Merlin (precise dates unknown) was a powerful medieval wizard and a member of Slytherin House. Arguably the most famous wizard of all time, he joined the court of King Arthur and founded the Order of Merlin - an organisation which promoted Muggle rights.
Clinging haphazardly to the jagged sides of the Drakensberg escarpment, the South African Institute for Witches and Wizards is an impressive conglomeration of architectural wonder and eccentric contraptions that keep the sprawling institute welded to the steep slopes of the mountains. Many say roaming the institute is an arduous test of one’s stamina as the primarily vertical layout of the institute relies on a plethora of stairs to navigate (luckily it has gotten better after the restriction on the indoor use of broomsticks was lifted). Over centuries, many pockets of shallow caves have been dug out and furnished by students who like to spend their free time observing the vast landscape before them from high up in the mountainside. The student population supplies much of the profits for Mava’s Zoomtastic Glasses, which is a popular accessory for observing the abundance of wildlife that roam the lands.
"Okay the three of you will get in. Wach of us will hold you down until you’re essentially …Well dead. But it it’s not just someone to hold you under. It needs to be someone who can pull you back, someone that has a strong connection to you, a kind of E M O T I O N A L T E T H E R. Lydia you go with Stiles.”
People tell me I look mournful. They say, “Cheer up, Dan, it’s not that bad!” Sometimes I just look into space, which freaks people out. If I was ever required to do anything other than look haunted, I could. I’m a happy person.