J.K. Rowling Announces American Houses and Quiz

July 19, 2016

J.K. Rowling’s movie adaption “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is coming out this November. 

 

This film follows Newton Scamander, a "magizoologist," in the 1920's who must track down an array of magical creatures in New York. In lieu of the film coming out in the near future, J.K. Rowling released a new short story on Pottermore about the North American version of Hogwarts, called Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as an introductory to the film. Along with a new school comes a new story, a new hero, new houses and new house quizzes.

 

The new short story follows an Irish female hero named Isolt Sayre who had her parents murdered at a young age and was taken in by her aunt, sound vaguely familiar? To avoid spoilers, click here to read the rest of Isolt’s tale and how the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry came to be.

 

The four new houses at Ilvernmorny are Horned Serpent, Pukwudgie, Thunderbird and Wampus and are based upon the founders’ favorite magical creatures found in North America.  

Horned Serpent

 

About: Isolt Sayre, the heroine of this story, named the Horned Serpent after the great horned river serpent that has a jewel set into it's forehead, according to the Pottermore description.

 

Description:  The Horned Serpent house is said to sometimes represent the mind of a witch or wizard. The house also favors scholars, according to the Pottermore description.

 

Pukwudgie

 

About: The Pukwudgie house was founded by James Steward and named after the fierce and independent magical creature, the Pukwudgie, according to the Pottermore description.

 

Description: The Pukwudgie house is sometimes used to represent the heart of a witch or wizard. The house also favors healers, according to the Pottermore description.

Thunderbird

 

About: The Thunderbird house was founded by Chadwick Boot after his favorite magical creature, the Thunderbird. A Thunderbird is a beast that can create storms as it flies, according to the Pottermore description.

 

Description: Thunderbird house is sometimes used to represent the soul of a witch or wizard. The house also favors adventurers, according to the Pottermore description.

 

Wampus

 

About: The Wampus house was named after Webster Boot. Boot named this house after his favorite magical beast, the Wampus, that is very similar to a panther. It is fast, strong and almost impossible to kill, according to the Pottermore description.

 

Description: The Wampus house is said to represent the body of the witch or wizard. This house is also in favor of warriors, according to the Pottermore description.

 

When a fan asked Rowling via Twitter if the Wampus house was the equivalent to the Hufflepuff House, she responded "There is no equivalence between Hogwarts and Ilvermorny houses, but don’t diss Hufflepuff!”

 

Interested to know which American house you belong in?  Take the quiz HERE!

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