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J.K. Rowling reveals international wizarding schools

American Harry Potter fans have a new acceptance letter to look for

J.K. Rowling has named three other schools of magic in the Harry Potter canon, following a teaser at Universal Orlando Resort's Celebration of Harry Potter last weekend. The author shared new writing on the Pottermore website about Ilvermorny, Castelobruxo, Mahoutokoro and Uagadou, each one an institution devoted to educating young wizards around the world.

Rowling has said the least about llvermorny, the North American school, thus far, but she did offer backstories on the other three schools. Castelobruxo is, appropriately, a castle tucked into the Brazilian rainforest; the palatial Mahoutokoro stands on the Japanese island of Minami Iwo Jima; and Uagadou is the largest magical institution across the African continent.

These are just three of what Rowling claims are 11 wizarding schools in total. Uagadou represents the largest of all 11 schools, while Mahoutokoro is the smallest. As to where these other schools are located, Rowling has yet to say, nor is it known whether she'll ever reveal them.

This news came shortly before a new look at the latest tale in the Harry Potter franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. A behind-the-scenes featurette, below, is meant to warm fans up for their winter return to the cinematic wizarding world.

As the adaptation of a 2001 side story, the film marks the first in a planned trilogy of movies deepening the Harry Potter lore. It premieres Nov. 18, with the second and third films to follow in 2018 and 2020, respectively.

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