J.K. Rowling Releases Story About American Hogwarts

Fans can learn the history of the first magical school in the U.S. in advance of 'Fantastic Beasts' in November.
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There’s magic in the air.

Over on Pottermore, J.K. Rowling has released the second installment in her series Magic in North America. Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry gives the history of North America’s first European-style school of magic.

The story starts in Ireland in 1603 with Isolt Sayre, a descendant of Salazar Slytherin who is orphaned, raised by a cruel aunt and then escapes to America on the Mayflower in 1620. But she quickly leaves the Puritans behind (they don’t like magic after all) and sets out on her own where she befriends a magical creature, falls in love with a muggle (or no-maj in American slang) and starts Ilvermorny. 

There’s lots here, including the names of the school’s four houses: Horned Serpent (great horned river serpent with a jewel set into its forehead), Pukwudgie (a short, grey-faced, large-eared creature), Thunderbird (a creature that can create storms as it flies) and Wampus (a magical, panther-like creature that is fast, strong and almost impossible to kill). 

Read the whole story here. And fans can also get sorted into one of the houses via a quiz with Rowling-designed questions. 

The first installment, which came in March, was a four-part history of Magic in North America. Expect additional installments between now and the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on Nov. 18.  

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