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Headcanons Masterpost: American Wizard Education

Because I can 

  • Ilvermorny isn’t the only Wizard School in America, but it’s considered the most prestigious (think all the Ivy League schools rolled into one). Whether or not it’s the “best” is up to interpretation
  • Most states have their own schools, except for small ones like Rhode Island, and with one big exception: there’s a secret hidden Wizard School at Four Corners, USA
  • There’s definitely an Area 51 School too
  • There’s a secret Wizard Broadway that the New York School takes field trips to. It’s got a mixture of Wizard-Only musicals/plays and Muggle Plays with magical twists
  • The Florida Wizard School is hidden in Cinderella’s Castle in DisneyWorld. It really is a place of magic.
  • The Statue of Secrecy differs from state to state; basically from “your wand is confiscated if you so much as look at a muggle” to “oh say hi to Bob the Farmer for me, he’s the muggle who tends the Magic Gardens he’s pretty cool”
  • A good chunk of the schools aren’t boarding schools, though there are dorms as an option for most of them in case there are students who live too far from the school
  • The schools have their own version of the tri-wizard tournament, except instead of School Hunger Games, it’s usually a bunch of Quidditch Matches and Wizard Duels. However, there is QUITE a lot of School Pride and usually only select students go, as there have been multiple incidents of fights breaking out (using both fists and wands) to determine the best school. Ilvermorny normally doesn’t participate.

The ruins in New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon are some of the most well-preserved remnants of the Ancestral Pueblan civilization in the Four Corners area of the southwest. But tucked in a small canyon, painted on a rock overhang are these strange pictographs. One is a clear depiction of a human hand, but the other two are thought to show the crescent moon alongside a star that went nova on July 4th, 1054. 

This event would have been noticeable and spectacular–the brightness of a supernova is such that it can be seen in the daytime and even outshine the moon itself, making the night sky appear eerily bright. It was seen all around the world, and matches similar depictions seen in every inhabited place on Earth at the time. And on that night, the moon was indeed in the waning crescent phase.

Today, although the bright supernova is no longer lighting up the sky, we now know it as the Crab Nebula.  

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Dieteria bigelovii is in the family Asteraceae. Commonly known as Bigelow’s tansy aster, it is native to the Four Corners area of the United States. This species is a biennial or perennial commonly found on rocky slopes, meadows, and forest clearings in habitats up to 11,000 feet in elevation. The phyllaries under the radiate heads are covered in a dense covering of glandular hairs, which aid in identification of this species. Bigelow’s tansy aster, and it’s sister species D. canescens readily hybridize where populations overlap.

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Aquilegia elegantula is in the family Ranunculaceae. Commonly known as shooting star columbine, it is native to the Four Corners area of the United States. Shooting star columbine is a small herbaceous species that is found in montane and subalpine areas in woodlands and on rocky slopes. Like other columbines, the petals form long spurs which store nectar for passing pollinators. The name Aquilegia is derived from the Latin world Aquila, which translates to Eagle, in reference to the spurs resemblance to the talons of an Eagle.

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Penstemon whippleanus is in the family Plantaginaceae. Commonly known as Whipple’s Penstemon it is primarily native to the Four Corners area of the United States. Whipple’s Penstemon is a small herbaceous perennial that grows in subalpine meadows and rock outcroppings. This species can be easily identified by the fine white hairs that cover the petals and sepals. It is also known to have a range of flower colors in the wild, ranging from dark purple to pink.