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The Big Eleven refers to the eleven most prestigious wizarding schools in the magical world. Although a myriad of options for magical education exists, including less-prestigious schools, independent covens and even home-schooling, many wizard families aspire to have their child attend one of the "Big Eleven" as they are seen as having the best education in the wizarding world, which may or may not be accurate.

The Schools

Wizarding School Location Primary Studentship Notes
Beauxbatons Academy of Magic Pyrenees, France France, Wallonia, Andorra, Luxembourg and Catalonia Renowned for its Charms program; teaches its curriculum in French
Castelobruxo Institute of Sorcery Amazon rainforest, Brazil Brazil Teaches the Dark Arts; major focus on Duelling; teaches its curriculum in Portuguese
Durmstrang Institute of Magical Learning Swedish Fjords (presumed) Scandinavia, Finland, Russia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Greece, Albania Largest wizarding school in Europe; no Muggle-borns admitted; very selective admission process; major focus on Duelling; teaches the Dark Arts; teaches its curriculum in Russian
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Highlands, Scotland England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland Smallest of the "Big Eleven"; notable for its Transfiguration program; teaches its curriculum in English
Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Lake Nipigon, Ontario Canada First Nations-influenced magic; co-founded by a Muggle (No-Maj); least elitist of the "Big Eleven"; teaches its curriculum in English
Koldovstoretz Novgorod, Russia Russia, Belarus, Ukraine Notable for the amount of incredible Potioneers in their alumni; teaches curriculum in Russian
Mahoutokoro School of Magic Minami Iwo Jima, Japan Japan Incredibly selective and elitist; the smallest student body of the "Big Eleven"; Muggle-borns not admitted; strong focus on martial magic; teaches curriculum in Japanese
New Alexandria School of Enlightenment Egypt Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Southern Italy, Israel, Lebanon, Greece, Montenegro, Macedonia, Turkey Newest member of the "Big Eleven"; excellent overall education system; strong focus on unity and brotherhood; teaches curriculum in Greek
Uagadou School of Magic Mountains of the Moon, Uganda Uganda, South Sudan, the Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti The largest of the "Big Eleven"; famous for students' self-transfiguration ability; curriculum based solely on wandless magic; teaches curriculum in Swahili

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