Read J.K. Rowling’s History of Ilvermorny School, Plus Get Sorted

Discover your Ilvermorny house and the school’s fantastic history!

When Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters this November, fans will get their first real taste of the American wizarding world through the eyes of British magizoologist Newt Scamander. Along the way he’ll be meeting witches and wizards who learned their skills at Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the American equivalent of Hogwarts.

In a huge new reveal, Pottermore has confirmed the four Ilvermorny houses (which leaked last month) named after magical creatures found in North America:

• Horned Serpent – a ‘great horned river serpent with a jewel set into its forehead’
• Pukwudgie – ‘a short, grey-faced, large-eared creature’
• Thunderbird – a creature that ‘can create storms as it flies’
• Wampus – ‘a magical, panther-like creature that is fast, strong and almost impossible to kill’

J.K. Rowling has also written a lengthy history of Ilvermorny’s creation and its founder, Isolt Sayre, from her beginnings in Ireland and the dark family history that lead her to America to her new life in a wild land and her connections to the people and magical creatures there.


Rowling’s writing featured writing contains, per usual, stellar details throughout (a Pukwudgie is a grumpy trickster house elf, guys!) It’s also accompanied by a gorgeous video compilation of Isolt’s journey, heartaches, and triumphs. Take a look!

Now that you’re familiar with Ilvermorny’s origins, houses, and creators, it’s time to take the Ilvermorny sorting quiz to discover your place in the North American wizarding school!

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Are you a Horned Serpent, Pukwudgie, Thunderbird, or Wampus?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters on November 18, 2016.

By Molly

Molly is a proud Canadian who is currently attending university in Scotland. She loves to read, write, watch films, and talk about Sarah J. Maas books. If not snuggled up with a book, Molly can usually be found tapping at the dance studio, or writing yet another essay.