J.K. Rowling's Pottermore reveals history of America's school of magic
Early Tuesday morning, J.K. Rowling's Pottermore, the digital home for her wizarding world of Harry Potter, blessed us with the second installment to her Magic in North America collection.
The new story, ‘Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,' focuses on the fabled magical school in the U.S. and its founder, Salazar Slytherin descendent Isolt Sayre. The story guides us through Isolt's escape from her fanatical aunt in Ireland, her weeks alone in the North American wilderness and discovering she's not the only magical being in the New World.
Users are also able to be sorted into Ilvermorny's four houses: Horned Serpent, Pukwudgie, Thunderbird and Wampus.
With questions and answers written by Rowling, fans can determine if they're in possession of a great mind like the Horned Serpent, have a heart of gold like the Pukwudgie, are soulful like the Thunderbird or are strong and brave like the Wampus.
The history of Ilvermorny comes after Pottermore published the 'History of Magic in North America.' The four-part short story series covered magic in the 14th through 17th centuries and beyond, 1920s wizarding and touched on Native American magic and the Salem Witch Trials.
While the first part of Magic in North America is just an appetizer of the wealth of history Rowling could create, Ilvermorny's story delves deeper into the wizarding school that's a little closer to home for those in the U.S.
Similar to the way the U.S. was founded, Ilvermorny had humble beginnings with a young woman who sought a better life in another continent. Isolt wanted to create the magic of Hogwarts (where she never got to attend) across the ocean for future generations of American witches and wizards.
Both installments and short video about America's magical history gives us Potterheads a background for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in November. Based loosely on Rowling's textbook of the same name, the movie follows famed magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in 1920s New York.
To read about America's Hogwarts, Ilvermorny, and get sorted into a house login at Pottermore.
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