"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, Brakebills Academy for Magical Pedagogy, or simply Brakebills, is the premier institution for the study of magic in North America.


Establishment and Early History

Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy was established in Upstate New York in 1763 and became the standard-bearer of the American magical society, having given rise to generation after generation of illustrious Magicians. Prior to the 1930s and 1940s, Brakebills taught English and American magic almost exclusively until vogue for multicultural spellcasting swept the school, and the school imported professors from around the world, including Dean Mayakovsky. The school recruited skirt-wearing shamans from Micronesian dot-islands; hunch-shouldered, hookah-puffing wizards from inner-city Cairo coffeehouses; blue-faced Tuareg necromancers from southern Morocco.[1]

Using enchanted globes to find people with magical potential, the school evaluates all potential students with scouts before sending them an invitation to take the Entrance Exam and determine whether or not they qualify for enrollment. Though the wards surrounding the school keep it hidden from civilians, some have been known to make their way through the forest and onto campus grounds, though the only previous recorded incident occurred several years before Alice Quinn arrived.[2]



Behind the Scenes

  • The Magicians producer and showrunner Sera Gamble revealed in an interview with Slate that Brakebills was changed fram an undergraduate program to a graduate school due to considerations for practical production: "According to executive producer Sera Gamble, Brakebills was originally an undergraduate campus in the show, just as it is in the books. “Then we took it out into the world to sell it,” Gamble said. One of the first things SYFY pointed out was the practical challenge of depicting characters who would have to age so drastically as the series progressed. Over the course of the three books, the central characters age from their late teen years into their ’30s. “That was sort of our practical production consideration: We want to be able to tell a story that takes place over 10 to 15 years,” Gamble said. And the difference between an actor who looks 17 and one who looks 22, Gamble said, is very dramatic. So, why not swap the college out for graduate school? They brought it to Lev Grossman, who served as a creative consultant for the show. “He embraced the idea immediately,” Gamble said."[4]

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