The Harry Potter The series ended after seven beloved books and eight incredibly successful movies, but there’s still plenty to explore in the wizarding world. Hogwarts will always hold a special place in the hearts of Potterheads, but there’s no denying that the idea of attending other schools of magic has a certain appeal.
While eleven wizarding institutions have been confirmed, only eight have been named and given substantial backgrounds which show the diversity of the international magical community.
8 Koldovstoretz students played Quidditch on whole trees instead of brooms
Little is known about the mysterious Koldovstoretz, but it was said to be hidden in Lake Ladoga, Russia. Although it was in Russia, the school of sorcery welcomed applicants from other countries. The daring students of Koldovstoretz played their own version of Quidditch where they rode uprooted trees instead of ordinary brooms.
As Durmstrang did not admit Muggle-born students and Koldovstoretz is located closest to Durmstrang, it is presumed that Muggle-borns were encouraged to attend Koldovstoretz.
seven Uagadou students practiced magic without the need for wands
Located in the Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda, Uagadou was the largest of eleven wizarding schools, housing witches and wizards-in-training from across Africa. As old as Hogwarts, Uagadou was internationally known for his expertise in astronomy, alchemy, and transfiguration, with many of his students successfully transforming into Animagi throughout their careers.
Uagadou students were officially admitted to the school by Dream Messages and practiced magic using hand gestures instead of wands. One of the school’s most distinguished graduates, Babajide Akingbade, eventually succeeded Dumbledore as head of the International Confederation of Wizards.
6 Castelobruxo was the Alma Mater of two incredibly influential wizards
South American students attended Castelobruxo, the Brazilian school of magic that was enchanted to appear as pre-Columbian ruins in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. The students wore bright green robes and majored in subjects like herbology and magizoology because their location was rich in magical species.
Besides its popular exchange program for European students, Castelobruxo was known as the alma mater of two famous wizards: Libatius Borage, the author of Advanced Potion-Making (a standard manual at Hogwarts), and João Coelho, the famous captain of Peru. Quidditch team, the Tarapoto Tree-Skimmers.
5 Mahoutokoro was a powerhouse in academia and Quidditch
Atop a Japanese volcanic island stood Mahoutokoro, East Asia’s most important school of sorcery. Despite its prestige as an academic powerhouse, Mahoutokoro had the smallest student body of the Eleven Magical Institutions as it only hosted Japanese students.
Once admitted, Mahoutokoro students were given an enchanted robe that changed color as they progressed through their magical training, eventually turning gold if they had achieved mastery or white if they had turned to the forces of evil. The school was also known for its grueling Quidditch practice, which made the Japanese Quidditch team one of the best in the world.
4 Beauxbatons accepted students from most Western European countries
Located in an elegant chateau somewhere in the Pyrenees, Beauxbatons was mostly staffed by French students, although it also accepted witches from neighboring countries. The students wore blue silk robes which made them look graceful as they walked.
Beauxbatons was a third of the schools competing in the Triwizard Tournament, competing against Hogwarts and Durmstrang since the 13th century. Notable alumni include Triwizard Tournament contestant Fleur Delacour; the creator of the philosopher’s stone, Nicolas Flamel; and the guiding half-giant, Olympe Maxime.
3 Durmstrang had the darkest reputation of wizarding schools
Durmstrang had a rather complicated past that involved several forceful takeovers and questionable former students and staff. Along with harboring Grindelwald until his expulsion, Durmstrang was known for her affinity for the dark arts, which was a standard in her curriculum. Durmstrang was also the only school in Europe that did not accept Muggle-born students.
Given its location somewhere in Northern Europe, students wore fur capes over their blood-red uniforms. Despite its dark reputation, Durmstrang has produced incredibly powerful witches and wizards such as Nerida Vulchanova, who also served as headmistress, and Viktor Krum, a prominent Quidditch player.
2 Ilvermorny was considered the most democratic magical institution
Ilvermorny was founded by Isolt Sayre and her muggle husband after leaving Ireland and settling in Massachusetts. The school admitted magical children from North America and, like Hogwarts, divided them into four houses: Horned Serpent, Wampus, Thunderbird, and Pukwudgie.
Known as a more egalitarian school, Ilvermorny taught both Native American and European magic. Students wore blue and blue robes and learned most of the subjects offered at Hogwarts. Tina and Queenie Goldstein and MACUSA President Seraphina Picquery frequented Ilvermorny in the early 20th century.
1 Hogwarts has been producing powerful and famous wizards for over a thousand years
Hogwarts was located somewhere in the Scottish Highlands, hidden from Muggles by a powerful charm that made the castle look like abandoned ruins. For over a thousand years, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has produced some of Europe’s most powerful and famous magicians, including Merlin himself.
Hogwarts students were divided into four houses upon arrival – Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin – and remained at school for most of the year. The students wore black robes, a pointed hat, ties, and lapels in their house colors. The students’ most important exams, the BUSE and NEWT, were taken in their fifth and seventh years, respectively. Hogwarts is the best school of wizardry, proven by its high reputation and successful students.