Wrapping Up Day One at the Harry Potter Celebration

January 29, 2016, 7:29 PM · Day one is "in the books" for the 2016 Celebration of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort.

The three-day event features presentations, exhibits, and panels all devoted to everything Potter, including appearances by actors from the Harry Potter films. Universal Orlando webcast this evening's presentation with with Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Katie Leung (Cho Chang), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood). Skip to 22:11 for the beginning of the broadcast. The stage presentation begins at 26:27.

The big news out of the event was the reveal of the other wizarding schools around the world, in addition to already-revealed Hogwarts, Beauxbatons and Durmstrang.

To support the reveal at the celebration, J.K. Rowling this evening on Pottermore posted descriptions of the Japanese school, Mahoutokoro, the African school Uagadou, and the Brazilian school Castelobruxo, in addition to revealing that the American wizarding school is named Ilvermorny.

If you are counting, that leaves four of the 11 "long-established and prestigious" wizarding schools around the world unrevealed.

By the way, if you have not visited Pottermore recently, the site has relaunched, dropping its illustrated click-through narratives of the books, dueling, souvenir collecting and other game-like features in favor of adopting a much more elegant, straight-forward approach as a news portal, featuring occasional supplementary writing about the Wizarding World from J.K. Rowling. You will have to create a new account to log in, though you have the option of retaining your house and wand from a previous Pottermore account. Or, you can just go through the site's new sorting ceremony to get a new house assignment.

The Celebration of Harry Potter continues at Universal Orlando through Sunday, and is included with park admission.

Replies (6)

January 30, 2016 at 12:46 PM · That Universal hype guy...
January 30, 2016 at 1:08 PM · I think those four other Wizarding Schools should be in Africa, Asia, Australia, and Latin America.

I'm not part of the overly-sensitive PC crowd, but it doesn't make sense to me why a relatively small continent like Europe would have 3 of these schools (especially one for a country as small as Bulgaria) while really big continents like Africa or Asia get only one school despite having densely populated countries like India, South Africa, Egypt or China. I mean, ok, might be a little bias since Ms. Rowling is from Europe, but still.

I also think it's only fair that Australia gets their own school. And I certainly hope that one Brazilian school isn't supposed to try and support all of Latin America. Although watching Quidditch games at that school would be pretty awesome if Hispanic Wizards take it as seriously as Hispanic Muggles take soccer.

January 31, 2016 at 9:20 AM · Regarding Wizarding School locations vs. population...

Your numbers only consider the muggle population, not wizards. ;) There is probably a higher density of wizards located in Europe, considering this whole 'universe' has its origins in the medieval European time frame. Merlin was even sorted into Slitherin!

But I'm fairly certain Australia has a school, as does India, probably, considering British imperialism. I wouldn't be surprised if there was one on Antarctica, nearly 99% muggle-free.

January 31, 2016 at 10:26 AM · Do we know where the American school is located? Salem?
February 1, 2016 at 7:04 AM · Nice tribute to the Late Great Professor Snape...

February 5, 2016 at 7:36 AM · Can we all just agree that once again Japan has gotten the coolest stuff :)

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