“Uagadou will always be there to welcome you home.”
I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan, and now I’m even a bigger fan since J.K. Rowling revealed new magic schools. One of them is in the African continent. The school is called, Uagadou School of Magic. Uagadou is located in Uganda, and it is the largest of all wizarding schools. Yes, it’s larger than Hogwarts! It welcomes students from all over the continent. The school is located in the “Mountains of the Moon”. “Mountains of the Moon” is an ancient term referring to the Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda at the source of the Nile River. The school is a stunning edifice, carved out of the mountainside and shrouded in mist, so that it sometimes appears simply to float in mid-air.
Uagadou graduates are experts in Astronomy, Alchemy and Self- Transfiguration, just like the ancient scholars of Timbuktu. Many spells are cast simply by pointing the finger or through hand gestures, instead of a wand.
At a recent International Symposium of Animagi, the Uagadou School Team attracted a lot of press when their exhibition of synchronised transforming caused a near riot. Many older and more experienced witches and wizards felt threatened by fourteen-year- olds who could turn at will into elephants and cheetahs, and a formal complaint was lodged with the International Confederation of Wizards by Adrian Tutley (Animagus: gerbil). The long list of celebrated ex-students produced by Uagadou includes Babajide Akingbade, who succeeded Albus Dumbledore as the Supreme Mugwump of the International Confederation of Wizards.
Students receive notice that they have gained entrance at Uagadou from Dream Messengers, sent by the headmaster or headmistress of the day. The Dream Messenger will appear to the children as they sleep and will leave a token, usually an inscribed stone, which is found in the child’s hand on waking. No other school employs this method of pupil selection.
I really hope J.K. Rowling writes a book about Uagadou, where she reveals in-depth information about it, including it’s houses. I want to know what house I belong in. It seems I’m not the only one. Jessica Francoise posted on Facebook that, she wants to become an actress so that when they finally make a movie about Uagadou, she can play a headmistress or a teacher.
Goodbye Hogwarts, it’s been good. Uagadou is my new home now.