"This school exists for a single and timeless purpose: to reveal your innate abilities and hone them to the highest degree. Now, what you do with it after that is entirely up to you. If you want to take over the world, we don't teach that, but give it a go."
Henry Fogg[src]

Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy, also known as Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic, or simply Brakebills, is the premier institution for the study of magic in North America.


Early History

Since it's establishment in 1763, Brakebills University has been the standard-bearer of the American magical society, and has given rise to generation after generation of illustrious Magicians.

Brakebills students learn from a faculty composed of the world's greatest Magicians in every area, gain invaluable practical experiences via its vast alumni resources, and go on to successful careers in a wide array of magical fields.[1]

In the 1930s, high demand for international learning led to Brakebills importing professors from around the world. One of these professors was Dean Mayakovsky, a Master Magician from Siberia.


The Brakebills admission process is extremely selective. Prospective students do not apply but are instead selected via a highly attuned detection process designed to identify individuals with magical potential. Following a period of examination and observation, those selected are then invited to take the Brakebills Entrance Exam. If they pass the written examination they are given a magical aptitude examination. If they fail the written examination, their minds are wiped of all memories of the event and they are given a reasonable alibi to explain their absence.


Brakebills offers a three-year graduate program that provides its students with a comprehensive foundation in all aspects of magic, while guiding them to specialize in the Discipline best suited to their unique skills. Students study a wide array of subjects in courses such as:

Students also take a course at Brakebill's satellite campus in Antarctica, Brakebills South, run by none other than Mischa Mayakovsky. It is a unique and vital program during which spellcasting becomes second nature to these Magicians.

Each year, students are offered invaluable resources in the form of Alumni Mentorship, as illustrious Brakebills graduates of years past return to grace the next generation with their wisdom. In studying with and shadowing their mentors, students learn in greater depth about a field that particularly interests them, and explore potential career opportunities for their futures as Magicians in the working world.

Student Housing

Main article: Brakebills Houses

Brakebills students form strong community bonds within their Disciplines, often choosing to live in houses with their peers.

Brakebills Houses
Name Physical Natural Knowledge Illusion Healing Psychic
House colours Black and White Maroon and Brown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
House The Cottage A large treehouse somewhere in the forest; it's 'bigger on the inside.' The attic above the Brakebills Library, although with much more luxury than one would think. The Illusionists Castle, an invisible, floating castle located somewhere within the Sea. Brakebills' Infirmary An undisclosed building on campus, where Psychics go to expand their minds through meditation and recreational drugs.
Notable Members Quentin Coldwater, Eliot Waugh, Margo Hanson, Alice Quinn, Todd, Bigby Josh Hoberman Julia Wicker, Henry Fogg Plum Purchas Faye, Professor Lipson William Adiyodi, Victoria Gradley


Main House

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The Main House

Commonly referred to as the House, this building is the main compound where students attend their classes. The House is also home to a number of rooms that have since been warded off due to them being uninhabitable after a number of mishaps at the hands of students. One such room is so perfectly warded that its effects cannot be undone.[2]

Clock Tower

The Clock Tower is a popular hangout site for students.

The Sea


The Sea (in the TV show)

Officially named Seagrave's Lawn after the Dean who cleared it, the Sea is the name given to Brakebills' large plot of lawn that extends from the front of the college. Dean Seagrave used magic to clear it of weeds and keeps it permanently cut to the perfect length.

The Maze

The Maze is a large hedge maze that separates the House from the Sea. Its hedges are topiary animals that move albeit imperceptibly. They are composed mainly of large mammals such as bears and elephants, though some are unrecognizable. The Maze also contains half a dozen fountains named after former deans.

School Life

Coat of Arms

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The school's coat of arms is a golden bee and a golden key on a black background dotted with tiny silver stars, called the "key-and-bee" by students.


The school's only sport is a game called Welters. A championship was held during the students' attempts at gaining mentors, which was won by the Physical Kids against the Naturals. The school's champions joined an international tournament but were defeated in all of their games.


The campus of Brakebills is protected by many protection spells and wards. Most of the spells, however, were never updated since being erected, and thus the school can easily be found with a Revelation Charm. One of the wards that protect the school is a basic camouflage spell meant to hide the school from uninvited civilians. Ever since the 1950s, time under the camouflage spell passes out of sync with the rest of the world, so time at Brakebills is a couple of months behind the rest of New York. This includes the seasons, and Brakebills holiday schedule follows their own time. If a civilian happens to stumble upon the Brakebills campus, they are not part of the camouflage and thus, stay in the season of the outside world. Another one of the spells includes a ward designed to keep out evil or demonic entities.

After Season 3

All wards have since been replaced by Julia Wicker during season 3 as a result of her becoming a god and everyone else losing access to magic. The wards are presumably very similar to the original ones or perhaps even better. She replaced them in a bid to recreate the secure environment and to help Henry Fogg get back up on his feet and to help encourage him.


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