WIZARDING SCHOOLS AROUND THE WORLD: NETHERLANDS
Much like Diagon Alley, the Dutch School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is hidden behind a nondescript wall on one of the canals of Amsterdam—one only has to tap the right combination of bricks to enter the community of the magic folk. Groups of mermaids can often be seen lounging openly in the maze of canals that carve through the village and campus; when they are feeling especially mischievous, they will tamper with boats carrying students to and fro (which is why students have slowly taken to biking instead). The school takes pride in its large greenhouse that displays an impressive collection of plants grown by Mevrouw Bomgardner’s horticulture class (in which experimentation with carnivorous plants is strictly forbidden following the incident of 1637). Unbeknownst to much of the international magical community, many modern day enchantments commonly cast on paintings originated from experimental Dutch painters who were unsatisfied with mere paint and canvas.
i like headcanons about the netherlands from non-dutch people bc they’re often based on this fairytale-like impression they have of the netherlands which is pretty inaccurate but kinda cool
(can you imagine tho, a dutch version of hogwarts, with old buildings & canals, bikes that never get stolen bc they’re protected by spells that set off a really loud alarm, MERMAIDS (and cows), messenger seagulls that steal your food, celebrating sinterklaas & christmas but without racist elements bc the magical community is respectful and knows what it’s like to be marginalised, casting water-repellent spells on EVERYTHING you own, moving rembrandt and van gogh paintings (the originals!!!), ghosts of notable scientists and artists flying around everywhere, defensive spells around the school to hold off water instead of enemies, etc etc……)