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While the Harry Potter books are primarily set in Great Britain, there are various references to wizards from other countries.

Which countries do we know to have significant magical populations?

Any level of canon is acceptable, but Rowling-canon is preferred.

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    Good question. Also, do the boundaries between national wizarding governments correspond to muggle political boundaries? And if so, how does that come about? Are the wizarding boundaries changed accordingly every time the muggle boundaries change as a result of war, secession, or merger? – user14111 Jan 19 '16 at 2:42
  • @user14111 Another good question. Related: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/113033/… – Rand al'Thor Jan 19 '16 at 2:44
  • Significant to what? The stories? The UK, France, Bulgaria, Ireland, Albania, Egypt, wherever Grindelwald was from… and that’s about it, as far as I can recall. The rest probably have magical communities of varying sizes, but they’re not significant to the books. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jan 19 '16 at 4:16
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    Can you clarify what "significant" means ? As % of the total population of the country or as an absolute number? Could be something else of course. – vap78 Jan 19 '16 at 9:28

As far as we know all countries have a wizarding population, and they all appear to have a proportionate wizarding population. We are not lead to believe that any country DRAWS in more wizards then normal. i guess in theory the old world probably has a few more old pureblood families then the new world simply by traditional movement patterns.

Bill had a penfriend at a school in Brazil . . . this was years and years ago . . . and he wanted to go on an exchange trip but Mum and Dad couldn’t afford it.

He supposed, now that he saw rep- resentatives of so many nationalities in the campsite, that he had been stupid never to realize that Hogwarts couldn’t be the only one. He glanced at Hermione, who looked utterly unsurprised by the information. No doubt she had run across the news about other wizarding schools in some book or other.


while a group of middle-aged American witches sat gossiping happily beneath a spangled banner stretched between their tents that read: the salem witches’ institute. Harry caught snatches of conversation in strange lan- guages from the inside of tents they passed, and though he couldn’t understand a word, the tone of every single voice was excited.


“They must go to Beauxbatons,” said Hermione. “You know . . . Beauxbatons Academy of Magic . . . I read about it in An Appraisal of Magical Education in Europe.”


You’ll be supporting Ireland, of course?” she added, eye- ing Harry, Ron, and Hermione beadily.

Africa (yes continental via state)

Three African wizards sat in serious conversation, all of them wearing long white robes and roasting what looked like a rabbit on a bright purple fire


Bill works for Gringotts as a curse breaker, and works in Egypt were the ancient Egyptian wizards set up complex curses to protect tombs.


Harry — DAD GOT THE TICKETS — Ireland versus Bulgaria, Monday night. Mum’s writing to the Muggles to ask you to stay. They might already have the letter, I don’t know how fast Muggle post is. Thought I’d send this with Pig anyway.

This exhaustive list of quidditch teams also indicates large magical population


  • Any evidence for "significant magical populations" in these countries? – Rand al'Thor Jan 19 '16 at 2:36
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    @randal'thor still going, but mostly big enough to feild national level quiditch teams – Himarm Jan 19 '16 at 2:37
  • aka the reason the US always wins the olymipcs other then money, is because of population size, so if counties like bulgaria can field a worlds level quidditch team they have to have a sizable population. – Himarm Jan 19 '16 at 2:39
  • I'm not going to get into a debate on why the US wins the Olympics ... too much cynicism and not enough knowledge :-) – Rand al'Thor Jan 19 '16 at 2:40
  • @randal'thor uk wins lots of medials being a tiny country, it all comes down to money irl, but population size helps to get good people to then pay to be amazing – Himarm Jan 19 '16 at 2:46

All of the below have Quidditch teams of their own. So, they would have atleast a large enough magical population:


Armenian junior



Has the Uagadou School of Magic



Burkina Faso




Cote d'Ivoire



In GoF, the Quidditch referee Hassan Mustafa is Egyptian

The third book talks about the powerful wizards of Egypt, who have put those powerful spells/charms on the pyramids.




Has the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic. Mentioned in the fourth book (Goblet of Fire)


Crest of the German Quidditch team:

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Mentioned a lot of times in the GoF book. And witches like Pansy Parkinson, the Patil sisters, etc all hail from Ireland. So, it must have a considerable magical population.

Crest of the Irish quidditch team:

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Has the Mahoutokoro school of magic (Mentioned in the Wonderbook: Book of Potions)








New Zealand


The Nordic team

Crest of the Nordic Quidditch Team:

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Charlie Weasley is said to be studying dragons in Romania.


Has the Koldovstoretz school of magic


Has the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry



Crest of the Spanish Quidditch Team:

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United States of America

Crest of the US Quidditch Team:

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Source: Potter Wikia

  • Where do the crests come from? – ibid Jan 19 '16 at 2:46
  • @ibid From the Potter wiki. To be noted that some teams like China, India, etc are recently added from PotterMore :) – Dawny33 Jan 19 '16 at 2:48
  • Do they have a source? I don't think the crests were in QttA. – ibid Jan 19 '16 at 2:50
  • @ibid I guess they were listed from the movie scenes! – Dawny33 Jan 19 '16 at 2:54
  • @ibid Nope, from PotterMore. The crest might have been an adaption by an artist in PM! – Dawny33 Jan 19 '16 at 3:05

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