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Rowling’s Pottermore Reveals American Wizarding School with New Story, Sorting Hat

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Rowling’s Pottermore Reveals American Wizarding School with New Story, Sorting Hat

Tying in with the upcoming cinematic release of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a new story of the wizarding world set 70 years before the events of “Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone,” author JK Rowling has released a short story revealing the origins of Ilvermorny, the North American version of Hogwarts. Complementing the new tale are an animated trailer and — sure to be appearing on everyone’s social feeds — a quiz to sort fans into Ilvermorny’s houses.

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The Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was founded, the legend says, by an Irish woman named Isolt Sayre in the 17th century. After enduring the death of her parents and torment at the hands of her aunt from an early age, Isolt stole a wand and fled to America aboard the Mayflower.

“Isolt was now quite alone in a harsh, foreign country and, as far as she knew, the only witch for hundreds if not thousands of miles,” the entry reads. Her friendship with a previously unheard-of magical creature sets her on a new path.

The trailer sets the mood for Isolt’s story:

The full story story of Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry can be read at Pottermore.

To be sorted into the Ilvermorny houses of Horned Serpent, Pukwudgie, Thunderbird, or Wampus, visit the Sorting page.

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