J.K. Rowling has spilled the Bertie Botts Beans about there being an American Hogwarts that will be featured in the upcoming movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but she has revealed few clues about exactly where it is located or anything else about it. Rowling did reveal, though, in a tweet this past weekend, that in the movie, due to hit theaters on Nov. 18, 2016, Newt Scamander, who will be played by Eddie Redmayne, will meet up with fellow wizards who attended school at a wizarding school in the United States.
As far back as the year 2000, Rowling, 49, mentioned in an interview that there was an American school of Wizardry, and that she would reveal the details about it in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. However, no details about such a school were revealed in that book, though Harry does see a group of American witches with a Salem banner at the Quidditch World Cup. This led to fans speculating that the American school was the Salem Witches’ Institute, but J.K. Rowling said that was not the case. She stated that her reference was meant to be a play on the Women’s Institute in the U.K.
According to an article at the Entertainment Weekly site, the main setting of Fantastic Beasts will be New York City, but the actual school will not be located there. Also, the school will have a name of “immigrant origin,” but she has written that the magic of Native Americans was important. She wrote specifically that “Indigenous magic was important in the founding of the school.”
Though Rowling spilled the proverbial Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans when she mentioned that an American Hogwarts would be featured in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is the first movie she has written the screenplay for, she has been reluctant to give up the exact name and location of the American Hogwarts-like School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Rowling responded to one fan’s request that she divulge the name of the school with a tweet saying that she would mention the name “in due course.”
Rowling replied to another fan’s tweet about the possibility that Newt would make an appearance at a New York school of magic with a tweet saying that would not happen. However, Newt would, she tweeted, “meet people who were educated at [name] in [not New York].”
When yet another fan wondered in a tweet if the American Hogwarts-like school would have anything to do with “Native American-Indian culture,” Rowling replied “yes” but she would not fully answer the question, and said if she mentioned which tribes were involved in the founding of the academy, as she wrote “it will reveal the location of the school.”
In the past, Rowling has mentioned that there were 11 schools of Witchcraft and Wizardry located worldwide, but she has not stated exactly where all of the 11 are located, nor has she ever divulged the names of all of them. Besides Hogwarts, which is in Scotland, she has written about Durmstrang Institute for Magical Learning, which some people believe is “situated in the far north of Europe,” possibly in Germany, and Beauxbatons Academy of Magic in France.
Redmayne stated in an interview with London’s Evening Standard that he feels “hugely excited” about getting to play Newt in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It is the first movie of a planned trilogy.
The director of Fantastic Beasts will be David Yates, who also served as the director of four of the Harry Potter flicks. Yates was the director of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Parts 1 and 2 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Last October, Rowling dropped a clue via anagram about the plot of Fantastic Beasts. The solution to the anagram was that Newt “only meant to stay in New York for a few hours…” Something, it would seem, caused him to stay there for a longer period of time.
While the exact name and location of the American Hogwarts-style school was not revealed by author Rowling when she spilled the Bertie Botts Beans about the fact that there would be such a school featured in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, that has not stopped fans of her novels from making educated guesses about possible locations for it. Fans have made several guesses, but the four that seem to be the best candidates are New Orleans, Roanoke, New England, or possibly somewhere in the Southwest, in a location like Area 51, where the practice of wizardry and witchcraft might be disguised because people would think that U.F.O.s and aliens would be behind anything strange going on.
Written By Douglas Cobb
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