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!
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.
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!