Thunderbird House Symbol from Pottermore.com
J.K. Rowling recently revealed the four houses of the American Wizarding school, Ilvermorny: Horned Serpent, Wampus, Thunderbird and Pukwudgie. Now fans of the Harry Potter series can take the quiz on the official Harry Potter website, Pottermore, and see which of these houses they belong to. But then one fan on Twitter asked J.K. Rowling which house she belonged to, saying they would pay her ten dollars if she did so. J.K. Rowling gave her answer in a reply tweet you can see below:
J.K. Rowling's house, Thunderbird, is given a description on the website. Thunderbird is "sometimes considered to represent the soul of a witch or wizard. It is also said that Thunderbird favors adventurers". All four of the Ilvermorny are named after the favorite magical creature of the house's founder. Thunderbird's founder is Chadwick Boot, an "intelligent but often temperamental boy." The Thunderbird is an animal that creates storms as it flies.
The other three houses have similarly thematic descriptions. Wampus is said to represent the "body of a witch or wizard" and "favors warriors". Pukwudgie represents the "heart" and "favors healers. Horned Serpent represents the "mind" and favors "scholars". Horned Serpent and Pukwudgie seem roughly equivalent to Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff at Hogwarts, but Thunderbird and Wampus are a little more difficult as both could describe Gryffindor.
The full history of the founding of Ilvermorny and the creation of its four houses was revealed in a story written by J.K. Rowling on Pottermore. This information was part of J.K. Rowlings "Magic in North America" series, which reveals the backstory of Wizarding America's history in anticipation of the Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them movie which will be premiering November 18.
The history behind the American houses is really interesting and I can't wait to take a crack at the quiz. I think I'll probably end up being a Horned Serpent. Have you taken the new Pottermore Quiz? Tell us your house!