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J.K. Rowling’s latest book-to-film adaptation, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, may not hit theatres till November, but in the Pottermore world it’s never too early to give the fandom new material.
Today, that material comes in the form of a short video uploaded to the Pottermore site explaining the history of the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Written content explains how the sorting ceremony works. Rather than relying on a magic hat like Hogwarts, the American sorting ceremony has four wooden mascots representing the four houses, including Horned Serpent, Pukwudgie, Thunderbird and Wampus. The mascots select the students and should a student be selected by more than one mascot, the student gets to choose their house. Kinda like The Voice, but with more flying.
As for how Ilvermorny came to be, the video explains it started with an Irish girl named Islot Sayre, who was raised by her evil aunt. (Are there any nice aunts or uncles in the world of magic?) Anyway, Islot fled to America, where she got married and adopted two sons. Along with her family, Islot opened the Ivermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry based on the secondhand Hogwarts knowledge she gathered before leaving Ireland.
Today’s Pottermore update about Ivermorny is part of Rowling’s new series of writing, titled Magic In North America, and is intended to act as background information ahead of the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. More information on Ivermorny can be found on the Pottermore site here.
The first film in a trilogy series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is scheduled to hit theatres on November 18.