This palace was located at the highest point of the Japanese volcanic island of Minami Iwo Jima, and housed Mahoutokoro School of Magic.[1]


It was made of mutton-fat jade and looked like an ornate pagoda. It was described as an exquisite and ornate palace.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • Based on Pottermore's depiction, the palace of Mahoutokoro resembles a Japanese castle (城 shiro or ), defensive military fortresses placed in strategic locations. The most familiar form of the Japanese castle (e.g. Himeji castle) flourished during the latter half of the 16th century, during which the castle developed into lavish palace-type residences of either the daimyō or the shogun, and his family & retainers, while still retaining its original defensive function.
    • The palace's location makes it a "yamajiro" (山城, "mountain castle"), the most common type of Japanese castle (due to the mountain's natural defenses).
    • According to the depiction, the palace's most prominent "feature" (called "tenshu" (天守, 殿主, 殿守; also called tenshukaku 天守閣), the castle's central tower or main keep), indicates it was built during the late Sengoku period, or the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1568-1600), where the "classic" Japanese castle design emerged & flourished.
    • Taking into account Mahoutokoro's foundation during "ancient times", this would initially contradict the provenance of the palace; depending on when "ancient" was, the site would have ranged from being of rammed earthworks and wooden fortifications, perhaps even incorporating the mountain it was built on; to elaborate fortress-type complexes of the 14th century.
    • As stated above, since the familiar form of the Japanese castle began to take shape during the Sengoku period (1467-1603), perhaps the palace might have been remodelled in suceeding centuries, as in the case of Himeji castle, which was built in 1333, and successively dismantled, rebuilt, & remodelled (significantly in 1581 with expansions).


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