Hello Natalia c: Had a time of my life browsing through your blog and reading all the headcanons and au ideas. I really am amazed about how you come up with so interesting things c: Actually I read your reply about wizarding schools and got interested if you have any ideas / headcanons about russian school? потому что факты, написанные Роулинг меня скорее насмешили c: anyway wishing you lots of inspiration and good luck with art, you're doing great :D p/s those hogwarts uniform design is superb
(Tell me about it, lmao. One thing I absolutely cannot stop being salty about is how in Quidditch Through the Ages she mentions a Russian Chaser whose name is Petrova Porskoff, which makes zero sense because Petrova and Porskoff are both surnames. Did you even try, Jo.)
So, headcanons! I have a few:
- Following the tradition of wizarding schools being hidden in mountain areas, I think its location would be somewhere in the Urals.
- No house system, obviously, but having heard rumours about Hogwarts I feel like students would still jokingly sort themselves into them just to take the piss.
- They do student exchange program with Durmstrang, the closest other wizarding school.
- The school also has house elves, although here they’re called domovye. They also can’t disobey wizards’ orders, but if you wrong a domovoi in any way, his place may be taken by kikimora instead, who’s more of a poltergeist that causes disarray. So if you don’t want your dormitory to become a den of chaos, you better treat those guys with respect.
- Three-headed dragon from slavic mythology? Is actually a Runespoor and Dragon crossbreed that’s banned in other countries. The mountain range is a source of valuable minerals, so the dragons guard temporary vaults in there. That’s why the mountains around the school are somewhat akin Hogwarts’ Forbidden Forest, which means also dangerous and restricted. Doesn’t stop some reckless students from doing little expeditions now and then, though.
- This entire thing about Russian wizards flying entire uprooted trees instead of broomsticks seems a little bit, how do I say it… over the top. A bit too much. Although I can totally see it happening in, like, rural areas, countryside away from big cities where it’s easier to uproot a small birch tree rather than acquire a decent broom.
- Speaking of wizarding means of transportation. Baba Yaga, a witch from traditional slavic folklore, flies around in a mortar while wielding a pestle (some illustrators depict her wielding a broom though). I really like this as an alternative to a broomstick, people flying long distances in those giant mortars carved from big oak tree stumps.