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Welcome to Chicago Academy of Wizardry! Originally founded in 1876 as a school for young male wizards, the Chicago Academy of Wizardry (CAW) is one of the largest public schools of magic in the United States of America.  The rise of the suffragette movement led the school begin accepting female students in 1916.  Students are instructed in traditional magical curriculum as well as a handful of ordinary subjects.  The school’s mascot is a crow.

As a public school, the Chicago Academy of Wizardry welcomes students from any of the fifty US states and major territories. It is open to students in grades six through twelve.  

Character Types: New student characters at CAW may only be witches, wizards, quarter giant, half or quarter goblin, seers, half-veela, or metamorphmagi. Transfer students from other schools are accepted. Professors and support staff are welcome and encouraged as well.

Active Eras: Expedition, Marauder, Golden, Reformation, & Legacy Eras

“But it’ll be fascinating to study them from the wizarding point of view.”

– Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Situated in Chicago, a.k.a The Windy City and hidden inside a skyscraper using magic, the Chicago Academy of Wizardry campus is located in the heart of downtown Chicago where students are immersed in non-magical society and culture.  The school is divided into Upper and Lower schools.

Students in the Lower School, grades six through eight, attend classes in the lower three stories of the school. Lower school students are day students who can utilize the city’s magical trolley network or other magical transportation services to travel between their homes and the school. The much larger Upper School, which contains grades nine through twelve, is open to both day students and boarding students. Boarding students live in the top two floors of the school, with classes being held in the four floors immediately below the living quarters.

The floors between the upper and lower school classrooms contain two libraries, a cafeteria, a gymnasium, and several common areas for students to socialize and study.  The roof of the building includes an Astronomy lab as well as two greenhouses.  The administrative offices are located on the first floor of the school.

Student Life & Enrollment

Students looking to get to Chicago Academy of Wizardry for school have several options.  Most students that live outside of the city opt to use ordinary transit or side-along apparation to Chicago’s Constellation Plaza Mall.  There, they can can meet up with local students and utilize the city’s magical trolley system to take them to the heart of downtown Chicago. From the CAW trolley stop, students can take an elevator straight into the first floor of the school, or they can exit onto Michigan Avenue via a hidden door disguised as a trash can.  

Constellation Plaza Mall is a great place for students to socialize outside of the school’s campus.  It is home to many magical cafes and shops, such as The Magic Neep Grocery.

The Chicago Academy of Wizardry is one of many choices young American witches and wizards and their families have when deciding on a place for magical education. The school will accept any student living in one of the fifty states or the major territories.  To enroll, parents must inform the school and the Department of Education of their choice.

Due to the close proximity to non-magical society, all students at CAW are required to take Ordinary Studies classes in order to understand the society in which they live and study. As part of the Ordinary Studies curriculum, students take weekly trips out into the city, visiting museums, stores, and other non-magical establishments.

Dress code for young ladies: ladies are expected to wear ordinary clothes.  Shorts, dresses and skirts must not be any shorter than two inches above the knee.  No sleeveless or spaghetti strap tops are permitted.  All shoes must be closed toed.  A silver dress robe is required for formal occasions and ceremonies.

Dress code for young men: men are expected to wear ordinary clothes.  Hats are not allowed to be worn inside of the school.  Baggy pants and sleeveless shirts are not permitted.  All shoes must be closed toed.  A black dress robe is required for formal occasions and ceremonies.

Wizarding Exams

All American wizarding school students must take the Wizarding Academic Realization Test (WART) in their junior year.  The WART exam tests a student’s knowledge in the core subjects of Charms, Transfiguration, Potions, Herbology, and Defense Against the Dark Arts.  A student must pass the exam in order to graduate from school and obtain their wand registration*.  If a student does not pass the exam in their junior year, they can resit the exam during their senior year.

Chicago Academy of Wizardry students must also take the Ordinary Realm Certification Assessment (ORCA).  This exam measures the student’s ability to live and work with, as well as understand, their non-magical counterparts. Students are also encouraged to that the non-magical SAT exam in order to apply and gain entrance into non-magical universities.

*While it is possible to obtain wand registration without passing the WART exam, it is the easiest and preferred method. Witches and wizards without a wand registration are not afforded the same freedoms to use and work with magic as those with a wand registration.   

Astronomy - The study of constellations, planets, outer space, and the night sky


Charms - Basic spells that become the building blocks of all wand-based magic

Defense Against the Dark Arts - The study of nefarious creatures and spells and how to protect oneself against them

Herbology - The study of the various plant species of the wizarding world, including identification, care, and use

Ordinary Studies – An introduction to non-magical persons and their cultures and lifestyles

Physical Education - Mandatory only for sixth and ninth grade (Freshman)

Potions - How to identify, mix, and prepare ingredients along with a study of proper brewing techniques and practices

Transfiguration - The study of changing one object into another, usually of similar size and stature

US History - A course that studies the history of both magical and muggle United States


Arithmancy - The study of numerology and how to cast spells and practice divination using numbers


Care of Magical Creatures - An introduction to the many beasts of the wizarding world and how to care for them

College Prep - A class designed to help students apply for and gain entrance into non-magical universities

Divination - An overview of the many ways one can predict the future and learn to see with the inner eye

Flying - The basics of how to operate and control a broomstick

History of Magic - A course that builds on the topics covered in US History, but to include the broader wizarding world

Ordinary Mathematics - An overview of the non-magical subjects of algebra, geometry, and statistics.

Ordinary Sciences - An overview of the non-magical subjects of physics, biology, and chemistry.



Dueling Club – Students learn to use combative and defense spells in a safe environment

Quidditch Club – Students skirmish amongst themselves, learn new skills, and play matches against other schools.

Quodpot Club – Students meet every Saturday to play America's most popular magical sport

Gobstones Club – Fans of the popular wizarding board game can hone their skills and enjoy a good time playing this game every Wednesday afternoon, during free period

Drama Club – A student production is put on each term by the drama club. It is usually a Shakespeare production in the fall and an American written production in the spring

Newspaper Club – Aspiring journalists and photographers are welcome to join this club, which produces the student newspaper, The Niffler


Expedition Era Chicago Academy of Wizardry Characters (2)
Chief Kesegowaase
Teacher, Native Studies
Chief Kesegowaase

Currently Enrolled Students

No students currently enrolled.

Marauder Era Chicago Academy of Wizardry Characters (3)
Chief Kesegowaase
Teacher, Native Studies
Chief Kesegowaase
Records Room Attendant
Willie Devlin

Currently Enrolled Students

No currently enrolled students. Perhaps you would like to make one?

Golden Era Chicago Academy of Wizardry Characters (12)

Chief Kesegowaase
Teacher, Native Studies
Chief Kesegowaase
Teachers, Potions
Darius Hicks
Teacher, Transfiguration
Michael Pryce
Teachers, College Prep
Willie Devlin

Currently Enrolled Students

Natasha Porter (Freshman)
EJ del Bosque (Freshman)
Trixie Twiggs (Freshman)
Dani Jenkins (Junior)
Anders Reed (Sixth Grade)
Reformation Era Chicago Academy of Wizardry Characters (22)

Chief Kesegowaase
Teacher, Defense Against the Dark Arts
Teacher, Native Studies
Chief Kesegowaase
Teacher, Ordinary Studies
Darius Hicks
Teacher, Potions
Darius Hicks
Teacher, History of Magic
Shayla Lennox
Teacher, Transfiguration
Michael Pryce
Teacher, US History
Willie Devlin
School Nurse
Maeve O’Keeffe
PE Teacher
Nikki Cook
Trevor Turner

Currently Enrolled Students

Danny Fox (Senior)
Holly Winchester (Senior)
Coral Jenkins (Junior)
Emil Hargreaves (Junior)
Zeke Warren (Senior)
Jenny Roberts (Freshman)
Azalea Bloom (Junior)
Amelia Richards (Sixth Grade)
Benji Warren (Senior)
Legacy Era Chicago Academy of Wizardry Characters (3)

Vice Principal
Willie Devlin
Potions Teacher, Department Chair
Darius Hicks
Defense Against the Dark Arts Teacher
Nikki Cook

Currently Enrolled Students

No currently enrolled students. Perhaps you’d like to make one?