Atalanta, in Greek mythology, was a renowned and swift-footed huntress, a favorite of goddess Artemis. Abandoned in the wilderness as a baby, a she-bear suckled her to health, and she was later raised by hunters. She swears an oath of virginity to Artemis but is forced to marry when reunited with her father. Her marriage to Melanion is a short one and ends with the pair transformed into lions as a result of laying in a sacred temple of the gods.
The school of Mamora Island had been in operation for a mere one hundred years before it was abandoned by the wizarding community. Located not too far from the Bahamas, the school was founded by the wizard Loas, who was discovered to be dabbling in dark magic when his behaviour grew more and more erratic and violent. Faculty and students unwillingly turned a blind eye, until a student was injured during one of Loas’s blind outbursts. After parents got wind of the incident, they withdrew their children from the school until the scarce student population forced Loas to close the school, although he remained on the grounds for decades where his descent into madness slowly claimed both him and the school. Wild weeds grew abundant, and the walls slowly crumbled. As water levels rose, more than half of the school was devoured by the mammoth mouth of the ocean. Although centuries have passed, protective spells around the school remain intact, rendering it completely invisible to the muggle eye. Loas’s vile magic lingers in the area like the veil of mist that shrouds the island, causing frequent weather disturbances and violent ocean activities.
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.