Ilvermorny. Source: Pottermore.

The Wizarding world continues with Ilvermorny: The American Hogwarts

Harry Potter fans the world over are waiting patiently for ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,’ which is scheduled for release on November 18th this year.

But in anticipation to J.K. Rowling’s most recent Wizarding instalment, Pottermore has previewed a brief history of Ilvermorny (Ill-ver-morn-ee), North America’s very own Wizarding school. This comes alongside insight into the continent’s pre-existing and newly arrived magical communities since the 1600’s.

In short, Ilvermorny was founded by Isolt Sayre and her muggle (A.K.A. No-Maj) husband James Steward, atop Mount Greylock in Massachusetts.

Isolt escaped captivity in Ireland by her Pure-blood obsessed aunt Gormlaith Gaunt who murdered her parents, fleeing to North America. This went against the wishes of her aunt and esteemed ancestor, part Hogwarts founder Salazar Slytherin, abandoning her Pure-blood line.

Ilvermorny Castle
The Ilvermorny Castle. Source: Pottermore.

Once settled in America, Isolt adopted two young boys, Chadwick and Webster Boot, whose parents were killed in nearby woods by the dangerous Hidebehind (an illusive and deadly creature). These boys would later become the first students of Ilvermorny, and their magical prowess would prove expert in a battle with Isolt’s murderous Aunt, after she tracked down her niece’s whereabouts.

As Ilvermorny grew larger, four houses were established to distinguish the best qualities amongst students.

Isolt, James, Chadwick and Webster named one house each, according to their favourite magical creature.

Isolt chose to name her house after a horned serpent with whom she had befriended. Chadwick elected the Thunderbird, a beast that can create storms as it flies. Webster favoured the Wampus, a panther-like creature that’s near impossible to kill. And finally, James chose the Pukwudgie, a relative of the English-Goblin, in honour of a Pukwudgie (whose name he chose not to reveal) who saved Isolt’s life and befriended their family.

Ilvermorny Houses
The Ilvermorny Houses. Source: Pottermore.

House sorting, however, differs from the Hogwarts method. Upon arrival at Ilvermorny, students enter a circular entrance hall and are called one-by-one to stand in front of four wooden carvings of the magical creatures that represent each house. Whichever creature reacts is the house the young Witch or Wizard will belong to.

If you haven’t already, I highly suggest checking out the history of Ilvermorny on, and taking the sorting quiz to find out which house you belong to (I am now a proud Pukwudgie), to satisfy your Wizarding needs until the end of the year.

Julian is a film student who loves hip-hop and long walks to the fridge. When he’s not being a couch potato he enjoys browsing for couches or eating potatoes.