Brakebills College for Magical Pedadogy
Location Hudson, New York
Status Active

Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, also known as Brakebills University in the TV series, or simply referred to as Brakebills, is the only magical school in North America. It is located somewhere in Hudson, New York, near the river.


Brakebills was founded around the 17th century.[1] In the 1930s a demand for international learning lead to Brakebills importing professors from around the world. One of these professors was Dean Mayakovsky, the father of Professor Mayakovsky from Brakebills South.



Starting at third year, students have their discipline determined and join one of the six groups: Physical, Natural, Illusion, Knowledge, Healing and Psychic.


Main article: List of Brakebills faculty and staff

Brakebills is led by Dean Fogg and a staff of other professors. Other staff members include Chambers.


The Magicians, Alice 2

Alice in front of Brakebills

Main HouseEdit

Commonly referred to as the House

Clock TowerEdit

The SeaEdit

Officially named Seagrave's Lawn after the dean who cleared it. Also called the Sea or the Grave.

The MazeEdit

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.

Brakebills SouthEdit

Brakebills also has a more brutal second campus in Antarctica, which is led and taught by Professor Mayakovsky.



People with an aptitude for magic are found through the use of different magical globes that sense magic being performed though the school also has human scouts.

The Exam consists of two parts, a written and practical. The written part is a two and a half hour long test while the practical test is conducted by several members of the Brakebills faculty.


  • First Year - The first year starts with Professor March's class. In this class the students start out by learning how to use simple charms such as the one manipulate a glass marble. 
  • Second Year - It's currently unknown what second year students learn.
  • Third Year - Third year students get their Disciplines chosen.
  • Fourth Year - Every year from September to December half of the Fourth years are secretly sent to Brakebills South with the second half gone from January to April. 
  • Fifth Year - Also called Finns. Upon graduation, the students are taken into a subbasement outside the protective spells, where they receive a tattoo of a pentagram that binds a demon to them. This demon will come out at a word and protect the students.

School lifeEdit

Coat of ArmsEdit


The Key-and-Bee

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.


A school Welters championship was held after the Beast attack which was won by the Physical Kids who defeated the the Naturals. The school champions joined an international tournament but were defeated in all of their games.

Security Edit

The campus of Brakebills is protected by many protection spells and wards. One of which is a basic camouflage spell meant to hide the school from uninvited civilians and thus, the school is easily found with a little bit of magic. Ever since the 1950s, time under the camouflage spell is proceeding just a little bit slower than in the rest of the world, so that Brakebills time is now a couple of months behind on regular time. 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 to keep out evil or demonic entities.

TV VersionEdit

"Three year program, graduate-level studies. Program begins immediately."
Dean Fogg
Brakebills University in the TV show

Brakebills as shown in the TV series

Brakebills is a University in the TV adaptation and the the five years of Brakebills degree have been reduced to three years. As in the literary counterpart, Brakebills TV version is very selective and requires an admission test. Once passed, Brakebills offers an extensive program in which students learn the fundamentals of magic and hone the discipline that is more akin to their unique abilities. The University is made up of a cluster of late Gothic buildings with contemporary architecture elements and it is protected by a series of powerful shielding spells that are used to ward off the attack or invasion of external and harmful forces. Quentin's first year class was shown to have approximately 30 students in episode 6, but only 11 remained by episode 7. The missing third year class had around two dozen students. After the loss of magic, it has a fence and is not shielded by the usual wards and charms.


Brakebills Univeristy Logo

The Crest of Brakebills University as shown in the TV series

  • In the TV show, one of the classes students take is Arabic[2]
  • The Sea is a reference to A Song of Ice and Fire's Dothraki Sea.[3]

See AlsoEdit


  1. The Magician's Land, Chapter 7
  2. Impractical Applications
  3. Tor - A Brief Guide to the Hidden Allusions in The Magicians

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