How this Ecstatic Potterhead Feels About Ilvermorny & the American Wizarding World

Thursday, July 14, 2016
Let's Talk About Ilvermorny

So the official Ilvermorny origin story dropped a while back, along with a sorting quiz for it's houses. If you don't know what this Ilvermorny is, it's the pretty much the 'Merican equivalent of Hogwarts. I it believe was announced along with a couple other new wizarding schools, but we haven't got as much info on them yet.

It's really exciting to see the wizarding world being extended to America,

and most of my fellow American potterheads are ecstatic. However it hasn't been all smooth roads, first there was a bit of a scuffle over whether J.K. Rowling was appropriating Native American culture, and after the Ilvermorny backstory was released, I've seen some people complaining about it on social media, specifically Tumblr.

Of course not everyone is completely happy, that is to expected, but I'd like to take a fangirly moment to share some of my thoughts, and hear some of yours. If you'd like to read this backstory I keep bringing up, then you can find it on Pottermore.

There are four houses like Hogwarts,

however instead of being named after the founders, they were named after the founders' favorite animals. The houses are, Horned Serpent, Wampus, Thunderbird, and Pukwudgie (how do yoou pronounce that?).

According to J.K. Rowling, Horned Serpent represents the mind and favors scholars, Wampus represents the body and favors warriors, Pukwudgie represents the heart and favors healers, and Thunderbird represents the soul and favors adventurers.

Since I'm a Ravenclaw I sorta was expecting Horned Serpent cause you know mind and scholars, but to my surprise I got Thunderbird! So I'm wondering which Hogwarts and Ilvermorny houses are you in? Any Surprises?

Another amazing part of Ilvermorny I wanna talk about is it's sorting method.

Correct me if I'm wrong but I think the sorting method is actually one of the scrapped ideas that J.K. originally had for Hogwarts.

Basically instead of an old hat singing a song and murmuring in your ear (can hat's have bad breath?) you get four giantess wooden carvings that decide whether they wish to have you in their house.

Every house carving has a different motion/signal to show that it wants you. If more than one house wants you then you can choose between them! Also one of the founders is a muggle no-maj. Yersh that's right, a non-magic casting being helped create a very magical school! How freaking cool is that!

Which Ilvermorny houses would Harry Potter and Co. be in?

I think Hermione would be in Horned Serpent because she's such a scholar and really appreciates the mind. Harry Potter would probably be in Wampus or Thunderbird, I really can't decide. I'm a leaning a bit toward Wampus, what do you think? For some reason I really want to stick Ron in Pukwudgie, I can't explain the odd urge, or perhaps he should go in Wampus or Thunderbird. (There's a reason I wasn't picked to intern for the sorting hat)

All the details J.K. has released about the American Wizarding World are so exciting. I can't wait to see how the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) runs. Also No-Maj is such a fun world. The fantastical beast movies are looking to be quite pretty, I'm especially enjoying the clothing of the era it's set in, those flappers be slaying. (Also admit it, Newt is totally cute)

I know a lot of people aren't really excited for/worried about the expansion of the Harry Potter universe (especially in that, that concerns Cursed Child) but I'm excited for a couple reasons.

First off my favorite thing about Harry Potter is it's massive and intriguing world. I really love good world building, and Harry Potter has some of the best. I can't wait to see all the ideas Rowling has for the American Wizarding World. And you know what they say, the more the merrier.

Number Two, I wasn't around when the initial phase of Harry Potter mania came rolling in.

Like I'd read the books, but I just didn't really enjoy them, mostly cause they were a bit long and descriptive for me at the time. However recently when I reread them I became a full on potterhead, you know only 5 or so years late. So I the newly born Harry Potter fangirl, am really excited to see some new stuff.

Sorry 'bout the fact that this post is basically just glorified, nonsensical ramblings about The American Wizarding World, but I'm really excited for the Fantastical Beast movies, and couldn't help myself.

How do you feel about the new additions to the Harry Potter Universe? Also what's your Hogwarts & Ilvermorny houses?