The world of Harry Potter just got a whole lot bigger. On Tuesday June 28, the Pottermore revealed the houses for the North American equivalent of Hogwarts, Ilvermorny.
The reveal include an introductory video to the school and a short story detailing it’s founding. Like Hogwarts, Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is divided into four houses. The post also unveiled a new sorting quiz, allowing Pottermore members to answer questions and determine which new house they would be best suited for. Each house draws their names from a corresponding magical creature from North American folklore. The animals chosen represent different aspects of the witch or wizard in the house as well as “favor” different aspirations.
First on the list is Horned Serpent. The creature appears in a number of Native American cultures, particularly in the eastern United States and Canada. In mythology, the creature is associated with rain and thunder. The Horned Serpent represents the mind and favored scholars.
The next house was Pukwudgie, which descends from Wompanoag tribe folklore. A Pukwudgie is a “short, grey-faced, large-eared creature distinctly related the European goblin” according to their introduction. Like goblins, they are capable of magic. It represented the heart of the member, and favors healers.
In Native American cultures, the Thunderbird is associated with power and strength. In the Pottermore canon, it is a magical bird capable of “creating storms as it flies”. Within Ilvermorny, it represents the soul of the witch or wizard and favors adventurers.
The final house of Ilvermorny, Wampus, was named after the “magical panther-like creature”. The creature itself is also described as “fast, strong, and almost impossible to kill.” Representing the body of the witch or wizard, the house favored warriors.
The backstory for Ilvermorny was released as a short story by J.K. Rowling herself. It involved a witch named
Donate it to your favourite charity. I'm a Thunderbird. https://t.co/MKXrHFcPQM
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 28, 2016
Pottermore launched in 2012 as more of a game compared to the current design. It then a massive redesign in 2014, where it became a news and information hub for Harry Potter fans. The announcements for Ilvermorny and subsequent expansion of the Harry Potter universe is in part due to the upcoming release of the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The film stars Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterson and will debut on November 18, 2016.