WIZARDING SCHOOLS AROUND THE WORLD: AUSTRALIA
Originally located in Arnhem Land, The Australian College of Sorcery and Witchcraft was a sprawling campus of large huts that eventually coalesced into one single structure. The college detached from mainland Australia soon after British settlement in order maintain their practices and culture. Ever since, the school has been drifting haphazardly in the ocean, although it never strays far from the Australian coast for ancient magic keeps the school tethered to Australian soil. Every year, a team of witches and wizards must be employed to anchor the floating campus so students aren’t forced into a cat-and-mouse chase at the beginning of the year in order to attend school (a frustrating endeavour which often results in the postponing of classes due to a large number of absences). To students’ great enjoyment, various creatures (including the occasional mermaid) can often be found sunbathing around the perimeter of the campus which gently slopes into the water. Due to their exposure to unusually friendly oceanic creatures, the college boasts incredibly extensive courses in aquatic-life studies, and is held in high esteem by the international wizarding community for its innovations in water magic.
#YOU DO REALISE WE HAVE TOWNS AND STUFF RIGHT #LIKE ROADS AND HOUSES AND BUILDINGS AND EVEYTHING
I am aware of that—I’m not that ignorant. But in case this wasn’t clear in the blurb, the school came into being long before the British even settled in Australia. This is a school that was built by the Aboriginals (A LOT TIME AGO!). They didn’t live in houses and buildings, so it wouldn’t have made sense for them to build houses or buildings for the school. Here is an article on traditional housing, and here is another one. Noticed how they, for the most part, lived in domed shelters? I am well aware that Australians don’t presently live in huts (I hope the girl who wrote ‘I love how people still think we live in huts’ sees this). I wrote ‘huts’ in the blurb to mostly remain true to Aboriginal lifestyles.