Soon, everyone came to the campsite that Mr. Weasley had booked.
At the edge of the wood at the top of the field, there was an empty space, with a small sign hammered into the ground that read: WEASLEY.
“This place is good!” Mr. Weasley said happily. “The field is just on the other side of the wood there, we’re as close as we could be.”
Evan looked at the dense woods and felt that the place was really good.
The scenery was pleasant. If there was any disturbance in the camp, they could escape to the woods for the first time.
Although Evan did not expect any disturbance, it was not a bad thing to prevent problems before they happened.
“Well, let’s start putting up the tents!” Mr. Weasley said excitedly. “No magic allowed, not when we’re out in these numbers on Muggle land. We’ll be putting these tents up by hand! Muggles do it all the time. It’s not that hard, is it?!”
He took out two gray tents from his backpack and a variety of tools.
“Come on, kids…” He rubbed his forehead with a handkerchief.
“Hold on, Arthur, is there enough space for all us in these two tents?” Sirius said, carefully looking at the tents on the ground.
“When Charlie, Bill, and Percy arrive, we’ll be a party of twelve!” Mr. Weasley frowned. “I borrowed this from Perkins at the office. To be honest, they’re not too appropriate. We’ll be a bit cramped, if we add a few beds…”
“There is no need for extra beds. I have a tent there, one with a lot of space!” Sirius said. “A few days ago, I told Kreacher to send it over. Now I can use it directly.”
“Well then!” said Mr. Weasley. “That’s a good idea; otherwise we would have to squeeze in. There are two empty spaces here. We can build a tent for the girls to stay in first!”
“Evan, Harry, Ron, can you three come with me to move the tent over?” asked Sirius.
The three of them hurried nodded and followed Sirius to the campsite.
At this time, the sun had just risen, and the mist gradually dispersed. In the camp, they could see endless tents that stretched in all directions.
The four of them walked slowly through the rows of tents and looked around with interest.
“God, I never thought that there were so many wizards in the world!” Harry said with emotion.
Before that, he never seriously thought about what the wizards in other countries would look like.
“It’s the first time I see so many wizards, too!” Ron sighed. “This is almost imaginary!”
“If, after graduation, you can join an organization such as the Department of International Magical Cooperation at the Ministry of Magic, like Percy; or the International Confederation of Wizards, you will be in frequent contact with foreign wizards!” Sirius explained with a smile. “For different countries, the traditions and magic used by wizards are also different. In Africa, for example, curses, witchcraft, astronomy and transfiguration are more prevalent, and they rarely use wands when casting spells, but are more accustomed to using fingers or their arms.”
“Don’t use a wand, but a finger?!” Ron said in amazement. “Just like house-elves.”
Evan remembered the African Dark wizard he had seen in the pub on the edge of the Albanian forest.
He had no wand on him, but carried a wicked doll with him, always hanging on his wrist.
Evan speculated that the weird doll was made of human skin and was used to cast curses.
“Sirius, you went to Beauxbatons with Evan in the summer vacation. It’s also a school of magic like Hogwarts!” Harry suddenly asked, “Can you tell us something about other magic schools?”
Ron also focused, and he wanted to know about other schools of magic.
Evan had seen relevant descriptions in magic books before, but most of them were vague.
Magic school is the top secret of magic circle in many countries. Wizards who are not in their own countries are rarely able to collect any relevant information about them.
“It is well known that the culture and educational traditions of the magic wind are different in each country. There are many ancient traditions that are still being inherited in a more traditional way than through schools of magic.” Sirius said, “But on the whole, there are eleven famous magic schools currently known in the world.”
“There are so many?!” Harry exclaimed. “I only know Hogwarts!”
“Hogwarts is one of the three most famous schools of magic in Europe. The remaining two are Beauxbatons in France and Durmstrang in Germany!” Sirius said. “You must’ve heard Evan talk about Beauxbatons before. As for Durmstrang, that’s a wizarding school that only admits pure-blooded students. It has a long history, but its attitude towards black magic is more indulgent. In the past, many Dark wizards graduated from there.”
Evan knew that the Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald had been there.
As the Dark Lord to exist before Voldemort, Grindelwald could even rival Voldemort in his heyday.
Considering the environment of the Muggle society at the time, the huge wars all over the world provided the appropriate soil for the exhibition of Dark Arts, and Grindelwald and his minions almost took control of the whole Europe.
He was plotting a terrible plot and was almost on the verge of success.
But unfortunately, he was faced Dumbledore.
At the height of Grindelwald’s power, Dumbledore defeated him alone and saved the European Magic circle.
Coincidentally, shortly after that, the protracted war in the Muggle world also came to an abrupt end.
Germany was defeated and paid a heavy price!
Since then, the world had entered peace and a new international order had been re-established.
“What about the other eight wizarding schools outside Europe?”
“There are three in America, including two in North America, and one of them is a magic school that only recruits witches. It is the only magic school in the world that is full of female wizards, and the 3rd is in Brazil!” said Sirius. (T/N: While Beauxbatons was depicted in the movies as a girl-only school, that wasn’t really the case.)
“Well, I know. Bill had a penfriend at a school in Brazil!” said Ron. “This was years and years ago. He wanted to go on an exchange trip, but Mom and Dad couldn’t afford it. His penfriend got all offended when he said he wasn’t going and sent him a cursed hat. It made his ears shrivel up.”
Harry laughed at the thought of this image.
In fact, he was very surprised when he heard Sirius say there were so many wizarding schools in the world.
Looking at the tents in the campsite, he thought to himself how stupid he used to be.
He had never realized that Hogwarts was not the only Wizarding School.
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