A few days ago, Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling announced on her website “Pottermore” the location of other “wizarding schools” around the world, with locations in Africa, Brazil, North America and Japan:

But it’s the way she phrased it in the announcement that has social justice warriors up in arms. The schools in Brazil and Japan are described as part of the country in which they are located (the exact location of the North American school is still a mystery). With the school that’s actually in Uganda, it’s just referred to as in Africa, the continent:

The outcry was swift:

J.K. Rowling herself even jumped in and seemed to agree that she was at fault:

But as of the writing of this post, the wording has yet to be changed:

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FWIW, Canadians are mad, too, that they were left out, but there’s still hope:

Australians, too:

It seems that if you complain to J.K. Rowling she’ll add a wizardry school wherever you want.


  • Ragnar__Danneskjold

    If the countries would stop popping up, changing names or just getting swallowed by neighboring countries it might make writing for posterity a little more simple.

    • Eric

      I was going to say the same.

    • AMD_Afficionado

      Maybe The Simpsons was on to something, corporate sponsorship of African nations could solidify their names lol.

  • Doc Farmer✔ᶜᵒᵛᶠᵉᶠᵉ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

    Considering some of the education levels in Uganda, is a “wizard school” a wise thing? Between the witch doctors not wanting the competition, and the Islamofascists who would view this as an insult to the prophet (yeah, like what ISN’T an insult to that jerk, right?), I think the survival time for the students could be measured with a stopwatch…

  • fragglerock61

    Folks, I hate to break it to you, and I say this as a fan myself, but this is all make believe.

    I mean, you are acting like it’s Star Wars or something. Get a grip.

    • Arkuy The Great

      Tatooine; derived from a real Berber town in Tunisia
      Uagadou; sounds a lot like the capital of Burkina Faso

      Reality imitates fantasy…sort of.

    • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

      Next up, some European country will create a video on how to stop rapes with their magic wand.

      • Frustrated Teacher

        It’s immigrants misusing their magic wands that is the PROBLEM!!

        • http://wandererswaysite.wordpress.com Wanderer

          Magic wands don’t kill people, people kill people.

          • Smart Grunt

            When the 2nd Edict of the Grand Wizardry Covenant was signed, the Founders did not anticipate the invention of automatic and semi-automatic assault wands! Wands were used for conjuring illusions and unicorns, not to hurl lightning bolts and fireballs!

    • whatev…✓ yo’self.

      “Furious as an African historian that @jk_rowling made Uagadou a generic “Africa” comparable to countries like Japan, France, or Brazil.”
      Easy there, buddy. Get back on your meds.

      • fragglerock61

        And honestly, in terms of culture, development, economy etc. how many African nations can hold a candle to Japan, France, or Brazil?
        Egypt probably. South Africa sure. So a predominantly Arabic Mediterranean state and a former European colony famous for racial segregation and rugby.

        Most of the actual “African” countries are third world hell holes where the only thing worse than the brutal dictators are the horrific revolutionaries.

  • Emily B

    I wonder what all these people do when actual, real-life problems come up for them? I mean, I’m a Harry Potter fanatic, but good grief…..it’s just pretend. Channel all that passion and cure a disease or something.

    • journogal

      What do they do with real-life problems? Blame other people for them and play the role of the victim.

      • MoxieLouise1

        I like to use my outrage sparingly. Otherwise, I’ll be making a public spectacle of myself.

      • Tessa from Texas

        You are talking about the Dims, right?

    • TJG

      Speaking from the nerd perspective, you’re making the fallacious assumption that people can only be passionate about one thing. There are plenty of those in fandoms who are perfectly capable of being passionate about their fandoms, even more than one at a time, and being passionate about real life issues and problems. Dismissing what one person is passionate about as being “not worthy” isn’t something that anyone should do.

      • AMSilver

        When someone is passionate about creating grievances and taking offense where none was intended, about enforcing unknowable behavioral codes on their perceived enemies (unknowable due to the fact that they are created spur of the moment based on the creator’s moods, rather than any firm standard) and shaming people who have done no wrong, then I am absolutely okay with dismissing that passion as not worthy.

  • Kevin Giltrud

    Is it just me?

    Or does Uagadou look one Hell of a lot like Cartoon Network and Adult Swim’s ‘Superjail’?!!

  • Penny✓ItsSoFluffy! #GoBolts!

    Ridiculous. What the hell…? WHO CARES?! Seriously, people, get a life.

    • journogal

      I think this is their life.

      • bicentennialguy

        Very profound and very true.

      • aztectrumpet

        harry potter? or professional grievance-mongering?

        • tops116 ✓Quipper


          • MoxieLouise1

            Wizard Lives Matter.

    • Kevin Giltrud

      But! But! But!

      Magic….. For The Children!!!

  • journogal

    If a fiction writer lets you down, it’s time to reassess your life.

  • http://macsen573.wix.com/overdrive Macsen Overdrive

    This is why fandom can’t have nice things.

    • journogal

      And this is partly why this country is spiraling downwards.

      • CoastalMaineBird

        You mean, “this country” of North America?

  • san rafael blue

    This is needless NITPICKING by the nasty, noxious nattering nabobs of negativity!
    I’m not even a fan of her books, but I salute a successful person for making an effort.

    • CoastalMaineBird

      Spiro, is that you?

  • Jeff Henderson ✓Bona Fide

    *waving wand* Africountrificus! Fixed it.

    • Kevin Giltrud

      Try again, Hermione.

      • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

        The only thing I know about Harry Potter is what I saw on SNL.

        • Kevin Giltrud

          I believe the correct phrase is:

          “Hummina… Hummina… Hummina!*

          *Apologies to Jackie Gleason’s Ralph Kramden*

  • algonquinmatt

    You think that’s bad? Wait until CNN or MSNBC put them on a map!

    • journogal

      Or Vox.

      • Happy Dragon

        I heard she isn’t a billionaire anymore because she gives so much away to charity.

    • Kevin Giltrud


  • aztectrumpet

    Last I checked, U.S. isn’t the only country in North America.

    • CVN65

      Stop spreading rumors.

    • AMSilver

      Yes, but pointing that out totally blows their complaint out of the water. How dare you try to inject reason and sanity into the middle of a full blow SJW temper tantrum!

  • bedfordthegreat

    Hey, we penguins were left out. We DEMAND there is one in Antarctica.

    • Tessa from Texas

      Aww….you penguins already know how to work your magic. Every time I see one of you, you make the corners of my mouth magically turn up.

  • Hashtag pundit

    I wonder how long it will take truly talented people like Rowling to realize that writers need not bow before peer pressure, censorship, or any other transient societal influence. Artists used to understand that if you let your art be dictated by consensus, it is no longer art. Get some integrity, grow a backbone, and say no to PC censorship.

    • http://wandererswaysite.wordpress.com Wanderer

      Problem is Rowling is skilled at marketing and filling a niche, not writing. Which means she owes her success to being able to navigate the currents of popular culture and opinion.

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    SJWs respond to anything with outrage.

    Sensible people respond to SJW outrage like this:

  • tops116 ✓Quipper
  • The Marathon Man

    Libturds are always going to find ways to nitpick racism / sexism / cis-genderism so they can feel outrage over something…even in a fantasy world. They will never be happy.

  • alanstorm

    “Furious as an African historian that @jk_rowling made Uagadou a generic “Africa” comparable to countries like Japan, France, or Brazil.”

    Somebody needs to worry more about the real world and less about fictitious ones.

    • Kevin Giltrud


      “Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner hardest hit!”

      Film at eleven!

      • alanstorm

        I was stunned to hear it. Of all the thompson gunners, Roland was the best…

        • Kevin Giltrud

          “So the CIA decided they wanted Roland dead.
          And that son of a bitch, Van Owen blew off Roland’s head!”

  • whateverdear

    Yeah, if only I cared.

    I suggest folks read the Narnia series by CS Lewis instead for their ‘kids find magical land and have adventures’ needs.

  • MrApple

    People will seriously get pissed off about just about anything.

  • Antisocial_ism

    Right in the middle if HIV-topia.
    How’s that?

  • Steve Brandon

    I’m more amused/dismayed by “Mahoutokoro”. The name literally just means “Magic Place” in Japanese, no personality whatsoever. Even just “Mahougakkou” (magic school) would have been better.

    • Tyrconnell

      Think Durmstrang and Beauxbaton.

    • AMD_Afficionado

      She should have given it a vaguely Germanic name that the Japanese will utterly butcher the pronunciation of…it’s what the Japanese themselves tend to do lol.

  • CrystalDawn0603

    I’m a fan of the Harry Potter books but do the people complaining realize it’s all FICTIONAL?!?

  • dabhidh

    They must have been REALLY pissed when Toto had that hit song that one time.

  • Canned Heat

    A lot of consternation over poorly written fantasy
    Note to the costume-dressing wand-carrying Nerddom… there are no wizards in Africa. But there are lots of “Princes” with gobs of money that want to give to me, so it can’t be all that bad

    • AMD_Afficionado

      No wizards in Africa? I wouldn’t get hung up on the terminology as they certainly have a lot of witch doctors and they’re in demand in even the “civilized” countries 🙁

  • setnaffa

    What amazes me is that these SJW snowflakes are so bent out of shape by fiction. Oh. Wait. That’s what they do…

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  • Wonder Pony

    None of the SJWs noticed that North America is a continent as well?

    • AMD_Afficionado

      They’ve already accepted the North American Union as fact…?

  • ElDerecho

    I love it when lefties get burned by their own SJW’s.

  • tverle

    I’m confused…..in the little excerpt where the ‘wording has yet to be changed’ it refers to Africa as a continent. That’s still not correct enough for them?

  • HiltonHead_Dude

    Wait till her fans find out wizards are make believe. It’s going to be bloody.

    • Arkuy The Great

      Daniel Radcliffe on SNL:

      “And to the adults who read the Harry Potter books and devoured them, I just want to say: Those books were for children. You were reading children’s books! I know they were long, but that’s because the letters were big — you know, for children?”


      • genes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

        Never heard that, but then I outgrew SNL humor at two.

  • Laticia

    She got trapped into her own web of liberalism.

  • Tyrconnell

    She is lib, but she also listed North America, so that’s 2 continents.

  • Frustrated Teacher

    People get upset over the stupidest things….geez…it’s a STORY!! And as an author, she can do what she damn well pleases with HER STORY! Plus, she is probably worried that nobody knows the names of the countries in Africa….it’s not like they don’t change the names like Michael Moore changes plates at a buffet?

  • Restless_1

    What the hell is a wizardry school?

  • http://wandererswaysite.wordpress.com Wanderer

    I’m sorry, but since when is North America a country either?

    Here’s a fun fact: J.K. Rowling is a great marketer and is good at creating saleable characters, but she’s really not a good writer. Hasn’t prevented her from making gazillions of dollars off her badly written books but still.

    • SchroedingersDeplorableDog

      That’s the free market at work. People buy what they want, not what you, me or even better writers require them to want. Cola sells more than broccoli, it ain’t better for ya.

  • Tyrconnell

    As a son of the Olde Sod, I am offended that Irish witches and wizards are required to attend the British wizarding school in Scotland! How’s that for grievance mongering?

  • http://baldilocks-talking.blogspot.com/ Juliette Akinyi Ochieng

    There is enough idolatry in African countries. No more is needed.

  • david4041

    There seems to be people out there just looking for things to be upset about.

  • JohnFLob

    Why all the outrage over the school’s name and location? The melanin enhance activists refer to themselves a African-Americans. Are they from a country or a continent?

  • RememberSekhmet

    Ilvermorny looks like it might be in Canada. And Uagadou could pre-date the division of Africa into various countries.

  • KHSoldier(Ret)&Writer

    1st World problems…

    I’m an author and let me say….ITS FICTION PEOPLE!

  • Rogue Cheddar

    (aims wand)
    Hermione: Fuktwatis Begonis! (poof!)

  • J-

    How many people could name more than 2 or 3 countries on Africa? That’s the reading level that these books are written to.

    • Storm Saxon’s Gall Bladder

      Let’s see, there’s Pride Rock,
      Timbuktu and Ebola Land.
      Did i miss any?

      • unknown

        Zamunda (that African nation Eddie Murphy was prince of in Coming to America)

  • Grumpy

  • DevilDocNowCiv

    Chill, Canadians. You aren’t left out…uh, OK, yes you are once again left out. But not directly, as both the US and Canada make up “North America” as it’s noted in the offending Tweet. But you Canadians along with many forget Canada if it’s not mentioned, default to the US in your minds, and cry.

    Dry your eyes! Buck up! Drink a can of Man, zip up your Man suit, and take pride in yourselves (you folks brag a lot up there anyway – the Yank influence, no doubt). Try to accept your “life in the shadow (of you know who” that you live in, even in your own minds.

  • Happy Dragon

    What is this “invalid argument” error message Disqus is giving me?

  • SchroedingersDeplorableDog

    Easily fixed: leave Africa out of any aid culture or commerce until long after the demise of the species of warrior for social (in)-justice, white-hating racist. anti-USA self righteous punk. We’ve got mile high supply of those fine folks, so Africa may need to wait a bit. tbh, said PC punk is more our invention than theirs, but we gotta clean house here.

  • interestedobserver2

    “Forget ISIS! Have you seen what that racist beyotch J. K. Rowling has done now?” — liberal pajama boys, everywhere.

  • Christa Siobhan Cartwright

    Oh, shut up!!! (in the words of Jay Leno)

    • genes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

      I could have sworn that was Joan Rivers.

  • twfuller

    Rowling obviously believes Africa IS a country. Should that surprise anyone?

    • genes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

      No more surprising than the fact she doesn’t believe Israel is a country.

  • http://erickbrockway.com/ Erick Brockway

    I’m insulted Antarctica was left out

  • gr54

    I wonder how long the African Historian has been combing the net before he finally found something to be offended by?

  • DCB

    The whole continent is a $h*thole, so who cares?

    • Arkuy The Great

      My sons and I were once playing around with the street view feature of a certain online map service. We decided to travel the world a bit and touched-down in Botswana. And we were quite impressed that the roads were in excellent shape, there were lots of late-model vehicles about, the houses and buildings were in good repair, businesses seemed to be experiencing reasonable success. The country seems to be doing well.

      There are success stories in Africa although they are easily drowned out by the likes of Sierra Leone, Somaila or Zimbabwe.

  • 00gabooga

    They should be more upset about all the albino feet and hands being consumed by the Uagadou potions class.

  • daveclay

    Did you notice that nobody’s complaining about ‘North America’? Must be ’cause it’s full of ‘white people’.

  • Anion

    Yes, all those spells in Latin originated in Africa…