‘Harry Potter’ author releases new details about American wizarding school, houses

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Think of it as Hogwarts, American style. “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling has written a piece which reveals more about the U.S. based magical community in a new entry on her Pottermore site.

In the second installment of the “Magic in North America” series, Rowlings takes readers inside of the stateside Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and explains more of the back story of the American wizards and witches who have some differences from their British counterparts.

Fans can thank the upcoming release of release of the Potter film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” for the new info as Rowling is helping to set the stage for the movie which will be set in 1920s New York.

Here’s what we know:

Location, location, location

The Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is located in the forests of Mount Greylock in Massachusetts.

According to the story “It stands at the highest peak of Mount Greylock, where it is concealed from non-magic gaze by a variety of powerful enchantments, which sometimes manifest in a wreath of misty cloud.”


Ilvermorny has Irish roots and was founded in the seventeenth century.

Rowling writes the tragic tale of Isolt Sayre who “was born around 1603 and spent her earliest childhood in the valley of Coomloughra, County Kerry, in Ireland.”

The offspring of two wizarding families, Isolt’s parents are murdered when she is five and she’s taken in by mother’s estranged sister, Gormlaith Gaunt.

But Isolt eventually learns that her aunt was also her parents’ murderers and she eventually escapes to the New World and later founds Ilvermorny.

Different terminology

Isolt makes her way to America with early Muggle settlers, but we learn that they aren’t called that in the new land. In America, the group is called “No-Majs” which stands for “no magic.”

If that’s not enough “Potter” magic for you get into this: Daniel Radcliffe is not totally against returning for more movies.

The actor, who grew up playing Harry Potter, told Radio Times “It would depend on the script.”

“The circumstances would have to be pretty extraordinary. But then I am sure Harrison Ford said that with Han Solo and look what happened there! So I am saying, ‘No,’ for now but leaving room to backtrack in the future.”

New wizarding houses

Four new houses within  the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry have also been introduced.

Fans can be sorted into Horned Serpent, Pukwudgie, Thunderbird and Wampus by logging onto Pottermore.com.

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