The Bay State just became a little more magical.
Author J.K Rowling revealed in a new story that the American version of Hogwarts is located in Massachusetts. Ilvermorny, the name of the newly announced school, rolls off the tongue almost as obscurely as Harry Potter’s alma mater does.
Rowling treated her fans to another chapter of her short story series,The History of Magic in North America, found on Pottermore, the official website for all things Potter related.
The story was written as background for the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which takes place in the States, CBS Boston reported.
The chapter transports readers to the 17th century following the voyage of a young Irish girl sailing to North America on the Mayflower. Upon arriving at Mount Greylock, Massachusetts’s highest point, Isolt Sayre establishes the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardy, otherwise known as “the great North American school of magic.”
Just like Hogwarts, young witches and wizards are sorted into four houses: Horned Serpent, Pukwudgie, Thunderbird, and Wampus. And just like Harry Potter, Isolt Sayre is an orphan fluent in Parseltongue, the language of serpents.
Despite the many similarities between Ilvermorny and Hogwarts, Rowling described the American school as having “the reputation of being one of the most democratic, least elitist of all the great wizarding schools,” which might explain its exclusion from the Triwizard Tournament.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will premiere in theaters on November 18.