
Location: Scotland
Uniform: black robes, black pointed hats

For more information on Hogwarts, click here.

Other Wizarding Schools

There are five and possibly six that appear in the canon:

  • a school in Brazil from which Bill Weasley had a penfriend(GF7)
  • students in the U.S. have their own school (SN)
  • The Salem Witches' Institute, U.S.A. (possibly a school) (GF7)
  • Mahoutokoro in Japan (Pm)
  • Uagadou is an African school which selects its students by Dream Messenger (Pm, BoP)
  • Koldovstoretz in Russia (BoP)

Primary editor: Steve Vander Ark. Previous editors: John Kearns.
Original page date 10 July, 2001; Last page update 17 January 2015 SVA.