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
  • @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

J.k Rowling does mention off book that there are schools of magic in North and South America but unrelated to European schools. There was talk of fan fiction being allowed that took place in other countries including the states.

  • This doesn't answer the question whatsoever. – Alfredo Hernández Jan 28 '15 at 7:33
  • It pertains to that the schools are treated like state secrets. If north America has it's own schools then there would be no reason for American students to attend European schools and it would be heavily restricted as stated. – Joshua Templeton Jan 28 '15 at 8:25
  • do you have any canon quote to support that? The only thing stated directly in the books is that Durmstrang's headmaster is very secretive. However, Durmstrang isn't even a national school (I don't know why so many people assume it's the wizarding school of Bulgaria). – Alfredo Hernández Jan 28 '15 at 8:57
  • There is no references in the books, but like i said it has been mentioned by J.K. rowling herself that there are other official schools beside the European ones. If you consider that the only time the schools interact is during the tri-wizard cup it pretty safe to say that there is rivalry and secret keeping going on. – Joshua Templeton Jan 28 '15 at 17:14
  • There are exactly 11 schools (as stated in Pottermore). Whether they are national or international is not information we can find in the books. – Alfredo Hernández Jan 28 '15 at 17:39

Given that Hogwarts is connected to the Flu Network, It's very plausible that foreign witches and wizards may attend if they chose tho. JKR mentioned that there are other schools located in different countries but its a matter of preference (and spoken language probably).

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