Is there any evidence of non-British wizards attending Hogwarts?

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    the schools themselves seem to be kinda like country guarded secrets, we see throughout the book that the schools dont want to leek knowledge to other schools. i would hazzard that the quote from draco of the potential to switch schools, was more an exception being that the headmaster was an X death eater, and friends to the malfoys. – Himarm Jan 27 '15 at 19:20
  • @Himarm, Draco going to Durmstrang was without any switch involved. He would have gone there without ever going to Hogwarts so he couldn't leak them any knowledge of Hogwarts (other then what his parents or others told him about Hogwarts, but so can anyone that attended Hogwarts) – Don_Biglia Jan 27 '15 at 19:59
  • @ThomasDB i was referring more to the schools being state secrets, so not that Draco would contaminate hogwarts as a student, but that a British national went to a foreign school, to then bring their secrets back to Briton, with the possibility that he would then teach at hogwarts and share durmstrangs secrets. I believe the Russians did this during the cold war, essentially sending loyal families to live in the states, to more accurately glean social trends, information, and potential sabotage. – Himarm Jan 27 '15 at 20:02
  • @Himarm Ow ok, interpreted it wrong then. Carry on :D My bad. – Don_Biglia Jan 27 '15 at 20:07
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    Who'd want to attend Hogwarts? They don't have fountains and fun, and they don't study Dark Arts, and they have all the deadly stuff happening. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jan 27 '15 at 20:34

I don't remember any direct statement in the books saying that some student does not come from Britain.

There is some canon evidence that wizards can attend foreign schools though. Draco says that he considered going to Durmstrang but his mother opposed because it was too far away:

… Father actually considered sending me to Durmstrang rather than Hogwarts, you know. He knows the Headmaster, you see. Well, you know his opinion of Dumbledore – the man’s such a Mudblood-lover – and Durmstrang doesn’t admit that sort of riff-raff.

*Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Chapter 11: Aboard the Hogwarts Express.

One more indirect evidence can be found in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Lupin says there that this year it is mandatory for all children to go to Hogwarts and that is did not use to be like this. Some parents were allowed to educate their kids at home or abroad:

‘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.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 11: The Bribe.

So it sounds plausible that also non-British students are allowed to study in Hogwarts.

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    However it's very clear in the books that Durmstrang is an international institute/school. I'm inclined to think that Hogwarts only admits young wizards and witches from the British Isles. – Alfredo Hernández Jan 27 '15 at 20:30
  • Updated the answer with one more canon source that hints to the fact that families were allowed to send their children to study abroad. So I find it VERY plausible that Hogwarts was also open to children from other countries. – vap78 Jan 27 '15 at 20:58
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    I added the quotes for you, feel free to rollback the answer if you want. – Alfredo Hernández Jan 27 '15 at 21:08
  • Thanks a lot :) I'll try to get hold on the books in English for further answers/questions. – vap78 Jan 28 '15 at 11:52
  • There are also Asians and Chinese attending the school, although that may be because they actually live in Britain – Matthew Barclay Mar 28 '18 at 0:20

They can not

Can American kids go to Hogwarts?

J.K. Rowling: No, they have their own school. You'll find out in Book 4. Hogwarts just serves Britain and Ireland.

"World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling," South West News Service, 8 July 2000

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    Rowling's response there seems to contradict quotes from the book. – Ellesedil Mar 27 '18 at 15:18
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    @Ellesedil - Not really. Hogwarts rejecting foreign students doesn't mean Durmstrang does too. It also doesn't mean that Draco Malfoy is any more trustworthy than usual. – ibid Mar 27 '18 at 17:59

It seems so - Leta’s father was French.

Though the vast majority of Hogwarts students are British, Leta Lestrange attended Hogwarts, despite her father, Corvus Lestrange Sr., being French. From what is known about Leta’s history, it seems likely that she was born and lived the first few years of her life there as well.


We see a beautiful woman, LAURENA, dressed in an exquisite gown, walking through a park with her husband, MUSTAFA—clearly in love. A YOUNG YUSUF by their side.

My mother, Laurena, was equally high-bred—a noted beauty. They were deeply in love. They knew a man of great influence, from a famous French pureblood family. He desired her.

Watching from a distance, an intense wizard, CORVUS LESTRANGE SR., studies her beauty.
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (The Original Screenplay)

While it is not explicitly stated where Leta was born, since her father was French and her mother was compelled to be with him by the Imperius Curse, it seems likely she would have been born in her father’s native France, where he was from and most likely living at the time.


LAURENA’S gown changes to a nightdress. She is walking slowly downstairs, a supernatural wind blowing.

Lestrange used the Imperius Curse to seduce and abduct her . . .

The twelve-year-old KAMA runs after his mother, tugs at her hand, and tries to pull her back upstairs. She throws him off. The front door flies open. LESTRANGE SR. stands at the foot of the garden path. LAURENA walks toward him. KAMA chases after her. LESTRANGE SR. points his wand at KAMA and sends him sprawling.

LAURENA lies on the bed as IRMA carries a newborn swaddled in a blanket to LESTRANGE SR.
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (The Original Screenplay)

If this is true, while it may be rare, this would prove it is indeed possible for a non-British child to attend Hogwarts.

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