All along, the invitation to explore an entirely new culture and time period of the Wizarding World has been one of the most attractive aspects of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them later this year, the new Harry Potter prequel set in New York City during the 1920s. Today, Pottermore has revealed a brand new story video and detailed history behind the American Wizarding School as well, Ilvermorny (a name that has steadily grown on me since I first heard it), written by Potter creator J.K. Rowling herself.
You can read the full story for yourself by clicking here, but first, check out the Deathly Hallows Part 1-reminiscent story video for Ilvermorny below:
Similar to Rowling’s first Magic in North America posts, which detailed the history behind the North American Wizarding culture from the 14th century to the 1920s, the new Ilvermorny section on the site gives fans basically everything they’d want to know about the new Wizarding School, including its founders (led by an female Irish immigrant, which is awesome for its own reasons), and the school’s magical boundaries as well, blocking it from the view of the No-Maj.
Any die-hard Harry Potter fans out there should read the actual, full post at some point, because it does sort of make you fall in love with the new school, but to summarize it as best as I can, Ilvermorny was founded by a pureblood Irish immigrant, Isolt Sayre. A descendant of both Salazar Slytherin and the famous Irish witch, Morrigan, who lived happily with her parents for many years. That is, until her mother’s pureblood zealot sister, Gormlaith Gaunt, killed Isolt’s parents and kidnapped her, in order to prevent Isolt from marrying a Muggle.
Isolt was trapped by her aunt for over a decade, before she managed to steal Gaunt’s wand and escaped to America/The New World by posing as a Muggle boy. There she met the magical creatures that helped to form Ilvermorny’s houses, the two boys who eventually became her foster sons in a way, and her husband, a No-Maj named James Steward. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the last that Isolt had seen of her villainous aunt.
You can read the rest of the history though by clicking on the link above, and for all of you curious Potter fans out there, you can even be sorted into your own Ilvermorny houses now as well. In case you were wondering, I may or may not have already been sorted and may or may not have been sorted as a Pukwudgie, which are apparently based on the Wizard’s heart, and favor magical healers. I guess I’ll take that, though I won’t be adding a Pukwudgie scarf to my Ravenclaw collection anytime soon I don’t think.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to hit theatres on November 18th.
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