The Museum of Magical History in Alexandria, Egypt was established in 1918 and is the largest and most notable headquarters of the Wizarding Expedition Society. Visitors and those without floo or apparation access can enter the building via a worn-down looking apartment building charmed to be overlooked by those of non-magical heritage, and once inside they can pay a small donation to explore nearly five floors of artefacts and exhibits focusing on the history of the magical world including collections that pay homage to travel, art and entertainment, the history of spells, wizardwear through the years, and more.
Reaching further underground still and in some cases sprawling out sideways from the exhibition floors are a countless number of working floors, to which it is believed that very few members of the Society have full, complete access. These floors are largely made up of offices and research libraries, though there is also an entire floor dedicated to the preservation of artefacts that are too particular, too expensive, or too redundant to include in the regular collection.
Witches and wizards working at the museum may work primarily in preservation and research, along with focusing their efforts on translation, grant writing, and governing the day to day operations of the Wizarding Expedition Society. Though the museum does employ volunteers to assist in watching over the collections and assisting guests, the majority of the curators are all fully fledged members of the Society and specialize in a particular field of their own.
The museum itself is open on weekdays from ten in the morning until six in the evening, and on weekends from noon until six. Holidays from the Islamic calendar are also observed.
Amazon Research Camp
Tucked deep into the rainforests, the only way to reach the Amazon Natural Research Camp, formed by the Society in 1921, is to take a boat down the river from Macapá, Brazil, which chugs down the river at an otherwise uninteresting pace but obeys a few tricks of magic to deliver Society members and intrepid explorers right to the heart of the rainforest. The camp is built in a circular pattern, with a meeting and gathering space in the center bordered by a ring of ground-level research structures for plants, potion brewing, creature rehabilitation and observation, and more.
As the camp is protected by a dome of magic invisible to non-magical eyes that stretches all the way to the treetops, even the areas nearing the peak of the dome are used for research and for a safe place for resting between trips and projects. Rope bridges connect the various structures hidden away in the branches and leaves, and several tents are suspended in the air for sleeping and privacy. Though some are occupied on a more permanent basis, a few are cycled in and out of occupation as travelers and society members visiting for a shorter period of time make their temporary home there. The rope bridges also connect to an aviary where birds can be studied in their natural habitat while still being kept in close observation.
Though the camp is used for a wide assortment of projects, its primary focus is on herbology and magizoology. Though some ruins have been discovered on various expeditions, they are usually located by happenstance and the appropriate experts are called in on an as-needed basis if it is deemed necessary.
Francourt Station can be found in the heart of Antarctica. The station was first established in the early 19th Century and later renamed after the famous Astronomer Perpetua Fancourt. The journey to Fancourt Station is long; it begins at the southernmost tip of the Falkland Islands. There, a portkey is used as transportation to the northern coast of the continent. From there, a carriage pulled by team of Granians (winged horses) takes Society members to the entrance of the station, where they complete their journey down to the station via a staircase of ice.
The station itself is build into a crevasse. A series of magical periscopes provide a view of the going-ons at the surface. The interior of the station is a stark contrast for the terrain outside. Fireplaces crackle with enchanted logs, reflecting light off of the wood-panelled walls and the cozy decor. There are three shared sleeping quarters, a kitchen, and a bathroom. One of Francourt Station’s best features is its large library and study room.
Society members travel to Francourt Station primarily to study Astronomy and Astrology, as the isolated location provides for a much clearer view of the stars and planets. Herbology and Magizoology are also studied there as the ecosystem is home to several varieties of magical plants and animals that are not found anywhere else in the world. The station welcomes any Society member wishing for a quiet place to work on their writings or do research in the library, but beds are guaranteed only for those doing primary research at the station.
Barrier Reef Dive Centre
Located in Australia, the Barrier Reef Dive Centre is likely one of the most spectacularly designed locations for members of the Wizarding Expedition Society to spend time in. In order to reach the site by foot, a charm must be cast on the ocean’s surface to bring up a platform, leading to a set of stairs within a tunnel leading downwards. The tunnel itself is transparent, thus allowing guests and members to view the local wildlife and underwater scenery in safety whilst making their way to work.
The centre is a thing of wonders; high ceilings, large crystallized windows, glass chandeliers shaped like water droplets, and several glass sculptures of merfolk around the main entrance hall. Offices within the center are set up with mozaic features on the windows, offering patterned light representing underwater mythology and depictions of children’s fables. In senior offices, these glass memorials are even enchanted to move, ‘swimming’ to the current of the ocean in order to de-stress the worker.
A variety of studies take place here, including: Deep-Sea Herbology, Coastal Ecology, Magizoology, and Oceanic Magical Architecture. Such studies involve examining flora and fauna beneath the surface, using magical suits designed to withstand the pressure so deep. Other studies take interest in how muggle creatures survive without a basic magical economy to help them thrive, whereas those interested in magizoology immediately look to Merfolk for their study. Particularly, for those interested in architecture, Merfolk structures built under the water has become a more popular source of research, along with other masses built before the site was built.
The centre supplies Gillyweed, instructions how to secure the ‘bubblehead charm’, along with other helpful tips and tricks in order to get the best out of exploring under the water. At times, even a diving guide can be supplied to those new to the dive scene. All of those wishing to dive can take a back tunnel which slowly eases them into water, or they can take the stairs up and dive off the edge into the sea for that real ‘plunging into the deep’ experience.
Gobi Exploration Initiative
The Gobi Exploration Initiative Site flourishes in the heart of Eastern Gobi Desert Steppe, Mongolia, where it is accessible by a monthly portkey every first day of the lunar month from the Society headquarters in Alexandria, Egypt, or via sand sledges drawn by re’ems, or via airborne transportation such as winged horse cart and flying carpet. The campsite, built in a structure to echo the Tengriism World Tree, is fortified with charms to ward against the harsh continental climate and occasional sandstorms.
On the cardinal directions, literally dancing sand sculptures of the wind horse, azure dragon, white tiger, and snow lion symbolising well-being rise from the sand itself, charmed to keep out the unsuspecting non-magical wanderer who will be transported back out to the desert land if they make it past the four guardians. Stables occupying the west clearing keep winged horses that site residents and visitors are known to play flying polo with. Mongolian ger tents with magically enlarged interiors house living quarters on the southside, including a magical ecosystem growing edible plants and a communal tent. To the north, five ger tents are dedicated to work and research.
The Gobi Encampment is an ambitious project that focused on studies of Herbology, Magizoology, Environmental and Cultural Anthropology of magical civilisations once tracing the Silk Road, and Spagyric seeking to balance modern and traditional medicines known to the wizarding world. Society members frequently venture beyond the encampment for exploration, but are cautioned against nighttime travel due to the threat of Mongolian Death Worms lurking beneath the ever-flurrying sand.
Vinca Excavation Site
Set on Tupižnica mountain in Eastern Serbia, Vinca Excavation Site offers new opportunities in the fields of study. For those particularly interested in a birdseye view of the world, the site is renowned for having unconventional methods of study, especially because it is built at the midpoint of the mountain. There is a large balcony off the side of the mountain with a circular opening in the bottom for the use of brooms and flying horses. Walking further in will reveal that the main site is constructed inside the mountain in a cave. A large fire pit is set in the middle, circled by a low stone wall.
To the left of the cave is a section for keep transportation, including stables for any horses or cattle (magical or not), and a small shed for any carpets or brooms. Lanterns are used to light up the cave, and supplies to provide warmth, comfort and safety when out on an adventure are always fully stocked for the members. Due to being in such an unconventional place, a lot of the area is unexplored by muggles, therefore giving a first look at all the sites.
The mountain itself is surrounded by a vast labyrinth of valleys, all lined with Lilac trees, common to the area. During the night, fairies who inhabit the area come out, meaning that lamps on the trees to light up pathways are sparse due to the fairies’ natural light. During the Spring, the Lilac trees make the bottom of the mountain appear a light purple before it begins to disappear into the clouds, out of sight. Members have also started to bring back the old Serbian culture of rearing goats and sheep in a private area at the base of the mountain.
Fields of study offered are Vinča Muggle Anthropology, Magical Excavation, Ontology and Magical Archaeology. All of these are rare in other sites as they focus primarily on the geographical research and the cultural history of the location in order to progress further with the studies. Regardless, despite the unconventional location and the specific areas of interest, the Vinca Excavation Site is both unique and beautiful, offering brand new opportunities to the magical community.
In the far northern region of Canada, near but not encroaching on the community of Old Crow in the Yukon Territory lies the Yukon Outpost. It was formed by the Society in 1903, following the discovery of an ancient magical artifact during the Klondike Gold Rush thought to have been used by the Gwich’in people. The outpost is virtually unreachable save for portkeys due to its remote location, and features a large, heavily insulated wooden gathering space and two smaller research shacks off to the side. The three buildings are kept well-stocked with Pepper-Up Potion and blankets, and all researchers must be competent with the Hot Air Charm before heading so far north.
The outpost’s primary focus is cultural anthropology and artefact restoration. Major research topics include Indigenous magical abilities and how Indigenous magical artefacts were used. Society members visiting the outpost receive their assignments on site and are sent into the field to various digging sites and to speak with Indigenous communities. As the site is so closely linked with the Gwich’in First Nation, a Gwich’in Elder is required to be on site whenever an artefact is found, and must be the first to examine it.
Due to the climate, most on-site research is completed during the summer months with only essential personnel being permitted to stay at the outpost during the six months of darkness.