Saturday, August 18, 2007

A Brief History of the Bedford School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The Bedford School, founded in 1730 by four professors from Hogwarts, is one of eight established in the new Colonies during the “great expansion” of the original eight American schools (1690 to 1771). Bedford and Salem are the only two that survived the American Revolution.

During this period, the polarization of sides devastated the school. Not only did they lose the support of Hogwarts during this Muggel war, but The Ministry of Magic recommended the closure of all the expansion schools in the American Colonies. Under this order all Headmasters returned to England but instead of closing, both Bedford and Salem chose to stay open. The wounds of the Revolution ran deep and not until the war of 1812, where both schools worked with the Ministry of Magic to topple the plans of a rogue wizard, did the two schools reunite with Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Through the past two centuries, Bedford has been a counterpoint to the more traditional ways of its sister School in Salem or its founders school Hogwarts. The Bedford School has always been a place of progressive ideas and actions that have centered around the individuals’ needs to make a difference and to strive to be more. These ideas have caused tension between Bedford and its sister schools not to mention The Ministry of Magic. This tension exploded in February of 1978 when the Ministry intended to stop a rally of Muggle rights supporters by causing a massive blizzard. The protesters moved the rally to February 4th, the day before the posted date of the protest and its impending blizzard. The rest is history.

Though the scars of war have fallen far behind and the progressive stance of the school irritates those that wish to travel a more settled path, a friendly rivalry has grown between Salem, Hogwarts and Bedford. This rivalry will culminate in 2009 when The Bedford School of Witchcraft and Wizardry will host the 483rd World Wizards Championship.

For more information contact the Ministry of Magic - Halls of History, Lower Level Catacombs B1331-West.