Tuesday, June 28, 2016

J.K. Rowling, Pottermore Unveils New Ilvermorny House Details

Author J.K. Rowling and Pottermore announced the name and several locations of wizarding schools around the world such as Brazilian  Japanese, and Ugandan wizarding schools earlier this year.

For the United States' institution, the name Ilvermorny left dedicated readers used to calling Hogwarts home throughout the Harry Potter series with lingering questions: what are the origins of the U.S. school? were there houses? how can we be sorted?

The author and continuing Potter-based website has finally revealed new information answering all of the mysteries we've been waiting to be unmasked for so long.

Rowling has penned a new entry sharing the history of the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The full timeline at Pottermore. reveals a strong background to Ireland, the founders ties to Salazar Slytherin, and much more!
The great North American school of magic was founded in the seventeenth century. 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.
Alongside learning more about the Ilvermorny school, fans can also be sorted into their respective Ilvermorny house: the Horned Serpent, the panther Wampus, the Thunderbird and the Pukwudgie. Just log onto Pottermore with your username and password, and you can have access to the new sorting test.

Not a lot of information is known specifically about each house, except that each one is denoted from a magical creature instead of a person like the founders of Hogwarts. We have some clue as to the houses' personalities so far:
It is sometimes said of the Ilvermorny houses that they represent the whole witch or wizard: the mind is represented by Horned Serpent; the body, Wampus; the heart, Pukwudgie and the soul, Thunderbird. Others say that Horned Serpent favours scholars, Wampus, warriors, Pukwudgie, healers and Thunderbird, adventurers.
I was sorted into the Pukwudgie, which gives me a groovy combination of Gryffindor bravery and Pukwudgie healing. As a magical creature, it is quite the trickster hunting "with deadly, poisonous arrows and enjoy playing tricks on humans."

Not only are the houses different at the United States wizarding school, but the rules for wand ownership and usage is different as well: Witches and wizards are chosen by their wands following the sorting ceremony. And, the wands have to be left at the school during vacations until the student is seventeen years old and can use it outside of school.

Lots of new information to digest about the U.S. wizarding school!

What do you think of the newest Ilvermorny developments?
Have you been sorted yet?

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