List of fictional magic schools

A magic school is an institution for learning magic, appearing in works of fantasy depicting worlds in which magic exists and in which there is an organized society of magicians or wizards who pass on their knowledge in a systematic way. It may also be a school which is magically protected, or a Faculty of Magic in a university which also teaches other subjects. In a more loose way, also a place where a single wizard teaches an apprentice can count as a magic school.

Magic schools include:

Elder Scrolls

  • Arcane University in Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • College of Winterhold in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Harry Potter series


Winx Club universe

  • Alfea College, a magic school/college that teaches magic and its history for fairies featured in Winx Club
  • Beta Academy for Fairies, a rival school of Alfea College that teaches magic for fairies
  • Cloud Tower, a school that teaches dark magic for witches, supposedly an enemy school of Alfea College


  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic features numerous magic schools: "Canterlot School and Library of Magic", "Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns" and "Twilight's Magical School of Friendship".
  • Rowan Academy, featured in The Hound of Rowan series by Henry H. Neff
  • Burg Magic School, featured in Lunar: Walking School and its remake Magic School Lunar!
  • Balamb Garden, a magic school featured in Final Fantasy VIII. Other "gardens" in this game include Galbadia Garden and Trabia Garden.
  • Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a fictional college in The Magicians by Lev Grossman. Located on the Hudson in upstate New York, near West Point. It is the only school of magic in North America. Of other schools, there is at least one in South America, located in the Argentinian pampas. In Europe there are three schools - in the UK, in Zurich, and at a Medival keep in the Carpathians. There are four schools in Asia, one of them on Rishiri Island off the coast of Hokkaido, and one in New Zealand.
  • Carthak University, in Tamora Pierce's Tortall books. Her books in the Circle universe also have a school of magic in the Winding Circle community.
  • Greenlaw College, in A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer
  • Groosham Grange from the eponymous novel by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Lisbon School of Magic, in Sofia Ester's books
  • Magic School, a location Charmed television series
  • Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches from The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy
  • Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies in American Horror Story
  • Roanoke Academy for the Sorcerous Arts inThe Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin by []L. Jagi Lamplighter]]
  • The School of Magic on Roke Island from Ursula K. LeGuin's Earthsea cycle
  • Veritas, the hidden magical university inside Harvard in The Siren and the Sword and other books of the Magic University series by Cecilia Tan
  • Unseen University in the Discworld books of Terry Pratchett
  • Will O' Wisp Academy in Magical Starsign
  • Witch University, featured in the fourth Halloween Town movie Return To Halloween Town (2006)
  • Wizard's Hall, in the eponymous novel by Jane Yolen
  • School of magic from The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal
  • Magicians' Guild / University from The Black Magician series by Trudi Canavan
  • The Colleges of Magic, from Warhammer Fantasy
  • The University, from The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss
  • University of Rhiannon, granting its graduates the degree of "Magister in the field of Magic", in Three Hearts and Three Lions by Poul Anderson
  • University of Salamanca Faculty of Magic in The Charwoman's Shadow by Lord Dunsany
  • Mr. Wickens' School, in "The Wall Around the World" by Theodore Cogswell
  • College of Magical Arts, located in the city-state of Xylar until closed by a king hostile to magicians, in The Goblin Tower by L. Sprague de Camp
  • Lyceum of Metouro in the same book, granting diplomas in various fields, including magic
  • The House of Learning in Iraz, in de Camp's The Clocks of Iraz. Founded by King Hoscha of Penembei, it is divided into The School of Spirit which deals mainly with magic and the School of Matter which deals with mechanical inventions. The School of Spirit is subdivided into the Departments of Theoretical Thaumathurgy and Applied Thaumathurgy.
  • The Academy of Othoamae in The Unbeheaded King is the largest and most prestigious academic institution in the Novarian city states. It offers courses on magic along with many other subjects such as poetry and engineering. Magic is classed as part of the Faculty of Philosophy and Professors of Magic are located in the prestigious, ivy-covered Philosophy building.
  • Ben Aaronovirz's Rivers of London series mentions a former School of Magic which was active at an inconspicuous location in the English countryside until the end of the Second World War. The terrible decimation inflicted on Britiah wizards, most of them killed in a titanic battle against Nazi wizards, and the depletion of magic in the world of the 1950s and 1960s, led to the school being closed for lack of pupils. Young wizards who later turned up were apprenticed to an older wizard and got private tuition.
  • Starfall in Marie Brennan's Doppelganger and Warrior and Witch - where the daughters of witches are placed when ten years and undergo fifteen years of intensive training, in preparation for the extremely difficult Test at the age of 25. This would result either in becoming a fully empowered witch, wielding magic - or in becoming dead.
  • Luna Nova Magical Academy in Yoh Yoshinari's Little Witch Academia, a prestigious school for young girls training to become witches.


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  2. ^ Wonderbook: Book of Potions
  3. ^ J. K. Rowling (December 4, 2008). The Tales of Beedle the Bard Children's High Level Group.
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