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After the death eaters take over the school after Dumbledore's death, I understand it became mandatory for all students to attend school but my question is why didn't students go to other wizarding schools, like Beauxbatons, Durmstrang, or Koldovstoretz?

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    Koldovstoretz?? – Rand al'Thor Oct 18 '15 at 21:38
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    @Richard Hm. Either it should be Koldovstvoretz or the transliteration is wrong on that Wikia page. – Rand al'Thor Oct 18 '15 at 22:02
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    @randal'thor: The article you were just linked to does explain that it's a misspelling. – Lightness Races in Orbit Oct 19 '15 at 0:58
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    Is it just me or does it sound like wordplay on 'cold storage' in reference to its weather? There have been more blatant examples like Ms.Galore from James Bond. – Jesvin Jose Oct 19 '15 at 6:37
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    @aitchnyu - no it's a tranliteration from the word "wizardry" in Russian (koldovstvo). – DVK-on-Ahch-To Oct 19 '15 at 15:27
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The quote from the novel is that they're obliged to attend Hogwarts, and Hogwarts alone:

‘Ron, as we’re on the run with Harry Potter, the most wanted person in the country, I don’t think it matters. If I was going back to school, it would be different. What’s Voldemort planning for Hogwarts?’ she asked Lupin.

‘Attendance is now compulsory for every young witch and wizard,’ he replied. ‘That was announced yesterday. It’s a change, because it was never obligatory before. Of course, nearly every witch and wizard in Britain has been educated at Hogwarts, but their parents had the right to teach them at home or send them abroad if they preferred. This way, Voldemort will have the whole wizarding population under his eye from a young age. And it’s also another way of weeding out Muggle-borns, because students must be given Blood Status – meaning that they have proven to the Ministry that they are of wizard descent – before they are allowed to attend.’

The implication is that the decree specifically states that young British witches and wizards can no longer go overseas to be educated or be home-schooled. Obviously this quite closely parallels the German government's Reichsschulpflichtgesetz (federal compulsory attendance law), passed in 1938 as one of the actions of an ascendant Hitler administration.

  • I'm so glad I saw this before I'd really started typing that up myself! :P +1 – Au101 Oct 18 '15 at 21:15
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    Regarding the historical comparison, note that Hitler came to power in 1933, so a 1938 law can’t be counted among his first actions. Furthermore, compulsory school attendance was already established by the 1919 Weimar Constitution; so it was only the restriction to domestic schools that was new. – chirlu Oct 19 '15 at 2:09
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    @chirlu: The first laws regarding compulsory education in what later became Germany date back to the 16th century, actually. – DevSolar Oct 19 '15 at 12:49
  • @DevSolar: Yes, there were wildly different rules in the gazillion of German territories; but while there first were uniform rules for all of Germany (during the German Empire, from 1871 until the Weimar Constitution of 1919), home schooling was allowed. – chirlu Oct 19 '15 at 13:46
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    @Jason - His long term plan appears to be to exterminate them. Having access to the magic quill at Hogwarts gives him the names and locations of every child in Britain with magical heritage. – Valorum Oct 19 '15 at 16:30

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