this is Le Mont Saint Michel, in Normandie, France. it’s also where Beauxbatons Academy of Magic is located. and listen i KNOW Beauxbatons is supposed to be in the Pyrenees but it’s only rumored to be so i will take this hc to the grave
ok now that this is out of the way hear me out
this is le mont saint michel, and depending on the tide it’s either an island or accessible by foot
the witches arrived in 1265 and never left because come on, even the location screams magic it would be a shame not to take advantage of it. even the wizarding world has aesthetic needs to fulfill.
there are some muggles on the island, but most of them have been there forever and their parents before them, and having lived through WW2 and the invention of television, they can think of weirder things than magic. Also they have other shit to do than go and tell everyone about beauxbatons and plus they quite like those wizards, they’re polite and make delicious drinks so everyone is happy to mind their own business.
and this pals, is Beauxbatons Academy of Magic :
the architecture is famous all over the world and has therefore attracted many tourists over the years so the academy has decided to open some parts of the castle to the public.
but do not worry they’ve thought this through! a powerful glamour has been cast over the whole place for it to look to the muggles like they’re visiting an abbey.
for example, this is a muggle photo of a statue of Nicolas Flamel, famous alumnus of Beauxbatons Academy.
and if you’re still not convinced here are a couple of photos proving that this place is definitely magical
Bonus : this is La Mère Poulard, the best restaurant on the island. Anne Boutiaut, who owns the place, is a 166 yo witch and to this day, she still hasn’t disclosed to recipe to her famous omelet. the muggles think she’s just in very good shape for her age.
you can also see witches and wizards of all ages, unwinding with a butterbear after a long day, looking fondly at the oblivious muggles
it’s a happy place