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WIZARDING SCHOOLS AROUND THE WORLD: ITALY

The Italian School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has three branches located in the cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice with extensive brick-pattern charms in place so students can access all branches with a few taps of their wand. Forget the Marauder’s map. Why have paper when you can have architectural models with miniature versions of the students romping about? Aside from a plethora of moving paintings that decorate the walls, enchanted mobile statues roam the grounds of all three branches. On occasion, they will visit classes and sit in on lectures (oddly, the most frequented is astronomy—even beings of marble cannot escape the curiosities of the universe, it seems). All sorts of magicked art is studied, from predicting and painting prophecies (a branch of divination Professor Trelawny deems “absolutely preposterous”) to the experimentation and perfecting of enchanted art (self-restoring paint, anyone?). Fashion, of course, is of high interest amongst students who are continuously blending functionality with style. Suits with protection charms stitched into linings are popular amongst boys, and sundresses that change colours with the weather are a hit amongst girls. Dueling is strictly forbidden for reasons the students do not know, but they have their speculations and the speculation goes: there had once been a dueling club that was quite popular, with tournaments held every week not just with pesky little wands but also magical creatures thrown in for a real challenge. It got out of hand one day as all foolish ventures do, and so the club was shut down for the sake of safety. Rumour has it someone had brought a lion to the last duel, and it wreaked havoc after a spell backfired on it—after all, how else would you explain the claw marks in the courtyard of Rome?