Harry Potter fans around the globe are thrilled to learn that Pottermore has brought back the Sorting Hat. Once again fans can determine which of the four Hogwart’s houses they truly belong in: Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, or Gryffindor. To do so, they must only take a short quiz. The quiz is full of questions ranging from simple choices like “Forest or River” to more complex ones, such as the order in which one would save precious items from a rampaging troll. At the end of the test the result appears to tell the taker their determined house. The feature had previously been removed when the new Pottermore website launched in September last year.
Likewise, fans can take another quiz to determine the wand they would carry within the Wizarding World. Similar to the Sorting Hat, after a few questions and new wand has chosen its wizard. A small graphic appears, informing the viewer of the type of wood used, its length, its core material, and the flexibility of the wand. Fans can then find out more about the specific nature of their wand based on these properties, thanks to information written by J.K. concerning the types of wood, cores, and what length and flexibility tell us about wands.
At Universal Orlando’s Celebration of Harry Potter, further information was revealed about the other Wizarding schools that exist, specifically the Brazilian Castelobruxo, the Japanese Mahoutokoro, and Africa’s Uagadou. Each school offers a unique experience, detailed on Pottermore. For instance, the grounds of Castelobruxo “are protected by the Caipora, small and furry spirit-beings who are extraordinarily mischievous and tricky.” The students of the Brazilian school also wear bright green robes, and are said to be quite gifted in Herbology and Magizoology studies.
Meanwhile, the Japanese school Mahoutokoro begins taking students at the age of seven, “although they do not board until they are eleven.” They also receive specially enchanted robes, which grow along with the student and change color as the student progresses through their studies. Interestingly, the robes will also turn white if a student “has betrayed the Japanese wizard’s code and adopted illegal practices… To ‘turn white’ is a terrible disgrace.”
Uagadou is only one of many Wizarding schools found in Africa, but it is the one that has stood for a millennium and achieved worldwide recognition as the largest of all Wizarding schools. African witches and wizards are unique in their ability to cast most magic through hand gestures, and have only adopted the wand as a useful tool in the last century. Uagadou students are selected in a unique manner as well, through Dream Messengers, which “will appear to the children as they sleep and will leave a token, usually an inscribed stone, which is found in the child’s hand on waking.”
The name of the North American Wizarding school, Ilvermorny, was also revealed at the event; however, further information about the school has not yet been posted on Pottermore. As the upcoming movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes place in North America, it is possible that protagonist Newt Scamander will encounter Ilvermorny graduates during his time in New York.