The Lavaeudeen Academy of Magic Location of Lavaeudeen The Waverly Hills Sanitarium in Kentucky was built in 1910 and expanded to the enormous abandoned hulk it is today in 1924, Waverly Hills Sanitarium was opened to house tuberculosis patients as an isolation hospital. Doctors at the hospital carried out painful experimental surgeries to treat the disease, often with bloody results. One surgery of last resort involved opening the chest cavity to insert balloons into the lungs and another involved removing ribs to allow the lungs to expand. As many as 64,000 people who were admitted to the hospital died there over the years, and at least one employee is reputed to have hung herself in the laundry room on the fourth floor in the 1930s. Those who passed away at Waverly Hills were moved through the morgue and out of the hospital through the body chute that led cadavers out the back out of sight of the patients. Most of the hospital, including the morgue and body chute, remain intact today. Or so the muggles think. The building was, in fact, at one time a Sanitarium. However, it came into the possession of wizarding kind shortly after it was abandoned and was quickly renovated to be a school for the wizarding youth of America. With the true history in place it keeps most muggles away from the building. Those that do come around see a very decrypted old building, and a affected by a muggle repealing charm that causes them to want to leave quickly. That combined with a mind altering ward makes those who came looking believe that they poked around for awhile and found just enough to satisfy their curiosity. It makes the area rather popular and often the target of ghost hunters who leave thinking they've just caught something amazing on film. It's a rather elaborate ruse. Behind the Name of the School As a tribute to America’s very own famous voodoo queen and her desire to pass on magic the school was named for Marie Lavaeu About the School Lavaeudeen is one of the newest American Wizarding academies, and the spiritual successor to Hogwarts. When a Hogwarts professor, Sycamore Whitburn, moved to the Americas and began working at other schools. He found himself missing the Hogwarts feel and decided if he couldn't have it, he'd make it. He went to a friend of his that owned a large piece of land, with a prebuilt building on it. His friend, Thaddeus Wolfthorn, agree'd on the condition that Sycamore would allow him to help in this monumental project. Sycamore was over joyed at not only acquiring the building, but an ally as well. The next step, they both decided, was to get the permits that allowed them the not only place the charms need to keep the muggles out, but to start a school and start a magical renovation project so large. Nether man had very many ties to the Amarican Wizarding Government, or their areas school board. Thaddeus, however, had a sister by the name of Eliana Foxcrest who had a husband that was big into politics and had quite a few ties. He got in contact with her and asked if she'd be willing to see if she'd get her husband onboard. All he revved was an uncertain promise that she'd at least try. Three weeks later they got an owl from Nathaniel Foxcrest, Eliana's husband, saying he had the permits ready and that they could have them once they promised to let him into the project as well. Foxcrest claimed it would be a grand business venture. The project partners saw no reason to exclude Foxcrest, as he could be a valuable asset to the project. Once everything was in places legally it was just a matter of starting to renovate the building and hiring the staff. Nathaniel quickly took charge of finding staff, promising to make a good roster of professors while Sycamore and Thaddeus worked on the building. They put together the building easily but found they weren't great at warding, they needed someone to put the charms and wards in places to keep people steered away from the school. By then the word of this new school had made rounds around the Wizarding community, and help came forward on it's own. A young talented Warder by the names of Amira Hawkridge offered to do it for them, free of charge. They would have been stupid to turn her away. After that the school shot up almost over night, everything was in place. The staff, The building, The classes, The permits. The only thing left was Houses and how to to sort them. The current Divinations professor, a tiny woman known by the name of Gwendolyn Bearglove, came forward with the solution. A modified crystal orb that would glow the house color that the student possessed the traits most similar too. It was all a matter of making the houses and deciding their traits. Sycamore decided the houses would be named after the four who had been the most helpful in the creation of Leavaudeen. Wolfthorn, Hawkridge, Foxcrest, and Bearglove. The school after it's first rather bumpy year turned out to be a success in 1974. Enough time has passed where none of the original staff is still on staff and the school has made a name for itself already.