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I Finally Know My Place in the Wizarding World

At 33-years-old, the inevitable has finally happened: I’ve been sorted into my proper Potterverse house. Like everybody else on the planet, I thought I’d be sorted into one of the four houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But that doesn’t make any sense. I’m not British.

Fortunately, writer J.K. Rowling introduced last year the wizarding school in America: the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. And on her Pottermore website yesterday, she finally wrote in the history and origins of this mysterious, magical school in Massachusetts.

Most importantly, she introduced the houses of Ilvermorny and the Sorting Ceremony!

The full story of Ilvermorny is kind of neat, and you can read it all at that link. It involves several orphans, an evil witch and the wand of Salazar Slytherin himself! Cool stuff. And coolest of all, the founder of Ilvermorny came to America on the Mayflower with the Pilgrims, and my own ancestors came to America on the Mayflower! So I have history in my blood.

If you stick around at Pottermore, you can take the quiz to find out in which house you belong. When I first joined Pottermore, I was sorted into Gryffindor, which is fine. It’s not realistic, but it was fine. Now, however, I know the truth. I was sorted at Ilvermorny and I am…

A Horned Serpent!

Horned Serpent Pride!

Horned Serpent Pride!

I will wear this designation with pride, until the end of my days. Also, my wand is 12 1/2-inches long, made from Laurel wood and has a Dragon heartstring core. Good times all around.

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American History is About to Magic the Heck Up!

It’s happening, folks. Not to get too patriotic on all of you, but the Wizarding World of JK Rowling is about to come to America in a huge way! With the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trilogy in the works (yes, trilogy), Rowling is going to use her Pottermore website to give everybody the inside peek into the history of magic in these United States.

Apparently, the major magic school name in America is Ilvermorny, which makes no sense. What kind of name is that? But I’ll learn to love it. As long as my future kids get their invitation letters to Ilvermorny when they turn 11. I assume that part is the same…but…but it might not be!

We’re embarking on a fascinating new world here!

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6 Coolest Abominable Snowmen in Pop Culture

Christmas time has come once again, and being the easily manipulated fool that I am, I’m doing another Christmas List of Six! I’ve done elves, I’ve done reindeer, I did Santa Claus, and now I’m turning my attention to that lovable Christmas friend, the snowman!

But not just any snowman, I’m talking of course about…the Abominable Snowman!

This takes me back

The Yeti is a far cooler creature than someone like Frosty the Snowman, and the Yeti usually deals in a lot cooler magicks. Yes, yetis are real, and they totally practice magic. Everybody knows this. They live in the Himilayas. They’re the Asian branch of the Sasquatch family. It’s basic cryptozoology, everybody.

Join me after the jump for the coolest yetis and Abominable Snowmen in pop culture!

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Professor Snape is More Tragic Than We Ever Realized

This video was originally posted more than a year ago, but it’s only now making waves on the Internet. I watched it the other day and it brought tears to my eyes, so I definitely wanted to share it with the rest of you. Surely a bunch of you are Harry Potter fans, right? This video is all of the important Professor Snape scenes in chronological order, set to some moody music, detailing the life and tragedy that was Severus Snape.

All credit goes to Youtuber kcawesome13, who has quickly become an Internet sensation for this video. It’s just so haunting and brilliant.

Also, major shout out to my dad, who loved the Harry Potter books just as much as the rest of us and turned me on to the secret that Snape was actually a good guy long before he ‘killed’ Dumbledore. That guy’s theories really made me think.

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Lord of the Rings Finally Explained!

The Internet can be so helpful sometimes!

Thanks, CGP Grey, that was a load of help. I’ve never read any of Tolkien’s books, but I love The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, and quite honestly, I suppose I don’t really know why the One Ring is the way it is. This video really helped clear everything up in the way that only the Internet can.

He’s also got a second video detailing the origins of the various races of Middle Earth!

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